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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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Shaolin Temple welcomes Lunar New Year

Xinhuanet, Feb 8, 005

ZHENGZHOU, China -- A bell ringing ceremony is scheduled at 10:30 Tuesday night in the famous Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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Calls for change as WHS status threatens one of Japan's gems

By MARIKO YASUMOTO, Special to The Japan Times, Feb. 6, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- The breathtaking mountain landscape of the Kii Peninsula, and its ancient temples, monasteries and shrines have captivated the Japanese people for more than 1,000 years.

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China spares Tibetan monk

BBC, Jan 26, 2005

China has commuted a death sentence for prominent Tibetan monk Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche to life imprisonment.

Beijing , China -- Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche's sentencing in 2002 sparked international concern, after rights groups said the case against him was seriously flawed.

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Homage to the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in China

by Harry Bhaskara, Jakarta Post, Dec 26, 2004

Beijing, China -- Why are there so many monasteries in China? A very long history of Buddhism is one reason. Buddhism was founded in India in 500 B.C. and came to China around 65 A.D.

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Diary of monk Kawaguchi, 1st Japanese visitor to Tibet, found

Kyodo, December 24, 2004

Tokyo, Japan -- A diary of Ekai Kawaguchi (1866-1945), a monk who in 1900 became the first Japanese visitor to Tibet and left a travelogue in English, has been found at the home of his niece Mie Miyata in Tokyo.

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World should thank Buddhists for Christmas

AFP, Dec 22, 2004

Shanghai, China -- Father Christmas?s grotto is not an icy cave in Lapland but the economic heart of southern China, where almost two-thirds of the world?s Christmas trees and decorations are made.

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