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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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Cultural factors bind China and India

by Eric Teo Chu Cheow, China Daily, Feb 25, 2005

Beijing, China -- The buzz today is over the rise of China and India in the big global power shift, as witnessed during the recent Davos World Economic Forum. The two Asian giants' rise is being reflected in the international arena. India is seeking a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, while China has been invited to attend the G-7 Finance Ministers' Meeting in London, after its first invitation to a similar rendezvous in Washington last autumn.

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In greying Japan, prayers for a discreet death

AFP, February 20, 2005

IKARUGA, Japan -- A heart attack or sudden natural ailment would be a dream come true for the pilgrims who flock to this Japanese town where, nestled in the bamboo, an ancient temple is reputed to fulfill a modern wish: discreet death.

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Pray for World Peace

AboutShaolin.com. Feb 17, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A group of performers of Buddhist music from the Chinese mainland has held a religious ceremony on the Taiwan island. The performers say their ceremony is a prayer for world peace, but is also aimed at promoting Buddhist exchanges across the straits.

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