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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Why South Korea needs the Dalai Lama

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Nov 17, 2014

Open Letter to the general public issued by "Preparatory Committee for the Visitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Republic of Korea" on September 1st, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- The social norms of the Republic of Korea is changing fast through economic development and people are forced to face fierce competition. The high suicide rate in Korea reflects that people are unhappy due to growing competition and economic inequalities even though our country has become one of the most developed country in the World.

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The Korean Government Must Allow the Dalai Lama

by Emi Hailey hayakawa, BTN, Nov 15, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- The Preparatory Committee for the Visitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Republic of Korea has written an open letter to the government, imploring the state to allow the renowned spiritual leader to Visit the republic.

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Two Koreas to hold joint Buddhist service in N. Korea

Yonhap, Nov 8, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea -- A South Korean Buddhist order said Saturday it will hold a joint memorial service in North Korea later this month to mark the anniversary of its founder's death.

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Korean Christians Stir Controversy By Holding Service At Sacred Buddhist Site

HuffPost Korea, Jul 10, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- The local Buddhist newspaper Beopbo Shinmun reported this week that “Korean Christians were observed singing hymns and missionary prayers, allegedly doing Ddangbarpgi in a Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mahabodhi Temple." Ddangbarpgi refers to the act of Christians worshiping at sacred locations of other religions, primarily Buddhism.

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Seoul to allow joint inter-Korean Buddhist event

Yonhap News, June 20, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea plans to approve South and North Korean Buddhist groups' plan to hold a joint religious event on the North Korean mountain of Kumgang later this month, the unification ministry said Friday.

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