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Giant Buddhist statue enshrined in Hainan

China Daily, April 16, 2005

BEIJING, China -- It is not just politics, personal contact, and burgeoning trade ties that could help reunify Taiwan with its motherland - a little divine intervention might play a role too. That is partly why a giant Buddhist statue will be enshrined on April 24, 2005, in Sanya of South China's Hainan Province.


India to build Buddhist temple in China

Kerala Next, April 15, 2005

Zhengzhou, China -- An Indian style Buddhist temple will come up in central China's Henan province as part of efforts by two countries to carry forward their Buddhist cultural links. The two governments signed an agreement on construction of the temple during Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's April 9-12 visit to India. The temple will come up on the western side of the White Horse Temple in Luoyang, Henan province, Xinhua said.


Tzu Chi distributes 310 tons of rice to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, April 15, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation distributed 310 tons of rice to some 8,000 tsunami-affected families in Hambantota, a resort city in southeastern Sri Lanka, on April 9 and 10, 2005, benefiting over 30,000 people.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Buddhists Temples in Japan

TibetNet, April 14, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed a packed theater which has a capacity of 2500 people. At 3:30 after the lecture His Holiness departed for Tamana city in the evening. This public lecture was His Holiness? first in this prefecture.


Dalai Lama calls for abolition of death penalty

AFP, April 10, 2005

TOKYO, Japan -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called on Saturday for the abolition of the death penalty and a revamp of centuries of academic-centered thinking on education to build a more "warm-hearted" world.


187 hurt at Buddhist temple

News24, April 10, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A 200m-high wooden platform at a Buddhist temple in Taiwan collapsed early on Saturday, injuring 187 pilgrims preparing for a group photograph, a rescue official said.


Family donates insurance money from daughter's death to charity

Liberty Times, March 31, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- Recently an accident in Chutung Township of Hsinchu County resulted in the death of two individuals. The family members of a woman who was killed in the accident have not sought damages from the person who caused the accident. The family did, however, receive NT$1.4 million (US$44,025) in a payout from an insurance company. However, instead of keeping the money themselves, the family of the woman, surnamed Hsu, has donated the funds to a charitable agency in the names of their family member, the woman's boyfriend and the person who caused the accident.


Steps taken to stop theft of Buddha statues

The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 4, 2005

Saitama, Japan -- Buddha statues at unattended temples in Saitama Prefecture will be moved to museums or temples with resident priests to protect them from damage or theft. In mid-January, 10 Buddha statues were stolen from unattended temples in Honjo and Kumagaya and the prefectural Education Bureau wants to put a stop to this particular crime.


Tzu Chi sends relief goods to quake-stricken Indonesian island

Reliefweb, March 28, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation began transporting relief goods to the Indonesian island of Nias from Medan on March 29, one day after a magnitude-8.7 earthquake struck the island famed as a surfing paradise.


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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