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Buddhists believe in outer space: Shaolin abbot

Xinhua, June 13, 2013

Henan, China -- As China's successful launch of its fifth manned spacecraft marks another step in realizing the country's space dream, Chinese monks regularly ponder how space is related to their own life.

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Famed Buddhist temple going global

Xinhua, June 19, 2013

Beijing, China -- The Shaolin Temple, known as the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is preparing to stage its first cultural festival in the United States as part of efforts to expand its global clout.

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Mayor to seek return of Buddhist statue in South Korea

The Japan Times, Jun 15, 2013

TSUSHIMA, NAGASAKI PREF, Japan -- The mayor of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has vowed to directly ask South Korea to return a Buddhist statue that he claims is the property of a temple on the island.

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Priest uses eraser carving as a path to spread Buddhism

By RYOSUKE YAMAMOTO, Asahi Shimbun, June 19, 2013

OJIYA, Niigata Prefecture (Japan) -- With a cutter in his right hand and a 4-centimeter-square eraser with a paper pattern overlaid in his left, Kojun Asada starts carving.

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Buddhist nun dies after setting herself ablaze in eastern Tibet

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International , 11 June 2013

Dharamshala, India -- Emerging reports coming out Tibet say, a Tibetan Buddhist nun has set herself ablaze on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013 (5pm local time) in Tawu county, Karze, Kham province of eastern Tibet, in an apparent protest against Chinese repressive rule in Tibet.

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Seeing where Shinto and Buddhism cross

by Sachiko Tamashige, Special To The Japan Times, May 16, 2013

Tokyo, Japan -- “The number of Shinto shrines in Japan has changed over centuries due to various political and social changes. There were about 190,000 shrines during the early Meiji Era (1867-1912), before a drastic change came about in the merging of shrines and temples. The number of shrines was greatly reduced, and now there are only around 80,000. That’s not much more than the number of convenience stores across Japan.”

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China Is Transforming Tibet's Holiest Area Into A Tourist District

by Michael Kelley, Business Insider, May 10, 2013

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- China is transforming the ancient part of Tibet's capital into a tourist district according to a visiting native of the area, Amy Li of the South China Morning Post reports.

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Students search for emotional benefits in Buddhist studies

by Lee Chack-fan, Sout6h China Morning Post, Friday, 10 May, 2013

In today's high-pressure world, some young people turn to philosophical input to cope

Hong Kong, China -- It is a known fact that teaching and research constitute the prime tasks of a university. Teaching is, of course, the dissemination of knowledge. Research, on the other hand, is the creation of new knowledge.

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Enter the Buddhist College at the foot of Mt. Emei

People's Daily Online, May 3, 2013

Mt. Emei, China -- At the foot of Mt. Emei in SW China's Sichuan province, stands a unique college - Emei Buddhist College. The college is built in Dafo Temple. Unlike other temples filled with worshippers, the Buddhist College is tranquil and solemn.

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Two more Buddhist Monks Self-Immolate in Tibet Protest

VOA News, April 24, 2013

Beijing, China -- Two Buddhist monks are reported dead in southwestern China, after setting themselves on fire at a monastery to protest Beijing's policies in Tibet.

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