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Stolen Buddhist statue arrives from South Korea

Japan Times, Jul 18, 2015

TSUSHIMA, NAGASAKI PREF. (Japan) -- One of two ancient Japanese Buddhist statues stolen in 2012 by South Korean thieves arrived Saturday in the southwestern island city of Tsushima, where it was originally kept, the city office said.


American monk communicates meaning of Buddhism to Korean kids

By Jung Dae-ha, The Hankyoreh, Jul 6,2015

Gwangju, South Korea -- It was the morning of July 5 at Mugak Temple in downtown Gwangju. “We do yoga, too. It isn’t hard, it’s fun,” said Lee Ji-won, 12, a student in the sixth grade of elementary school.


Reunification the dream for South Korea's Buddhist patriarch

By Kathy Novak, CNN, May 18, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- As the sun set over South Korea's capital, the usual cacophony of sounds associated with a bustling major city was replaced by human voices -- hundreds of thousands of them, chanting peacefully.


Seoul's Jogyesa Buddhist Temple Welcomes Its Newest (And Littlest) Monks

By Carol Kuruvilla and Gabriela Landazuri Saltos, The Huffington Post, May 11, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- In honor of Buddha's birthday, children in Seoul got a glimpse of what it's like to be a Buddhist monk.


Opening up Buddhist Temples to the disabled

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, May 7, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- The 1700 years old Buddhist temples follow the traditional architecture and characteristics of Korean Buddhist Art. Various stone works often complement temple compounds, such as stone stupas and steep stone stairs, which take the visitor up into the inspiring world of the Buddhas in the Main Hall.


The End of Three-months Long Winter Retreat for Monastics

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 18th, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- Over 2,000 monastics have completed their three months long winter retreat and are returning back to their daily routines.


Combatting Child Abuse in Kindergartens and Day Cares with the Buddha Dharma

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 24, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- Reports of alleged child abuse cases have flooded local police offices, officials said, as authorities scrambled to deal with public uproar sparked by alleged abuse at an Incheon day care centre in December 2014 where a female day care teacher was caught on CCTV slapping a child across the face. The child went flying onto the floor.


Chon Jin Am, the forgotten Buddhist Hermitage

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 24, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- In August 14th, 2014, Pope Francis visited South Korea. During this visit, the Pope had blessed 124 Korean Catholic soldiers at the Seoul beatification ceremony.  Korean Catholic has officially stated that the beginning of Catholicism began at Chon Jin Am, a Buddhist Hermitage.


BTN Celebrates 20th Year Anniversary

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 15th, 2015

COEX, Seoul -- On March 7th, BTN, the Buddhist True Network of Korea, has celebrated their 20th year anniversary at the COEX Auditorium.


Most Venerable Jaseung Sunim, head of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, is “I-yontan man”

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, February 3, 2015

Hongjae Dong, Seoul (South Korea) -- The “I-yontan-man” project was established and developed by the Dreaminus Arumdaundongheng (beautiful companion), social service of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, to build a briquette supplies warehouse for solitude senior citizens in Hongjae Dong, Seoul.


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