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Polish couple seek peace through Zen

by Ayako Hirayama, Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer, March 29, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- Nyogen Nowak rises before dawn and starts every day with Zen meditation and sutra chanting. He has kept up this routine for more than 30 years. But if not for a gift from his mother on his 15th birthday, the 48-year-old Pole would never have had the life of a Zen monk in Japan.

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Japan taxes Buddhist pet funerals

UIP, March 25, 2005

NAGOYA, Japan -- A court in Japan has rejected a Buddhist temple's claim that pet funerals should not be taxed because the services are religious in nature.

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Graffiti mars temple's famed bamboo garden

IHT/Asahi, March 15,2005

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan) -- Modern worldly carelessness is leaving an indelible mark on the famed centuries-old bamboo garden at the Hokokuji Temple here.

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Dalai Lama calls for sense

News24, March 14, 2005

Beijing, China -- The Dalai Lama defended his moderate approach to Beijing's communist government while calling on China to use common sense and allow him back into the country in comments published Monday.

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Abbot appeals for making law in protection of Shaolin Boxing

Xinhua News, March 14, 2005

Beijing, China -- The abbot of Shaolin Temple has urged the Chinese legislature to enact a law to better protect the country's intangible heritage such as the Shaolin kong fu master skills.

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The Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 46th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

TibetNet, March 10, 2005

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the Tibetan People's Uprising, I convey my warm greetings to my fellow Tibetans in Tibet and in exile and to our friends around the world.

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Basics for mourners unfamiliar with funeral etiquette

By JANE SINGER, Asahi Shimbun, Contributing writer, March 7, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- February and March are the cruelest months in Japan, especially for the elderly. Ailing seniors usually try to hang on for family New Year's gatherings, but they often weaken thereafter, departing this world (kono yo o saru) to join the celestial filament (hoshi ni naru). Midwinter is thus peak funeral season, a frenetic time for mortuary staff, Buddhist priests and local politicians, for whom funerals are an obligatory constituent service.

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His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Concludes Six-Day Tour of Mundgod Tibetan Settlement

South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council, March 6, 2005

Mundgod, Tibet (China) -- Mundgod Doeguling Tibetan Settlement consists of nine Camps, one old Age home, one Senior Secondary School and several primary, junior and middle Schools besides major monasteries and nunnery in a total population of 14,000 Tibetans.

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Tibetan Buddhist Master from Sikkim dies from pneumonia in Taiwan

By Deborah Kuo, CNA News, March 4, 2005

Taoyuan, Northern Taiwan -- Tibetan Buddhist master Khenpo Loden Rinpoche died recently of acute pneumonia days after arriving in Taiwan for a Buddhism promotion tour, religious sources said Friday.

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Shaolin kung fu may be on World Heritage List

Indo-Asian News Service, March 4, 2005

Zhengzhou, China -- Shaolin kung fu, one of China's ancient martial art forms, may find a place in Unesco's World Intangible Heritage List, says Xinhua.

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