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Thousands attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 70th Birthday events in Tokyo

Office of Tibet, Tokyo, July 13, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- Ten days of celebrations for the 70th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama were held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. The events were organized by The Liason Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for East Asia, based in Tokyo.

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Theme park devoted to Guanyin

The Standard (Hong kong), July 11, 2005

Nanhai, China -- Taiwanese investors are betting that devotion to a beloved Buddhist saint will be enough to bring a million tourists a year to a theme park built around two temples in a city deep in China's interior that doesn't even have its own airport.

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Years of study let Westerners write Buddhist scriptures from heart

Minsheng Daily, July 8, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A group of highly educated Westerners at the Fokuang Mountain Buddhist center have been studying Chinese and Buddhism, and one of them, a doctoral candidate at Princeton, can not only read the scriptures but also write passages from memory.

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Zen offers philosophy of life

China view, July 4, 2005

BEIJING, China -- Do everyday annoyances get to you? Do you find breathing harder because of high pressure from work or study? A Zen Buddhist temple in Hebei Province might be a good place for modern people to relax and ease their minds.

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China's largest open-air gold-plated Buddha statue built in SW China

Xinhuanet, June 28, 2005

CHONGQING, China -- A gold-plated Buddha statue, believed to be the largest open-air Buddha in China, will be completed at the Chongqing Buddhism College in upcoming October.

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Group seeks Buddhist statues from 'Saipan' pilgrimage

The Yomiuri Shimbun, June 25, 2005

Saipan, Japan -- The hunt is on for 79 stone Buddhist statues taken by Japanese emigrants 70 years ago to Saipan, where the Emperor and Empress are scheduled to visit from Monday.

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China to build a new Buddhist academy

Xinhuanet, June 10, 2005

ZHENGZHOU, China -- A plan to build a new Buddhist academy in central China's Henan Province has been approved by the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the provincial government, said a spokesman for Henan Province Buddhist Association.

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Tzu Chi rebuilding five schools in quake-stricken Bam

ReliefWeb, Source: Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, June 1, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation began rebuilding five schools in the ancient Iranian city of Bam in April 2005 for local children whose schools were demolished in a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2003.

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Drifting sand hits Dunhuang

Xinhuanetm, May 27, 2005

LANZHOU, China -- Unexpected drifting sand hit Dunhuang, a tourist resort in Gansu Province known for ancient Buddhist grottos, Friday evening, local meteorological station said.

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Emei landslides pose no harm to tourists

By Wu Yixue, China Daily, May 4, 2005

Mt. Emei, Sichuan (China) -- Two landslides in a popular tourist destination in Sichuan Province over the May Day holiday did not kill or injure anyone. It all took place at Mount Emei, one of China's four Buddhist Mountains and one of the country's most prestigious scenic spots.

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