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Monks vote to chose a Lama as their Member of the Legislative Assembly in Sikkim

PTI, 12 April 2014

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim voted on Saturday to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly.

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Inland fisheries and Buddhism

Observer, Sunday Times, April 12th, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region’s people) gold and cloth and whatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds….”

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Statue of Ambedkar to be raised in Sri Lanka

by Dilshan Boange, The Sunday Nation, March 1, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- On February 22, 2013 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.

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Cambodian Buddhist temple in eye of storm

TNN, Feb 28, 2014

VARANASI, India -- The newly constructed Cambodian Buddhist temple was inaugurated in the restricted area of Sarnath on Friday amid controversy and tight security arrangements.

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University of Mumbai took UGC grants for Buddhist centre it never opened

by Kanchan Srivastava, DNA, January 30, 2014

Mumbai, India -- The University of Mumbai has been directed to refund monetary grants it was alloted to set up a ‘Buddhist Studies Centre’. The University Grants Commission wants the refund as the centre never took off despite disbursal of funds by the apex body for higher education in India.

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Harassed 300 Dalits Embrace Buddhism

By Karal Marx L, The New Indian Express, 7 January 2014

VILLUPURAM, India -- Tired of being discriminated against by Caste Hindus for the past two years, around 300 Hindu Dalits of the Seshasamuthiram Colony embraced Buddhism on Monday.

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Buddhist monks offer special world peace prayers in Bodh Gaya

Malaysia Sun (ANI), 11th January, 2014

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist monks performed a special prayer called 'Mahakala Puja' for world peace and tranquility at Bodhgaya, Bihar.

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Rein in Kanuma revellers at Buddhist site, collector urged

by Venkatesh Bayya, TNN Jan 8, 2014

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- Worried about the impact of the annual Jatara on the Bojjannakonda-Lingalametta Buddhist site near Anakapalle on January 15, heritage conservationists have sought police protection for the ancient heritage site. Office bearers of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) have already written to the district collector seeking police protection.

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Karmapa begins prayer for world peace at Bodh Gaya

IANS, December 14, 2013

Patna, India -- The 17th Karmapa, spiritual head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhists, Saturday began the Kagyu-Moenlam prayer amid tight security at Bodh Gaya, considered the birthplace of Buddhism, in Bihar, police said.

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President Rajapaksa worships Nairobi Buddhist Viharaya

By Janaka Alahapperuma, LankaWeb, December 14th, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Nairobi Buddhist Viharaya, located in a suburb of Kenya’s Capital City, Nairobi on Friday morning (13 December).

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Global Buddhists come to Bodh Gaya for peace conference

Daily Mirror, 8 DECEMBER 2013

Bodh Gaya, Bihar (India) -- Buddhist from across the globe gathered in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, on Sunday to attend a conference, aimed at spreading the message of peace.

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Buddhist temple gets 300kg gold

The New Paper, Nov 17, 2013

Bodhgaya, India -- India's Mahabodhi Temple, one of the world's holiest Buddhist shrines, is to have its dome inlaid with 300kg of gold donated by Thailand's king and other devotees, officials said on Thursday.

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Prince Charles visits temple of the tooth relic

Buddhist Channel, 18 November 2013

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The Prince of Wales paid his respects at Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist shrine - containing a tooth from the Buddha.

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Dalai Lama Encourages Buddhist Nuns on the Path

by Rinchen Khando Choegyal, Director, Tibetan Nuns Project; Founding member, Tibetan Women's Association, Nov 13, 2013

Dharmsala, India -- It was a moment that Tibetan Buddhist nuns dream of -- to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama and to hear his words of encouragement about their studies. Many of the nuns had risked their lives fleeing Tibet to see the Dalai Lama and to find the freedom to practice their Buddhist faith.

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Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas Learn Fresh Water Conservation

by Anjana Pasricha, VOA, November 8, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- Representatives of about 50 Buddhist monasteries are in the Indian capital to discuss fresh water conservation and preservation of the fragile ecosystem in the high Himalayan ranges and the Tibetan plateau.

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Remembering the Buddhist Renaissance in Sri Lanka

Sunday Island, November 9, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thailand and Sri Lanka, Siam and Ceylon, Ayutthaya and Kandy. The ties between these two sister nations go back 260 years. Last week Museum Siam, the National Discovery Museum Institute, in collaboration.with the Thai Foreign Ministry, opened the exhibition entitled "Origin Of Siam-Lanka Wongse: Upali's Pilgrimage, 260 Years Of Siamese Heritage In Sri Lanka", which honours the Dharmaduta mission by Phra Upali Maha Thera.

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'Became Buddhist for haircut, shave... mental untouchability persists'

by Gopal Kateshiya, Indian Express, Oct 21 2013

Nakhda, India -- At Vishal Hadmatiya village in Bhesan taluka, 21 km from Junagadh, a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar greets visitors. It's been a week since all the 60 families in this Dalit neighbourhood 'converted' to Buddhism at an event in Junagadh. The organisers of the event have claimed that a total of 60,000 Dalits converted to Buddhism.

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Indian Buddhism Today

by Diksha Bhumi, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 24, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Every year a million Dalits gather at the site of the first Conversion to Buddhism in Nagpur, India. Since 1956 millions of Dalits have responded to Dr. Ambedkar’s appeal to adopt Buddhism and escape the caste system.

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The Plight of Buddhist Minorities in Bangladesh

by Ven. Upali Sraman, Buddhistdoor International, Oct 18 2013

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- During last few years, there have been a number of reports of communal violence against Buddhists in Bangladesh. Although such tensions have always existed, recently we have seen an increase in the vandalization of Buddhist houses and temples or murders and displacements of people. It is not improbable to surmise that many smaller events go unreported in the popular media.

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Buddhist conclave trips China, gives India a boost

by Rajeev Deshpande, TNN Oct 8, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- Passing almost unnoticed, a recent conclave of senior Buddhist figures in Delhi marks a remarkable step to redeem India's legacy as the font of Buddha's thought while queering China's bid to snatch the baton from India.

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Sense of insecurity still haunts Ramu Buddhists

by Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka Tribune, September 28, 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Most people, including Muslims and Buddhists, still cannot understand why the Buddhists were attacked.

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Research on to trace journey of Buddhist monks in country

by V Kamalakara Rao, TNN, Sep 27, 2013

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- At a time when technology has literally turned into a religion for many, a Vizag-based research scholar has taken up a scientific study using nuclear analytical techniques (NAT) to trace the route taken by Buddhist monks in the country centuries ago to spread the word of Gautam Buddha.

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New Confederation Seeks to Unite Buddhists

VOA News, September 25, 2013

New Delhi, India -- A Buddhist lama says a new confederation will seek to bridge the gap between the world's Buddhists and be a voice for the religion at major international events.

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Dalai Lama concludes editorial meeting on Buddhist science book

Phayul, September 25, 2013

DHARAMSHALA, India -- A three day meeting of around 25 Tibetan Buddhist scholars and His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded today at the latter’s residence here.

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Dalai Lama asks India to merge ancient tradition with modern knowledge

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 12 September 2013

Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said time has come for India to revive her ancient traditions and combine its knowledge with modern education for betterment of humanity.

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Buddhist convention on grand scale

Lanka Daily News, Sept 14, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Second Asian Festival of Buddhist Culture and International Convention will be held on September 25-28 at the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Pallekele.

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Hurt deep down Buddhist heart

by Muhammad Ali Zinnat, The Daily Star, September 3, 2013

Bangladeshi Prime Minister to reopen repaired temples in Ramu, Ukhia today; still may not see many happy faces

Ramu, Bangladesh -- When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits Ramu today, she can expect to see some happy faces, as the government has rebuilt 19 Buddhist temples that were torched and vandalised in Ramu and Ukhia in September last year.

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Conclave to discuss Buddhist issues in Delhi Monday

IANS, Sep 3, 2013

New Delhi, India -- The conclave is being organized by the International Buddhist Confederation, the body that represents the voice of Buddhists around the world.

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China Banks on Buddhism

by ILARIA MARIA SALA, WSJ, Aug 21, 2013

Lumbini, Nepal -- The plain of Terai, a poor agricultural land crossed by holy rivers, straddles the border between Nepal and India. Its sweltering summers see temperatures climb above 100 degrees, but this parched terrain might be on the verge of tumultuous changes. On the Nepali side is the small city of Lumbini, which, after long neglect, is now at the center of great power politics.

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Smartphones, TVs hurting Buddhist culture in Bhutan

AFP Aug 8, 2013

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Kencho Tshering, a red-robed Buddhist monk, takes a call from the King of Bhutan's office, then duly dashes off to start a ceremony praying for a break in the monsoon rains.

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Sri Lanka mosque closes after attack by Buddhist mob

BBC, 12 August 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A mosque in the Sri Lankan capital has been closed after an attack by a Buddhist mob over the weekend sparked clashes in which five people were hurt.

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India, Thailand maps Buddhist historical sites

by Clarice Africa, FutureGov, August 12, 2013

New Delhi, India -- The Governments of India and Thailand are working together to generate a map of Buddhist historical sites across South East Asia, including India, as part of bilateral efforts to promote tourism.

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Lay community, Buddhism, and the role of virtuous monks in Sri Lanka

by Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Groundviews.org, Aug 11, 2013

Boston, USA -- I threw the pot containing my father’s ash to the sea and watched how it drifted away in the current. I had already made up my mind. He was 81 years old, he did his best to serve the society as a teacher, and he saw the fruits of his dedication to raise us. But something started to kick in from within me. It grew and worsened at the departure terminal of the Katunayake airport. I was dipped in a deep sense of sorrow all along the long flight to Boston.

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Darjeeling shutdown for Gorkhaland state: Buddhist monks facing food crisis

Indo-Asian News Service, August 12, 2013

Siliguri, India -- Around 12,000 Buddhist monks and students living in pagodas and monasteries of northern West Bengal's Darjeeling hills face an impending food crisis with the pro-Gorkhaland shutdown continuing for the tenth day on Monday.

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Sri Lankan Buddhist monk begins fast unto death demanding clean drinking water

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 30, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has begun a fast unto death on Tuesday demanding the government to provide clean drinking water to the residents in an area in Gampaha district.

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Buddhists gherao Singhadurbar to protest Kakrebihar crackdown

The Himalayan Times, July 30, 2013

Capital witnesses massive traffic jam

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- People of Buddhist community staged a sit-in outside the Singha Durbar, the country's main administrative complex, to protest the government intervention in the installment of Lord Buddha’s idol in Kakrebihar of Surkhet district, on Tuesday.

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A `Lumbini circuit` suggested for Buddhist tourism

AFP, July 27, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Former Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Friday advocated a ‘Lumbini circuit’ of Buddhist tourism sites spanning India and Nepal which would attract millions of Buddhist pilgrims.

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New university at Kapilvastu to be centre for Buddhist studies

Express news service, Jul 30 2013

Lucknow, India -- Uttar Pradesh will get another university at Kapilvastu in Siddharthnagar district. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to lay the foundation stone of the university on September 10.

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Sri Lanka to set up a special Court for Buddhist monks

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 28, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Mohan Peiris has said that a special Sangha Court would be set up to hear cases involving Buddhist monks.

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Understanding the Sinhala Buddhist doctrine of ‘Holding On’

by Sajeeva Samaranayake, Groundviews.org, July 25, 20013

“I do not say you can attain purity by views, traditions, morality or conventions, nor will you gain purity without these. But by using them for abandonment rather than as positions to hold on to, you will come to be at peace without the need to be anything.” – Buddha

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Since the Buddha taught a doctrine of non-self it would not be too difficult to reject the rigid Sinhala Buddhist viewpoint of race and religion as self as a perversion of the true dharma. However setting up such a clash between the ideal and actual does not help; something the western oriented proponents of human rights have yet to learn. To say ‘I am right and you are wrong’ is not effective communication.

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Fresh alerts of terror strikes on Buddhist population and monasteries in Himachal

Phayul, July 23, 2013

DHARAMSHALA, India -- Police in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, exile home to thousands of Tibetans including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, have been alerted of possible terror strikes on Buddhist population and monastries.

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India pledges to protect Buddhist shrines after temple blasts

by Dean Nelson, The Telegraph, 16 Jul 2013

New Delhi, India -- India has reassured Burma and other Buddhist countries it will prevent further attacks on sacred shrines after the temple site where Buddha attained enlightenment was bombed last week.

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Security stepped up in Lumbini, other Buddhist centres

PTI, July 13, 2013

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Nepal has stepped up security in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, with security personnel frisking every tourist entering the shrine, nearly a week after a terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple in India.

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More security at Buddhist sites sought

TNN Jul 11, 2013

BHUBANESWAR, India -- After the recent bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya, Odisha chapter of Buddhist Society of India on Wednesday demanded more security cover and proper boundary wall at all Buddhist sites in the state.

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Myanmar govt, Suu Kyi slam attack on Buddhist shrine

TNN Jul 9, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- The Myanmar government and Opposition leader Aung San Suu kyi expressed unhappiness about the terror attacks in Bodh Gaya which damaged the Mahabodhi shrine and injured a young Myanmarese monk on Sunday. The Bihar government has been criticized for ignoring intelligence warnings that the shrine may be under terror threat.

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Pay more attention to Buddhists, Rinpoche tells India

by Aarti Dhar, The Hindu, June 23, 2013

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Buddhist spiritual leader Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche has said the government should give more attention to Buddhism as its followers are along the international borders and are crucial for national security.

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5th Annual Drukpa Council from Aug 29-Sept 5, 2013

The Buddhist Channel, June 19, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The 5th Annual Drukpa Council has been scheduled for 29 Aug to 5 Sept 2013, at the Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, India. This is likely to be the last time that Ladakh will play host to the world's largest assembly of Drukpa Masters.

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Sri Lanka must ask India not to remove Pali Language from its Indian Administrative Service Examination

by Shenali D Waduge, Lankaweb, June 6, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- India’s projection internationally as a country interested in preserving the Buddhist heritage and Indian Government promotions to encourage tourists to visit Buddhist sites in India as a custodian of Buddhism, has come in for a rude shock with the news that the Government of India has recently removed Pali – an ancient classical language being the language of propagation of Buddhism – as a subject from the main examination of the Civil Services (popularly known as Indian Administrative Services i.e. IAS) of India, 2013, which were under the purview of the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). This news is most disturbing to the Buddhists the world over.

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A lost Nirvana: Swat’s window into the past closes as Kanderai slowly disappears

by Fazal Khaliq / Fazal Khaliq, The Tribune, June 3, 2013

Kanderai, Pakistan -- Neglected by the government, Kanderai, the remains of one of the largest and most fascinating Buddhist settlements, will soon crumble to dust.

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Thai PM visit Sri Lanka – a platform to align the Buddhist Nations of Asia

by Shenali D Waduge, LankaWeb, May 29, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thai Prime Minister Ms. Shinawatra is due to visit Buddhist Sri Lanka during the month of Wesak. The bond that Sri Lanka and former Siam (Thailand) share needs to go beyond diplomatic niceties.

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Sri Lankan President visits China's Lingguang Buddhist Temple

ColomboPage News Desk, May 28, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Beijing: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wikaramasinghe Rajapaksa, along with members of the Sri Lankan delegation, visited the Lingguang Buddhist Temple located on the outskirts of Beijing Monday.

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Sri Lanka inquiry into Buddhist monk's self-immolation

BBC, May 27, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka is to investigate the role of the media in the death of a Buddhist monk on Saturday, the day after he set fire to himself.

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Buddhist Compassion For Sentient Beings Warrants Enactment Of Sri Lanka’s Animal Welfare Bill Without Further Delay

by By Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review, May 24, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka with a Theravada Buddhist civilization that protected and fostered Buddhism has much to introspect. With over 70% of the population being Buddhists it is a national shame that we continue to forget the very basic teachings of the Buddha whose message to us was to treat non – human sentient beings with compassion and loving – kindness, as though they were no different to humans with feelings and pain.

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Remain vigilant against religious bigots: President

The Financial Express (Bangladesh), 24 May 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- President M Abdul Hamid Advocate on Thursday urged all to be vigilant against the reactionary bigots with a view to maintaining traditional communal harmony in the country at any cost, reports UNB.

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Chinese delegation could attend Buddhist meet in Delhi this year

by Rajeev Deshpande, TNN, May 14, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- One-and-a-half years after China rescheduled border talks in a huff over Dalai Lama addressing a global Buddhist meet in Delhi, there are indications of a thaw with the Chinese expressing an interest in the Indian effort to organize another meet this year.

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Buddhist sites from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath to be documented

PTI, May 9, 2013

Gaya, India -- All Buddhist sites between Bodh Gaya and Sarnath in Bihar would be documented, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday.

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Dalai Lama promotes vegetarianism on first ever World Compassion Day

Ahimsa360.com, May 5, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Animal welfare was the topic of discussion and the XIV Dalai Lama propounded the ideals of ahimsa and vegetarianism at the first-ever World Compassion Day, organised at a suburban hotel on Wednesday.

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President presents peace lamp to Buddhist monk

The Himalaya Times, Apr 19, 2013

"The peace lamp would hopefully help allay the magnitude of conflict surfaced between North Korea and South Korea"

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has presented a perennial holy peace lamp (Akhanda Dip) to South Korean Buddhist monk on Friday.

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Buddhist monks organise special prayers on World Heritage Day in Gaya

ANI, 19 Apr 2013

Gaya, Bihar (India) -- A large number of Buddhist monks organised special prayers in Gaya, Bihar, for world peace and for the protection of the heritage sites as they celebrated 'World Heritage Day this week.

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Global Vipassana Pagoda opens in Mumbai

Maharashtra Unlimited, Vol 2, Jan - March 2013

96.12 metre pagoda is dubbed as "Wonder of the new millennium"

Mumbai, India -- Asia’s tallest stone structure rises majestically in the sky against the blue background of the Arabian Sea. Located in the southwest of Mumbai on the Essel Plateau near Gorai and covering an area of about 15.5 acres, the Global Vipassana Pagoda is a 21st century architectural wonder.

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Dalai Lama raises money for Buddhist Community

by Alice Reetham, Tibet Post International, 12 April 2013

Dharamshala, India -- Figurative artist Lisa Andrews painted two portraits of His Holiness, which were signed by him on a recent visit to the UK; these signed portraits raised £6,200 ($9,544) when they were auctioned by the Buddhist Community Center (BCCUK).

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‘Buddhist philosophies are a way of life’

Express News Service, 4th April 2013

CHENNAI , India -- A day-long national seminar titled ‘Philosophical Revisit to Buddhism in Tamil Nadu’ was organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, here on Wednesday. The seminar focused on how Buddhism forayed into Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Lanka: Buddhism to promote moral development among foreign tourists

Lanka Daily News, Apr 10, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Ministry considers its teaming up with the Economic Development Ministry in a joint endeavour to promote Buddhism throughout the world as a major victory, Prime Minister and Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister D M Jayaratne said.

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Bhutan Makes Condoms Available To Buddhist Monks To Stop Spread Of STDs

By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, March 29, 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.

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Pakistan hopes for Buddhist boost to tourism drought

By Guillaume Lavallee, AFP, March 24, 2013

Amid rising violence, the country is trying to revive travel to its northwest - rich in Buddhist history and significance - which could generate billions in revenue, but lies next to Taliban havens

TAKHT-i-BAHI, Pakistan -- Religious violence may be on the rise and the Taliban still a threat, but Pakistan is hoping a rich Buddhist heritage will help it boost international tourism to its troubled northwest.

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Afghanistan hurries to uncover, document ancient Buddhist city

By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers, March 23, 2013

A buried Buddhist city in Afghanistan is sitting atop an enormous copper deposit and a planned Chinese open-pit mine, the largest private investment in Afghan history. Archaeologists are racing to document and preserve the treasures before they’re lost forever.

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world.

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Dr B.R. Ambedkar to be monumentalized in Sri Lanka

by Dilshan Boange, The Nation, March 24, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- On March 1 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.

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Keep Tai Situ off Bhutan soil, King urges Manmohan

By Yatish Yadav, New Indian Express, 17 March 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- The Ministry of Home Affairs is scratching its head over a travel request from controversial Buddhist monk Tai Situ Rinpoche, who wants to visit Bhutan.

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Afghanistan moves to salvage ancient Buddhist city – and its economy

By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers, March 12, 2013

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world.

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Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk under attack in Tamil Nadu

Asiantribune.com, March 17, 2013

Chennai, India -- A Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka - Ven. Gnanaloka Thero (46) had been with a group of 18 students comprising Indian, Myanmar and other nationals who was in Thanjavur for academic research, bore the brunt of the latest wave of anti-Lanka protests that has gripped the State lately.

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British Tourist Denied Entry to Sri Lanka for Disrespecting Buddhism

IB TIMES, March 17, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A British tourist has been barred from entering Sri Lanka for 'disrespecting Buddhism' after immigration officials quizzed him about a tattoo of Buddha's head on his arm.

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Indo - Sri Lanka Buddhist ties strengthened

by Senaka Weeraratne, Lanka Daily News, Mar 9, 2013

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- An eight member Indian Buddhist delegation led by Ven Dr Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President's House in Kandy on February 22. The visit was to strengthen ties between Buddhists of the two countries and bring India and Sri Lanka closer through the historical bond and civilisational link of Buddhism.

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Sri Lanka Buddhist nuns long for equality

By P K Balachandran, New India Express, 8 March 2013

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Buddhism was brought to Sri Lanka by Emperor Ashoka’s daughter Sangamitta and her twin brother Mahinda in 288 BC.

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Thousands attend The 17th Karmapa's 8-Day teachings in Sarnath

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sarnath, India -- His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has begun an 8-day teaching starting from February 21 at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, Varanasi- one of four holy Buddhist sites in India, with conducting extensive prayers and seminar by Buddhist monks and thousands of devotees from different parts of the world, including many who have came from Nepal.

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Service to Buddhism appreciated

by Chaminda Perera, Lanka Daily News, March 2, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Few Buddhist monks are seen engaged in vigorous learning and literary activities at present, said Ven Ittapane Dhammalankara Anunayake Thera. Few Buddhist monks in the caliber of Ven Prof Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera are pursuing literary activities at present, the Thera said.

