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In South Korea, pretty much everything is a little bit Buddhist. Including politics

By Matthew Bell, WVXU, Apr 26, 2017

South Korean Buddhists gather every year to recite the Diamond Sutra with monks from the Jogye Temple in Seoul. This year was special, with a presidential election coming up on May 9th.
Seoul, South Korea
-- The weather was simply awful. But the cold, wind and rain didn’t deter thousands of people from attending an annual ritual in downtown Seoul on a recent weekday afternoon.

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Monk Spreads Buddhist Philosophy With 140-Character Tweets

by LAKSHMI SINGH, NPR, February 11, 2017

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim became Twitter-famous with his tweets about faith and mindfulness. His book, a compilation of tweets, went viral in South Korea, and the American edition is out now.
Seoul, South Korea
-- It's a tale as old as Twitter.

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Monk-centric culture may be reason for Buddhist decline in S. Korea: expert

By Chang Dong-woo, Yonhap News, Jan 25, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea -- Korean Buddhism's monk-centric culture may be a major reason behind a steep drop in the country's Buddhist population in the last decade or so, a religious expert argued Wednesday.

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Why Won Buddhists in South Korea oppose THAAD deployment

By Ock Hyun-ju, Korea Herald, Oct 23, 2016

Seoul, South Korea -- One Saturday morning, passers-by curiously turned their heads as a group of people in white robes began to collectively pray, strike a gong and sound a wooden percussion instrument in central Seoul.

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Hyon Gak sunim: “I have deep respect for Buddha Dharma and the Jogye Order,” denies severing ties with Korean Buddhism

by Emi Hayakawa, Buddhist True Network (BTN), August 2, 2016

Seoul, South Korea -- On July 28 2016, Harvard-educated American Zen Buddhist monk Hyon Gak sunim, the current abbot of Bulyee Seon Center in Germany, uploaded a strong message on his Facebook account outlining various problems besetting Korean Buddhism.

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Light of Truth Shines in South Korea on Buddha's Birthday

The Seoul Times, May 21, 2016

Ven. Donghwi of Yeoraesa Temple Enlightens World
Seoul, South Korea
-- A variety of lotus lanterns are hung at a Buddhist temple in Seoul on the occasion of Buddha's birthday, which falls on May 14 in 2016.

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3rd Buddhist Retreat by Chuyen Tu Monastery held in Korea

By Dieu Thanh, The Buddhist Channel, May 2, 2016

Cheongju-si, South Korea -- Due to high desires to study Buddha Dharma, Vietnamese devotees of Chuyen Tu Monastery (Ba Ria - Vung Tau province, Vietnam) residing in Korea organized the 3rd Buddhist Retreat on April 2016.

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Korean Buddhist delegation promises to build Bhikkhu hospital

Ceylon Daily News, March 21, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Korean Buddhist delegation who met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday have agreed to build a new hospital for Bhikkus in Sri Lanka.

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BEXPO - Seoul International Buddhism Expo - March

by Emi Hayakawa, Buddhist Television Korea, March 14, 2016

Seoul, South Korea -- The 2016 SEOUL International Buddhism EXPO (서울국제불교박람회) is to be held at Seoul Trade Exhibition Center (SETEC) from March 24 to March 27 under the theme “The Space to rest your Mind”.

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Head of Jogye Order Buddhism Joins the North America Buddhist Conference

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 6, 2016

Haein Sunim is the leader of 2.5 million strong congregation and 1,200 temples of Jogye Order Buddhism in Korea

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (USA) -- Jogye Order Buddhism announced today Haein Sunim will lead a delegation of leading sunim of Jogye Order Buddhism of Korea *.

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