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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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Buddha's Birthday Celebrations Muted Due to Ferry Disaster

Chosun Ilbo, May 12, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- The colorful lanterns adorning Seoul's Jogye Temple welcomed thousands of people, including lawmakers, celebrities and Buddhist leaders Tuesday who came to celebrate Buddha's 2,558th birthday.

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Buddhist monk leads return of royal seals

By Kim Tae-gyu, The Korea Times, April 16, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- After learning that U.S. authorities had confiscated nine stolen Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) seals late last year, Buddhist monk Hye Moon started a campaign to get U.S. President Barack Obama to bring them to Korea.

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Lantern in central Seoul marks Buddha’s birthday, Jogye order asks for refrains on dancing and singing with due respect for ferry tragedy

By Jeon Han, Yoon Sojung, Korea.net, APr 16, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- An over-sized lantern resembling the stone pagoda of Mireuksa Temple was lit in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on April 15 to celebrate the Buddha’s 2,558th birthday.
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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.

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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.

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