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Three commitments save UN Vesak Day Mahanuwara (Kandy) Declaration 2017

by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, May 25, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The nine point Mahanuwara Declaration on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2017 may have ended up as an empty vacuous and vague document not worth a second look but for three distinctive commitments which have saved this document from being cast into oblivion.

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Voices of threatened Buddhists must be heard at the UNDV 2017 Conference

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, May 9, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Of all international Buddhist Conferences held in Sri Lanka, the one that stands out clearly above the rest is the Conference held in 1950, particularly because it led to the formation of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB). There was a huge need then for unity of all Buddhist schools and Dr. G.P. Malalasekera’s vision ensured that disparate groups were brought together under the banner of fellowship via the WFB.

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What a Buddhist Monk Taught Xi Jinping

By IAN JOHNSON, The New York Times, March 24, 2017

ZHENGDING, China -- In 1982, two men arrived in this dusty provincial town. One was Shi Youming, a Buddhist monk who was taking up a post in the ruins of one of Zhengding’s legendary temples. The other was Xi Jinping, the 29-year-old son of a top Communist Party official putting in a mandatory stint in the provinces as a bureaucrat in the government he would eventually lead.

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"WFBY" meeting in Seoul not recognized by the World Fellowship of Buddhists

The Buddhist Channel, March 3, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) has issued a statement which categorily rejects a meeting held by a rival "WFBY" in Seoul, South Korea some time in February, 2017.

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China plans to destroy an ancient Buddhist city to get the copper buried there

by Mariam Amini, CNBC, 1 Feb 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary

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