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Buddhists, Reconstructing Sacred Tibetan Murals, Wield Their Brushes in Nepal

by EDWARD WONG, New York Times, February 23, 2013

LO MANTHANG, Nepal -- Dozens of painters sat atop scaffolding that soared toward the roof of an ancient monastery. With a swipe of their brushes, colors appeared that gave life to the Buddha. Gold for the skin.

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Buddhist Chief Prelate holds discussion with Sri Lanka Muslim leaders

ColomboPage News Desk, Mar 2, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter in Sri Lanka Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sumangala Thera has held a discussion with a delegation of members from the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL).

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India Taps Potential of Rich Buddhist Heritage

by Anjana Pasricha, VOA, February 15, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- India is tapping the potential of its rich Buddhist heritage by wooing more tourists from East and South East Asian countries. Buddhism originated in India but went on to gain more popularity in other Asian countries.

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Muslim council meets Buddhist high priests on halal matters

emirates247.com, February 25, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahanayakas (Buddhist High Priests) of the Kandy Malwatte chapters met a delegation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council (SLMC) yesterday morning and discussed the issue arising from the issue of Halal certificate, ‘Colombo Gazette’ reported.

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NGO ventures to revive Buddhist sites in Pakistan

DHNS, Feb 8, 2013

Chandigarh, Pakistan -- Buddhist sites left to ruin in Pakistan could get a fresh lease of life as a Haryana-based NGO -The Buddhist Forum (TBF) - ventures on an ambitious mission to save and highlight the lost glory of the age-old monuments.

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Buddhist meet clinches world heritage status cry for Udayagiri

By Ashis Senapati, TNN, Feb 4, 2013

KENDRAPADA, India -- Curtains fell on the three-day International Conference on Buddhist Heritage of Odisha at Udayagiri in Jajpur district on Sunday with the demand for including Udayagiri in the list of world heritage sites gaining momentum.

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Odisha set to explore 'Buddhist tourism' potential

Press Trust of India, 23 January 2013

BHUBANESHWAR, India -- Odisha government is taking several initiatives to explore its vast potential to turn the state into a Buddhist tourism hub like Bodhgaya in Bihar and Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.
Large scale excavation is taking place in Lalitgiri, Udaigiri and Ratnagiri which are hilly areas in the state with highest concentration of Buddhist remains.

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Delhi celebrates great Buddhist monk Atisa

by Meenakshi Sinha, TNN, Jan 15, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- A three-day international conference and exhibition on Buddhism, with special focus on the great monk Atisa Dipamkara Jnana, is being held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) from Jan 16-18.

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Petition urging poassage of Sri Lanka's animal welfare bill

http://dharmavoicesforanimals.org/petitions, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 20, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka holds a unique place in the world, with the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any nation. Buddhism has been the major religion in the island since its official introduction in the 3rd century BC by Arahant Mahinda, the son of the Emperor Ashoka of India, and over 70% of the population is Buddhist.

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'Buddhist teachings scientifically true'

TNN Jan 10, 2013

VARANASI, India -- "Buddhism has become an area of interest for scientists for they feel that the teachings and principles of Buddhism are scientifically very true," said the Dalai Lama while addressing a congregation at Central University of Tibetan Studies at Sarnath on Wednesday.

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Tibetan Buddhist monks organize prayers for victims, families of Sandy Hook school

By Sharon McGreevey, The Redding Pilot, January 4, 2013

Mysore, India -- Tibetan monks are praying in Mysore, India, for the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, as well as the Newtown community. The school was the site of a horrific tragedy where a lone gunman killed 20 kindergartners and six adults last month, on Dec. 14.

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Dalai Lama hails secularism practised in India

PTI, January 5, 2013

Patna, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday praised secularism practised in India and emphasised that the message of peaceful existence of different religions in the country should be taken all over the world.

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Seminar on Buddhism & society from Jan 13

TNN Jan 5, 2013

VARANASI, India -- The Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Sarnath, is going to organise a three-day international conference of Asian Buddhist Forum on 'Buddhism and Society' from January 13 to 15. The event will be inaugurated by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

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Why Are Sri Lanka’s Policy Makers Not Using Buddhism As A Soft-Power Tool?

By Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review, December 25, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- We are all well aware that both India and China are rivals for supremacy in Asia and both are fishing for new strategies to tap to forge the alliances needed to strengthen that supremacy. If India and China nations that once put Buddhism aside for other priorities are now realizing that their answer for supremacy lies with Buddhism why has Sri Lanka’s policy makers not utilized this power which is under their very nose?

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurates international Buddhist conference

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 7 January 2013

Bihar, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inaugurated the three-day international Buddhist convention at Buddha Smriti Park in the heart of Patna on Saturday. Hundreds of delegates, mostly scholars of Buddhism and monks from across the world, were participated in the conference.

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Nepal's PM to inaugurate National Buddhist Conference

The Himalayan Times, Jan 3, 2013

SAPTARI, Nepal -- Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai is scheduled to inaugurate the 11th National Buddhist Conference to be held in Rajbiraj, the headquarters of Saptari district.

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Buddhist tourism gets new push in India

IANS, 25 December 2012

Odisha, India -- The Buddhist tourism circuit in India is getting a new fillip with the luxury tourist shuttle, the Mahaparinirvana Express, expanding its run to touch Buddhist sites in Odisha from Jan 20 besides those in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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Dalai Lama to open International Buddhist convention in Patna on January 5

by Faizan Ahmad, TNN Dec 30, 2012

PATNA, India -- The Dalai Lama will inaugurate a three-day International Buddhist Samagam (convention) here on January 5. The convention is expected to attract over 1500 delegates from various countries. It will be held at the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna which was inaugurated by the Nobel laureate in 2010 to mark the 2550 thMahaparinirvana of Buddha.

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Russian Buddhists' Newly Found Link with Tibet and India

By Vijay Kranti, Phayul, December 25, 2012

New Delhi, India -- The brand new, upmarket Hotel Kempinsky in East Delhi has suddenly morphed into a Buddhist monastery -- though temporarily for four days this week. Its lobbies and convention halls are reverberating with Buddhist mantras, teachings and laughter of the most celebrated man of our era -- Dalai Lama. Over 800 Buddhist devotees from the three republics of Russia namely Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva are here to have teachings from their supreme spiritual Guru. Over a hundred more from other parts of the world too have joined in.

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Sri Lanka's Buddhist Monks' Health At Risk

Sky.com, Dec 16, 2012

Worshippers are being told to give fewer sweet treats to monks amid fears that their diet is too rich.

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankans are being urged to cut down on offerings of sweets and cakes to the country's Buddhist monks after it was found that half the nation's holy men are at risk of poor health due to a diet rich in sugar and oil.

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Buddhist University to become medium of service to humanity: Chief minister

TNN Dec 20, 2012

BHOPAL, India -- Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Sanchi Buddhist and Indic Studies University will pave way for world peace by becoming a medium of serving humanity. Chouhan was discussing issues of university's studies, teaching and research with members of the university's advisory committee here on Wednesday.

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'Lumbini Year fails to connect Buddhist circuit'

My Republica, Dec 11, 2012

BUTWAL, Nepal -- The Visit Lumbini Year ( VLY-2012) has failed to connect well known Buddhist Circuits around Lumbini though the government had announced 2012 as a national campaign with an aim to attracting a million tourists and collecting the funds for the development of Lumbini.

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His Holiness Urges Tibetans From Tibet to Study Buddhist Philosophy

by Sophie Jay, Tibet Post International, December 4, 2012

Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has urged Tibetans who have recently arrived in India to study Buddhist philosophy, rather than simply familiarizing themselves with prayer.

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Kashmir tourism department restore Buddhist sites to promote pilgrimage tourism

ANI, 02 Dec 2012

Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir), India -- In a bid to attract more Buddhist pilgrims, the tourism department in Jammu and Kashmir has decided set to restore Buddhist sites in the state.

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Sri Lanka prescribes safe menu for Buddhist monks

Press Trust of India, November 27, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Concerned over the unhealthy diet of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, health authorities are to introduce a new food menu for them.

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Mahabodhi temple plans hospital, medical college

IANS, Nov 28, 2012

Patna, India -- Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines plans to set up a world class hospital and medical college with international financial aid in the holy town in Bihar, an official said Wednesday.

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Sanchi's Buddhist varsity to get international identity

TNN Nov 24, 2012

BHOPAL, India -- Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma has said that efforts will be made to given an international-level identity to Buddhist and Indic Studies University to be established at Sanchi.

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The Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh

By Dhanesh Wisumperuma, The Nation, 25 November 2012

Hyderabad, India -- Building hosting Buddhist Galleries at State Museum at Hyderabad Buddhism originated in the 5th century BCE in present day India. It flourished in many parts of India for the next millennium, partly due to the patronage of various kings and dynasties. 

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Kabul vows to preserve Buddhist site

The Nation November 24, 2012

Kabul, Afghanistan -- A historic Buddhist site in Afghanistan appears likely to be spared demolition to make way for a copper mine after the Thai Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday saying the Afghan government "would do whatever possible" to conserve the site and preserve artefacts obtained from it.

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The lost lands of Buddhist belief

by Renuka Narayanan, Hindustan Times, November 17, 2012

Peshawar, Pakistan -- In today's religiously riven landscape, it's hard to imagine how Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity took turns to water the land, each to its own degree. Of these, perhaps we know the least about Buddhism because it was so very long ago.

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New Vegetarian Restaurant Opened at Buddhist Cultural Centre near Thummulla in Colombo

LankaWeb, November 14, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Generally Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka which comprise about 70% of the country’s population are traditionally inclined towards vegetarianism or semi – vegetarianism in their dietary habits.

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Another looted Buddha statue found

The Daily Star, Nov 8, 2012

Ramu, Bangladesh -- Police recovered a brass statue of Lord Buddha in Ramu upazila of Cox's Bazar early Thursday, 40 days after it was looted during an attack on Buddhist community.

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Dhaka rebuilding Buddhist temples

by HAROON HABIB, The Hindu, Oct 27, 2012

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Authorities have started rebuilding the Buddhist temples destroyed by mobs in Cox’s bazaar and Chittagong districts in September.

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Odisha to open advanced centre for Buddhist studies at Langudi

Press Trust of India, October 18, 2012

Bhubaneswar, India -- Odisha government has decided to open an advanced centre for Buddhist Studies scheduled from January 1 next year to attract students from India and other parts of Asia.

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Political activists behind Buddhist attack: Bangla government probe

PTI, October 19, 2012

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- A high-level government committee has accused activists of ruling Awami League alongside main opposition BNP and fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for the attack on Buddhist temples and localities in south-eastern Bangladesh last month, reports said today.

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Buddhist body slams attack on monasteries

The Himalayan Times, Oct 15, 2012

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Buddhism Protection Concerned Coordination on Monday has expressed serious concern over the September 30 arson attack on Buddhist temples and monasteries around the Cox's Bazaar area in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and over the destruction of hundreds of Buddha's idols there in the course of such attacks.

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Chinese Buddhism owes a lot to Gandhara Civilisation, envoy’s book

Daily Times, Oct 12, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Singapore and author of the book “Chinese Made Easy” Syed Hasan Javed joined Quaid-e-Azam University faculty, scholars and students on Thursday to give an insight into the history of cultural and religious relationship between Pakistan and China.

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Bodhi sapling to be relocated

by Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, October 15, 2012

Bhopal, India -- The Mahabodhi plant brought from Sri Lanka and planted at Sanchi by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during inauguration of International University of Buddhist and Indic Studies will now be shifted from the university site after collector of Raisen expressed his inability to ensure security of the plant.

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A devil's design

The Daily Star, Oct 14, 2012

Fanatics used fake facebook page to run rampage in Ramu

Ramu, Bangladesh -- An unprecedented hate campaign against the Buddhist community raged through Ramu, a region known for its communal harmony for centuries until the night of September 29. Eighteen pagodas were damaged and about 50 houses burnt down in six hours of madness by Muslim zealots. Julfikar Ali Manik investigated extensively, only to find that the source of the shocking outrage was a faked facebook page.

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After Riots, Buddhists Call for Peace

By Farid Ahmed, IPS, Oct 10, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Anxiety has yet to die down over a week after crowds of Muslims torched more than a dozen temples and scores of houses in southeast Bangladesh, leaving thousands of Buddhists with the unshakeable premonition that more violence was forthcoming.

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Attack on Buddhist Temples premeditated: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Asiantribune.com, October, 7, 2012

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the violent attack on Buddhist monasteries and houses at Ramu in Cox's Bazar centring an anti-Islam photo on Facebook was a premeditated , reports the ‘Daily Star’. No one linked to the recent attacks on Buddhists will be spared, she has said assuring the minorities of Bangladesh.

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Sri Lanka East’s excavations suggest Buddhism was early bird

By Sandun Jayawardana, The Nation, October 7, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Three years after the end of the war, archaeologists are hard at work in the country’s Eastern province. Teams from the Department of Archaeology have been exploring areas that were previously inaccessible for decades due to fighting. As these excavations are taking place, controversies regarding the history of these areas and who exactly arrived first are once again starting to arise.

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Bhutan aims to be first 100% organic nation

Sapa-AFP, October 7, 2012

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking "happiness" for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100-percent organic.

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Rioters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh

Bangkok Post, Sept 30, 2012

Ramu, Bangladesh -- Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh Sunday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community.

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India plans to promote Buddhist sites as new tourist hotspots

TNN, Sep 30, 2012

VARANASI, India -- In an effort to attract at least half of the total Buddhist population spread in 35 countries by promoting Buddhist pilgrimage sites, is the new mantra of the ministry of tourism, Government of India and the states enshrining the Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

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Sanchi Buddhist varsity to have 5 departments

Daily Pioneer, 19 September 2012

Bhopal, India -- Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University, proposed to be established in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, will have five departments, including Buddhist Philosophy, Sanatan Dharma and Indian Knowledge Studies, International Buddha Studies, Comparative Studies of Religions and Languages and Literature and Arts. About 100 acre land has been reserved for the university’s premises and building at Sanchi. Construction of building will cost Rs 200 crore.

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Soul searching

by Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times, September 25, 2012

New Delhi, India -- Delhi University’s department of Buddhist studies has been a major centre for the study of Buddhism for many years, attracting a large number of students from as many as 37 countries.

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India's Supreme Court admits Buddhists' plea to manage Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya

TNN Sep 22, 2012

NEW DELHI, India -- The Supreme Court on Friday admitted a petition seeking transfer of exclusive management rights of 2,500 year-old Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, a World Heritage site since 2002, to the Buddhists from the government.

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Buddhist conclave to draw global delegates

TNN, Sep 25, 2012

VARANASI, India -- As many as 28 countries have confirmed their participation in the proposed three-day International Buddhist Conclave (IBC) which will begin in the city from September 28. Around 350 delegates from 30 countries and 16 states of India will participate in the conclave being organised by governments of state and centre.

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Recovering Tibetan Buddhist Monk Faces Uncertain future

Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy , 17 September 2012

Dharamshala, India -- Less than a year after his self-immolation protest, Tibetan monk Dawa Tsering is now making good recovery from his burn injuries, but his future remains uncertain, a source with contacts in Tibet told TCHRD Monday, September 17, 2012.

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International Buddhist conclave on Sept 29-30

TNN, Sep 17, 2012

LUCKNOW, India -- The two day international Buddhist conclave will be held in Varanasi on September 29-30.

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Rescuing Afghanistan's Buddhist History

By ANN MARLOWE, Published on the Buddhist Channel, Sept 16, 2012 (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Even as once-secure parts of Afghanistan succumb to criminality and the insurgency, and the Afghan financial system hovers on the brink of failure, there are small signs of hope here. A spectacular Buddhist archaeological site is now being excavated by the Afghan government's National Institute of Archaeology, near where Al Qaeda ran a training camp in the 1990s.

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Sanchi Buddhist varsity gets Cabinet approval

Daily Pioneer, 11 September 2012

Madhya Pradesh, India -- The State Cabinet on Monday endorsed three ordinances, including the one on Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University. The Cabinet also endorsed amended ordinance regarding Techno-Global Private University in Vidisha district and Underground Pipeline, Cable and Duct (Acquisition of Powers for Land Use) Ordinance 2012.

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Remembering an ‘undisputed leader of Buddhists in Sri Lanka’

By D.C. Ranatunga, The Sunday Times, Sept 2, 2012

Statue to honour the Most Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera on his 9th death anniversary

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A statue of the Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera will be unveiled in the heart of Matara by the people of his hometown, to mark the ninth anniversary of his passing away, on September 9, 2003.

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Spreading the soothing rays of Buddhism

by Kumudini Hettiarachchi, The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Aug 26, 2012

Based on Buddhist philosophy, Damrivi, comprising professionals and academics provides innovative services to meet the challenges of modern life.

Colombo, Srfi Lanka -- Modern life is full of stress. Not only parents and children but even those living alone have a heavy workload. It is a race against time household chores, office work, school, extracurricular activity, tuition classes, each day starting early and ending late, only for the routine to begin the next day.

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Buddhist studies varsity in Sanchi

by LALIT SHASTRI, August 22, 2012

Sanchi, India -- Sanchi University for Buddhist Studies is being set up at the initiative of the Madhya Pradesh government at Sanchi — the historic town near the state capital known for the world heritage Buddhist monuments dating back to the period of Ashoka in the third century BC.

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International conference on Hinduism, Buddhism in Sept

TNN Aug 22, 2012

BHOPAL, India -- Madhya Pradesh is all set to host an international conference on Hinduism and Buddhism next month with a view to promote inter-religious dialogue and exchange of ideas.

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Miscreants trying to provoke conflict between Buddhists & Muslims

Scoop News, August 15, 2012

Dharamsala/Jammu, India -- The Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala deeply disturbed and concerned over the circulation of a misleading photograph in some section of the media showing Tibetan monks in their reports on the recent violence in Myanmar involving Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, said in a statement issued from Dharamsala.

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Buddha circuit in Gulbarga - new attraction for visitors

by ND Shiva Kumar, TNN, Aug 12, 2012

BANGALORE, India -- Lord Buddha - smiling and sleeping -- is an added attraction in the Hyderabad-Karnatak region, the treasure of Islamic monuments.

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Buddha statue from the ancient Gandhara civilisation covered up

AFP, Aug 12, 2012

BAMIYAN, AFGANISTAN -- "It's there," says an archaeologist pointing to the ground, where fragments of a Buddha statue from the ancient Gandhara civilisation have been covered up to stop them being stolen or vandalised.
Just months before the US-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban regime shocked the world by destroying two giant, 1,500-year-old Buddhas in the rocky Bamiyan valley, branding them un-Islamic.

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Odisha Urges Centre to include state's Buddhist heritage sites in NCERT text books

Orissa Diary, August 9, 2012

Orissa, India -- Odisha Government urges Union Culture Ministry to ask NCERT to make corrections to its text on Buddhist sites by including ones in Odisha. Odisha Tourism Minister Maheswar Mohanty demanded this during his meeting with Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja in New Delhi.

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International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 2012

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 8, 2012

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh, Ladakh, along with Nav Nalanda Maha Vihar, a University based in Nalanda, Bihar come together to bring an International Festival of Yoga, Meditation, Heritage, Culture, Talks, Art and Cinema to Leh, Ladakh from 3-9 September 2012.

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Ensure freedom of religion without deceit

by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, July 26 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “The accepted theory of freedom of religion is the freedom to believe in any particular religion of one’s own choice, changing one’s religion should be a personal decision taken independent of any coercion, influence, terror, deceit or secrecy.”

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World Fellowship of Buddhists takes step towards promotion of animal welfare

by Janaka Perera, Lankaweb, July 22, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) in its final Declaration read out at the conclusion of the 26th General Conference held in Yeosu, South Korea from June 11-16, 2012, called on humanity, among other things, to extend compassion and loving kindness to all living beings as advocated by the Buddha.

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Sri Lanka Buddhist monks' organization objects moves to restrict monks only to teaching

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 21, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The National Buddhist Monks' Federation (Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya) of Sri Lanka has launched a campaign against moves to restrict Buddhist monks to teaching in government schools and temple schools for clergy.

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Ensure freedom of religion without deceit

by Janaka Perera, The Nation (Sri Lanka), July 15, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “The accepted theory of freedom of religion is the freedom to believe in any particular religion of one’s own choice, changing one’s religion should be a personal decision taken independent of any coercion, influence, terror, deceit or secrecy.”

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Japanese minister visits Shrawasti, assures support

Times of India, Jul 15, 2012

BAHRAICH, India -- In a bid to explore opportunities of development of Buddhist tourist places in Uttar Pradesh, the Japanese finance minister Navkaju Takemoto along with the speaker of UP assembly Mata Prasad Pandey and state minister Balram Singh Yadav visited the International Buddhist places in Shrawasti. The delegation also visited Jetwan Vihar, Denmahamkol and the huts of Maheta.

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Lankan arrest nothing to do with idol worship: Embassy

Arab News, July 8, 2012

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- The Sri Lankan Embassy has rejected reports in Colombo claiming yesterday a Sri Lankan domestic worker has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for worshipping a statue of Lord Buddha.

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Sri Lankan arrested for idol worship in Saudi Arabia

Ceylon Today, Jul 6, 2012

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- A Sri Lankan youth employed as a domestic aid has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for worshiping a statue of the Buddha, which is considered an offence according to Shariah law.

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More than 70,000 Buddhists live in Mizoram

PTI, Jul 2, 2012

Aizawl, India -- More than 70 thousand Buddhists live in Christian-dominated Mizoram and they constitute the second largest religious group in the state, Statistical Abstract of Mizoram, 2011 said.

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Hemis Festival Celebrated by Drukpa Buddhists with Much Fanfare

The Buddhist Channel, Jul 3, 2012

LEH, India -- The 2-day annual celebration by the Drukpa Buddhists - the Hemis festival began today at the Hemis Monastery, Ladakh with much fanfare.

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Pakistan: Buddha attacked by Taliban gets facelift

The Korea Herald, June 26, 2012

JAHANABAD, Pakistan -- When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to come to the rescue.

