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    The 2011 TIME 100: Cheng Yen Paid Member

    "Top 100" lists are all the rave these days. A few weeks ago the Watkins Review released their "100 Spiritual Power List" and now there's a TIME list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Surprisingly, you won't find the Dalai Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh on this list, however, there is a slightly lesser known Buddhist figure: Dharma Master Cheng Yen.From TIME: More »
  • How much is that Buddha worth? Paid Member

    The spiraling price of gold has placed a whole new value on Taoist and Buddhist statuary in Taiwan. Gold, selling at $300 an ounce in 2002, is now pushing $1,300 an ounce. Temples are finding themselves in possession of golden Buddhas whose market values have significantly improved their fortunes. While many Taiwanese are building security systems to safeguard their treasures, not so the Nantien Temple in Ilan, in northeastern Taiwan, which built a 588-lb sea goddess (Matsu) in the mid 1990s. Canadian Business (CB) Online reports: "One would have difficulty hoisting the heavy statue even with a crane," said temple official Chen Cheng-nan. So far, I haven't heard of a temple that wants to sell. I just hope you can't borrow against the statues. More »
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    China talks peace with Taiwan Paid Member

    China invites Taiwan to the table and talks peace. [Kuomintang* Chairman] Wu in turn said the Chinese and Taiwanese should make sure that their people never take up arms against each other again, in comments that also touched on this month's devastating earthquake in China's southwest. "We cannot guarantee there won't be any natural disasters any more on both sides of the strait, but through our mutual efforts, we can ensure there is no war," he said. Is China opening up, or appeasing the west, or both? * Taiwan's ruling party. More »
  • A 3-Year Retreat Paid Member

    Back in the old days when there were fewer distractions, you wouldn't miss as much spending a few years in a mountaintop cave. But these days... but 28 people did just that in Australia recently (except for the cave and mountaintop parts.) From the Buddhist Channel. Plus, new treatments for Parkinson's disease at Taiwan's Tzu Chi Hospital. More »