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First World Buddhist Forum Opens in East China City

Xinua, April 13, 2006

Hangzhou, China -- The First World Buddhist Forum opened Thursday morning in the scenic city of Hangzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province.

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Buddhism 'contributes to a harmonious society'

By Huan Xin, China Daily, April 11, 2006

Beijing, China -- Buddhism, a major religion in China, can play a unique role in promoting a "harmonious society" and contributing to world peace, a top religious affairs official and researchers said yesterday.

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Tibetan monk imprisoned after talking about Tibetan culture

www.savetibet.org, April 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- A Tibetan monk and teacher of traditional monastic dance (Cham) from the Tibetan area of Amdo has been sentenced to four years in prison after he gave talks about Tibetan culture and history. Gendun, who is in his thirties, was detained in February 2005, with more than 20 monks, students and teachers also detained in connection with his case.

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Mao turns Buddhist for Tibet

by Jane Macartney, The Times (UK), March 31, 2006

Changsha, China -- CHAIRMAN MAO’S stern features are to gaze out over Tibet for the first time. A huge statue of Mao Zedong, whose Red Armies entered the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region in 1951 to extend Communist Party rule, is to stand in a newly built square in the town of Gongga.

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Modern image for Zen Buddhism

Stuff.co.nz, March 29, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- Tour-guide monks, security monks, executive monks and mechanic monks are all part of the daily business at Taiwan's new space age monastery. A high-ranking monk takes Sophie Neville on a guided tour.

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China hopes Buddhist forum will counter threat theory

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, Mar 27, 2006

BEIJING, China -- China will use a Buddhist forum, its first international religious meeting since the atheist Communists swept to power in 1949, to counter fears it is a threat to the world, the top official on religion said.

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Seven lamas honoured with highest Tibetan Buddhism degree

PTI, March 23, 2006

Beijing, China -- China has awarded seven lamas with Tibetan Buddhism's highest degree, the Gexe Lharampa, after they undertook a tough course which had been suspended following a 1987 riot in Lhasa, state media reported today.

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Website for World Buddhist Forum opens in China

Xinhua News, March 22, 2006

BEIJING, China -- The official website for the World Buddhist Forum, which is to be held on the Chinese mainland in mid April, opened recently in Beijing, according to the China Religious Culture Communication Association (CRCCA), one of the two forum sponsors.

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Tibetan Buddhist nun leaves China for U.S.

by JOE McDONALD, Associated Press, Mar 15, 2006

BEIJING, China -- A Tibetan Buddhist nun who spent 15 years in prison on political charges was allowed to leave China and flew to the United States on Wednesday, a U.S. activist announced.

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China set to host Buddhist forum

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, March 17, 2006

BEIJING, China -- China is set to host its first major international forum on Buddhism since 1949 to complement President Hu Jintao's campaign to build a "harmonious society" and burnish China's tarnished image on religious freedom.

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