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Telangana has Buddhism roots


Evidence found in pre-Satavahana coins dating back to 1st Century BCE.
Hyderabad, India
-- Fresh evidence has been found that Buddhism flourished in Telangana state in ancient times, at remote village of Badankurthi on the banks of the Godavari near Khanapur in Nirmal district.


Ghantasala ASI museum gets Buddhist umbrella

The Hindu, November 22, 2016

GHANTASALA, India -- A group of amateur historians on Monday handed over a Buddhist Chaitya Chaitram (Umbrella) dated back to the 2nd Century A.D to the Archaeological Survey of India’s Buddhist museum at Ghantasala village in Krishna district.


Xuan Zang stayed in Vijayawada to study Buddhist scriptures

by G. Venkataramana Rao, The Hindu, November 3, 2016

Chroniclers of history have documented ancient inscriptions in the region.
Andhra Pradesh, India
-- Chinese Buddhist pilgrim and scholar Xuan Zang stayed a couple of years in Bezawada (the old name of Vijayawada) to copy and study the Abhidhammapitakam, the last of the three pitakas (Pali for baskets) constituting the Pali canon, the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.


Ancient Buddhist scripture discovered in rural Beijing

By Wu Jin, China.org.cn, September 26, 2016

Beijing, China -- The earliest preserved edition of the "Heart Sutra" – a Buddhist scripture translated by the famous Monk Xuanzang, known for his fictional role in the classic novel "Journey to the West" – was recently discovered on a stele in Beijing's rural Fangshan District.


Conservation of historic Buddhist site delayed

APP, September 26, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Conservation work at the Buddhist site `Ban Faqiran’ atop Margalla Hills in the federal capital has still not started owing to negligence of the concerned authorities.


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