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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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