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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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Tzu Chi Foundation marks 40th anniversary in Taiwan, around globe

The China Post, May 15, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- The Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu Chi Foundation -- Taiwan's largest charity organization -- yesterday celebrated its 40th anniversary with various activities in both Taiwan and more than 20 other countries.

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Blisters for Buddha: Japanese pilgrims keep up 1,000-year tradition

Mainichi Daily News, May 12, 2006

NARUTO, 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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China: Role of Buddhism in Promoting Social Harmony

Xinhua, May 10, 2006

When she retired from a local factory three years ago, Qiu Huiying, a resident in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, couldn't help feeling lonely and depressed as she often thought she had been "left behind by a rapidly developing society."

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Buddhist monks 'storm' temple in Tibet

The Age, May 10, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Tibetan Buddhist monks loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama stormed a monastery near Lhasa and attacked statues of a deity denounced by him, Chinese state media reported. It was a rare glimpse of religious dissension in disputed Tibet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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