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Plans unveiled for Buddhist meditation centre in Highland woodland

by Calum Ross, Aberdeen Journals, January 13, 2017

Plans have been unveiled for a new Buddhist meditation retreat centre in a Highland woodland.
Aberdeen, Scotland
-- 'The charity Gomde Trust Scotland has applied for permission to build 17 huts in a forest a mile east of Auldearn.


Russia's Buddhist Republic

By Bradley Jardine, The Diplomat, January 4, 2017

Kalmykia, Russia -- The journey from Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) to Russia’s southern Republic of Kalmykia – a barren landscape the size of Scotland, wedged between Stavropol and Astrakhan on the coast of the Caspian Sea – is somewhat eerie.


North-east Buddhist retreat backed by planners

by Ryan Cryle, Evening Express, 17 Dec 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland (UK) -- Proposals to turn a cottage on the outskirts of Aberdeen into a monastic retreat have been backed by planners despite fears over traffic.


Buddha Bar in Krasnoyarsk fined for offending believers’ feelings

by Nadezhda Stolyarchuk, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia Beyond the Headlines, November 24, 2016

The local chain of Buddha Bar ordered to pay a fine, change their name and remove Buddha statues.
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
-- The Krasnoyarsk prosecutor’s office has fined the local branch of Buddha Bar, a global chain of bars that feature Buddha statues in their interiors. The establishment has been ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles ($462) for offending the religious feelings of Buddhists in Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tyva.


Crowds flock to Runcorn for Buddhist festival

By Oliver Clay, Echo, 23 NOV 2016

Event marked end of rainy season with visitor numbers estimated at more than 500
Runcorn, UK
-- Hundreds of Buddhists descended on Wat Phra Singh temple on High Street in Runcorn to celebrate the Kathina festival.


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