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Modi govt plans Buddhism blitz in cultural diplomacy refocus

by Charu Sudan Kasturi, the Telegraph (India), Aug 31, 2015

New Delhi, india -- India has a new top cultural diplomat - and he is called the Buddha.

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Amaravati all set to be Mahayana Buddhist centre

by Y. Mallikarjun, The Hindu, Aug 13, 2015

AP planning to attract tourists from China, Japan and Thailand
Andhra Pradesh, India --
The ancient town of Amaravati, which forms part of the upcoming capital region of the State, will be promoted as a cradle of Mahayana Buddhism to attract international tourists, particularly those from China, Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries.

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Monks promote Buddhist cultural exchange in Thailand

IANS, August 3, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Monks from China's Shaolin temple gave a performance of Kung Fu as part of their six-day visit to promote Buddhist cultural exchange in Thailand.

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Buddhist symposium in Chiangmai

by Patinya Srisupamas, The Nation, August 3, 2015

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The event is being held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in the northern province for the first time from August 1-4.

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Phuket two-day booze ban for Buddhist holidays to include hotels

by Supatra Sutham, ThaiVisa.com, July 27, 2015

Phuket, Thailand -- Bars and restaurants across the island will be forced to refrain from selling alcohol on Thursday and Friday (July 30-31) as the nation marks the Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent).

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China to expand 1,943-year-old Buddhist temple

by Jagriti Kumari, One India, July 27, 2015

Beijing, China -- China is all set to expand country's oldest Buddhist temple in Henan Province in the country, media reported.

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