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S. Korean Buddhist group returns from N. Korean temple trip

Yonhap, Nov 7, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea -- A group of South Korean Buddhists returned from a trip to a North Korea temple Thursday after holding joint ceremonies with their North Korean counterparts.


Buddhism in South Korea - "Monk" business

The Economist, Oct 5th 2013

It is not all sweetness and light at the biggest Buddhist order

SEOUL, South Korea -- THE Venerable Jaseung has, of late, become good at saying sorry. When eight senior monks were caught smoking and boozing over a game of high-stakes poker in a hotel room last year, the leader of the Jogye order, South Korea’s biggest Buddhist sect, led the 108-bow repentance. Many thought he should resign. He assured them he would not run for election again. But on September 16th, he belatedly entered the race—and swiftly apologised for doing so.


Former students gather to commemorate Zen Master Kusan Sunim

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Oct 28, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Students from all across the globe, including Robert Buswell (Department head of Buddhism at UCLA), Martine and Stephen Batchelor, returned to Korea for the 30th commemoration of their Zen master, Kusan sunim.


Buddhist Monk Signs Global Publishing Deal for Book of Essays

Chosun Ilbo, Sept 30, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- The copyright of Buddhist Monk Haemin's soul-searching book has been sold to Penguin, the world's largest publication group, paving the way for it to enter the U.S. market. The book, which as of yet lacks an English title, roughly translates as "Things You See When You Pause."


The Art of Mindfulness with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, April 29, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Plum Village sits silently within the serene countryside of Bordeaux, France.


Vesak in Korea to be celebrated on May 17.

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Apr 16, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Vesak day 2013 for Koreans has been set on May 17th, and the Lotus Lantern Festival Commission is beginning their preparations leading to the Festival which will be held on May 11th.


"Stolen" Buddhist statue raise friction between Japan and South Korea

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 30, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- In October 2012, a bronze standing statue of Tathagata Buddha, designated an important cultural property by the Japanese government, from Kaijinjinja shrine, and a seated statue of the Kanzeon Bodhisattva, designated a tangible cultural property by Nagasaki Prefecture, from Kannonji temple were stolen by a theft ring of five South Koreans causing further diplomatic dispute between Japan and Korea.


Korean Protestant pastor urinates inside Buddhist temple, community apologises

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, March 25, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- The Korean protestant community sent an official letter of apology to the abbot of Donghwasa temple, Ven. Sungman, on regarding the actions of the Korean Protestant pastor, Seong, who urinated in the dharma hall and vandalized the Buddhist portraits with a permanent marker.


Tibetans and Koreans jointly mark 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, march 25, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- On March 10, 2013, Tibet House Korea and Jogye Administration of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism held an event at the Buddhist History and Cultural Memory Hall of Jogye Order of the Korean Buddhism in Seoul to support the 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day.


Failed talks over statue by Korean and Japanese Buddhist monks

By Jeong Nam-ku, The Hankyoreh, March 16, 2013

Japanese monks seeking return of Gwaneum Bosal statue, while Koreans say it could have been plundered from Korea

Tokyo, Japan -- Monks from Buseok Temple in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, visited Kannon Temple on the Japanese island of Tsushima to discuss the issue of the Buddha (Gwaneum Bosal) statue, but the talks failed when Japanese Kannon Temple monks declined to meet.


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