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Buddhism tour circuit to woo more visitors

Deccan Chronicle, June 25, 2012

Karnataka, India -- Karnataka tourism is looking at exploring Buddhist sites in the state for its religious tour circuit. Till now, Jain sites have been much promoted in the religious circuit, and with the new initiative, the department hopes to bring in increased domestic and foreign travellers.

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Little to cheer for Chakma refugees in India

NY Daily News, June 20 2012

Nearly 35,000 Chakmas migrated to Arunachal Pradesh after being persecuted in both Bangladesh and Pakistan. However, Chakma refugees have no rights in India and are unable to vote or call themselves citizens.

Arunachal Pradesh, India -- Villagers in Diyun, a farming hamlet in India's remote northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh, wake up to the crack of dawn. They peep out of their huts and look at the sky. With clear weather, they set out for work.

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Unconditional Compassion

by Samangie WETTIMUNY, Lanka Daily News, Published on the Buddhist Channel, June 23, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Who is to be held responsible if an aged member of the Sangha, discharged from a government hospital, seeks shelter in the nearby bus stand for several days not knowing where to turn to? Is it the Buddhist laymen of the country, or the disciples of the aged monk? All should share the disgrace, I believe.

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Bhikkhuni ordination in Vaishali to be historic event

by Lee Yu Ban, The Buddhist Channel, June 16, 2012

Vaishali, India -- About 2,600 years ago, the Buddha initiated the Order of bhikkhunis or nuns in Vaishali with the ordination of his aunt and step-mother, Maha Pajapati Gotami in the town of Vaishali, now in the state of Bihar, India.

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Arunchal Pradesh gets fourth Buddhist center in India from government

by Walter Jayawardhana, The Buddhist Channel, June 16, 2012

Arunchal Pradesh, India -- After Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Arunchal Pradesh becomes the fourth state in India to receive the next fully fledged Buddhist Center by the allocation of funds by the  Central government of India.

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Monks fear Tawang projects will defile sacred Buddhist spots

by Naresh Mitra, TNN, June 13, 2012

GUWAHATI, India -- Buddhist monks of Arunachal Pradesh have asked Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to scrap the hydroelectric power projects proposed to be constructed in Tawang as they would desecrate many sacred Buddhist spots in the district.

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Group forms "Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network"

The Buddhist Channel, June 4, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- A group of pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists drawn from leading Buddhist organizations had a series of discussions on the sidelines of the World Buddhist Assembly gathering in Bangkok, Thailand (May 21 – 25, 2012) and decided to establish an ‘Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network’ to pursue a number of preliminary aims and objectives that are beneficial to the cause of consolidating and spreading Buddhism in both countries and other parts of the world. It is anticipated that a more substantial organization would emerge with the passage of time from these interactions.

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The Dalai Lama’s special teachings for Tibetan youth and Indian Buddhists

By Tendar Tsering, Phayul, May 25, 2012

DHARAMSHALA, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai is scheduled to give his annual Buddhist teachings to Tibetan youngsters followed by a special introductory Buddhist teaching at the request of Indian Buddhists early next month.

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Mihintale: Monastic complex of two thousand monks

by Prof. W. I. SIRIWEERA, Lanka Daily News, May 26, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sinhala term Mihintale is derived from Pali Mahindathala, the place of Thera Mahinda. It is well known that the first meeting of Thera Mahinda with King Devanampiya Tissa took place at Mihintale on Poson Full Moon Poya day.

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Geshema degree becomes a reality

Phayul, May 22, 2012

DHARAMSHALA, India -- After years of debate and careful deliberation, Tibetan Buddhist nuns are finally set to receive Geshema degrees (equivalent of a PHD in Buddhist Philosophy).

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Gender discrimination in religious practice

By Samten Yeshi and Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, May 21, 2012

Timphu, Bhutan -- Gender inequality took over to blend with spirituality in the second session of the Mountain Echoes festival, which began yesterday at the Tarayana Centre in Thimphu.

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Bhutan counts the cost of trying to buy happiness

By Belinda Goldsmith, Reuters, May 18, 2012

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- They say you can't buy happiness - and it's something Bhutan is finding out the hard way.

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Nepal’s kung fu nuns practise karma with a kick

AFP, May 13, 2012

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- It is a hot, cloudless morning on a hillside on the outskirts of Kathmandu and dozens of nuns arrange themselves into lines around a golden Buddhist shrine.

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Buddhist delegation visits ancient viharaya in Kotapola

Lanka Daily News, May 12, 2012

Kotapola, Sri Lanka -- An international Buddhist delegation led by Ven Hou Jen Chun, the abbot of the World Buddhist Ch'an Jing Centre of the United States of America will visit Gatabaruwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Kotapola.

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Sri Lanka celebrates largest religious festival among challenges

By Uditha Jayasinghe, Xinhua, May 6, 2012

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Light sparkles on lanterns and lamps strung on the roadside and in homes as Sri Lanka celebrates its most popular religious festival Vesak here on Sunday.

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Vesak spirit envelopes Sri Lanka

by Chaminda Perera and Priyanka Kurugala, Lanka Daily News, May 5, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The entire country is enveloped in spiritual fervour as the nation prepares to celebrate yet another Vesak Full Moon Poya Day marking the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.

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Karmapa Lama attends workshop on global peace in Dharamsala

ANI , 3 May 2012

Dharamsala, India -- The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje attended a workshop on global peace and Buddhism here earlier this week.

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Buddhism without borders

By Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, May 3, 2012

Timphu, Bhutan -- An international conference on Buddhism will be held in Bumthang, this month. The conference, organised by the home ministry and the centre for Bhutan studies (CBS), is themed “Buddhism without Borders”, and will see “eminent” Buddhist practitioners, scholars, and academics of the international and local community, attending the event.

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Afghan museum highlights country’s Buddhist heritage

By Lawrence Bartlett, The Daily Star, May 5, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan achieved global notoriety when the Taliban blew up the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas 11 years ago. This week opened an exhibition that highlights the country’s rich Buddhist heritage.

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Bhikkhuni attempts to build Nuns Forest monastery in Sri Lanka

by Lee Yu Ban, The Buddhist Channel, Apr 27, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the early period of His ministry, the Buddha did not lay down any regulations regarding dwelling places.  The monks lived in the forests, at the roots of trees and in caves.

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Thousands of Buddhist monks protest construction of mosque in Sri Lankan town

PTI, April 21, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters stormed a mosque in Sri Lanka's north central town of Dambulla to protest its construction in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone.

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The monks in yellow robes

by KAMAL RATNA TULADHAR, Ekantipur.com, Apr 7, 2012

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Once upon a time in Nepal, it was illegal to become a Buddhist monk. You could get put in prison or sent out of the country. Bhikshu Kumar Kashyap was among a group of monks who were banished in 1944.

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Public Interest Litigation against the Bodh Gaya Temple Act 1949

The Sikkim Times, Publishhed on the Buddhist Channel March 27, 2012

Darjeeling, India -- Shri WANGDI TSHERING s/o Late Shri Mingyur Tshering, aged 77 years and a faithful follower of Buddhism has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for handing over the management of The Bodh Gaya Temple over to the hands of Buddhists as The Bodh  Gaya Temple Act 1949 which expressly vests control of the most sacred temple of the Buddhists into the hands of Hindus is ultra vires Article 25, 26, 29 and 30 of the Constitution of India.

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Thai princess visits Buddhist sites in Pakistan

Dawn, March 21, 2012

TAXILA, Pakistan -- Royal Thai Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon on Tuesday offered religious rituals at the ancient Buddhist site of Julian near here.

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German scholars to visit major Buddhist sites

Express News Service, March 9, 2012

HYDERABAD, India -- A group of scholars from Wurzburg varsity, Germany are keen to do some project work on development of Buddhist sites and monuments in the state.

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India lost Buddha to China: Rector

DNA India, Mar 1, 2012

Mumbai, India -- “Indians, over centuries, have lost their Buddhist culture to countries like China,’’ said Charles Willemen, rector, International Buddhist College, Thailand.

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Tibetans asked to shun Tibetan New Year celebrations

The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2012

Charamsala, India -- Tibet's exiled government in India called on Tibetans this year to shun celebrations for their traditional new year, which started Wednesday.

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Buddhist monk, Dalit leaders get bail

T. V. Sivanandan, The Hindu, Feb 19, 2012

They were charged with removing idol found at ASI site

Gulbarga, India -- Fourth Additional District and Sessions judge Basavaraj Belawagi has granted conditional bail to Buddhist monk Banteji Bhodidhamma and four Dalit leaders who were charged with removing an idol of a Hindu goddess from an excavation site in Chithapur taluk of Gulbarga district under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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'Buddhism has globalised Indian culture'

TNN, Feb 22, 2012

VARANASI, India -- Buddhism has not only influenced the art and culture of the country but also globalised the Indian culture. On that note, the Centre of Excellence, department of history, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (MGKV) organised a seven-day national workshop on the 'Role of Buddhism in the Cultural Intergration of India' at the seminar hall of the history department on Tuesday.

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Monk's arrest turns into a controversy

The Buddhist Channel / The Hindu, Feb 15, 2012

Gulbarga, India -- The arrest of Buddhist monk Bhante Bodhidharma and four leaders of Dalit organisations on February 6 in Gulbarga district is snowballing into a major controversy with Dalit groupsand Buddhist monks from different parts of the country increasing pressure on the Government to withdraw the cases filed against them and release them unconditionally.

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Russian Buddhist exhibition opened in India

The Voice of Russia, February 13, 2012

New Delhi, India -- An exhibition devoted to the history of Buddhism in Russia has opened in India’s capital New Delhi.

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Finnish team floored by architectural splendour of Amaravathi

The Hindu, Feb 13, 2012

They enjoy a walk around the Buddhist Maha Chaitya

Amaravathi, India -- The sun shore brightly on a warm Sunday afternoon and the five-member Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Finland set out to Amaravathi, a prominent Buddhist pilgrim centre.

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Buddhist clergy inculcates noble values

by S M Wijayaratne, Kurunegala Daily News, Feb 8, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- "Noble human values exist in the minds of the people because of the spiritual guidance offered by members of the Buddhist clergy. The Maha Sangha have always guided rulers to govern our country by utilizing the greatest teachings of the Buddha, whose compassion towards humanity was boundless.

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Buddhist leader Bana Bhante passes away

The Daily Star, January 31, 2012

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Venerable spiritual leader Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir, widely known as Bana Bhante of Rajban Bihar in Rangamati, passed away in the city yesterday.

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Postage stamp for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 23, 2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Indian Buddhist leader Dr. B.R. Ambedkar deserves to be honoured with a commemorative Postage Stamp in Sri Lanka.

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Patna varsity centre on Buddhist studies soon

TNN, Jan 22, 2012

PATNA, India -- Patna University (PU) has decided to set up a centre on Buddhist Studies to promote teaching and research on different aspects of Buddhism.

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Dalai Lama conclude Bodh Gaya Kalachakra teaching to over 200,000

TibetanReview.net, Jan12, 2012

Bihar, India -- More than 200,000 people from 63 countries attended the Dalai Lama’s 32nd Kalachakra teachings which concluded at Buddhism’s holiest place of Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar on Jan 10. 

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Follow Lord Buddha's path for world peace: Dalai Lama

PTI, Jan 1,2012

Bodh Gaya, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, today asked Buddhist devotees to follow the path of Lord Buddha for promoting world peace.

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Buddhism strikes its roots in Gandhidham

DNA India, Jan 3, 2012

Bhuj, India -- Gujarat has many Buddhist heritage sites but it can now boast of a ‘live’ site at Gandhidham in Kutch district. It is in the form of a sapling from the original Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment 2,600 years ago.

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Pad Yatra: Buddhists Draw Attention Towards Environment

The Buddhist Channel, Dec 30, 2011

DELHI, India -- A strong contingent of 600 Monks and Nuns led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa (spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage) are on a Pad Yatra (walking pilgrimage) from Mumbai to Sanchi via Ajanta Ellora spreading the message of peace, harmony, goodwill and respect for the environment.

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Unrest In Buddha’s Homeland: The Curious Case Of Lumbini

by Pradeepa Viswanathan, IPCS, December 23, 2011

Lumbini, Nepal -- Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha has of late received the attention it deserves but sadly for the wrong reasons. The spiritual significance of the site appears to be in conflict with the ‘Greater Lumbini Project’ which proposes to commercialize the place.

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Amdavadi mentors Ladakh’s child monks

by Dhwani Pathak Dave, Ahmadebad Mirror, December 24, 2011

Abhigya Shukla is on a mission to educate kids studying in monasteries of Likir. Through Friends of Likir page on FB, she invites like-minded people to join her

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- It was a vacation to Ladakh that made 33-year-old educator Abhigya Shukla take up what now she regards as one of the most gratifying experiences of her life. Through a noble initiative - Friends of Likir -Abhigya plans to educate children in isolated villages of Ladakh.

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Russian Tuva State University Honours Dalai Lama

by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 21 December 2011

Dharamshala, India -- After holding three days of teaching and initiation events in Dharamshala, India, today, December 21st, the Russian Federal State Education Institute- Tuva State University has awarded His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to freedom, Human Rights, religious harmony and environment protection.

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Annual Buddhist congregation being held at Bodhgaya

ANI, December 17, 2011

Bodhgaya, India -- The nine-day long Buddhist religious ceremony of Kagyu Monlam is being held in the Buddhist holy shrine of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

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450 Buddhist monks march for peace in Maharashtra, India

DNA India, Dec 11, 2011

Mumbai, India -- A strong contingent of 450 monks and nuns, led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa (spiritual head of the 1000-year-old Drukpa Lineage) embarked on a "pad yatra" (march for peace) from Mumbai to Sanchi via Ajanta Ellora spreading the message of peace, harmony and respect for the environment.

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Currency row: Karmapa office assures cooperation

IANS, December 9, 2011

Dharamsala, India -- Two days after police included the name of Tibetan religious head and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in a chargesheet on the seizure this year of huge unaccounted foreign currency from the monastery where he is residing, his office here on Friday assured the investigating agencies of full cooperation.

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Buddhist peace rally against political appointment in Lumbini development

by Rajani Shrestha, Review Nepal, Dec 9, 2011

Mandela, Nepal -- Hundreds of Buddhists demonstrated in Nepal's capital to protest the appointment of Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal to head a project to develop the area where Buddha was believed born in southern Nepal.

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Buddhist meet plans unified body, criticises China as one

by Manu Pubby, Indian Express, Nov 28 2011

New Delhi, India -- Supreme spiritual leaders representing most nations with a sizeable Buddhist population are close to deciding on the formation of a new international body based in India that aims to give a united voice to Buddhism in international forums like the United Nations (UN).

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Leading Buddhist boys' school in Sri Lanka Ananda College celebrates 125th Anniversary

ColomboPage News Desk, Nov 29, 2011

Colombo,  Sri Lanka -- A leading Buddhist boys' school in Colombo, Ananda College, held its 125th Anniversary celebrations today (29) at the college premises with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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The Buddha beckons

by Lama Lobzang, Hindustan Times, November 25, 2011

New Delhi, India -- To celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti (enlightenment of the Buddha), over 800 world Buddhist leaders and scholars are going to have  brain-storming sessions in New Delhi from Nov 27 to 30, under the umbrella theme - 'Collective Wisdom, United Voice'. Organised by Ashoka Mission, New Delhi, the congregation will be aptly known as Global Buddhist Congress.

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Kashmir solution thru talks: Dalai Lama

by Hameed Shaheen, Pakistan Observer, Nov 17, 2011

Islamabad, Pakistan -- The patron Buddhists spiritual elder Dalai Lama predicted that the solution to Kashmir dispute would come via “talks” and “understanding”, recalling that Ambaran was the ancient Buddhist site and diverse religions co-existed in Kashmir for centuries.

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Dalai Lama to visit Kashmir excavation site

Indo-Asian News Service, November 14, 2011

Dharamsala, India -- The excavation of a site in Jammu and Kashmir that is believed to be linked with an ancient Buddhist monastery has attracted the attention of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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Diplomatic double standards of Sri Lanka and the west

Sunday Leader, Nov 6, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- While some Sri Lankans have shed copious tears over the assassination of Mummar Gaddafi, there is not even a whimper of protest on reports of a recent wave of self immolation of many Tibetans in desperation against what has been described as the hardening of Chinese repression.

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54 Tibetans detained for anti-China protests in Nepal

PTI, Nov 1, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepalese security personnel today detained over 50 Tibetans, including 19 women in the capital for rallying in support of ten Buddhist monks and nuns who have self-immolated in Tibet in protest against Chinese rule.

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Abducted girl gifts children’s hospital to Lanka

by Sandun A. Jayasekera, The Daily Mirror, 24 October 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An Austrian, Natascha Kampusch who hit world headlines in 2006 after she was rescued from a secret cellar where she had been confined for eight years has in an act of benevolence donated a children’s hospital to Sri Lanka built at a cost of Rs.15 million.

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Bhutan and the pursuit of happiness

The Star, 22 October, 2011

Bhutan, sandwiched between India and China, is proof that happiness does not necessarily come with high income.

Timphu, Bhutan -- BHUTAN is still buzzing in elation over a royal wedding. Its hugely popular, Oxford-educated King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, has just presented them with his new queen, the beautiful commoner Jetsun Pema, 21.

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Dalai Lama to visit Ambaran next month

PTI, Oct 17,2011

Jammu, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit the Buddhist site of Ambaran on the outskirts of the city next month and inaugurate a photo exhibition on the ancient sites in Akhnoor.

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Gaya airport robbed of night landing facility

by Ruchir Kumar, Hindustan Times,October 04, 2011

Patna, India -- Thieves have rendered the international airport at Gaya, the famous Buddhist pilgrimage centre in Bihar, non-conducive for night landing of aircraft. The night landing apparatus is in place at the airport, but the solar power obstruction lights atop surrounding hills have been stolen.

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Sikkim quake: Early Sunday prayers saved monks of Ringjhim monastery

by Saibal Gupta, PTI, Sep 25, 2011

Sikkim , India -- It was a providential escape for the 60-odd monks living in the century-old Ringjhim Buddhist monastery in North Sikkim whose prayer room was reduced to rubble in the temblor that shook Sikkim last Sunday.

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Buddhist project aims to develop pilgrimage in state

by Pranava K Chaudhary, Times of India, Sep 22, 2011

PATNA, India -- Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (deemed to be university) in collaboration with the department of youth, art and culture has initiated a project titled, 'Revival of the Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage in Bihar'.

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Buddhist nuns embrace the power of kung fu

by Syed Zain al-Mahmood, The Guardian, 26 September 2011

Nepalese monastery is enjoying a surge in popularity after spiritual leader introduces martial arts classes

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A Buddhist monastery near Kathmandu is enjoying a surge in popularity after its spiritual leader directed its 300 nuns to use martial arts techniques.

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Sikkim quake: Landmark Rumtek monastery damaged

by Jaideep Mazumdar, TNN, Sep 22, 2011

GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- Buddhist prayer flags flutter serenely in the mountain breeze and senior monks in deep red robes, their faces creased with age and worry, shuffle around clutching their ubiquitous prayer beads.

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Buddhist project aims to develop pilgrimage in state

by Pranava K Chaudhary, Time of India, Sep 22, 2011

PATNA, India -- Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (deemed to be university) in collaboration with the department of youth, art and culture has initiated a project titled, 'Revival of the Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage in Bihar'.

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Tibetan Buddhist leaders meet to talk Dalai Lama's

By Tendar Tsering, Phayul, September 22, 2011

DHARAMSALA, India -- Heads and representatives of four major traditions and sub-traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon tradition are taking part in a 3 – day religious conference that began today at Surya Hotel here. The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will preside over the meeting Friday.

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Tracing India's roots to Bamiyan

by Vijetha S. N., The Hindu, Sept 16, 2011

New Delhi, India -- India saw the birth of many religions that soon spread to the rest of the world, and Buddhism in particular was adopted by many countries including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia where Buddhist shrines have managed, in part, to withstand the ravages of war and time.

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Sri Lanka and folk Buddhism

by R Chandrasoma, The Buddhist Channel, September 15,

Is the Folk-Buddhism currently practiced in Sri Lanka a major shift from the Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras?

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- At its heart, the Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras endeavors the samsaric wayfarer to uplift their spiritual condition through knowledge of the Noble Truths enunciated by our compassionate teacher, the Buddha.

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Buddhist monk takes up cause of 12 Lankan fishermen

by Padma Kumari Kankanamge, The Sunday Times, Sept 11, 2011

Dependents all at sea as the men languish in Indian jail for more than one and a half years

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A group of Sri Lankan fishermen languishing in an Indian jail for over one and a half years has asked the State to intervene to get them released. A Buddhist monk heading a campaign on behalf of the fishermen from Puttalam has launched a fast seeking their release.

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India unveils 16-foot Buddha Statue in Sri Lanka's hill capital of Kandy

ColomboPage News Desk, Sep 10, 2011

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- India's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha on Saturday unveiled a 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddha in the Sarnath style from the Gupta Period, at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex in Sri Dalada Maligawa in the central hill capital Kandy.

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In the shade of enlightenment

by Anusha Parthasarathy, The Hindu, Sept 8, 2011

In Bodhgaya, Anusha Parthasarathy tries to pluck a leaf from the Bodhi tree as a souvenir

Bodhgaya, India -- The moment our car turned into a narrow, rocky path off NH 2 and I began to hang on to dear life, I knew we had arrived in Bodhgaya, a Buddhist town in Bihar.

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Bhutan: ‘Reds’ all for ‘green’ cremation

by Ugyen Penjore, Kuensel Online, Sept 7, 2011

Dratsang (scholars) says 108 mani prayer flags not mandatory

Timphu, Bhutan -- In what could be called a blessing from the monastery to policy makers, environmentalists and conservationists, who are caught up in a conservation dilemma, members of the dratsang yesterday proposed cremations without using firewood.

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Dalai Lama inaugurates Tibetan center at IGNOU

India Blooms News Service, Sept 5, 2011

New Delhi, India -- A new center for Tibetan Studies was inaugurated by The Dalai Lama at the campus of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here on Monday during the 24th convocation of the university.

