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In London, Buddhist kung fu nuns show how they are teaching Indian woman to fight off sexual predators

South China Morning Post, 17 November, 2017

The Drukpa lineage is the only female order in the patriarchal Buddhist monastic system where nuns have equal status to monks
London, UK
-- Buddhist nuns swapped their maroon robes for black belts on Thursday, performing somersaults, high kicks, splits and punches to demonstrate how they are using Kung Fu to empower women in the conservative Himalayas.

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Buddhism revealed as fastest-growing religion in Scottish jails

by Stephen Stewart, Daily Record, 9 OCT 2017

Cons are feeling karma as faith soars in popular across prisons in Scotland.
Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
-- Buddhism is one of the fastest-growing religions in Scottish jails, the Record can reveal.

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Monks ordained on a barge at Runcorn Buddhist temple

Runcorn and Widnes World, July 31, 2017

Runcorn, UK -- It was an unusual occasion for worshippers at Wat Phra Singh Buddhist temple as they celebrated the centre’s first ordination ceremony.

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Narendra Modi Gifts Sacred Tibetan Books To Buddhist Temple In Russia

Press Trust of India, June 2, 2017

The Urga edition of the Tibetan Kanjur was unknown till 1955 when scholar Raghu Vira brought to India its complete set of 104 volumes, with a volume containing the catalogue.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
--  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented over 100 volumes of the sacred Tibetan Buddhist text "Urga Kanjur" to the head priest of the Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple in Saint Petersburg, the Prime Minister's Office or PMO said in a tweet.

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Vesak at Berlin Vihara

The Buddhist Channel, May 25, 2017

Berlin, Germany -- The Berlin Buddhist Vihara founded by Asoka Weeraratna (1957), and housed in Das Buddhistische Haus built by Dr. Paul Dahlke in 1924, being the oldest Theravada Buddhist temple in Europe, observed Vesak on Sunday May 14, in the presence of a large gathering of Buddhists and well – wishers from Sri Lanka, Germany, Thailand, and several other Asian and European countries.

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