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Hundreds of Tibetans Gather For Buddhist Teachings in China's Qinghai

Radio Free Asia, Sept 13, 2016

Qinghai, China -- Hundreds of Tibetan monks and laypeople coming from across northwestern China’s Qinghai have gathered this week at a Buddhist monastery in the province for a traditional eight-day period of religious teachings and debates, according to a Tibetan source living in the region.

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China: 1,000 Evictions from Tibetan Buddhist Centers

Human Rights Watch, September 13, 2016

End Threats to Families, Demolitions of Dwellings
Sichuan, China
-- Chinese authorities are reportedly forcing at least 1,000 religious adherents to withdraw from two major Tibetan Buddhist institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should resolve genuine safety and health issues at the Buddhist institutions without infringing on the rights to religious belief and freedom of movement.

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Buddhist governing body questions monk over harassment claims

Japan Today, Sep. 8, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- A Buddhist governing body has questioned one of the two most senior monks at Zenkoji temple in the city of Nagano about allegations he sexually harassed a female staffer, it said Thursday, with the monk reiterating his denial of the claims.

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China’s Tech-Savvy, Burned-Out and Spiritually Adrift, Turn to Buddhism

By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ, New York Times, Sept 7, 2016

BEIJING, China -- For centuries, Buddhists seeking enlightenment made the journey to Longquan Monastery, a lonesome temple on a hilltop in the hinterlands of northwest Beijing. Under the ginkgo and cypress trees, they meditated, chanted and pored over ancient texts.

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Buddhist altar makers recreate armor worn by feudal clan chief

By HIROSHI ONO, Asahi Shimbun, August 28, 2016

HIKONE, Shiga Prefecture (Japan) -- Artisans in various fields banded together to recreate a suit of armor worn by Ii Naotaka (1590-1659), a feudal lord of the Hikone domain.

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Holy Buddhist temple embraces its role as a Pokémon gym

By Heather Dockray, Mashable, Jul 27, 2016

Kyoto, Japan -- Pokémon fever has taken over the world - it's touched private businesses, Holocaust museums, and now, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.

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Tibetan Buddhist abbot released from Chinese prison under surveillance

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- Free Tibet has confirmed that on 4 June, Tibetan abbot and teacher Khenpo Kartse (also known as Karma Tsewang – Khenpo is a religious title) was released from prison in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, after completing his two-and-a-half year prison term. Khenpo Kartse was arrested in December 2013 and reportedly convicted for harbouring fugitives. His case had been raised repeatedly by governments, lawmakers, Tibet NGOs and international human rights organisations.

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Beijing hands prestigious Buddhist ceremony in Tibet to “fake” Panchen Lama

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- In a move intended to bolster his profile and religious authority, the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu will conduct the Tibetan Buddhist ritual called Kalachakra (1) in Tibet between 21 and 24 July. The ceremony tomorrow will be the first time that Gyaltsen Norbu (Ch: Gyaincain Norbu) has conducted the Kalachakra ritual, one of the most important in all of Buddhism. It will also be the first time that it has been carried out inside the heavily-policed Tibet Autonomous Region for 50 years.

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Armed with an MBA, a Buddhist monk sets out to transform the future of the temple

by Mai Yoshikawa, Japan Times, Jun 29, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Setting aside time for solitude can be a healthy habit, and doing it in a spiritual atmosphere can be even healthier.

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Buddhist monk uses age-old wisdom to create driverless taxis

by Anna Kitanaka and Yuki Hagiwara, Bloomberg News, Jul 3, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Hisashi Taniguchi took a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become the shrine's leader.

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