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Three Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims missing in India

ColomboPage News Desk, Aug 28, 2011

New Delhi, India -- Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi announced today that three persons of a group of pilgrims who were on a pilgrimage in India visiting the sacred Buddhist sites have gone missing.

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"I wanted to murder whoever did this to my daughter"

by DEWAN RAI, Nepal Times, Jul 22, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Krishna Tamang had taken his cattle out to graze on a meadow near his farm in Bhojpur in eastern Nepal. Dark clouds were gathering over the mountains beyond, and he had a sense of foreboding. At 2 pm, a neighbour ran up to tell him his daughter had fallen sick in Chainpur. Krishna borrowed some money and headed off with his brother.

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Orissa to spend spend 14 crores to develop Buddhist sites to attract tourists

by Akshya Rout, Orrisa Diary, , August 14, 2011

Jajpur, India -- To attract more tourists to Langudi, Kaima, Neulipur, Tarapur and other hills in Jajpur district, the state government will spend 14 crores within four years, said Ashok Tripathy the secretary of tourism and culture department of Orissa on Saturday.  Tripathy along with senior officials visited these Buddhist sites on Saturday.

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Hindu Survival and Buddhist Disappearance During Medieval India

By Sandeep Sharma, Chakra News, Aug 14, 2011

New Delhi, India -- No less a person than Mahatma Gandhi once estimated that nearly a quarter of Hindus had converted to Islam over the past on thousand years. How true is this statement ?

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Raped Buddhist nun's lost virginity might mean she no longer can serve

By Michael De Groote, Deseret News, Aug. 9, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A Buddhist nun raped by five men on a bus is facing ostracism from her religious life. "The religious dictum requires a nun to be virgin. So, it will be difficult to take her back," the president of Nepal, Tamang Ghedung Kumar Yonjan, said in an article in the Nepal Republic Media. "But we will lobby for her reinstatement as it is a unique incident."

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Buddhist Temple Workers Cant Afford Worship in Sri Lanka

by Anuradha Gunarathne, Global Press Institute, August 8, 2011

KELANIYA, SRI LANKA -- Nilantha Dias and his father operate a flower boutique in Kelaniya, a small town near Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. The shop, which specializes in flowers and other items used for worship, is one of 11 boutiques that belong to the much revered Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple here.

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Shutdown in Bodh Gaya against anti-encroachment drive

IANS, August 08, 2011

Bodh Gaya, Bihar (India) -- A total shutdown was observed in this Bihar town, known as the birthplace of Buddhism, Monday to protest the district administration's anti-encroachment drive.

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China claims India’s Buddhist legacy

Rediff.com, Aug 7, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal -- By Marxist-Leninist principles, this must be a masterstroke — getting left-wing Maoists and right-wing monarchists together in a bandwagon to revive the great legacy of Buddhism in Nepal. This is Chinese diplomatic ingenuity at its best and India has no answer.

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Nepal's 'singing nun' comes to gangraped nun's rescue

TNN, Aug 3, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 40-year-old Buddhist nun who began as a rebel and then transformed into one of Nepal's most popular singing stars, has now created another milestone in Nepal's religious as well as social history by offering sanctuary to a nun half her age, who became stigmatised after being gangraped last month.

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India Liberalises Visas for Mongolian Buddhist Scholars

by Ashwini Shrivastava, PTI, Jul 30, 2011

New Delhi, India -- India has liberalised its visa regime for Buddhists scholars from Mongolia to deepen cultural ties and boost bilateral relations between the two nations.

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Nepal rejects ambitious Chinese Buddhist venture

TNN Jul 28, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Less than a fortnight after a Chinese nongovernmental organisation announced its plan for what amounted to a virtual takeover of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, Nepal's government on Thursday unceremoniously rejected it, saying it would not entertain any deal struck in a third country without the participation of the actual stakeholders.

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Arunachal to introduce Bhoti in Buddhist-inhabited areas

TNN Jul 19, 2011

ITANAGAR, India -- Arunachal Pradesh is all set to introduce Bhoti - one of the richest ancient languages of the world - as a subject in schools across Buddhist-inhabited areas in four districts from the next academic session.

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Gangraped Nepal nun likely to get re-admission in nunnery

TNN Jul 21, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 21-year-old Buddhist nun from Nepal, who was said to have "lost" her religion and become unfit to remain a nun after being gangraped, is now likely to be re-admitted to her nunnery, thanks to a growing outrage worldwide.

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The Lumbini project: China's $3bn for Buddhism

By Melissa Chan, Al-Jazeera, Jul 16, 2011

Lumbini, Nepal -- The town of Lumbini in Nepal is where the Buddha was born as Prince Gautama Siddhartha, before achieving enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago.

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Ancient Buddhist caves destroyed during coal-mining

PTI, Jul 17,2011

New Delhi, India -- An officer from the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) (a Government of India Undertaking) have denied that ancient Buddhist caves around Chandrapur were destroyed during coal-mining.

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Debate grows in Nepal about gangraped nun

TNN, Jul 16, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- As the 21-year-old Buddhist nun from Nepal who had been gang-raped in a public bus returned to Kathmandu after initial medical treatment in India's border town of Siliguri, a debate finally began to grow about the attack in the Himalayan republic, that had so far remained largely silent on her suffering.

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Exhibition on Buddhist literature

TNN, Jul 7, 2011

PATNA, India -- The Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, a esteemed university, will organize exhibitions and seminars on Buddhist literature with a view to popularizing Buddhist studies.

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President opens Buddha Mandiraya in Ratmalana

by Ridma DISSANAYAKE, Lanka Daily News, July 9, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The newly built Buddha Mandiraya in Kothalawalapura Samadhi Buddhist Centre, Ratmalana was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

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International air services to start in Bodh Gaya

by Shantanu Chakraborty, Hindustan Times, July 10, 2011

Gaya, India -- Jayprakash Narain International aiport, Patna may be still struggling to match up to its name. But it's Bodh Gaya that will be going international sooner. The news is, that Air India, Minhin Lanka of the emerald isle-Sri Lanka, Druk Air, Bhutan and Phuket Airlines of Thailand are about to resume international services from Bodh Gaya by October.

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India allows 17th Karmapa to travel to US

by Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, July 5, 2011

Shimla, India -- Amidst hectic lobbying by his followers in the corridors of power, government has finally Ogyen Trinley Dorje- 17th Karmapa, who is parallel head of powerful Kagyu karma sect of Tibetan Buddhist to travel to United States to attend Kalchakra.

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Derogatory remarks against Buddhists in Ramdev's magazine, alleges Public Interest Litigation (PIL)

PTI, June 29, 2011

Allahabad, India -- A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was today filed in the Allahabad high court alleging that derogatory remarks have been made against followers of Buddhism in the latest issue of a monthly magazine published by yoga guru Ramdev.

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Buddhist nun gangraped in Nepal bus

IANS, Jun 27, 2011,

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 21-year-old Buddhist nun was gangraped by five men inside a bus in eastern Nepal, media reports said Monday.

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Buddhist programmes from Sussex College network to mark Sambuddhathva Jayanthi

The Sunday Times, June 26, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sussex college network conducted a range of Buddhist programmes to commemorate the Wesak festival, the Poson Festival and the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi in their branches island wide.

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Millions of Sri Lankan devotees pay homage to sacred Buddhist relics

APP, June 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Millions of Sri Lankan devotees paid homage to sacred relics of Lord Buddha from Pakistan during a 17-day exposition of the sacred relics in Sri Lanka. 

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US$ 3b Buddhist Centre for Lumbini

Sunday Observer, June 19, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal -- China is providing funds to Nepal to build a US$3 billion Buddhist Centre to attract millions of pilgrims and spiritual tourists to the birthplace of the Buddha.

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Massive crowds flock to Sri Lanka's sacred city of Anuradhapura for Poson festivities

ColomboPage News Desk, Jun 15, 2011

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka -- More than half a million devotees have reportedly gathered in in the sacred city of Anuradhapura in North Central Province of Sri Lanka for the Poson festival that marks the introduction of Buddhism to the island by Arhat Mahinda of India during the rule of Emperor Asoka, 2318 years ago.

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Incorporate Theravada and Mahayana doctrines through research

Asiantribune.com, June 17, 2011

New Delhi, India -- Sikkhimis spiritual leader His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorge of Sikkim called on Buddhist scholars to undertake research on the doctrines of Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism and introduce a uniform set of Buddhist teachings, values and principles for the betterment of the world.

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Tibetans celebrate end of auspicious month

TOI, Jun 16, 2011

BERHAMPUR, India -- Tibetans in the state performed special rituals on Wednesday celebrating the end of the most auspicious month of the Buddhist calendar.

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Buddhist programme reaches out to Nepal

Phayul, June 16, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal -- “Noble Wisdom”, the first of its kind Buddhist television programme has now been made available in Nepal said the Sherab Sangpo Society, producers of the programme in a release, today.

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China plans to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini

Reuters, Jun 16, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A Chinese-backed foundation and Nepal’s government plan to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics. The Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise $3 billion at home and abroad to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini, about 171 km (107 miles) southwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

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Buddhist marriages on rise

Deccan Chronicle, June 11, 2011

New Delhi, India -- A small group of Ambedkar followers in Warangal is trying to popularise the concept of Buddhist marriages among Dalits as such marriages are seen as rational and a financially viable option for poor families, who cannot afford the costly and elaborate rituals in Hindu marriages.

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Buddhist theme park at Futala in cold storage

TNN, Jun 8, 2011

NAGPUR, India -- On December 23, 2009, the then chief minister Ashok Chavan on December 23, 2009 announced during the assembly session in Nagpur that a Buddhist theme park would be set up at Telangkhedi lake.

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Pakistan can earn foreign exchange by promoting Buddhist tourism’

Pak Observer, June 10, 2011

Karachi, Pakistan -- Pakistan can learn a lot and earn valuable foreign exchange if Buddhist tourism is promoted in Pakistan with the help and experience of the Thailand private sector since over 6% of Thai GDP is due to tourism. At the same time, Thailand can help develop tourist resorts and tours also either as joint ventures or through consultative inputs.”

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Pakistan sends Lord Buddha’s relics to Sri Lanka

APP, June 6, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In order to present the richest Buddhist historical legacy to the Sri Lankan people, Pakistan has sent the most sacred relics of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka.  These relics arrived in Sri Lanka recently for a limited period and will be exhibited at Colombo Museum during the month of June.

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Sri Lanka monks join anti-pension protests

By Amal Jayasinghe, AFP, June 4, 2011

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks took to the streets of Sri Lanka's capital Friday to express solidarity with factory workers protesting a controversial pensions bill.

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Buddha museum coming up in India

by Ayesha Arvind, TNN, Jun 2, 2011

GREATER NOIDA, India -- The life and teachings of Lord Buddha will soon be immortalized in a museum-cum-research centre solely dedicated to the seer and founder of Buddhism in Greater Noida. In its board meeting earlier last month, the Authority approved the construction of a state-of-the-art Buddhist Museum and Research Centre spread over 25 acres of land within the Gautam Budh University campus.

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Phases of early Buddhism in South India and Sri Lanka

By Rajitha Weerakoon, The Sunday Times, May 29, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka, having preserved Buddhism in its purest form since its introduction in 236 BC, was undisputedly the key player in the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations. But what caused Buddhism to flourish in Sri Lanka as opposed to the country of the Buddha’s birth where Buddhism has little relevance today?

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Dalits embrace Buddhism as part of 2600th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha

By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Bellevision Media Network, May 24, 2011

Udupi, India -- As a part of the 2600th birth anniversary of  Lord Gautama Buddha, a large number of Dalits from different parts of the Karnataka State embraced Buddhism (Dhamma Dheekshe) in the forenoon of Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at a function held at Shri Narayanaguru Sabha Bhavan, Bannanje, Udupi. The ‘Dhamma Dheekshe’ was administered by the Buddhist Monk, Manorakkhita Bhanteji in association with Monk Long Sang and Monk Ten guru.

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Vietnam joins International Buddhist Museum in Sri Lanka

VNA, May 23, 2011

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- Vietnam is among 16 other Buddhist countries sending Buddhist art and ritual objects to the International Buddhist Museum in Sri Lanka’s ancient capital city of Kandy.

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Buddhist stamps trigger ministerial probe

By Chandani Kirinde, The Sunday Times, May 22, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Posts has been appointed to look into allegations that a set of four stamps issued to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi celebrations are faulty.

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Sri Lanka Spearheads U.N. Celebration of Buddhism’s 2600th Anniversary

The Lion & Sword, May 19, 2011

New York, USA -- The gray skies above Manhattan could not dampen spirits below as Buddhist monks and nuns from all corners of the globe assembled before the United Nations midtown headquarters on Monday, their robes a brilliant patchwork of saffron and burgundy against the drab urban backdrop.

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Goutam Buddha University marks Buddha Purnima

IANS, May 17, 2011

Greater Noida, India -- The Gautam Buddha University here Tuesday marked Buddha Poornima with a seminar focussing on Buddhism in India.

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2555th Buddha Jayanti being observed today

THT Online, May 17, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The 2555th Buddha Jayanti is being observed organising various rituals and programmes all across the country to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

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Lone man searches for 2600-yr-old Buddha spirit in north Indian ruins

by Sanjay Sharma, Times of India, May 17, 2011

CHANDIGARH, India -- A rural Hindu boy found peace sitting in Buddhist ruins around historically important Yamunanagar, his hometown, when he felt low during his engineering pursuit from Kurukshetra University.

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Sri Lanka frees 850 prisoners on Buddhist holiday

AFP, May 17, 2011

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka freed 858 convicts on Tuesday to mark the most important day in the Buddhist calendar, a prison official said.

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International Buddhist Centre in Colombo

Lanka Daily News, 16 May 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Theravada Buddhism which taught us to move forward as a nation on the path of kindness, tolerance, humanity, equality and harmony is the greatest gift we can bestow upon the world, President Rajapaksa said addressing at the opening ceremony of the Sri Sambuddathva Jayanthi International Buddhist Centre in Thummulla, Colombo.

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Sri Lanka ICT agency places Buddhist religious books online

ColomboPage News Desk, May 15, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka has taken measures to make all Buddhist religious school books available online.

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Buddhist communities come under threat in Bangladesh

By Carleton Cole, The Nation, April 19, 2011; Published on the Buddhist Channel, May 15, 2011

Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh -- While most of the South Asian nation's population is Muslim, 85 per cent of people in the rugged Chittagong Hill Tracts are Theravada Buddhist.

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President Rajapaksa declares open the Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mandiraya

By Janaka Alahapperuma, The Buddhist Channel, May 9, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mandiraya building at the Manelwathu Maha Vihara premises at Bollegala in Kelaniya to mark the 2600 Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Anniversary on 7 May.

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Sri Lanka minister shaves head for Buddhism

AFP, May 9, 2011

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A Sri Lankan minister and members of an all-Buddhist political party on Sunday shaved their heads before embarking on a meditation programme to mark the 2,600 anniversary of the religion.

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Largest Buddhist Mandiraya opening on May 15

by Priyanka Kurugala, Lanka News, May 5, 2011

World’s first Buddhist museum in Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The opening ceremony of the largest Buddhist Mandiraya of the Therawadi Buddhist World, the Sri Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi Mandiraya, will take place under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s patronage on May 15 at 8.30 am, Buddhist Cultural Center Director and Founder Father of the Buddhist Information Centre Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said.

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Dalai Lama says he will serve as 'pure spiritual leader'

PTI, Apr 30, 2011

TOKYO, Japan -- The Dalai Lama has said that he would serve as a "pure spiritual leader" after handing over his "legitimate political authority" to Lobsang Sangay, the newly elected Prime Minister of Tibet's government-in-exile.

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Sri Lanka to host conference on Buddhist-Islamic peace dialogue

Sunday Times, May 1, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka will host an international conference on Islamic-Buddhist dialogue for world peace on Wednesday and Thursday in Colombo. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe are among key speakers, with former minister and Sri Lanka Islamic Centre Chairman M. H. Mohamed said.

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Hindus send greetings to Buddhists on Vesakha

ANI, 28 Apr 2011

New Delhi, India -- Hindus have sent greetings to Buddhist communities worldwide for the upcoming Vesakha.

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President Rajapaksa returns with sacred Hair Relics of Lord Buddha

By Janaka Alahapperuma, The Buddhist Channel, Apr 22, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka today (Wednesday) on 20 April after a three day State visit to Bangladesh. President returned with sacred hair relics (Kesha Dhathu) of the Lord Buddha given by Bangladesh. The sacred relics will be deposited at the Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo from 6.00 pm today.

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Buddhist light lamps in memory of deceased kin

The Hindu, Apr 18, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The festival of lighting lamps at Bouddha Stupa by Buddhists on the day of Chaitra Shukla Purnima in memory of their deceased relatives concluded on Monday.

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Nalasopara stupa to be tourist hotspot soon

by Sandhya Nair, TNN, Apr 14, 2011

MUMBAI, India -- The state, along with the Vasai-Virar municipal corporation is drawing up a proposal to restore and preserve a Buddhist stupa in Nalasopara (W). The stupa, which comes under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has been neglected for many years. The state plans to convert it into an international centre.

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Do Bhutan's Anti-Smoking Laws Go Too Far?

By KENCHO WANGDI / Thimphu Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011

Timphu, Bhutan -- On March 3, Sonam Tshering, a Buddhist monk, was sentenced to three years in prison in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan. His crime? Trying to smuggle $2.50 worth of chewing tobacco into Bhutan from India.

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China, others circle over Buddhist spots

Indian Express, Apr 10 2011

Lucknow, India -- The Buddhist circuit in UP is all set to get a major boost as airline companies from Sri Lanka, Nepal, China and Thailand are keen to start their services from Varanasi.

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Russian support for Buddhism development

Lanka Daily News, Apr 9, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Russian government will implement several religious programmes in view of the 2600th Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi.

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Indian state to map ancient Buddhist routes

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN, Apr 6, 2011

PATNA, India -- The Bihar government will soon begin mapping the lost and forgotten Buddhist pilgrimage routes in the state with an aim to revive its old glory and promote tourism.

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Delhi seeks Thai tips on Buddhist trail

The Telegraph, India, April 4, 2011

New Delhi, India -- India has sought Thailand’s help to develop the country’s Buddhist trail that continues to lack good air and road connectivity as well as hotels.

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Nepal begins restoration of Buddha's birthplace

AFP, Apr 5, 2011

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- An international conservation team has begun work on restoring three endangered monuments at Buddha's supposed birthplace in southern Nepal, officials said on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka Commission seeks Buddhist Prelates guidance to prepare final report

TamilNet, 3 April 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Members of Sri Lanka's Prersident appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) had met the Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters last week to seek guidance before preparing the final report scheduled to be presented by May 15, according to a news report published in English weekly Lakbima on Sunday. The Buddhist prelates exercise a dominant influence on the Sri Lankan regime.

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Arrests are Made after Three Men Attack a Buddhist Monk

Chakranews.com, March 31, 2011

The Buddhist minority in majority-Muslim Bangladesh have been constant targets by Islamic extremists

Chittagong, Bangladesh -- Three men were arrested by police after they barged into a Buddhist temple this week to attack a Buddhist monk during a religious function. The incident occurred at the Avoysharan Temple at Mirsarai.

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Buddhism in Tamil Nadu

The hindu, March 29, 2011

New Delhi, India -- THIS IS an interesting account of the history of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and its impact on Tamil by Mylai Seeni Venkatasami, one of the most respected writers who has authored a number of similar research works relating to Jainism and Christianity.

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Nepal: Asian Buddhists meet in Kathmandu to face the challenges of modernity

The Himalayan Times, Mar 29, 2011

Monks, students and religious leaders met in the Nepali capital on 27-28 March. Buddha’s teachings and interfaith cooperation can be used against social ills caused by war and economic development. For a Japanese monk, “religion can give people a message of peace and solidarity.”

KATHMANDU, Nepal --  Asian Buddhists organised an international conference at the Center for Nepal Asia Studies (CNAS) in Kathmandu on 27-28 March. The purpose of the meeting was to see how the Buddha’s example and religion in modern society could bring about peace and solidarity in the world.

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What else do Buddhism and GNH share in common?

by Dorji Tshering, Kuensel Online, Mar 27, 2011

The author argues that both the life and development philosophies have suffered debasement

Timphu, Bhutan -- Buddhism was so pure when it was born and first delivered to the world. Since then the great vehicle of compassion has been through an evolutionary process of constant change. Today, the way we practise the religion begs the question of whether it is already corrupt? If it is so, then it is a sign of the times. And it is only fitting to explore whether our other values have also suffered the same fate.

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Religious and cultural links to cement indo-lanka ties

by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, March 21, 2011

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The unresolved fishermen issue and other diplomatic concerns might be plaguing the two countries but India and Sri Lanka attempted to strengthen their religious and cultural ties this week. On Sunday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated an international Buddhist conference organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in the central hill district town of Kandy.

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Buddhist monks visit Takht Bhai

Dawn, March 21, 2011

MARDAN, Pakistan -- A delegation of the Society of Asian Civilisations on Monday visited the Buddhist religious and historical sites in Takht Bhai, and Gandhara Research Centre of the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.

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Buddhist park to come up at Silao

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN , Mar 17, 2011

PATNA, India -- There's good news for Buddhist pilgrims visiting Rajgir and Nalanda - a park dedicated to the historic meeting between Buddha and Maha Kassapa will be set up soon at Silao, a short distance from here, on way to Rajgir. While its site will be inaugurated on Friday, the designing and construction will take some time.

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Buddhist monks in India pray for quake victims

IANS, March 11, 2011

Dharamsala, India -- Buddhist monks and nuns gathered on Sunday morning in monasteries in India to pray for those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan two days ago.

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Buddhist body loses cool after power cut in Bodh Gaya

Sify News, March 10, 2011

Patna, India -- Buddhism's holiest town is facing a particularly un-Buddhist squable over money and power. The International Buddhist Council Thursday threatened to shut all its monasteries and institutions in Bodh Gaya in Gaya district if the electricity department did not withdraw its move of disconnecting power supply to eight monasteries.

