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Rooftop rail threat to Buddhist paradise

By David Eimer, Reuters, July 3, 2006

BEIJING, China -- As propaganda banners fluttered and cymbals clashed in the thin mountain air, China's President, Hu Jintao, opened the world's highest railway, linking Beijing to Tibet, yesterday.

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Living as one big, happy family

by Foong Pek Yee, The Star, June 25, 2006

Love knows no boundary, and in Taiwan’s Fo Guang Shan Orphanage, FOONG PEK YEE finds orphans from countries all over the world growing up together as a harmonious family.

Kaohshiung, Taiwan -- SHOW Bi Laing is single but a proud mother of 624 children of various nationalities, including Portuguese, Indians, South Africans and Taiwanese. The children are orphans at the Fo Quang Shan Buddhist Temple Orphanage in Kaohshiung, Taiwan, which she has been in charge of for more than 25 years. 

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Taiwanese Buddhist Master Hsing Yun meets with pope

Taiwan News, June 23, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- Pope Benedict XVI met with visiting Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Buddha's Light International Association in Taiwan, Wednesday in a general audience at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. During the meeting, Benedict XVI expressed his best regards for the Taiwanese people and said he will pray for them. The pope also expressed the hope of meeting the Taiwanese people if the chance arises.

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Buddhist nuns arrested for calling for Tibetís independence

AsiaNews/RFA, June 19, 2006

Chinese police arrested five people, including two nuns, for “publishing, keeping and distributing leaflets calling for independence in the province"

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Chinese authorities have arrested five Tibetans, including two Buddhist nuns, “for publishing, keeping at home and distributing leaflets calling for independence in the province.”

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Former convicts make a new life for themselves through Buddhism

Taiwan Headlines, June 15, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- No on paid much attention to Chen Yung-chuan after he suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed. Chen initially wanted to kill himself. In Chen's greatest hour of need, Master Chan Kung brought Chen to a Buddhist compassion organization where people there took care of him.

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Sister of mercy

by Claire Scobie, Sunday Times, May 28, 2006

Travelling in disguise to holy sites and forced to denounce the Dalai Lama, Ani is one of thousands of Tibetan nuns who, under Chinese rule, risk daily persecution for their faith. Claire Scobie tells her story

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Priests to mark temple rebirth in North

The Japan Times, May 24, 2006

Kyoto, Japan -- Some 80 Buddhist priests led by Raitei Arima, head priest at Kyoto's Golden Pavilion Temple, or Kinkakuji, left for North Korea on Tuesday to conduct a ceremony with priests there to commemorate the restoration of the famed Ryongtong Temple in the city of Kaesong.

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In Greater Tibet, Dalai Lama's light burns bright

Reuters, May 21, 2006

Tibet, China -- Lit by flickering, sallow yak butter candles sits a small picture of a man despised in Beijing as leader of a splittist independence movement but admired by millions for his pacifism-the Dalai Lama.

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Purifying pilgrimage

By Joseph Coleman, Associated Press, May 20, 2006

Buddhists embrace 900-mile journey
 
Tokyo, Japan
-- Pilgrims in straw hats and white smocks amble past cherry trees flush with blossoms. They mount the stone steps into the cool, incense-laced air of a Buddhist temple and bow their heads in prayer.

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Top officials of famed Buddhist temple resign over yakuza memorial

AP, May 19, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- Seven officials including the top priest at a famed Buddhist temple in western Japan resigned to take responsibility after Japan's largest underworld crime syndicate held a memorial there last month, an official said Friday.

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