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Buddhist Monks Offended by Tourist's Attempt to Donate iPhone 6

by Donald Wood, Travel Technology, March 2, 2015

Guangdong, China -- A Chinese tourist named Cong Chu, 31, offended a group of monks at a Buddhist temple in Foshan, Guangdong Province during a visit when he attempted to donate his iPhone 6 in a collection box.

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Japan Buddhist group to build 2 monuments on Saipan

By Junhan B. Todiño, Marianas Variety, 2 Mar 2015

Saipan, Japan -- SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang says the Nenpou Shinkyou Buddhist Denomination, which has 88 temples throughout Japan and a million members, is planning to erect monuments at the Last Command Post and at Banzai Cliff where they hold peace ceremonies every year.

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Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple in Eastern China

By Nelson Groom, Daily Mail Australia, February 28th, 2015

Zhejiang, China -- Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple… and he only moved on after a group of monks chanted to him.It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who need forgiveness.

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Buddhist master lashes out at Ko over his comments on Tzu Chi Foundation

By Abraham Gerber, Taipei Times, Feb 24, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s comments about a project by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation on a disputed plot of land in Neihu District drew a heated response from Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei yesterday.

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Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

By Kate Baklitskaya, The Siberian Times, 2 February 2015

As police say lama found in lotus positon was destined for sale on black market, there are claims it was one step away from becoming a Buddha.

Songinokhairkhan, Mongolia -- A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is 'not dead' and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed.

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China's super-rich communist Buddhists

By John Sudworth, BBC, 29 January 2015

Shanghai, China -- Could China be bringing Tibetan Buddhism in from the cold? There are new signs that while a crackdown on Tibetan nationalism continues, the atheist state may be softening its position towards the religion - and even the Dalai Lama.

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Buddhist followers pray for hostages during cold water ablutions in Wakayama

by KAZUHIRO NAKATA, Asahi Shimbun, January 26, 2015

KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan -- In sub-zero temperatures in this mountainous region, Buddhist followers prayed Jan. 25 for the safety of hostages held by terrorist groups in their annual ablution ceremony in frigid waters here.

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

by Frank Langfitt, NPR, January 2, 2015

Shanghai, China -- China today is a whirlwind of competing trends: authoritarianism versus personal freedom; pollution versus environmentalism, and self-interest versus spirituality.

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Buddhist monks cultivate cat haven at Fukui Prefecture’s “Kitty Temple”

by Evie Lundevie Lund, RocketNews, Jan 12, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Here’s a familiar saying: “In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods; they have never forgotten this.”

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Chinese university criticised again over new plans to give Buddhist abbot an honorary title

by He Huifeng , South China Morning Post, 12 December, 2014

Henan, China -- Plans by a Chinese university to give an honorary title to the abbot of a Buddhist temple have been criticised by social media users on the mainland.

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