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Indian-style Buddhist shrine to be built in China

by Anil K Joseph, New Kerala, April 28, 2006

Beijing, China -- An Indian-style Buddhist shrine, the first of its kind in China, would soon emerge in Luoyang, the cradle of Chinese Buddhism, as symbol of friendship between the two countries.


Renewed Faith

BY HANNAH BEECH, Time Magazine (Asia) , April 24, 2006

As their society becomes more material, growing numbers of Chinese are turning to religion for spiritual fulfilment

Shanghai, China -- Everything is for sale on nanjing Road. Shanghai's version of Fifth Avenue offers diamond rings from Tiffany, halter tops from Vivienne Westwood, even fresh sea urchin flown in from northern Japan. One of the most coveted items, however, is a certificate handed out for every 150 yuan ($19) donated for the construction of an $18 million, 2,000-kg gold Buddha at Nanjing Road's Jing'an Temple.


Buddhist statue at site of deadly Amagasaki derailment opened to public

Mainichi Shimbun, April 22, 2006

AMAGASAKI, Hyogo (Japan) -- A Buddhist statue set up to mourn the victims of the deadly Fukuchiyama Line train derailment here was publicly unveiled on Saturday on the grounds of the apartment block that the derailed train slammed into.


Two monks to retrace "journey to the west"

China Daily, April 22, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Two Buddhist monks are to follow in the footsteps of a famous predecessor, Xuanzang (602-664 AD), on a journey from China to India. Xuanzang travelled from the city of Chang'an, which is now called Xi'an, in Shaanxi Province, to India to obtain Buddhist scriptures and study, returning 17 years later.


China holds first Buddhist symphony concert

Xinhua, April 18, 2006

SHANGHAI, China -- With a wooden Qing, a traditional Chinese percussion instrument, striking the first note, a Buddhist symphony concert unfolded in a concert hall in Shanghai for the first time in China.


World Buddhist Forum ends

Xinhua, April 16, 2006

HANGZHOU, China -- The World Buddhist Forum, the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland, ended Sunday in the island city of Zhoushan in east China and adopted a declaration calling for world peace.


Chinese Buddhism gathering is 'propaganda'

Sapa-AP, April 14 2006

Hangzhou, China -- International human rights groups on Friday denounced a Chinese government-sponsored forum on Buddhism as "cynical propaganda" aimed at sugarcoating religious repression in Tibet.


China Informs UN Panchen Lama Receiving "Good Cultural Education"

Savetibet.org, April 13, 2006

Beijing, China -- The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jehangir, has reported that the Chinese Government has informed her that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the boy recognized by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, is currently studying in "secondary school" and that he "is leading a normal, happy life and receiving a good cultural education."


Most Japanese suspicious of Koizumi's shrine visit: Japanese monk

Xinhua, April 14, 2006

HANGZHOU, China -- A Japanese monk said here Friday that most Japanese are suspicious of their Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine that honors some World War II criminals.


Disputed Panchen Lama defends China on religion

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Newsone (Reuters), April 13, 2006

HANGZHOU, China - Tibet‘s 11th Panchen Lama, anointed by China‘s atheist Communists but not by the Tibet‘s Dalai Lama, took center stage at the World Buddhist Forum on Thursday, defending China‘s record on religion.


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