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Walk highlights scope for Buddhist pilgrimage

by Pranav Chaudhary, TNN, Dec 15, 2014

PATNA, India -- With the participation of over 1,500 people from 15 Buddhist countries, including monks and nuns, in the 13km Jethian-Rajgir heritage walk along the footsteps of Buddha on December 13, the immense untapped potential for Buddhist pilgrimage in Bihar has been underlined again.

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Buddhist sites to be developed with Japanese help

by T. Appala Naidu, The Hindu, Dec 5, 2014

New Delhi, India -- At least 19 Buddhist sites, including two from the second and third centuries A.D, in Krishna district will be developed into prominent tourist destinations with Japanese help.

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India plans to transform Buddhist sites

Jagran Post News Desk, 30 Nov 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- India plans to transform Buddhist sites across the country and make them the centre of Buddhism for global followers, a senior minister said here.

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Sri Lanka: Rehabilitation of Buddhist Temples Foundation's inaugural fund program

Lanka News, Nov 25, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Rehabilitation of Buddhist Temples Foundation has selected eight rural temples for its inaugural fund donation program which will be held on November 29 at the temple premises under the 'Pansala Hadamu' (Let us build temples) initiative.

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Buddhist Conference focuses on Protecting and Preserving Buddhist Culture

by Alison Lesley, World Religion news, 14 Nov 2014

Lumbini, Nepal -- A Buddhist conference being held November 15-18 in Gautama Buddha’s place of birth, Lumbini, has drawn over 400 scholars and monks from roughly 30 different nations.

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Buddhist philosophy should be internalised: Nepali President

eKantipur, Nov 15, 2014

BUTWAL, Nepal -- President Ram Baran Yadav has said that the Buddhist religion should be spread as a philosophy and be internalised accordingly.

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Modiís Buddhist diplomacy on anvil

by Ashok B Sharma, The Nation, 9 November 2014

New Delhi, India -- A definite shift in India’s Look East Policy is underway with added emphasis on Buddha diplomacy under the new dispensation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to market the Buddha card to the countries in the region as India is the place of origin of Dhamma and Sangha. He indicated such a change in emphasis by his first official visit abroad to a neighboring Buddhist country Asia, Bhutan, and then to Nepal, where Buddha was born. His first official visit outside South Asia was to another Buddhist country, Japan.

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Gyalwang Drukpa lends hand to Modi's cleanliness campaign

Zee News, November 3, 2014

Varanasi, India -- With Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s campaign for a cleaner India gaining ground, a Buddhist leader with a mass following here has thrown his weight behind the movement.

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Vietnamese PM Prays at Bodh Gaya, Says Buddhism Binds Both Countries

NDTV, October 28, 2014

Patna, India -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Bodh Gaya on Monday and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine.

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Lumbini to host int'l Buddhist meet

eKantipur, Oct 31, 2014

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- An international Buddhist conference will be held in Lumbini on November 15-18 for the preservation and protection of Buddhist culture and heritage, organisers said at a press meet at the Reporters' Club Nepal.

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