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Buddhism undergoes modern twist to attract young people

By JUNKO SAIMOTO, Asahi/AJW, June 26, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Discussing love, using social media and pouring cocktails are a few of the methods Buddhist monks and priests are now using to gain followers in modern-day Japan.

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Zen and the art of moneymaking

The Economist, Jun 27 2015

Local officials make a packet from a religion of self-denial

Beijing, China -- THE white steel lady overlooking the South China Sea has three heads, three bodies and toenails bigger than human heads. Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, stands atop a temple on a man-made islet, each of her heads facing a different way.

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Taiwan's Buddhist groups helping with Nepal quake relief efforts

CNA, April 26, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Buddhist groups are organizing teams that will go to Nepal to help with the Himalayan country's relief efforts in the wake of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake Saturday that have reportedly killed more than 2,000 people.

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Hong Kong opens £193m luxury Buddhist monastery to public

by Caroline Davies, The Standard, 16 April 2015

Brainchild of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person, Tsz Shan complex features several grand halls, gardens and 250ft statue of goddess Guan Yin

Hong Kong, China -- Watched over by a 76-metre-high bronze goddess of mercy, Hong Kong’s newest Buddhist monastery – which features bulletproof VIP rooms – has opened to the public.

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The largest Buddhist settlement in the world is in China

By Becky Pemberton, The Daily Mail, 19 April 2015

Inside the village where 40,000 monks and nuns are segregated and televisions are banned... but iPhones are allowed

Larung Gar, China -- Among the green rolling hills in the Larung Gar Valley in China, the last thing you would expect to see in the countryside are thousands of red wooden huts that have been built in a massive cluster.

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China wants to turn Tibetís Buddhist monasteries into Communist Party propaganda centers

by Reinhard Krause, REUTERS, Apr. 3, 2015

Tibetan monks shield their eyes from the sun as they watch others dancing at the Kirti Monastery near the town of Langmusi, in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

BEIJING, China -- Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet must become propaganda centers for the ruling Communist Party, where monks and nuns learn to “revere” science and appreciate the party’s love, the troubled region’s top Chinese appointed official said.

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Senior Buddhist monk of Joney, Tibet released on bail, may face trial

by Yeshe Choesang, Tibet Post International, 13 April 2015

Dharamshala, India -- Sources coming out of Tibet say a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk and intellectual monk who was detained on eve of Tibet uprising anniversary has been released on "bail pending trial" on March 20, 2015.

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Cup of noodles for vegans!

by Casey Baseel, Rocket News 24, March 28, 2015

Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon

Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.

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China's stressed-out 'millenials' embrace Buddhism

by Lu-Hai Liang, CNN, March 30, 2015

Beijing, China -- Five years ago, Beijinger Robert Zhao went on a trip to Tibet. What he encountered left him confused but intrigued.

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Cup of noodles for vegans!

by Casey Baseel, Rocket News 24, March 28, 2015

Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon

Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.

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