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Japanese Buddhist award for Sarvodaya Leader

Sunday Observer, March 13, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, the Sarvodaya leader, has been selected by the Buddhist Association of Japan - Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, to receive the 45th Annual Cultural Award for the Promotion of Buddhism in the world. The only other Sri Lankan who had won this prestigious award was the late President J.R. Jayewardene in 1983.

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Dalai Lama offers prayers for Japan quake, tsunami victims

PTI, Mar 13, 2011

Dalai Lama offers prayers for Japan quake, tsunami victims

Dhramsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama offered prayers here for the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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No Smoking: Monk jailed for three years in Bhutan

By Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich, The Independent, 5 March 2011

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, famed for its unspoilt natural beauty and social policy of gross national happiness, found itself at the centre of bitter controversy yesterday after a Buddhist monk caught carrying tobacco worth under £2 was jailed for three years.

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Karmapa ready for discourse, gets backing of Buddhist teacher

Sify News, March 4, 2011

Dharamsala, India -- As the 17th Karmapa gets ready to hold spiritual discourses in the pilgrim town of Sarnath - for the first time after controversy over the recovery of foreign currency in his monastery - renowned Buddhist teacher and author Mingyur Rinpoche has also come out in his support.

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Ten years after the destruction of Buddhist relics in Afghanistan

Deutsche Welle, Feb 25, 2011

Bamiyan, Afghanistan -- Exactly 10 years ago, on February 26, 2001, Taliban leader Mullah Omar ordered the destruction of two enormous and ancient Buddha statues in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan.

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Nalanda’s glorious past a uniting factor in future

The New Straits Times, Feb 28, 2011

Nalanda, India -- By end-2013, an Asian university with a universal outlook and approach will take shape 887km east of New Delhi, to match what is being billed as the “Asian century”.

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India's PM pledges Karmapa review

Deccan Chronicle, Feb 27, 2011

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured a Buddhist delegation that he will personally look into the matter of Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje and review the entire case.

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Buddhism Conference to be Held in Kandy

Chakra News, February 27, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In March, India will hold an international Buddhism conference in Kandy to celebrate the 2600th year of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment.

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Road map for Nalanda University discussed

by Aarti Dhar, The Hindu, Feb 22, 2011

University will start with seven schools, primarily in humanities

NEW DELHI, India -- The Governing Board of the new Nalanda University on Monday laid down a road map to make the institution functional tentatively by 2013. The recruitment of faculty would be done one or two semesters before the first batch is enrolled so that they have a role in finalising the course structure.

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Prevent misuse of Buddhist symbols – NBF

by Hemanthi Guruge, Lanka Daily News, Feb 22, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The National Bhikhu Front (NBF) has requested the Government and relevant authorities to prevent the misuse of Buddhist symbols, stanzas for political advantage.

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The Dalai Lama Is Mourning the Death of His Nephew

Aces Showbiz, February 17, 2011

Dhramsala, India -- The Buddhist leader is in a great sadness after his nephew, Jigme K. Norbu, was hit by a car and killed during a charity walk on Monday, February 14.

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Hindus greet Buddhists on Magha Puja

ANI, Feb 13, 2011

New Delhi, India -- Hindus have sent early greetings to Buddhist communities worldwide for the upcoming Magha Puja day, which falls on February 18.

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India to commission art gallery, Buddha statue in Lanka

PTI, Feb 13, 2011

New Delhi, India -- India will hold an international conference in Sri Lanka next month to observe the 2600th year of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha and also commission an art gallery and a 16-feet high Buddha statue there.

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Launch of Buddhist Ecclesiastical Law in Sri Lanka

Lanka Daily News, Feb 14, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) will launch a monumental text on "Buddhist Ecclesiastical Law" authored by the well known lawyer and legal academic Dr Wickrema Weerasooria on February 15. The Guests of Honour for the function are Ven Professor Bellawnwila Wimalaratana, Chancellor, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Chief Justice Asoka de Silva and former Attorney General, Acting Chief Justice and Supreme Court Judge Rajah Wanasundera.

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Buddhists decry drift towards multi-faith state in Sri Lanka

By Janaka Perera, The Asian Tribune, Feb 14, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A resolution vehemently condemning government’s nonchalance in retaining Sri Lanka’s Buddhist image was unanimously adopted at a largely attended meeting held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo on February 11. The issue is a covert move by the Prime Minister to promote a multi-religious program on the pretext of commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi (Anniversary of the of Siddhartha Gauthama’s attainment of Buddhahood).in May, 2011.

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Buddhist Bhutan Wrestles With 'Shocking' Abuse Study

By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, Feb 10, 2011

NEW DELHI, India -- The government commissioner charged with promoting "Gross National Happiness" in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan said he was deeply dismayed by a recent study that found a majority of Bhutanese women think their husbands have the right to beat them.

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Buddha caves to draw tourists

TNN, Feb 9, 2011

RAJKOT, India -- In order to give new impetus to Gujarat branding itself as the latest Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The state government has chalked out a plan to develop tourist infrastructure at sites associated with Buddhism and has prepared a comprehensive plan to market these sites to tourist.

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Have libraries in places of worship, says Dalai Lama

IANS, Feb 7, 2011

Panaji, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama Monday suggested that the numerous temples of worship mushrooming across the country should also house libraries along with statues of deities.

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Bhutan monk faces jail for anti-smoking law violation

By Subir Bhaumik BBC News, Feb 1, 2011

Timphu, Bhutan -- Monks in Bhutan Monks are highly respected in deeply religious Bhutan.

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Religious leaders condemn attack on Buddhist Maha Bodhi Temple

by Melani Manel Perera, Asia News, Jan 29, 2011

Attack on four monks and damage to temple can not be attributed to guerrilla groups or to members of the LTTE. Representatives of all religions call for calm, to continue to live "as one family."

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Representatives of all religions in Sri Lanka strongly condemn the recent attack on the Buddhist Maha Bodhi temple in Chennai, India, in which four Sri Lankan Buddhist monks were injured.

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Indian Police Question Karmapa

by The Associated Press, January 29, 2011

DHARMSALA, India -- Indian authorities are investigating the source of large amounts of money found in a northern Indian monastery that is the headquarters of Tibetan Buddhism's third most important leader, police said Saturday.

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Buddhist monks walking for world peace reach Agra

IANS, Jan 28, 2011

Agra, India -- Nearly 300 Buddhist monks from Thailand, Poland, England, Ireland and Germany, walking across India for world peace and welfare, have reached the Taj city.

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Thailand’s Buddhist artifacts for Lanka’s International Museum coming in February

Asian Tribune, Jan 29, 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Eleven Buddha statues donated by Thailand to Sri Lanka's proposed International Buddhist Museum (IBM) will arrive in Colombo in February.

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Three Lankan monks hurt in attack on Chennai Buddhist shrine

by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, January 25, 2011

Chennai, India -- Sri Lanka on Tuesday expressed concern over the attack on the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Centre in Chennai late on Monday night in which three of its citizens were injured.

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Security tightened in Bodhgaya following looming Maoist threat

ANI, Jan 19, 2011

Bodh Gaya, India -- Concerned at the looming Maoist threat in the region, authorities beefed up security around a revered Buddhist temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya town.

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Korean province to help Orissa to promote Buddhist tourism

Orissa Current News, January 21, 2011

Bhubaneswar, India -- Addressing the conference on tourism potential between South Korea and Odisha held here by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) on Thursday to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace, Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra expressed the hope that the process of a tie-up between the South Korean Province of Jellonamdo and Odisha to promote tourism and other economic activities would attract Buddhist tourists to the State in large numbers from South Korea and Japan.

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People must be compassionate towards all: Dalai Lama

TNN, Jan 12, 2011

VARANASI, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said that all living beings in the world feel pain and sorrow, but only humans can feel the pain and sorrow of others.

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Buddhists upset over death of sacred fish inside Bodhgaya temple pond

ANI, Jan 9, 2011

Bodh gaya, India -- Buddhists in Bihar's Bodhgaya city fear that things could get worse following the death of a sacred 'golden fish' inside the temple pond due to freezing temperature on Sunday.

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UN-backed project to conserve Buddha's birthplace underway

ANI, Jan 12, 2011

Lumbini, Nepal -- An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO, of the ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.

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Spiritual discipline foremost for young monks at Bomdila

The Indian Express, Dec 12, 2010

West Kameng, India -- Young Buddhist monks are not averse to owning a television set or a motorcycle and would even love going around wearing jeans and sweatshirts, unlike in the past.

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All Buddha's Teachings Must be Translated in Tibetan: Dalai Lama

by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 12 January 2011

Dharamshala, India -- All teachings of lord Buddha and Buddhist texts, which were not available in Tibetan, should be translated into Tibetan language, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet's political and spiritual leader while delivering the valedictory address at the four day Tengyur conference which held on Tuesday at the Buddhist holy city of Varanasi in India.

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Bhutan Grants Access to Temples

by KATE TAYLOR, The New York Times, January 2, 2011

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan kingdom Bhutan has granted British art experts rare access to the country’s roughly 2,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries in an effort to preserve wall paintings from the 16th through 19th centuries, The Observer of London reported.

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Ladakh model for eco-school in Sikkim

The Telegraph, Dec 30, 2010

Walk for clean & green himalayas

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) --  The head of the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has announced his plan to set up an eco-school in Sikkim modelled on the one in Ladakh that he had helped build earlier.

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Karma Kagyu's 900th anniversary celebrations end

IANS, Dec 30, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- The 22-day commemoration of the 900th anniversary of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism Thursday ended at the historic Kalachakra ground in the holy town of Bodh Gaya - the seat of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment - with an impressive ceremony and a special 'wishing prayer'.

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Bangladeshi Buddhist leader escapes attack

IANS, Dec 27, 2010

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- A prominent Buddhist tribal leader of Bangladesh escaped an attack on his motorcade Monday, a day after he discussed with the government a peace agreement signed in 1997, which is yet to be implemented.

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Buddhists to throng Bodh Gaya Thursday for special rites

IANS, Dec 27, 2010

New Delhi, India -- The Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism will commemorate 900 years of its lineage Thursday with a special prayer and ritualistic offering at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya.

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From Sinhala-Buddhism to Civilized Buddhism

By J.L. Devananda, ArticleBase.com, Dec 22, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka, better known as Sinhala-Buddhism (or Mahavamsa-Buddhism) is different from the Theravada Buddhism practiced in other countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and so on.

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People and government of Sikkim offer Long Life Prayer to Dalai Lama

Phayul, December 24, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- The state government of Sikkim and its people on Wednesday jointly organised a long life prayer ceremony in honour of the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's eight-day visit of the north-eastern Indian state.

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India to gift Buddha statue to Lanka

by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, December 21, 2010

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- India will gift a 16-feet high Buddha statue to Sri Lanka to be installed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple in the central Lankan town of Kandy. The Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is among the holiest of Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka, and the Buddha statue will be installed at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex of the temple.

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3 monks from Tibet take refuge in India

PTI, Dec 18, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Three Buddhist monks have fled from the Tibet Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan and recently taken refuge in the country, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) claimed today.

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Sri Lanka to protect Buddhism with low power tariffs

Lanka Buisness Online, 15 Dec, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has further cut tariffs to places of worship in proposed new rates for 2010 to protect Buddhism, which was an obligation of the state, power ministry secretary M M Ferdinando said.

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Buddhist monks begin eight-day prayer session for peace in Bodhgaya

By Surya Pratap Singh, ANI, Dec 15, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Thousands of Buddhist monks assembled at the Bodhgaya Buddhist shrine on Wednesday to attend an eight-day prayer session for peace.

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The Buddhist Warriors

by Tshering Tashi, Kuensel Online, Dec 15, 2010

Timphu, Bhutan -- “You are first a Buddhist and then a soldier,” Yangbi Lopen, a senior monk, reminded the Bhutanese army nine days before the two-day conflict.

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Buddhist pilgrims of five ASEAN nations to get Indian visa on arrival

ANI, Dec 12, 2010

New DelhI, India -- The government of India has decided to extend visa on arrival facility to Buddhist pilgrims coming from five more ASEAN countries-Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

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Buddhists gather in Bodh Gaya for Kagyu Monlam Chenmo Festival

By Surya Pratap Singh, ANI, Dec 12, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist devotees have gathered at the ancient Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar's Gaya District to celebrate the annual festival of Kagyu Monlam Chenmo that marked the 900th birth anniversary of the first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa.

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Dalai Lama Inaugurates New Kalimpong Buddhist Temple

by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 14 December 2010

Dharamshala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is on a three-day visit to the Tibetan settlement in Kalimpong, West Bengal State of India, where His Holiness inaugurated the newly built temple of Gaden Tharpa Choeling Monastery on 12 December.

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Buddhists to celebrate New Year on a low note in Leh

ANI, Dec 10, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- As a mark of respect to the huge loss of life and property caused by the massive cloudburst recently, Buddhists in Ladakh region have decided to celebrate 'Losar' festival, the Ladakhi New Year, on a low scale.

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Buddhist monks march to save Himalayas

The Assam Tribune, Dec 8, 2010

GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- For those living in Darjeeling, banner-led political processions are quite a common sight, but not a large contingent of Buddhist monks and nuns, who have embarked on a marathon march on foot to save the Himalayas from environmental damage. The local people have gathered around in support of the monks.

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Lord Buddha, Buddhism and its Pervasiveness in the world

by Dirgha Raj Prasai, Australia.to, 9 December 2010

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in the 6th century BC in mid Tarai, Nepal. Nepal has been a pious and holy land for all Buddhists as well as all kinds of religious men and women. Buddha has guided human society on the path of peace, non-violence and prosperous thinking. Gautam Buddha meditated at Sarnath-Banarash and acquired the Light of Knowledge (Mokchya) under the holy fig-tree at Gaya, which is now called Buddha Gaya.

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Cultural ties with Tibetans is our priority, says Russian Buddhist leader

TibetCustom.com, December 5 2010

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The spiritual leader of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia described the cultural and religious ties with Tibetans a top priority, which he said will automatically give impetus to the political aspect of the Tibetan issue.

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Buddhist monks offer prayers for world peace on Tripitaka festival

ANI, Dec 3, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist Monks from 54 countries gathered at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara temple located in Bihar's Bodhgaya district to offer prayers for world peace on the occasion of the Tripitaka festival.

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SABA Celebrates 900 years of Karma Kagyu Lineage

Business Wire India, December 2, 2010

Celebration opens in Delhi with traditional festivities and concludes with a grand finale in Bodhgaya on 30th December

New Delhi, India -- South Asia Buddhist Association (SABA) recently commemorated the 900 years of the Karma Kagyu Lineage at the holy monastery of Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Qutub Institutional Area.

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National Conference on Buddhist Studies

Lanka Daily News, Dec 2, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The sixth National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held at All Ceylon Women's Buddhist Congress Hall, No. 400, Bauddhaloka Mw., Colombo 7 on December 4,5.

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Pakistani Foreign Minister visits Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka

Daily Times, Nov 30, 2010

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple on Monday and said Pakistan takes pride in sharing the Buddhist heritage with Sri Lanka.

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Preserving the Gandharan heritage

The Express Tribune, December 2, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A three-day international workshop on Gandharan Cultural Heritage started at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Wednesday. The event has been organised by the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations (TIAC) in collaboration with Centre for Documentation and Conservation, Aachen University, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities, Germany.

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The Dalai Lama's Sermon In Dharamsala At A Spiritual Retreat

OneIndia, December 1, 2010

Dhramsala, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama has begun with a three-day sermon in a spiritual retreat in Dharamsala.

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Stop slaughtering animals, appeals Himachal monastery

IANS, Nov 24, 2010

Shimla, India -- A prominent, centuries-old Buddhist monastery in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley Wednesday appealed to the people to stop slaughtering animals and be more humane to other species, a spiritual head said.

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We are India’s chelas: Dalai Lama

Hindustan Times, November 20, 2010

New Delhi, India -- “The relationship between India and Tibet is one of guru and chela,” said Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at the first session of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2010. “We learnt a lot from Indian scholars. And I always introduce myself to western audiences as a scholar of Indian thought… So we are chelas. But you must agree that we have been reliable chelas,” he added with a chuckle.

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Chinese Copper Mine In Afghanistan Threatens 2,600-Year-Old Buddhist

by HEIDI VOGT, The Huffington Post, November 15, 2010

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It was another day on the rocky hillside, as archaeologists and laborers dug out statues of Buddha and excavated a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. A Chinese woman in slacks, carrying an umbrella against the Afghan sun, politely inquired about their progress.

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Anxiety caused to residents and Buddhist monks

By Atula Bandara, Daily Mirror, 12 November 2010

Destruction of Archaeological sites

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The on-going wanton destruction of archaeological sites in Thanthirimale and Suriyathenna areas has caused much anxiety among the residents of the area and the Buddhist monks.

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India: Is Buddhism back in vogue?

Express News Service, 11 Nov 2010

HYDERABAD, India -- What do foreign secretary Nirupama Rao’s office, Rakhi Sawant’s bathroom and drawing rooms of many Indians have in common? The answer is presence of Buddhist elements. From the new-found interest in the religion, it looks like Indians are having a new tryst with Buddhism.

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President Rajapaksa participates annual Katina Ceremony of Gangarama Temple

By Janaka Alahapperuma, Onlanka News, Nov 9, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mrs Shiranthi Rajapaksa participated the annual Katina ceremony organized by the Gangaramaya Temple, Hunupitiya, Colombo in the early hours on 08 November.

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Legal Status Foreseen for Christianity in Buddhist Bhutan

CDN, 4 November 2010

Country’s religious regulatory authority expected to consider recognition before year’s end.

Timphu, Bhutan -- For the first time in Bhutan’s history, the Buddhist nation’s government seems ready to grant much-awaited official recognition and accompanying rights to a miniscule Christian population that has remained largely underground.

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Buddhist monks get new robes in Tripura

By Pinaki Das, ANI, Nov 1, 2010

Tripura, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist devotees thronged the Venuban Bihar monastery to participate in the 33rd 'Kathin Chibor Dan' festival here over the weekend.

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Army attacks Buddhist temple in Rangamati

CHTNews.com, Nov 1, 2010

Chittagong, Bangladesh -- MEMBERS of the Bangladesh Military attacked a Buddhist temple and destroyed ten kutis or cottages built around the temple for practicing meditation in a remote area in Rangamati district.

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The fight goes on in Tibet's toehold in India

by Matt Wade, The Age, October 30, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- BETWEEN a holy river and a dusty highway on Delhi's northern fringe is an unlikely slice of Tibet.

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Tourism ministry to promote India's Buddhist circuit

ANI, Oct 27, 2010

New Delhi, India -- The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an agency of the World Bank, on Wednesday here to improve and promote the Buddhist tourism circuit in the country.

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Sri Lanka to establish Buddhist temples in all countries

Lanka Daily News, Oct 28, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Prime Minister DM Jayaratne said the government will take immediate measures to establish Buddhist temples in all countries. He stressed that all other religions in Sri Lanka were protected because of Venerable Buddhist monks.

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Buddhist monks demand renewable energy in Bodhgaya

ANI, Oct 20, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist monks released sky lanterns before Buddha's 80-feet-tall statue to demand renewable energy as a solution to the power crisis in the religious town of Bodhgaya in Bihar's Gaya District.

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Pakistan to preserve 2,400-year-old Buddhist caves in capital

Xinhua, Oct 18, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- As the natural beauty of Pakistan 's federal capital Islamabad is fading rapidly due to wide constructions and development activities, the government decided to preserve the archeological beauty of the city by approving a plan to protect the 2,400-year-old caves, local media reported on Monday.

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Thousands embrace Buddhism on Vijaya Dashmi

by Abhinav Malhotra, TNN, Oct 18, 2010

KANPUR, India -- On a day when the country was busy burning the effigies of demon king, the villagers of nondescript Pukhrayan village in Ramabai Nagar had gathered to worship Ravana and to embrace Buddhism on the occasion of Dussehra or Vijaya Dashmi on Sunday.

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Tri-lingual dictionary to help Buddhist philosophy researchers

PTI, Oct 16, 2010

Pune, India -- A unique tri-lingual dictionary project, aimed at helping the researchers studying the Buddhist literature and philosophy is underway at Pune University.

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Sri Lankan activists oppose plan to train boys as monks

By Saroj Pathirana, BBC News, Oct 15, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Child rights activists in Sri Lanka have criticised a plan by the prime minister to ordain 2,600 boys as Buddhist monks by next May.

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Buddhism, biggest gift of Sri Lanka to world - President

by Chaminda PERERA, Lanka Daily News, Oct 11, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the country faces the biggest challenge of protecting cultural values and virtues in the face of western culture and attitudes seeping into society.

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Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks seek release of ex-army chief

Sify News, Oct 7, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks held a prayer meeting in Sri Lanka Thursday to call for the release of the country's ex-army chief and presidential candidate who was jailed last week.

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World Council set up to revitalize Buddhism

Daily Mirror, October 9, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A World Council of Buddhism was formed recently in order to revitalize Buddhism both locally and internationally.

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Four-day Dalai Lama teaching session ends in Dharamsala

By Akhilesh Bharati, ANI, Oct 7, 2010

Dharmsala, India -- A four-day teaching session on Tibetan Buddhism conducted by the Dalai Lama ended here on Thursday.

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The Tamil Buddhists of the Past and the Future

by J.L. Devananda, Sri Lanka Guardian, Oct 5, 2010

Buddhism in Sri Lanka is monopolized by the Sinhalese and they call it Sinhala-Buddhism which is Theravada Buddhism (Tripitaka) mixed up with the Mahavamsa. Will the Sinhala-Buddhist Maha Sangha accept any Tamil Buddhist monks? Will the Tamils accept Mahavamsa as a part of Buddhism or Buddhist history knowing very well that it is a Sinhala-Buddhist mythology?

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Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka taking a turn due to incarceration of ex-Army Commander

ColomboPage News Desk, Oct 3, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero, a leading Sinhala nationalist Buddhist monk activist, said today that he was ready to have rigorous imprisonment for life with hundred more monks if the government does not release the ex-Army Commander General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka.

