Author nun finds new outlet in cellphone fiction

From Reuters

Japan’s best-known Buddhist nun is reaching out to a new audience by writing a mobile phone novel at the age of 86.

Jakucho Setouchi, a prolific writer and translator of 11th century epic romance “The Tale of Genji,” is latching on to a publishing revolution — short works of fiction distributed piecemeal by cellphone often become best-sellers in book form.

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Nun uses martial art to get closer to Buddha

From VNS – Defying initial prejudice, a nun studying at the National Buddhism Academy is teaching shaolin to her fellow bonzes. Hoai Nam reports.

Those unfamiliar with the ethics of martial arts might think that a contact sport is not conducive to the life of a Buddhist nun. But 32-year-old nun Thich Nu Khanh Thao (Buddhist name) would disagree.

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Singing nun raises money for Nepal

From Reuters – Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Dolma, a 37-year-old Tibetan-Nepali known as Nepal’s “singing nun”, has soared to global fame with her eight albums of Tibetan and Sanskrit meditation songs.

The income from her CD sales has helped Dolma build the Arya Tara School, which has 58 students drawn from poor Nepali families, including some from neighbouring India and Tibet. Dolma wants to set up a kidney transplantation hospital in Kathmandu in the memory of her mother, who died of kidney problems.

With audiences across Europe, Asia and the United States and more concerts planned in Germany this year, Ani might just achieve her dream.

Tibet Protest Timeline

From CNN – This week’s protests in Tibet began Monday, and turned violent Friday in the provincial capital, Lhasa. Unless otherwise noted, the information comes from the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, run by exiles in India, and the International Campaign for Tibet, which has offices in Washington, Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels.

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Tibetan women have a higher calling

From LoHud – For a month-and-a-half, Bari Pearlman spent her days with the nuns of the Kala Rongo Monastery in the tall, distant mountains of Tibet.

“I was only there once,” Pearlman said of her 2004 trip, “and I may never be there again.”

A documentary filmmaker and former Spring Valley resident, Pearlman returned home to New York with remarkable footage.

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Two Buddhist nuns make third appearance on campus

From Flyer News – Two Buddhist nuns, Venerable Sisters Molini and Dhamma Vijaya, are currently at the University of Dayton. They are teaching classes and sessions open to all students.

Sisters Molini and Dhamma Vijaya are from Nepal, located in South Asia. This is the third time the two have been to UD, and they will remain here throughout the semester, according to Sister Molini.
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