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Taiwan: Historian fighting to protect Buddhist site

By Loa Iok-sin, Taipei Times, Dec 16, 2013

The Lay Buddhist building in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District was originally home to Chinese settlers, who arrived 200 years ago, the historian said

Taipei, Taiwan -- In tears, Lee Jung-tai, a historian and the daughter-in-law of late Buddhist clergyman Lee Ying-pin, yesterday recounted the history of the Lay Buddhist monastery Puantang, while calling on the government to save the building from a forced demolition scheduled for today.

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Japanese Buddhists organize ‘monks without borders’

by John Hofilena, Japan Daily Press, Dec 17, 2013

Japanese Buddhists organize ‘monks without borders’

Kyoto, Japan -- A group of Buddhists in Japan have formed an organization called “Monks Without Borders,” aiming to unite different Buddhist sects in tackling global issues such as poverty. The new group is similar in name and in concept to organizations already created by doctors and reporters, and the monks recently held their inaugural meeting in the city of Kyoto.

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Kukai and the impact of Shingon Buddhism in stunning Koyasan: Amazing beauty of Wakayama

by Michel Lebon and Walter Sebastian, Modern Tokyo Times, November 17, 2013

Koyasan, Japan -- Kukai is one of the most powerful individuals in Japanese history and religion. Today his legacy can be seen throughout Shingon Buddhism and this branch of Buddhism is still growing and developing in new countries. Kukai saw the world in a unique way and relayed this within esoteric Buddhism after various stages of his life created new milestones.

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Tzu Chi Foundation Taiwan to send makeshift classrooms to disaster-hit Visayas, Mindanao

by Michael Siao, Tzu Chi Foundation, 12 November 2013

Taipei, Taiwan -- Tzu Chi Foundation, at the behest of founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen, will be sending 160 makeshift classrooms to the Philippines to address the urgent need for shelters of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Visayas and the armed conflict in Zamboanga.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes traditional faiths can fill moral void in China: sources

by Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Sep 29, 2013

BEIJING, China  -- President Xi Jinping believes China is losing its moral compass and he wants the ruling Communist Party to be more tolerant of traditional faiths in the hope these will help fill a vacuum created by the country's breakneck growth and rush to get rich, sources said.

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Tibetan Buddhist criticizes China religious repression

By Loa Iok-sin, Taipei Times, Sept 11, 2013

Taipei, Taiwan -- During the launch of his autobiography, Buddhist master Arjia Rinpoche spoke about his time in China’s labor camps as well as why he went into exile.

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Hanshan Temple opens Buddhist-focused studies for single female believers

Global Times, Sept 4, 2013

Suzhou, China -- Hanshan Temple, a famous Buddhist temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province has started special undergraduate courses for female believers, said the city's bureau of ethnic and religious affairs.

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Cafés bring Buddhism to Japan’s urban dwellers

by John Hofilena, Japan Daily Press, Sep 2, 2013

Tokyo, Japan -- In its efforts to keep Buddhism relevant and to connect the ancient religion to modern city folk, the Shingon Buddhist sect – one of Japan’s oldest, most prestigious Buddhist sects – has set up shop at a downtown Tokyo café, bringing a sense of tradition to the city’s ultramodern residents.

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Buddhist charity promotes Ghost Month as joyful

CNA, Aug 16, 2013

Taipei, Taiwan -- While “Ghost Month” has traditionally been linked to danger and misfortune, a Buddhist charity group has been trying to change that perception by promoting the period as a joyous and auspicious time.

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