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Buddhist followers pray for hostages during cold water ablutions in Wakayama

by KAZUHIRO NAKATA, Asahi Shimbun, January 26, 2015

KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan -- In sub-zero temperatures in this mountainous region, Buddhist followers prayed Jan. 25 for the safety of hostages held by terrorist groups in their annual ablution ceremony in frigid waters here.

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

by Frank Langfitt, NPR, January 2, 2015

Shanghai, China -- China today is a whirlwind of competing trends: authoritarianism versus personal freedom; pollution versus environmentalism, and self-interest versus spirituality.

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Buddhist monks cultivate cat haven at Fukui Prefecture’s “Kitty Temple”

by Evie Lundevie Lund, RocketNews, Jan 12, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Here’s a familiar saying: “In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods; they have never forgotten this.”

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Chinese university criticised again over new plans to give Buddhist abbot an honorary title

by He Huifeng , South China Morning Post, 12 December, 2014

Henan, China -- Plans by a Chinese university to give an honorary title to the abbot of a Buddhist temple have been criticised by social media users on the mainland.

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Buddhist Temple Officiates Gay Weddings As Japan Continues to Struggle With LGBT Rights

By Charles Pulliam-Moore, Towleroad.com, Dec 7, 2014

Kyoto, Japan -- The Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan has become the first zen Buddhist temple offering to officiate symbolic same sex weddings within the country.

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Buddhist master writes letter to Xi

By Loa Iok-sin, Taipei Times, Dec 8, 2014

Taipei, Taiwan -- Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the release of Buddhist Master Shi Shengguan, a Chinese citizen, who was arrested in May in China and has been in detention since then.

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Dozen monasteries of Drukpa Buddhist lineage taken over by monks with strong financial backing

Economic Times, Dec 3, 2014

NEW DELHI, India -- While transgressions by Chinese soldiers in Ladakh in September and the resultant standoff were widely reported, an incursion of another kind shrouded in mystery is said to have taken place in Tibet at around the same time.

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Four South Koreans held over theft of Tsushima Buddhist statue

Kyodo, Nov 25, 2014

NAGASAKI, Japan -- Four South Korean men were taken into police custody Monday on suspicion of stealing a Buddha statue from a temple in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, local police said.

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Japan: Buddhist monks become models for fashion show

BBC, 4 November 2014

Koyasan, Japan -- A fashion show starring Buddhist monks as catwalk models has been held in Japan, it's reported.

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Pursuing the goal of creating human happiness

The Nation, 2 November 2014

The following is the resolution adopted by delegates of the World Fellowship of Buddhist at the 27th General Conference held in China.

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