National Museum of Korea to show Buddhist paintings, drawings

By Choi Si-young, Korea Herald, 21 Feb 2024

Seoul, South Korea -- The National Museum of Korea is mounting an exhibition through July 21 dedicated to exploring Buddhist paintings and drawings from the 19th to 20th century, a period the museum says is marked by Western influence.

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Ancient Buddhist Statue Unveils Hidden Treasures at Myooin Temple

The Buddhist Channel, 14 Feb 2024

FUKUYAMA, Japan -- An important discovery has unfolded at the Myooin temple in Hiroshima Prefecture, revealing layers of traditional "washi" paper adorned with images of revered Buddhist figures within the hollowed-out head of an ancient statue. The revelation came to light during the dismantling process of the Maitreya statue, a designated important cultural asset by Hiroshima Prefecture, for repair work.

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Korea hopes for ‘progress’ in repatriation of Buddhist relics

By Choi Si-young, The Korea Herald, Feb 1, 2024

Seoul, South Korea -- The chief of the Cultural Heritage Administration said Thursday he is looking to “make some progress” in the talks on the repatriation of Buddhist objects, at his scheduled meeting with officials from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Buddhism and Cultural Preservation in Korea

The Buddhist Channel, 20 Jan 2024

Seoul, South Korea -- On an auspicious day of Tuesday, 30 January 2024, marking the 2568th year in the Buddhist calendar, the Korean Republic's President, Yoon Suk Yeol, attended a vibrant Buddhist New Year's gathering of 800 attendees, which included eminent Buddhist leaders such as Ven. Jinwoo of the Jogye Order, lawmakers, and government officials. The event was a joint effort by the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders and the Jogye Order's Buddhist leaders' forum.

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Why Buddhism Faded in Japan and How It Can Be Revived

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 23 January 2024

Tokyo, Japan -- The downturn of Buddhism in Japan started shortly after the end of the second World War.

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Tongbulgyo and the Distinctive Journey of Korean Buddhism

The Buddhist Channel, 18 January 2024

Seoul, South Korea -- Korean Buddhism holds a unique position among its global counterparts, marked by an intrinsic effort to reconcile perceived inconsistencies within Mahayana Buddhism.

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Zuiryu-Ji: A Historic Soto Zen Buddhist temple in Takaoka

The Buddhist Channel, 10 Jan 2024

TOYAMA, Japan -- Zuiryu-ji, located in Toyama Prefecture, is a splendid temple with  historical importance which is recognized as a national treasure of Japan. It stands as an essential destination for those journeying to Takaoka.

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Exploring Seoul's Inspiring Buddhist Temples

The Buddhist Channel, 15 December 2023

Seoul, South Korea -- Embark on a spiritual journey through Seoul as we unveil the city's seven distinctive Buddhist temples that offer a unique blend of tradition and serenity. Local Buddhist priest Jang Jeok, known for his "extreme calmness," guides us through these cultural treasures, each holding a rich history and cultural significance.

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The Kizil Grottoes, China's Ancient Buddhist Legacy Along the Silk Road

The Buddhist Channel, 12 Dec 2023

Xinjiang, China -- Amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, an awe-inspiring tribute to China's ancient Buddhist history emerges along the northern Silk Road — the Kizil Grottoes.
Carved into the vibrant cliffs of the Flaming Mountains, this archaeological marvel stands as a testament to the cultural exchanges and religious diffusion that occurred along the Silk Road.

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Ven. Jaseung, Influential Leader of Jogye Order, Passes Away

The Buddhist Channel, 3 December 2023

Seoul, South Korea -- The untimely demise of Ven. Jaseung, the former head of the Jogye Order, has sent shockwaves through the Buddhist community, prompting widespread reflection on his profound impact on the dissemination of Buddha's teachings.

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