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Sri Lanka President seeks insight from Buddhist prelates for common problems

ColomboPage News Desk, Oct 2, 2010

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday met with the chief incumbents of the Buddhist temples in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, and Trincomalee districts and sought the guidance from the Nayaka theras to find solutions to the problems common to the region.

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Sri Lanka to release a directory of Buddhist monks

ColomboPage News Desk, Sep 29, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka Ministry of Buddhist Affairs has planned to release a directory of Buddhist monks, Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna who is also the Minister of Buddhist Affairs revealed to media.

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Buddhist Bhutan Bans Clergy from Voting in Elections

by Vishal Arora, RNS, September 29, 2010

Timphu, Bhutan -- Officials in Buddhist-majority Bhutan have barred Hindu and Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections in order to keep a clear distinction between religion and politics.

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Third anniversary of Buddhist monk massacre in Myanmar commemorated

By Asia News, Sept 28, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Politicians, human rights activists and religious leaders took part in a peaceful sit-in in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Colombo yesterday. They called on the world not to forget, highlighting the difficulties democracy encounters in Sri Lanka itself.

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Buddhist values and development goals

Daily Mirror, 24 September 2010

New York, USA -- Addressing the UN session on Millennium Development Goals President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday vowed to follow the Buddhist principles which he said had laid the foundation to the stability of the Sri Lankan society.

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International Buddhist conference in starts in Nepal

PTI, Sept 23, 2010

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Around 100 representatives of Buddhist organisations from South Asian countries, including India, will take part in an international conference on Buddhism here.

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Sri Lanka to be developed on Buddhist values

Daily Mirror, 23 September 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told the United Nations sessions on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that he hoped to develop Sri Lanka on a foundation of Buddhist values, presidential sources in New York told Daily Mirror.He spoke of how he overcame the challenges he faced when eradicating terrorism.

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Buddhist monk arrested for treasure hunting

ColomboPage News, Sep 20, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka. -- Sri Lanka Police produced a Buddhist monk before Matale magistrate on charges of attempted treasure hunting in a historical site.

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Rescuing Afghanistan's Buddhist History

By ANN MARLOWE, Wall Stree Journal, Sept 17, 2010

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Even as once-secure parts of Afghanistan succumb to criminality and the insurgency, and the Afghan financial system hovers on the brink of failure, there are small signs of hope here.

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Buddhists to petition President: ‘Enact Animal Welfare Bill’

by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 17, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- At a meeting held at Dharma Vijaya Foundation, Colombo on Friday September 17, Buddhist societies and animal welfare activists decided to petition President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him to enact the Animal Welfare Bill prepared by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka without delay.  DVF President Olcott Gunasekera presided.

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India's lost Buddhist university to rise from ashes

By Rupam Jain Nair, AFP, Sept 13, 2010

NEW DELHI, India -- Indian academics have long dreamt of resurrecting Nalanda University, one of the world's oldest seats of learning which has lain in ruins for 800 years since being razed by foreign invaders.

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Dalai Lama visits flood-ravaged Leh

Sify News, Sept 13, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today visited the flood-ravaged areas in Leh and addressed the affected people telling them that they were not alone in their suffering as people in neighbouring Pakistan and China had also suffered similar natural disasters.

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Dalai Lama inaugurates Buddhist institute

PTI, Sep 12, 2010

Palampur, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today inaugurated a new Buddhist institute near here and consecrated a temple and stupas in the sprawling campus on the lap of majestic Dhauladhar ranges.

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18th Amendment Questioned By Buddhist Clergy

By Nirmala Kannangara, The SUnday Leader, Sep 12, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The controversial constitutional amendments which allow an incumbent president to contest any number of terms and to replace the 10 member Constitutional Council (CC) with a five member Constitutional Advisory Committee (CAC) have come under severe criticism by leading Buddhist monks in the country.

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Fallout between Buddhist monks and Sri Lanka Cricket over Dambulla International Cricket Stadium

ColomboPage News Desk, Sep 7, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Chief Incumbent of Dambulla Rajamaha Vihara Buddhist temple Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero has asked Sri Lanka Cricket to show cause within 14 days for violating the agreement between the temple authorities and Sri Lanka Cricket over the lease of land for Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

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Buddhists beat up blind 'Christian' teacher

by Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, September 06, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- A blind teacher at a Buddhist school in Choglamsar town in Leh district was beaten up by Buddhist activists for allegedly carrying out conversion activity on the behest of Christian missionaries.

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Institute to propagate Buddhist activities

by Jayampathy JAYASINGHE, Sunday Observer, Sept 5, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Dharmasasana International Buddhist Research Trust have been set up under the Public Trustee's Office to establish a training institute to propagate Buddhist activities, the Chief Incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Viharaya, Kiridigalle Dharmaratana Thera who spoke to the Sunday Observer, said.

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Somewhere between nature and the mind

by Maike Winters, The Island, September 4, 2010

A visit to the Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Centre

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- It takes more than an hour by bus from Kandy, a very rocky tuktuk ride up a mountain and exposure to blood-thirsty leeches to get to the Meditation Centre.

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Malaysians scale Himalayas to help Ladakh flood victims

Bernama, August 31, 2010

LEH, Ladakh (India) -- It was total self-sacrifice by several Malaysians who scaled the rugged Himalayan mountains to bring cheer to traumatised families and children in the remote Ladakh area, distressed by a recent cloudburst.

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Kalon Tripa Inaugurates Prayer Halls at Sera Jey Monastery School

Tibet Custom, August 25 2010

Bylakuppe, India -- After inaugurating two newly built prayer halls of the Tibetan Secondary School at Sera Jey Monastery, Kalon Tripa Prof Samdong Rinpoche said "the school must include courses on Buddhist treatises in its curriculum".

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Dalai Lama gives sermon at Nyingma Monastery in Manali

ANI, Aug 22, 2010

Manali, India -- Hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist monks and devotees participated in a religious congregation addressed by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama here on Sunday.

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Dalai Lama says there is no gender bias in Buddhism

Sify News, Aug 21, 2010

Dalai Lama celebrates birthday with supporters

Lahaul, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul district on Friday, there is no gender bias in Buddhism and nothing prevents a woman from becoming his successor.

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Legacy of over 2000 years of Buddhist worship

The Sunday Times, Aug 22, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The first copies of the two volumes of the books on the Dalada Maligawa – The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, written by the late Professor Anuradha Seneviratna were presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week by Chairman of Vijitha Yapa Publications Vijitha Yapa.

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Afghan archaeologists find Buddhist site as war rages

Reuters, Aug 17, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Archaeologists in Afghanistan, where Taliban Islamists are fighting the Western-backed government, have uncovered Buddhist-era remains in an area south of Kabul, an official said today.

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Time short for Ladakh flood victims as winter looms

By Beatrice Le Bohec, AFP, Aug 16, 2010

LEH, India -- Winters come harsh and early in India's Himalayan region of Ladakh, where the waning summer spells more hardship for thousands left homeless by devastating flash floods.

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Sri Lanka convenes an international Buddhist congress to mark the 2,600 Sambuddha Jayanthi anniversary

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp, 14 August 2010 21:00

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne says the government has arranged a wider programme to propagate Buddhism throughout the world from Sri Lanka in the same manner Buddhism was propagated by India in the history.

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Futuristic Buddhist school in Leh fights nature, Aamir to its rescue

by Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Aug 11, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- The Buddha stood by the Druk White Lotus School, an architectural milestone just 15 km from Leh, when a cloudburst caused devastation in the cold desert region of Jammu and Kashmir last week. While it did suffer damage, the school is already looking forward to being 'back on its feet'.

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Rinpoche Gyatso's sermons a major draw among tourists in Himachal

By Prem Thakur, ANI, Aug 10, 2010

Himachal Pradesh, India -- Sermons on Buddhist thoughts delivered by Rinpoche Lobsang Jamphel Jampa Gyatso at the Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery in the scenic Kullu valley are popular among national and international tourists here in Himachal Pradesh.

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Up to $10m could be raised by Singaporeans for Nalanda University in India

Channel News Asia, 4 August 2010

New Delhi, India -- Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo who is in New Delhi, has said that Singaporeans, especially those in the Buddhist community are likely to raise S$5-10 million towards the Nalanda University.

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Programme to develop Buddhist temples in rural Sri Lanka to be implemented

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp, 3 August 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A programme to develop Buddhist temples in rural areas will be implemented in line with the 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi ceremony to be held next year.

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Buddhist monk's death: High Court summons CID officer

Sify News, Aug 2, 2010

Mumbai, India -- Bombay High Court on Monday summoned the Deputy Superintendent of Police (CID) who is probing the death of a Buddhist monk which led to riot in suburban Govandi in January 2008.

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Goa to lure Japanese pilgrims

by Andrew Pereira, TNN, Aug 2, 2010

PANAJI, India -- Spiritual soul-searching Japanese Buddhists may soon join the mosaic of colours, cultures and languages that dress up the streets of coastal Goa from the 2011-12 tourism season onwards.

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Dalai Lama Inaugurates Buddha Statue During Visit to Ladakh, India

NTDTV.com, Jul 28, 2010

Ladakh, India -- The Dalai Lama inaugurated a 106-foot-tall Buddha statue during his nine-day visit to the Himalayan region of Ladakh. The statue of Buddha Maitreya is at a monastery in India's Jammu and Kashmir State.

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Pakistan reaches out to Buddhists

The Bangkok Post, July 26, 2010

Islamabad, Pakistan -- Pakistan is seeking to highlight its Buddhist heritage as part of a broader effort to attract more visitors from Thailand and the Asean countries.

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A mound like structure made of empty cartridges attracts tourists in Bodhgaya

By Surya Pratap Singh, ANI, July 24, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- A unique mound-like structure called 'Stupa' made of empty cartridges from the Sri Lankan civil war has turned a major draw for tourists in Bodhgaya.

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Rare Buddhist Religious function at Sri Mahabodhi

By Athula Bandara, Daily Mirror, 26 July 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Around 300 Buddhist monks from several countries yesterday participated in chanting the Chula Pagnasaka Suthra of the Majjima Nikaya of  Tripitaka at the Sri Maha Bodhi at Anuradhapura.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Historic Yarma Gonbo Monastery

Tibet Custom, July 26 2010

Nubra, Ladakh (India) -- With the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the remote Buddhist hamlet at Yarma Gonbo Monastery located about 65 km from Samtenling Monastery in Ladakh's Nubra Valley on last Friday, the long-held wishes of the people living in the region to meet their spiritual leader were finally fulfilled.

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Dalai Lama to visit Ladakh

PTI, July 20, 2010

Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (India) -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit forward areas of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir bordering Tibet this week for delivering religious discourses.

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Swat’s Gandhara heritage waits to be protected

By Fazal Khaliq, The Express Tribune, July 21, 2010

SWAT, Pakistan -- If Swat Valley is a piece of paradise on earth, it is also the cradle of ancient civilisations, including Buddhist. It is the place which was described as the “valley of hanging chains” by Chinese chroniclers Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries.

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Dalai Lama reiterates hope in middle way

By Kalsang Rinchen, Phayul, July 18, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama assured that his middle way approach for Tibet will bear result one day saying the movement will continue even after his passing away.

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Buddhist shrine emerges in Madhu

Sri Lanka Guardian, July 18, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- According to news published in Neruppu.com, a Buddhist shrine has been erected at Periya Panndi Virichchan village, about two kilometres away from the Madhu Catholic shrine in the Madhu Assistant Government Agent’s division.

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Nalanda varsity revival, minus the Dalai Lama

by ARCHIS MOHAN, The Telegraph (India), July 8, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Nalanda University will be revived but the Dalai Lama will have no association with the project to resurrect the ancient seat of Buddhist learning, an omission aimed at respecting China’s sensibilities.

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Sri Lankan monks walk to war-scarred cities

UCANews, June 29, 2010

Jaffna, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan Buddhist monks have made a peace pilgrimage to the nation’s war-scarred North.

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Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue at Ladakh to promote communal harmony

Sify, June 30, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- A three-day long Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue and seminar 'Addressing Violence: Religious Resources for Conflict Resolution 2010', is being held at Leh.

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Bihar to approach Sri Lanka for Bodhi tree sapling

IANS, Jun 28, 2010

Patna, India -- The Bihar government will approach Sri Lanka for another sapling of the Bodhi tree after the first one planted by Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama here wilted due to negligence, triggering anger in the Buddhist community.

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International Buddhist Uni in Sanchi

ISRIA, June 28, 2010

Sanchi, India -- An International Buddhist University will be established in Sanchi, India in the near future in accordance with a request made by Sri Lanka.

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'Develop Buddhist Circuit'

The Himalayan Times, June 28, 2010

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Targeting Buddhist Tourism, Himalayan Expedition in January 2011 is going to launch Buddhist Circuit involving primary pilgrimage places associated with the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. Lumbini, Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Kushinagar are the primary pilgrimage places along with numerous other sites where Buddha and the saints travelled will be part of the itinerary, S K Singh of Jatak Travels India said.

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Buddhists pray for world peace in Gangtok

ANI, June 27, 2010

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Buddhist monks in Gangtok started a weeklong prayer session for world peace from Sunday.

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Chinese Buddhist nun robbed

By Ananda Weerasuriya, Daily Mirror, 24 June 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Chinese Buddhist nun studying at the Sri Jayewardenapura University has been robbed of valuables to  the value of around Rs.350, 000, Dehiwala police said.

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Two Million Expected In Anuradhapura For Poson

The Sunday Leader, June 24, 2010

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka -- The historical town of Anuradhapura and the nearby mountain peak Mihintale,  is set to receive some two million devotees tomorrow (25th) , in a peaceful commemoration of the day Arahat Mahinda brought the simple philosophy of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

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Lankan monks to take Tamil lessons

Express India, Jun 21, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Colombo Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka plan to learn Tamil language to create greater harmony and heal the decades old animosity between the majority Sinhalas and the minority Hindu community in the country.

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Himachal Pradesh promises help for Kalacakra ceremony

Sify News, June 21, 2010

Himachal Pradesh, India -- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Monday said the government would extend all help during a Buddhist ceremony that will be attended by the Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district in 2013.

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Discount fares for Buddhist circuit train

by Kumod Verma, TNN, Jun 21, 2010

PATNA, India -- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to reduce fares of the package tour by Buddhist Circuit special train as a discount offer to passengers, including foreign tourists.

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Mihintale glows with sanctity at Poson

Sunday Observer, June 20, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- With the spiritual fragrance of the Thrice Blessed Day still fresh in their hearts and minds, Buddhists in our country are now preparing to usher in yet another day of religious significance, unique to our Motherland.

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City Buddhist centre caught in feud

by Harita Shah, Daily Buzz, June 19, 2010

Secunderabad, India -- The government-supported Ananda Buddha Vihara, a noted Buddhist centre in Secunderabad, is caught in a murky feud between the chief monk and the founder trustees that is paralysing Vihara activities.

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Central Institute of Buddhist Studies

by JaldiNaukri.in (Blog), Jun 16, 2010

Ladakh, India -- The Central Institute of Buddhist Studies came into being in 1959. At it’s inception it was known as the School of Buddhist philosophy.

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Dalai Lama attends founding anniversary of Buddhist School in Jammu

TibetNet, June 7, 2010

Kashmir, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning presided over the 15th founding anniversary of the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural School in Gulabgarh, located 62 km from Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Sri Lanka: The Military-Buddhist Complex

by Indi Samarajiva, The Sunday Leader, June 6, 2010

Jaffna, Sri Lanka -- Stupa built by the 55th Army Division in Jaffna town This year, the Sri Lankan military organised Buddhist celebrations in traditionally Tamil/Hindu areas of the country, including Jaffna.

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Buddhist Ladies’ College commemorates 56th Founder’s Day

The Sunday Times, June 6, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhist Ladies’ College (BLC) one of the premier government approved schools in Colombo, commemorates its 56th year marking Founder’s Day, while focusing on the educational needs of the new generation.

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Dalai Lama prays for Kashmir peace

by Shabir Dar, Rising Kashmir, June 5, 2010

Praises Abdullahs for State’s communal harmony

Jammu, India -- The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, who arrived on the first ever two-day visit to Kishtwar on Saturday, prayed for peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Dalai Lama imparts lessons on Buddhism to Tibetan youth

ANI, June 1, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is giving introductory lessons on Buddhism to young Tibetans in Dharamsala.

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Dalai Lama to visit Kashmir

Indo-Asian News Service, June 3, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit the mountainous district of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir this week to attend religious functions and teach, an aide said today.

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Sri Lanka to regain lead in disseminating Buddha Dhamma worldwide

by Priyanka KURUGALA, Lanka Daily News, May 29, 2010

Largest Information Centre for Buddhists

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhism has been in existence for too many centuries. Although there are many Buddhists all over the world, not many practice the religion. Most of them call themselves as Buddhists, but they do not follow the teachings of the Buddha.

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Vesak in Sri Lanka

by Dr. Tshokey Dorji, Kuensel Online, May 31, 2010

Lord Buddha’s parinirvana celebrated in Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Doechen Nga Zom, Lord Buddha’s parinirvana is also celebrated as Vesak in Sri Lanka, a Theravada Buddhist country like Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

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“Buddhist Spiritual Program” to be telecast daily on TV Channel

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, May 25, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- A daily 20-minute “Buddhist Spiritual Program” named “Noble Wisdom” will be telecast on daily basis on the Sadhana TV Channel from this week onwards, a Delhi-based Buddhist society has announced.

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Indian President Patil to dedicate Buddhist shrine to India-China ties

DH News Service, May 25, 2010

New Delhi, India -- With the communist government in Beijing cautiously easing restrictions on religion and promoting Buddhism; India has built a Buddhist shrine at Luoyang in Henan province of China.

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Buddhists over Sri Lanka getting ready to celebrate Vesak in grand scale

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp, 25 May 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhists in the country are getting ready to celebrate the Vesak festival in grand scale this year. Vesak celebrations will be held in each Buddhist temple and Buddhist centres. All the streets and households have been decorated with Vesak lanterns and illuminations.

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One monk’s mission to build haven for ailing monks

By D. C. Ranatunga, The Sunday Times, May 23, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- He was just seven years old when he was ordained. He hails from Moderawana, a backyard village off Embilipitiya. In his mid-twenties he decided to be rather adventurous and come to Wellawa, a rural area just past Polgahawela and set up a small temple. He was always keen to be of service to the community.

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Revolutionary politics affects Buddhism in Sri Lanka

by Priyanka KURUGALA, Lanka Daily News, May 22, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Lives of more than 40,000 monks were lost to the country duty to indoctrination by revolutionary parties. Instead of the Buddhist teaching, those monks followed political agendas, Buddhist Cultural Center Director Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said.

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Bhutan's Education in Gross National Happiness

by Steve Herman, VOA News, May 19, 2010

Timphu, Bhutan -- During my three-and-a-half year stint in South Asia, I have made five trips to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

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Buddhist flag marks 125th anniversary

Sunday Observer, May 16, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Of all things Sri Lanka has bestowed on the world the Buddhist flag, which celebrated its 125th anniversary on April 28, is probably the most important. The 125th anniversary is special for several reasons. The Buddhist flag was first hoisted on - April 28, 1885 - an Adhi Vesak poya day, after a long struggle to establish Buddhists religious rights.

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Special lecture on ‘Tamil Buddhist’

The Daily Mirror, 12 May 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The special lecture at the Chennai Wesak festival jointly organised by the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society and the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner’s office of South India will be delivered by professor Sunil Ariyaratne on the topic ‘Tamil Buddhist’ on May 30 afternoon at the Chennai Maha Bodhi Centre.

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Tibetan Buddhists end ten days annual prayers near Shimla

ANI, May 7, 2010

Shimla, India -- Hundreds of Tibetan Buddhists monks and other Tibetan exiles took part in the ten-day annual prayers at the Dorjee Dak Monastery located in Pnathagati near Shimla.

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Tibetan Communities Across World Pray for Victims of Kyigudo Earthquake

Tibet Custom, May 8 2010

Dharamshala, India -- The Diaspora Tibetan communities based in different parts of the world on Monday (4 May) conducted special prayer sessions to observe the customary third week of the death of those people since the deadly earthquake that struck Tibet's Kyigudo region on April 14.

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India to gift Buddhist temple to China

IANS., 6 May 2010

NEW DELHI, India -- An Indian-style Buddhist temple, which was inspired by the Sanchi Stupa and took five years to build at a cost of $4 million, will be dedicated to the Chinese people by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil during her visit there next month.

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The kung-fu nun of Kathmandu

by Tenzin Namgyel, Kuensel Online, 9 May, 2010

Kathmandu, Nepal -- She appears sheepish and timid as she makes her way up to the concrete roof of the giant four-storied assembly hall from the courtyard.

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Buddhist and National flags not respected: Thera

By K.S.Fernando, Daily Mirror, May 5, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Chief Incumbent of Panadura Rankoth Vihara historic temple and Senior Lecturer of the Kelaniya University Ven. Professor Kahapalage Sugatharathana Thera said the Buddhists today celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Buddhist flag but the National Flag and the Buddhist flag have not received the pride of place.

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Dalai Lama marks 50 years exile from Tibet and arrival in Dharmsala with ‘Gratitude Ceremony’

by Steven Sieden, The Examiner, May 2, 2010

Dharmsala, India -- On April 30, H.H. the Dalai Lama along with other Tibetan government-in-exile officials and Buddhist spiritual leaders conducted a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of his arrival in Dharmsala, India after fleeing from Tibet.

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Rediscovering Swat

By Tenzin Namgyel, Kuensel Online, May 2, 2010

Researcher makes progress in determining Guru Rinpoche’s birthplace

Swat, Pakistan -- The timing was not intended but, even as Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley and the Pakistani prime minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, discuss promoting friendship through exploring the birthplace of Guru Padmasambhava in Swat province, Pakistan, to draw Buddhist pilgrims, a study claims that two lakes were identified as lake Dhanakosha, the birth place of Guru Rinpoche.

