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Chinese Buddhist temple forms "anti-terrorist" squad

by Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Apr 3, 2014

Beijing, China -- Nervous about a repeat of last month's deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, a well-known Buddhist temple in eastern China has drafted some of its monks into a new "anti-terrorist" squad, state media said on Thursday.

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Malaysia Flight MH370: Buddhist Volunteers Aiding Anxious Families in Beijing

By BREE FENG AND KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, March 13, 2014

Beijing, China -- At one end of the room, Malaysia Airlines employees delivered the latest briefing to relatives and friends of passengers who were aboard the airline’s missing Flight 370. At the other end, volunteers listened from behind tables piled with snacks, waiting to provide counseling, logistical assistance or just hand holding.

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Fire destroys 100 residences at the Larung Gar Buddhist

Radio Free Asia, Jan 9, 2014

A fire destroyed around 100 residences on Jan. 9, 2014 at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Kardze prefecture’s Serthar county

Sichuan, China -- A massive blaze has destroyed around 100 houses of nuns studying at a prominent Buddhist academy in a Tibetan area of China’s Sichuan province, according to sources in the region.

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Butter lamps light up Buddhist festival in Tibet

By Palden Nyima and Daqiong, Xinhua, Dec 28, 2013

BEIJING, China -- Butter lamps twinkled like stars, and the scent of burning juniper branches filled the evening air in Lhasa Friday as the annual Gadan Ngachod - Butter Lamp Festival - kicked off in the plateau city.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes traditional faiths can fill moral void in China: sources

by Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Sep 29, 2013

BEIJING, China  -- President Xi Jinping believes China is losing its moral compass and he wants the ruling Communist Party to be more tolerant of traditional faiths in the hope these will help fill a vacuum created by the country's breakneck growth and rush to get rich, sources said.

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