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Buddhist priest arrested for child prostitution

Mainichi Daily News, March 10, 2006

Hiroshima, Japan -- An elderly Buddhist priest, who also headed a nursery school attached to his temple in Hiroshima, has been arrested for child prostitution, police said Friday.

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China's prosperity inspires rising spirituality

By R. Scott Macintosh, CSMonitor, March 9, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Ming Zhaung is never without a place to sleep, food to eat, or ink for his brush. The Zen master of the Bailin Temple in Hebei Province is constantly cared for by his devotees - now more than 1,000 students, most of whom started attending his lectures last summer.

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Buddhist monks head to campus for degrees

Shanghai Daily, March 8, 2006

Shanghai, China -- You are almost as likely to find a monk on campus as in a temple these days as a growing number of Buddhist clergymembers are working on a college degree or an MBA.

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Tibetan 'sky burial' to continue under protection

IANS, March 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- In an effort to better protect and show more respect to the traditional Tibetan burial ritual of feeding dead bodies to vultures, China has imposed rigid rules to ban photography and media reports about it.

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Famous lamasery in northwest China to have price hike

Xinhua News, March 6, 2006

Qinghai Province, China -- The ticket price to the Gumbum Lamasery, a holy shrine for the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, in Northwest China's Qinghai Province, will be raised from 35 yuan (about 4.3 U.S. dollars) to 80 yuan (9.8 U.S. dollars) beginning March 15.

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Mongolia's Gandan Monastery: Between Buddhism and Urbanism

by UB correspondent, March 3, 2006

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia -- A survey of residents in the area surrounding Gandantegchenling Monastery has demonstrated a lack of consensus on what form the future development of this district should take.

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Transfixed at the temple

By Jim Eagles, Travel, Feb 28, 2006

Kyoto, Japan -- The monks in their robes chanted in a deep sonorous rhythm, bells tinkled and cymbals clashed, the smell of incense wafted through the air and the huge golden Buddha smiled serenely down at my aching knees.

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Japan: Harassed monk forms a labor union

By Bruce Wallace, Los Angeles Times, February 23 2006

NAGANO, Japan -- Junshin Hosono says he never thought of himself as a worker, at least not the way Karl Marx or Jimmy Hoffa ever thought of workers. Hosono is a Buddhist monk, and for 28 years he has chanted prayers and offered spiritual guidance at Zenkoji, the prestigious complex of temples that is the soul of this city.

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Dalai Lama envoys land in China for secretive talks

By Lindsay Beck, Reuters, Feb 15, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Envoys of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in China on Wednesday for secretive talks on allowing more autonomy for the Buddhist region, Tibet's government-in-exile said.

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Tibetans burn wild animal skins in Tibet to encourage wildlife preservation

ICT, February 10, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Tibetans in the Amdo area of Tibet have burned skins of endangered animals worth thousands of yuan in a bid to preserve wildlife, following strong statements by the Dalai Lama about the importance of wildlife conservation and compassion towards animals to a gathering of thousands of Tibetans in India last month.

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