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Tibetans in Dharamsala offer special prayers for Dalai Lama

ANI, April 27, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Scores of Tibetans living-in-exile at Dharamsala and other settlements in Himachal Pradesh, gathered at the Tsuglagkhang Buddhist temple on Tuesday to offer special prayers for the long life of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

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Tibetan women launch art campaign to mark Panchen Lama's birthday

ANI, April 26, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- The Tibetan Women's Association launched an art campaign in Dharamsala to mark the birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama.

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Buddha relics to be placed at upcoming park

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN, Apr 24, 2010

PATNA, India -- Holy relics of Lord Buddha from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Dharamsala (HP) would be placed at the upcoming `Buddha Smriti Park’ here next month.

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"Buddha a symbol of rationalism, humanism"

The Hindu, April 18, 2010

Nagpur, India -- Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said Lord Buddha was the greatest social and intellectual liberator of mankind.

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Dalai Lama seeks to visit quake-ravaged area of China

CNN, April 17, 2010

Dharmasala, India -- The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader long exiled from China, is seeking to visit the Tibetan region rocked by a deadly earthquake this week.

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Kung fu empowers Nepal nuns

By Jo Jolly, BBC News, April 14, 2010

Kathmandu, Nepal -- It is early in the morning at the Amitabha Drukpa Nunnery on a hillside just outside Kathmandu and hundreds of devotees are walking clockwise around a golden statue of Buddha.

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Dalai Lama offers condolences over Chinese quake

AFP, April 14, 2010

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The Dalai Lama offered his condolences to victims of a devastating earthquake which hit a remote northwestern area of China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people.

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Dalai Lama expresses grief over death of Polish president

IANS, April 12, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed sorrow over the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in an air crash in Russia last week. Kaczynski was an admirer of the Dalai Lama and had met him a number of times.

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Buddhist Treasure in Kashmir :Yusaf Taing

by Vijay Kumar, GroundReport.com, April 7, 2010

Literary figure Mohammed Yousf Taing said to know the location of the copper plaques containing the manuscripts on the proceedings of the International Buddhist Council held in Srinagar, 2000 years ago

Jammu, India -- Mohammed Yousf Taing, a name in the literary horizon of Jammu and Kashmir, today unfolded a mysterious aspect of the Kashmir history, related to the 4th Buddhist Council, held somewhere near Harwan in the city of Srinagar, during the rein of King Kanshika.

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Sri Lanka arrests Buddhist monks over Fonseka protest

By Charles Haviland, BBC News, April 8, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan police have arrested 12 Buddhist monks who were demonstrating against the detention of the opposition politician, Gen Sarath Fonseka.

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The middle path to boost Gujarat tourism

Times of India, Apr 7, 2010

GANDHINAGAR, India -- The recent Dalai Lama visit has given a new impetus to Gujarat branding itself as the latest Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The state government has not only allocated funds for development of the sites associated with Buddhism but is also preparing a comprehensive plan for development of these sites.

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Sri Lankan Minister Allegedly Desecrated, Decapitated, And Urinated In Front Of Buddha Statue

By Nirmala Kannangara, The Sunday Leader, Apr 4, 2010

Dambulla, Sri Lanka -- As intra-party fighting among candidates of the governing alliance intensified with days to go for the general election, senior Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and his son are being accused of vandalising a Buddha statue.

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Sri Lanka monks vow anti-government protests

Sify News, Apr 5, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy vowed on Monday to launch a wave of anti-government protests after police arrested a dozen monks who demanded the release of the jailed former army chief.

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The middle path to boost Gujarat tourism

Times of India, Apr 7, 2010

GANDHINAGAR, India -- The recent Dalai Lama visit has given a new impetus to Gujarat branding itself as the latest Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The state government has not only allocated funds for development of the sites associated with Buddhism but is also preparing a comprehensive plan for development of these sites.

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Sri Lanka’s lifeline

The Star, April 3, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Nothing prepared us for the electrifying atmosphere of the Navam Perahera Buddhist festival. Some say it is Sri Lanka’s answer to Brazil’s Mardi Gras — minus the raunchiness.

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Pakistan puts Buddhist tourism back on track

Sify News, Mar 30, 2010

Lahore, Pakistan -- Tourism in Pakistan, affected by Islamist violence since 9/11, is expected to get a boost with the promotion of the major Buddhist heritage site that cradled the first century Gandhara civilisation.

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11th century Buddhist monastery values its traditional discipline in Ladakh

By Jigmet Wangchuk, ANI, Mar 30, 2010

Ladakh, India -- Lukhil Monastery in Ladakh region has continued to maintain its ancient practices of Buddhist culture to this date.

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Thai Buddhists delegation visits Swat

SAMAA, 26 Mar 2010

SWAT, Pakistan -- A 9-member delegation of Buddhist preachers from Thailand have visited historical Buddhists sites in Swat, first time after the restoration of peace in the war affected area.

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Pirivenas help uplift Buddhist education

by Tilak PUSHPAKUMARA SENANAYAKE, Lanka Daily News, Mac 27, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Everyone should appreciate the services rendered by Pirivenas for the uplift of Buddhist Education in this country, said the Most Ven. Galagama Attadassi Anunayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter when he opened a new Budu Medura at the Asgiriya Maha Viharaya Pirivena yesterday.

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Akon and Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Monk’s Response

by Bhikkhu K. Tanchangya, The Buddhist Channel, Mac 28, 2010

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- An article titled “Akon and Buddhism in Sri Lanka” under a pseudo name should not have been published in the Buddhistchannel, to say the least. Not only that the write-up is not coherent at all with the actual reasons why the Sri Lankan government was forced to deny a visa to someone called “Akon” but also the title itself is very outrageous.

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The Surge Of Sinhala-Buddhist Fundamentalism?

By Kalana Senaratne, The Sunday Leader, Mac 28, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Could it be that the sight of the Buddha statue was a complete turn-off to those who were utterly aroused by the dancing girls, the ‘sexy chicks’, seen in the music video Sexy Bitch, by David Gruetta, which featured Akon? If not, can such a scene, which in this particular video lasted for not more than two seconds, truly give rise to the kind of intolerance in a Buddhist; which was shown when stones were hurled at the MBC office?

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Akon and Buddhism in Sri Lanka

by tis-a-small-world, www.groundviews.org, March 27, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Government on Tuesday (March 23rd) announced its decision to deny an entry visa to singer Akon who was scheduled to perform next month in Colombo with co-singers, J-Sean and Kelly.

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Sri Lanka denies visa to US hip-hop star

Sify News, March 24, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has denied visa to US hip-hop singer Akon in the wake of protest over his controversial video album featuring scantily-clam women dancing around a statue of Lord Buddha.

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Chhattisgarh lobbies for world heritage status for Sirpur

Sify News, Mar 22, 2010

Chhattisgarh, India -- Chhattisgarh is lobbying to get world heritage status for the Buddhist site Sirpur, Tourism and Culture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said Monday.

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Ladakh''s oldest monastery provides an insight into Buddhist culture

by Sarthak Gupta, ANI, Mac 21, 2010

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir (India) -- Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh, which is believed to be the oldest in the region, provides an insight into Buddhist culture through its ancient paintings and murals.

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Unemployed Sikkim youth receive traditional Buddhist art training

ANI, March 15, 2010

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Sikkim's Handicrafts and Handloom Department is imparting training to the unemployed youth in an attempt to promote and preserve ethnic Buddhist arts and crafts.

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From Barbaric Buddhism to Civilized Buddhism

By J.L. Devananda, Sri Lanka Guardian, March 10, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka, better known as Sinhala-Buddhism (or Mahavamsa-Buddhism) is different from the Theravada Buddhism practiced in other countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and so on.

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Maha Sangha protected Buddhist places of worship: VEN. Vipassai Thera

By Kanchana Kumara, Daily Mirror, 10 March 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Director General of the Pelpola Vipassai Foundation, Ven. Pelpola Vipassai Thera said the Buddhist places of worship and the historic monuments of religious and cultural importance would have perished if not for the protection provided to them by the Maha Sangha.

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Monks call on UN to stop 'violence against Buddhists'

bdnews24.com, Mar 8 2010

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- A group of Bangladeshi Buddhist monks demonstrated Friday in front of the UN mission in Bangkok seeking its intervention in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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Protest against attacks on Chittagong Buddhists

by Kamal Siriwardhana and Susantha Fonseka, Lanka Daily News, March 3, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Member of the Parbatya Bikkhu Sanga, Bangladesh (Sri Lanka Branch) and student Peradeniya University student Dammapala Thera said Buddhists in the Chittagong Tracts of Bangladesh are facing great injustice for many years and have been targets of violence once again since February 19.

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Dharamsala welcomes Dalai Lama after high-profile US visit

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, February 27, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- Hundreds and hundreds of Tibetans and well-wishers holding traditional ceremonial scarves and burning incense welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he returned to his exile hometown here this morning, following a high-profile visit to United States.

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Beyond the fires in the hills

by Syed Badrul Ahsan, The Daily Star, February 24, 2010

Non-Bengali rights, such as Buddhist minorities of the Chitaggong Hills Tribe (CHT) needs protection in Bangladesh

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- THE sad, indeed mind-boggling, incidents in the Hill Tracts are a fresh new call for an ethical and moral dimension to be brought into Bangladesh's politics.

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Let Ayodhya be symbol of communal harmony: Buddhist scholar

PTI, February 27, 2010

Mumbai, India -- A Buddhist scholar and author has said the disputed land in Ayodhya should be converted into a symbol of religious harmony by constructing a temple, mosque and a Buddha vihara, and criticised the BJP for its "politically motivated" stand on the issue.

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Bangladesh's Buddhist tribals seek Prime Minister's intervention

IANS, 22 February 2010

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh's Buddhist tribals Monday sought direct intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina alleging that killing of five people and the burning of their homes and four prayer houses by Muslim settlers in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) was backed by the army.

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Buddhist monks to protest over control of Bodh Gaya temple

IANS, February 22, 2010

Patna, India -- More than 2,000 Buddhist monks from across the country will participate in a march in the Bihar capital to demand Buddhist control over Bodh Gaya’s 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, the religion’s holiest shrine.

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Sri Lanka monks complain of government pressure

AFP, Feb 20, 2010

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's top Buddhist monks called off a special gathering this week because of government pressure, a spokesman said Friday, while the opposition said bomb threats had been involved.

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Japan keen to invest in Bihar's Buddhist circuit

Economic Times, 19 Feb 2010

PATNA, India -- Japan is keen to invest and develop the Buddhist tourism circuit in Bihar, an official in the chief minister's office said here Friday.

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Buddhist prelates call for special convention

Sunday Times, Feb 14, 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahanayakes of the Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters and Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas have asked members of the Buddhist clergy to assemble at the historic Mahamaluwa of the Sri Dalada Maligawa for a special convention to be held on Thursday February 18 where a resolution pertaining to the present political developments in the country will be passed.

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An ancient kingdom on the threshold of change

By Tim Farr, Ottawa Citizen, February 13, 2010

Mustang, Nepal -- Late September found us in Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The former ancient Kingdom of Lo, Mustang is now part of Nepal, in the northwest corner bordering Tibet. It's in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, high on the Tibetan plateau. It's just 80 kilometres long, 24 kilometres across at its widest part and at an elevation of higher than 2,500 metres.

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Government move over Buddha relics rakes up row

by Aditi Tandon, Tribune News Service, February 10, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Over 2,550 years after Buddha attained ‘parinirvana’, India is debating whether to give up control over His relics --- housed in museums under the Ministry of Culture -— and move them into the community’s hands.

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India Should Get Tibetan Buddhist treasures: Dalai Lama

Outlook India, Feb 6, 2010

Vadodara, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today described himself as a "son of India" whose moral duty was to "hand over" ageless treasures of Buddhism, which are kept in Tibet, to India.

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Buddhist monks march for world peace in India

by Sarah Harlan, WFIE, Feb 7, 2010

BODH GAYA, INDIA -- Around 500 Buddhist monks marched for world peace from the holy city of Bodh Gaya in eastern India Saturday.

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Indian state proposes global Buddhist conclave

Express News Service, Feb 9, 2010

BHUBANESWAR, India -- Tourism Minister Debi Prasad Mishra has proposed to the Centre to organise an international Buddhist conclave in Orissa.

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A gift of books to Bhutan

By Tashi Tenzin, Kuensel Online, 9 February, 2010

Timphu, Bhutan -- The government of India yesterday donated more than 100 books to the national library in Thimphu.

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Railways slashes fares of the Buddhist Circuit Train

PTI, Feb 4, 2010

New Delhi, India -- Railways have slashed the ticket rates of the Buddhist Circuit Special Train by more than half under a special discount scheme to woo more travellers.

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Bodh Gaya displays Buddha's ashes

ANI, February 4, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhists monks from across the country converged at Bodh Gaya to participate in a religious procession on Wednesday.

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Buddhist Bhutan Fear Christianity Will Create Tension

by Anugrah Kumar, Compass Direct News, February 2, 2010

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Bars, pubs and discos have become legal in Bhutan - a cause of concern for the older generation - but construction of worship buildings other than Buddhist or Hindu temples is still prohibited.

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Burmese Buddhist monks share plight with Tibetan exiles

ANI, January 27, 2010

Dharamsala, India -- An 18-member Burmese monks' delegation, which arrived here on a three-day visit, shared their plight with Tibetan exiles here on Tuesday.

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11,000 people convert to Buddhism in Ahmedabad

Express News Service, Jan 25, 2010

Ahmedabad, India -- Cose to 11,000 people, including those from the Koli and Kshatriya communities as well as Christian families, embraced Buddhism at a function in Saijpur Bogha here on Sunday.

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Buddhists in Shimla demand PWD to handover monastery

ANI, January 23, 2010

Shimla, India -- Buddhists have been demanding the legal possession of a monastery in Rampur town of Shimla district from the Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD).

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Buddhism is now more significant: Narendra Modi

by Sharique N Siddiquie, Zee News, January 16, 2010

Vadodara, India -- Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated International Buddhist Convention in Vadodara. The three-day seminar will focus on Buddhist heritage in Gujarat.

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Buddhism cannot be confined to geographical limits: Himachal CM

Express News Service, Jan 18, 2010

Vadodara, India -- The three-day international seminar on Buddhist Heritage concluded on Sunday with Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal noting that Buddhism cannot be confined to any geographical limits.

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Demand to establish stupa over Lord Buddha's mortal remains

TNN, 13 January 2010

VADODARA, India -- The forthcoming international seminar on Buddhist heritage has brought with it new found interest among various groups in mortal remains of Lord Buddha which have been in the possession of MS University (MSU).

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Buddhism is about human emotions: Dalai Lama

KalingaTimes, Jan 15, 2010

Bhubaneswar, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama addressed the people of Bhubaneswar on Thursday. The function was organised by the Utkal University of Culture in association with Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha.

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Buddhist tourism corridor in Gujarat soon, says minister

Indian Express, Jan 12, 2010

Gujarat, India -- As M S University gears up for a three-day international seminar on Buddhist Heritage starting on Friday, the state Tourism Department is also working towards utilising the platform to create a corridor for Buddhist tourism here.

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Buddhist monks end hunger strike for control over temple

IANS, Jan 14, 2010

Bodh Gaya, India -- A group of Buddhist monks Thursday ended their hunger strike for control over Bodh Gaya’s 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple.

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Fasting Buddhist monks hospitalised

PTI, January 9, 2010

Monks demand total Buddhist control over management of the Mahabodhi temple

Bodh Gaya, India -- Three monks on an indefinite fast here since January one to press for ensuring total Buddhist control over management of the Mahabodhi temple, were hospitalised following deterioration in their condition yesterday even as Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is holding discourses at a week-long festival here.

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Dalai Lama to inaugurate Buddhist monastery in Orissa

IANS, January 10, 2010

Bhubaneswar, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will be visiting Orissa Monday to inaugurate a newly-constructed Buddhist monastery in Gajapati district, an official said Sunday.

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Gere backs vegetarian zone at site of enlightenment

By Andrew Buncombe, NZ Hearld, Jan 9, 2010

DELHI, India -- Richard Gere the Hollywood actor who has spurned red meat for the past 30 years, has thrown his support behind a plan to transform the site of Buddha's enlightenment into a vegetarian zone to spread the message of peace.

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Gere leads peace march at Dalai Lama meet

by Abdul Qadir, TNN, 7 January 2010

GAYA, India -- Hollywood actor Richard Gere braved the morning chill on Wednesday listen to the special sermon of the Tibetan temporal and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama at the Kalchakra Maidan here.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Prays for World Peace in Bodh Gaya

TibetCustom.com, January 6 2010

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama prayed for world peace at Bodh Gaya on Tuesday, where more than 50,000 devotees from all across the world have gathered to hear spiritual discourses by His Holiness.

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Indian court declines lobby on quota for Dalits embracing Buddhism

PTI, Jan 6, 2009

New Delhi, India -- The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a petition questioning a provision in the legislation that extends the benefits of reservation to Dalits converted to Buddhism.

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Reclaiming the lost Buddhist legacy

by Sarthak Gupta, Top News, Jan 4, 2010

New Delhi, India -- In a quiet corner of the city, scholars from across Asia will come together to reclaim our Buddhist legacy.

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Buddhist monks gather to see the life cycle of their 17th spiritual leader

ANI, Jan 4, 2009

Bodhgaya, India -- A huge crowd that had gathered to witness the breathtaking performance got deeply involved in the play.

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Dalai Lama to visit Bodh Gaya from Jan 5 to 8

by BIJENDER SHARMA, Punjab News, January 4, 2010

BODH GAYA, India -- The Tibetan Spritual Leader His Holiness will give teachings at Bodh Gaya, India, from 5 – 8 January.

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Buddhist monks on hunger strike for control over Bodh Gaya temple

IANS, January 2, 2010

Bodh Gaya Patna, (India) -- A group of Buddhist monks are on a hunger strike to demand control over Bodh Gaya’s 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, days after Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan backed the move and sought the amendment of an act relating to the shrine.

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‘Understanding of traditions is a must to study Buddhist texts’

Sakaal Times, December 28, 2009

PUNE, India -- The study of Buddhist texts is incomplete without proper understanding of the traditions, said Prof Geshe N Samten, vice chancellor, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, at a recent international seminar on Buddhist texts and traditions at the University of Pune (UoP) as part of its golden jubilee year celebrations.

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Buddhists want control over Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple

IANS, December 29, 2009

Bodh Gaya Patna (India) -- Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan has come out in support of Buddhist monks who are demanding control over the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, the religion’s holiest shrine.

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Bellanwila Prelate criticises "political" monks

By K.S. Fernando, The Daily Mirror, Dec29, 2009

Panadura, India -- The Anunayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya, Chief Incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya and Lecturer of the Sri Jayewardenapura University, Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera said it was a matter of serious concern that many Buddhist monks were engaged in politics against the wishes of the laymen.

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Pakistan's Turmoil Endangers Its Archaeological Treasures

By Christopher Allbritton, Time Magazine, Dec. 25, 2009

Islamabad, Pakistan -- In the mountains and valleys of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, palace ruins and crumbling Buddhist monasteries dot the hills above war-torn locations such as Mingora, Peshawar and the Swat Valley.

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Mysore to get a Buddhist religious site

TNN, December 22, 2009

MYSORE, India -- Fifteen years after it was planned, the Mysore City Corporation is all set to inaugurate the Buddha Stupa. Ever since the works were completed four years ago, the stupa has been awaiting installation in Chamarajpuram adjacent to Ambedkar junction (Ballal Circle). The MCC has spent Rs 25 lakh.

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India: Buddhist cry for temple reins

The telegraph, India, Dec 19, 2009

New Delhi, India -- The National Commission for Minorities has written to the Centre and the Bihar government to put Buddhists in sole charge of managing the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago.

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Sri Lanka: Buddhism hijacked?

The Daily Mirror, Dec 22, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka is touted as being a great Buddhist nation. Driving around Sri Lanka the only markers surpassing the sites of all the temples and dagobas are the posters of the president. Every “patriot” sees the need to prove their credentials by showing that they are the only true Sinhala Buddhists.

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Dalai Lama to grace int'l conference on Buddhist heritage at MSU

TNN, December 22, 2009

VADODARA, India -- M S University and the city will receive a special guest on its campus in January. His holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has confirmed his presence at the International Conference on Buddhist Heritage' in Gujarat. Accompanying him will be exiled Tibetan prime minister Samdhong Rinpoche.

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Buddhist monks may soon learn science in monasteries

Express News Service, Dec 18, 2009

Lucknow, India -- The Buddhist monasteries across the world may soon start teaching modern science. This was stated by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Lucknow on Thursday.

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Samaritan Buddhist monks render social service in Gaya

ThaiIndian, December 15th, 2009

Saidpur, India -- Mahabodhi Society, the apex body of Buddhists in India with the aid of a couple of like-minded voluntary organisations has set up a tailoring centre and also a free medical clinic for the poor people at Saidpur, a Maoist infested village in Gaya district.

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Public interest litigation for separate Buddhists crematoriums

PTI, Dec 14, 2009

Mumbai, India -- A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court demanding separate crematoriums in the city for followers of Buddhist religion.

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From land of Genghis Khan, a Buddhist monastery for India

By Azera Rahman, IANS, December 13, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Coming up in Bodh Gaya in Bihar is a Buddhist monastery that will be run by Mongolia, the land of legendary warrior Genghis Khan. The envoy of the Central Asian country, Voroshilov Enkhbold, says it will be completed by next year.

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Nepali Buddhists deny "baseless" allegations against Buddhist monasteries

By Kalsang Rinchen, Phayul, December 11, 2009

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The Nepal Buddhist Federation has sharply reacted to news reports in Nepal's media alleging Buddhist monasteries in Nepal of engaging in "anti China activities" and "possessing arms".

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Alleged misuse of funds by Buddhist affairs office

By L.B. Senaratne, Daily Mirror, December 11, 2009

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- In contravention of regulations laid down by the Buddhist Affairs Department and with approval given by the Kandy Buddhist Deputy Commissioner's Office, funds allocated for a development project has been utilized for some other purpose, official sources said yesterday.

