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Hope hard to sustain in Tibet's "freedom struggle"

By Simon Denyer, Reuters, November 5, 2006

DHARAMSALA, India -- The chatter gave way to rowdy male laughter when Tseten Yangsom began her brief talk on "How Tibetan women play a role in Tibet's freedom struggle."  Yangsom, 21, battled on bravely, but I was surely not the only audience member who felt like curling up in embarrassment.

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Dalai Lama consecrates Buddhist Temple in Hiroshima

By Tsering Tsomo, Phayul, Nov 1, 2006

Hiroshima, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Hiroshima city Wednesday morning to bless a Tibetan Buddhist temple.

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His Holiness to participate in international peace summit in Hiroshima

Tibet.net, October 31, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- The religious engagements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Hiroshima will begin from today's address to over 800 abbots and religious leaders from various Buddhist monasteries in Japan.

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Japanese Buddhists struggle to win back believers

By HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press, October 26, 2006

TOKYO, Japan -- The Kamiyacho Open Terrace cafe in central Tokyo has all the trappings of a trendy establishment - good coffee, homemade dessert, an airy terrace.

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China takes heat after tragic flight of Tibetan teenager

By Daniel Pepper, The CSMonitor, Oct 25,2006

The shooting death of a would-be refugee by a Chinese patrolman places the Middle Kingdom's human rights record under scrutiny.

NEW DELHI, India -- The two teenage girls were best friends. In their tiny farming village in Tibet, they had stayed up late many nights over four years plotting their escape.

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Abbot: Shaolin Temple needs to keep up with times

By Jessie Tao, China Daily, Oct 19, 2006

Beijing, China -- The Shaolin Temple, widely considered the birthplace of Chinese Kungfu, has frequently been in the spotlight following some headline-grabbing events, such as the super-girl-style Kungfu Competition, a luxury sports car awarded to the temple, and the latest Wushu festival, with Shi Yongxin, the abbot, at the core of it.

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Dunhuang to build international airport

Xinhua News, Oct 19, 2006

Gansu Province, China -- Dunhuang in northwest China's Gansu Province is planning to build an international airport because the number of overseas tourists flocking in to see the ancient Buddhist cave paintings is growing by 30 percent annually.

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Shaolin abbot urges academics to study Shaolin

Xinhua News, Oct 13, 2006

BEIJING, China -- The mysterious world of the Shaolin monks is ready to throw itself open to academic scrutiny, according to temple abbot Shi Yongxin.

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Again Ms Tibet runs into trouble

IANS, October 13, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Miss Tibet contest has run into rough seas yet again with one of the much-hyped contestants, an Indian woman soldier, pulling out at the last moment of this year's event.

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Shaolin abbot: monks should learn English, computers

Xinhua, Sept 27, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Shaolin monks should study English and information technology to adapt to the modern society and spread Buddhism and Shaolin culture around the world, according to the abbot of the Shaolin temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu.

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