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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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Private charitable organization builds 61 homes for the impoverished in Tainan

United Daily News, march 13, 2006

Tainan County, Taiwan -- A private Buddhist organization has been set up in Tingshan Village of Chiku Township in Tainan County. The members of this organization, all of whom come from humble backgrounds, each month donate between NT$300 and NT$500. The funds amassed are then used to erect homes for underprivileged families who live in the coastal region of Tainan.

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More Taiwan Buddhism worshippers take chartered motorboat for pilgrimage tour on Chinese mainland

Xinhuanet, March 12, 2006

XIAMEN, China -- A group of 357 Taiwan Buddhism worshippers taking a chartered motorboat from Changhua in Taiwan arrived at the city of Xiamen, east China's Fujian Province, on Sunday to kick off a week-long pilgrimage tour of China's mainland.

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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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