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Sri Lanka President appreciates the guidance from Buddhist monks

ColomboPage News Desk, Dec 6, 2009

Galaha, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed his appreciation to the Buddhist monks for the guidance and blessings he received from the Maha Sanga during the liberation of the country from terrorism.

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Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk to Contest Presidency

Xinhua, Nov 29, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Making a record in Sri Lanka's election history, Buddhist monk Venerable Battaramulle Seelaratana Thera will run for the president in the polls scheduled to be held next January, party officials said on Saturday.

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Buddhist monks want control of Bodh Gaya temple

Sify News, Nov 30, 2009

Bodh gaya, India -- Buddhist monks want control over the management of the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines. They have decided to intensify their agitation as the Bihar government is not paying heed to their demands.

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Taliban suffocate Pakistan Buddhist heritage

By Sajjad Tarakzai, AFP, Nov 22, 2009

TAXILA, Pakistan -- Archaeologists warn that the Taliban are destroying Pakistan's ancient Gandhara heritage and rich Buddhist legacy as pilgrimage and foreign research dries up in the country's northwest.

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Monk opens plane's emergency exit for fresh air

Bernama, Nov 24, 2009

NEW DELHI, India -- A Buddhist monk who opened the emergency exit of an airplane just before take off because he wanted some fresh air forced the plane to delay its flight for almost seven hours at Kolkata airport yesterday morning.

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10 chapters for 400 devotees

By Tenzin Namgyel, Kuensel Online, Nov 24, 2009

Dzongsar Khentse Rinpoche completed a 4-year series of lessons on November 22

Thimphu, Bhutan -- His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche gave teachings in English on ‘wisdom’ to about 400 Bhutanese devotees in Thimphu from November 20-22.

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"Animal slaughter fest" begins despite protests in Nepal

PTI, November 24, 2009

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Despite appeals to halt the centuries-old custom of animal sacrifice, Gadhimai festival on Tuesday started in southern Nepal with millions of devotees flocking from various parts of the country and India.

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Dalai Lama begins teaching for Russian Buddhists

Phayul, November 24, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Hundreds of Buddhists from Russia and its neghbouring countries are currently in Dharamsala to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's three-day teachings and Buddhist initiation.

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Buddhist monks pray for world peace in Bodh Gaya

ANI, November 21, 2009

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist monks from various parts of the globe offered prayers for world peace here.

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Buddhist monastery celebrates Chemday festival in Leh

ANI, November 20, 2009

Ladakh, India -- Buddhists in Ladakh recently celebrated the two-day Chemday monastery festival. The festival is celebrated every year according to the Tibetan calendar on the 28th and 29th days of the ninth month.

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India gets $20m ADB loan to develop Buddhist sites

Financial Express, Nov 19, 2009

Chennai, India -- India will receive a loan of $20 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its tourism infrastructure development projects, which will improve key tourism sites in the country.

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Rajpaska and Buddhist leaders criticised for welcoming Burmese dictator Than Shwe

by Melani Manel Perera, AsiaNews, Nov 16, 2009

The Sri Lankan government is criticised for giving “a ruthless murder the red carpet treatment.” Buddhist monks are also slammed for giving their “blessing to the junta leader” even though he murder hundreds of monks in Myanmar.

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Air taxi service connecting Buddhist sites in Bihar

PTI, Nov 16, 2009

Patna, India -- With an increase in tourist flow to Bihar, an air taxi service connecting various Buddhist sites in the state would be launched soon.

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Preserve Buddhist culture, Dalai tells Bomdi-la people

TNN, 13 November 2009

Bomdi-la, India -- The long-cherished dream of people of Bomdi-la, a tranquil and desolate township in Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district, was fulfilled on Friday when they got a glimpse of the Dalai Lama who arrived here the previous day.

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October opening for tallest Buddha in Bhutan

By Kinga Dema, Kuensel Online, 16 November, 2009

Singaporean and Hong Kong sponsors express happiness with progress on project

Timphu, Bhutan -- Consecration of the 169-foot bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha, being constructed at Kuensel Phodrang in Changbangdu, overlooking the capital city, will be completed by October next year, said one of the main sponsors, Wong Kiam Seng.

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Reviving Nalanda University praiseworthy - Australian PM

Daily EduNews, November 12, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Reviving Nalanda University praiseworthy - Australian PM New Delhi: Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd, today delivered an important speech on strategic affairs and the Australia-India relationship at the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) in New Delhi.

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Sri Lanka politician blasts government for inviting ruthless Myanmar dictator Than Shwe

By Kelum Bandara, Daily Mirror, Nov 13, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader Mangala Samaraweera yesterday criticized the government for arranging a visit by Myanmar junta leader Than Shwe  and described him as one of the most ruthless anti democratic leaders scorned by the world community.

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Dalai Lama Donates US$ 43,000 For Tawang Hospital Building

PTI, Nov 12, 2009

TAWANG, India -- Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Nov 9 inaugurated a district hospital here and donated Rs two million (US$ 43,000) for its building on the second day of his visit to India’s Arunachal Pradesh.

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Buddha Boy Plans to Give Blessings to Pilgrims and to Protest Animal Sacrifice at Ancient Festival

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 11, 2009

Nijgad, Nepal -- In Nepal, from November 19th to the 24th, 2009 Palden Dorje a.k.a. Ram Bahadur Bomjan (Ram Bomjon) will bless pilgrims at the site of the Gadhi Mai Fair which is likely the largest animal sacrificing festival in the world.

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Be Buddhists of 21st Century, Bring Reform: Dalai Lama

by Sukhendu Bhattacharya, Outlook India, Nov 09, 2009

Tawang, India -- Asking his followers to be "Buddhists of the 21st century," Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama today asked the community to work for removing evils like superstition and bring "positive change" in the society.

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JICA loan for Buddhist circuit

PTI, Nov 4, 2009

New Delhi, India -- With the aim of promoting tourism in the Buddhist circuit, government has finalised a loan agreement with Japan.

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Dalai Lama visits Indian border state despite China protest

CNA, November 2009

TAWANG, India -- The Dalai Lama visited a remote Tibetan monastery in northeast India on Sunday at the start of a trip that has infuriated China, which claims the surrounding Himalayan region as its own.

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Dharamsala protests over Lhasa execution

by John Whalen-Bridge, The B uddhist Channel, Nov 5, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Several protests were organized in Dharamsala on the third week of October, 2009 as anger simmered over the execution of four Tibetan activists in Lhasa.

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Sri Lankan PM inaugurates Buddhist centre at Sanchi

by Indo Asian News Service, October 31, 2009

Bhopal, India -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnashri Wickramanayake Saturday said ties between India and his country are growing stronger after he inaugurated a Buddhist prayer centre at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh.

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Ten years of spreading spirituality

TNN, November 2, 2009

NAGPUR, India -- Nagpur and Vidarbha have had a definitive legacy of Buddhism and neo-Buddhist movement. A new leaf was added to this legacy in the form of Dragon Palace Temple in Kamptee.

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The Dalai is god in Tawang, his writ is law

Times of India, October 31, 2009

Tawang, India -- The day starts early at the monastery in Tawang, a rambling structure atop a mountain with clusters of smaller buildings and living quarters

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11-yr-old to head Buddhist sect

TNN 30 October 2009

DARJEELING, India -- From a follower of the Boston Redsox national basketball team to being the Rinpoche of Drukpa Kagyu, a sub-sect of Tibetan Buddhism, 11-year-old Jigme Wangchuk has come a long way in the past few days. And for this change to happen, his religious order has waited 759 years.

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India's Sikkim looking to attract Buddhist tourists from Southeast Asia

By Damanjeet Kohli, Channel NewsAsia, October 28, 2009

India's Sikkim looking to attract Buddhist tourists from Southeast Asia

Sikkim, INDIA -- India's northeastern state of Sikkim is looking to attract tourists from Thailand and it is trying to do so by promoting its many Buddhist sites.

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Buddhists to celebrate 78 years of Mulgandha Kuti Vihara on Nov 2

TNN, 29 October 2009

VARANASI, India -- On the day when the city celebrates Kartik Purnima on November 2, Buddhists from different parts of the country and abroad will assemble in Sarnath - the place where Buddha preached his first sermon - to celebrate the 78th annual function of Mulagandha Kuti Vihara.

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Mahanayakas want a Board to scrutinize Buddhist books

By L. B. Senaratne, Daily Mirror, Oct 23, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A memorandum has been sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Mahanayaka Theras of the three Nikayas to set up a Board of the Maha Sangha and laymen to approve books pertaining to Buddhism.

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Dalai Lama gives teachings for Taiwanese Buddhists

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, October 15, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday began giving Buddhist teachings at the request of around 1000 Taiwanese devotees at the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglagkhang) here.

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Buddhist Community Celebrates Pavarana Purnima by offering special Puja & flying Fanush

The New Nation, Oct 9, 2009

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- Pavarana Purnima is Buddhist holy day celebrated on the Full Moon of the eleventh lunar month. It marks the conclusion of Barsha Brata (Vassa / Rains Retreat), sometimes "Buddhist Lent."

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Jammu & Kashmir Minister said Buddhism played vital role for development of State

by Vijay Kumar, GroundReport.com, October 7, 2009

Jammu, India -- Buddhism has played a vital role for the promotion of Socio-economic development of the State of J&K,said Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora.

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Jet Airways announces its services on the Buddhist circuit

Punjab Newsline Network, October 6, 2009

MUMBAI, India -- Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will connect the Thai capital of Bangkok with Gaya and Varanasi, two important Indian cities on the famed Buddhist circuit, with twice weekly flights, effective October 6, 2009.

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After 2000 years Kashmir hosts Buddhist Conference

By Ajmer Alam Wani, Kashmir Watch, Oct 5, 2009

Srinagar, India -- It was earlier during the rein of Kanashika and now after a gape of 2000 years; the Kashmir Valley which is known world over for varied reasons (like nature, beauty and the militancy) hosts international Conference on Indian Society for Buddhist Studies.

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Kashmir University to Host Conference on Buddhism

Kashmir Observer, Oct 3, 2009

Srinagar, India -- The University of Kashmir is all set to host an important conference on Buddhist Studies from October 5.

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More studies will prove existence of Buddhism in Kartanaka: historian

TNN, 29 September 2009

SHIRVA, Udupi district (India) -- There is conclusive historical evidence that Buddhism existed and played a vital role in the culture and civilization of northern, southern and coastal Karnataka, from 300 BC to 500 AD.

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Buddhist monks offer prayer for universal peace in Sikkim

Littleabout.com, Sep 24, 2009

Samdruptse, Sikkim (India) -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees have converged at the altar of Guru Padmasambhava at Samdruptse in Sikkim to offer mass collective prayers for universal peace during the ongoing 12-day long spiritual event.

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Gujarat Invites Asian Experts To Develop Buddhist Circuit

Bernama, September 25, 2009

AHMEDABAD, India -- Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is seeking the assistance of Asian experts to develop Buddhism-related tourism in the western state of India.

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Annual Long March of Indian Buddhists reach Deekshabhoomi

Lanka Everything, 27th September 2009

Deekshabhoomi, India -- Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism at the place where Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was converted to Buddhism along with thousands of his followers on October 14, 1956. Dr. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism is still a guidance for the masses in India.

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Tibetan exiles preserving, promoting 'thangka' art

by Sunandita Dasgupta, PTI, Sept 21, 2009

Mcleodganj, HP (India) --  Bright hues, unique colour schemes and minute detailing make the Tibetan 'thangkas' or religious scroll-paintings a visual treat -- and the exile community here are going all out to preserve the art form.

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Knowledge is the way to contentment

By Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, Sept 21, 2009

Timphu, Bhutan -- In an effort to bridge the gap between Bhutanese youth and the understanding of Buddhism, a prominent Rinpoche interacted with school students at a talk in Thimphu yesterday and answered an unexpectedly long list of questions on Buddhism.

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Anagarika Dharmapala an excellent example of Asian Buddhist modernist

Lanka Daily News, Sept 18, 2009

Address by Urban Development Minister Rohana Kumara Dissanayake at the celebration held at Buddhagaya, India on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Dharmapala was born to a rich aristocratic family of Southern Sri Lanka on September 17, 1864. His parents were Mudliyar Don Carolis Hewavitharana and Mallika Dharmagunawardhana.

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Temporary monks for better society

By Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, September 19, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- After six years, the largely negative attitude among many Sri Lankan Buddhists towards temporary ordination has undergone a welcome change. The credit for this achievement goes to the Buddhist Cultural Centre (BCC) Nedimala, Dehiwala, which arranged for lay Buddhists to become monks and nuns temporarily in 2003.

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Devotees from 55 countries attend Dalai Lama’s teachings

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, September 15, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Dharamsala, September 15: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday began three-day general Buddhist teachings at the main Tibetan temple at the request of some 200 Korean Buddhists.

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Buddhist Bhutan warns felling trees a threat to happiness

Reuters, Sep 11, 2009

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Bhutan has warned its citizens over cutting down thousands of young trees every year to make prayer flags, a threat to the tiny kingdom's lush scenery and the government's duty to bring "Gross National Happiness."

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Multiple scandal behind Japan Buddhist festival

The Sunday Times, Sept 13, 2009

Sri Lanka Prime Minister and Minister become unsuspecting victims; entourage monk deported

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Two senior Government dignitaries -- Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and Ports Minister Chamal Rajapaksa -- who traveled to Japan for what was billed as an "Exposition of Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha", it has come to light, were unsuspecting victims of a move to misrepresent Buddha's relics, misuse Sri Lanka's name and engage in a human smuggling operation.

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US$ 600,000 “Gift” for Buddhist TV

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, The Sunday Leader, Sept

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Allegations of bribery and corruption have been levelled against former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva in relation to his role in the formation of The Buddhist Broadcasting Services.

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Afghan 'Indiana Jones' hunts lost Bamiyan statue

by Lyse Doucet, BBC, Sept 9, 2009

Lyse Doucet meets the man on the trail of the legendary lost Buddha

Bamiyan, Afghanistan -- Dr Zemaryalai Tarzi is an Afghan with a big dream. To be exact, this archaeologist dreams of a giant - a 1,000ft (300 metre) sleeping Buddha.

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Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche to give Tonglen teachings

Citizen Matters, Sept 8, 2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- The essence of Mahayana Buddhism is developing the mind of great love and compassion that encompasses all living beings without exception. In order to do this we need to overcome the usual self preoccupations and tendencies.

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Buddhist-monk committee to advise Minister of Justice

The Island, Sep 2, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Minister of Justice and Law Reforms Milinda Moragoda has appointed a group of eminent senior Buddhist Monk’s of all Nikayas as honorary advisors to the Ministry.

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Jet Airways introduces twice weekly Bangkok–Gaya–Varanasi flights on the Buddhist circuit

The Buddhist Channel, Sep 2, 2009

Mumbai, India -- Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will connect the Thai capital of Bangkok with Gaya and Varanasi, two important Indian cities on the famed Buddhist circuit, effective October 6, 2009.

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Closing the Buddhist knowledge gap

By Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, 27 August, 2009

Timphu, Bhutan -- Visiting the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, Dr Rewatha Thera, asked a Bhutanese lam what the decorations or flags adorning the structure for the annual Moenlam Choenmo symbolised. The lam, after some hesitation, replied that he had no idea.

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Buddhist Circuit to be developed in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

ANI, August 19, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that her Ministry will take along Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while promoting Buddhist Circuit for tourists.

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Thai team to promote Kesariya Buddhist Stupa

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN, August 19, 2009

PATNA, India -- The spread of swine flu across India notwithstanding, more than 30 Thai visitors including travel operators, hotel magnates and travel
writers arrived here on a week long promotional tour of Buddhist circuit in Bihar, UP and Nepal.

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Refreshing the long gone memories of Buddhism

By Fawad Ali Shah, Daily Times, Aug 18, 2009

KARACHI, Pakistan -- There is not even a single monastery in Pakistan, which once remained a hub of Buddhism.

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UK-based Buddhist body stakes claim over disputed Ayodhya site

Indopia, August 17,2009

Faizabad , India -- A UK-based Buddhist organisation has staked claim over the disputed site in Ayodhya, claiming that the actual birth place of Ram could be somewhere in Afghanistan.

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First ever Bodhi sapling ro arrive from Japan

Lanka Times, Aug 15, 2009

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka -- A Buddhist delegation led by Industrial development Minister Kumara Welgama now on a visit to Japan will return home tomorrow with a Bodhi sapling directly related to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, gifted by the Buddhists in Japan.

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Preparations for Pang Lhabsol begins

Voice of Sikkim, Aug 11, 2009

GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- Preparations for the annual Pang Lhabsol celebrations have begun.

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Buddhist monks pray for rain in Bihar

IANS, AUg 8, 2009

Patna, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks in Bihar have been performing special prayers and rituals at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya to appease the rain god and end the ongoing dry spell in the state.

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Visiting Chinese Buddhist delegation leaves today

The Nation, Aug 9, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The 102-member Chinese Buddhist delegation on a visit here from August 2 will leave the country today.

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Sri Lanka Buddhist monks ask for driving license rights

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 29, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Buddhist monk filed a petition at the Sri Lanka Supreme Court this morning against the government's decision of preventing the monks from obtaining driving licenses.

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Monastics turn their minds toward science

By AMY YEE, New York Times, July 30, 2009

Tibetan Buddhists expand studies

DHARAMSALA, India -- Tibetan monks and nuns spend their lives studying the inner world of the mind rather than the physical world of matter. Yet for one month this spring, a group of 91 monastics devoted themselves to the corporeal realm of science.

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Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist temple comes under fire for snatching baby elephants

ColomboPage News Desk, July 29, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The administration of Sri Lanka's most sacred Temple of the Tooth has come under heavy criticism for forcibly taking away two baby elephants from their mothers at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage.

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Obama-Dalai Lama meeting possible

By Vishal Gulati, IANS, July 21, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is all set to take up the cause of the exiles and the need to restart the dialogue process with China on Tibet’s future with the Obama administration during his visit to the US in October this year.

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Buddhism, International Law and K.N. Jayatilleke

by H.S.S. Nissanka, Lanka Daily News, July 22, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “In the strict sense of the word, there is no Buddhist law; there is only an influence exercised by Buddhist ethics or changes that have taken place in customs. No Buddhist authority.... has ever created or promulgated any law”. (Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, S.V. Law) and stated that he would maintain on the contrary that the monastic code consisted of laws in so far as it consisted of enforceable rules of conduct, precisely stated and codified, there being a set procedures laid down in the Constitution for trial and conviction in case of infringement.

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Kandy's Buddhist temple readies for pageantry - without fear

IANS, July 19, 2009

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The famous 17th century Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is breathing easy for the first time in many years ahead of a pageant that draws hundreds of thousands of people to this sacred Buddhist town. For, the Tamil Tigers lie vanquished.

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Jammu and Kashmir to revive Buddhist sites to promote

Sindh Today, July 10, 2009

Srinagar, India -- In a bid to attract more Buddhist pilgrims, Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism department is set to rejuvenate Buddhist sites in the state.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Consecrates New Buddhist Monastery in Kaza

Phayul, July 11 2009

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed and inaugurated the new Sakya Tenggyu monastery located at Kaza in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh, on Thursday, 9 July.

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Mana caves inaccessible due to quarry dug by WCL

by Mazhar Ali, TNN, 13 July 2009

CHANDRAPUR, India -- Those visiting the Mana opencast mine come across a tiny island having 2,000-year-old Buddhist caves standing tall between an over hundred-metre deep quarry.

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Buddhists frown on ‘Madhuri’ lake

The Telegraph, July 8, 2009

Do not let outsiders change local names, Gelukpas appeal to govt

Itanagar, India -- Madhuri Dixit, one of Bollywood’s most famous faces till recently, has sparked a row in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Indian Buddhists Pilgrimage through the Himalayas

New Tang Dynasty Television, July 3, 2009

Manali, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks completed an arduous 240 mile journey through Himalayan mountain passes, from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Indian Jammu and Kashmir.

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Tibetans celebrate Dalai Lama's 74th birthday in Dharamsala

ANI, July 6 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Tibetans living in exile in Dharamsala celebrated the 74th birthday of Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama today.

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Buddhist organizing a function as a tribute of gratitude in honor of 50 years of Dalai Lama in India on July 6

www.scoopnews.in, July 1, 2009

Ladakh, India -- All the Buddhist organizations of the Himalayan region from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh are organizing a felicitation function as a tribute of gratitude in honor of 50 years of Dalai Lama in India on the occasion of his 74th Birthday on July 6.

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Ladakh’s largest Buddhist festival adopts green cause

IANS, July 2nd, 2009

Hemis, Jammu and Kashmir (India) --  Dancers draped in silk moved to the beat of drums, evil spirits were warded off and over 60,000 plastic water bottles were collected as the annual three-day Hemis festival began.

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Gujarat govt allocates Rs 1 cr for international Buddhist seminar

TNN, 1 Jul 2009

VADODARA, India -- With the state government making provision for organising an international seminar on Buddhist heritage of Gujarat in its budget this year, archaeologists at M S University are gearing up to host the  seminar in January next year.

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Buddhist monk performs once-in-a-life religious ceremony in Himachal

ANI, June 29, 2009

Himachal Pradesh, India -- Gigmed Choekyi Syingey, a revered Buddhist monk performed the unique religious 'Chakrasamvara Abhisheka' ceremony in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

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Tibetan Buddhists celebrate Karmapa’s birthday

IANS, June 26, 2009

Dharamsala/Gangtok, India -- Tibetan exiles in India Friday celebrated the 25th birthday of the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, the only major monk reincarnate recognised by both the Dalai Lama and China.

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Dalai Lama's special teaching session on Buddhism

ANI, June 24, 2009

Dharamshala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday started a two-day special teaching session for Buddhist students in Dharamsala.

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President calls on Buddhist countries to come to Lanka’s rescue

By Rathindra Kuruwita, The Nation, June 21, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhist countries can play a major role in the future of Sri Lanka and counterbalance the western powers, suggested President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a tribute organised by Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya and Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya at Independence Square, yesterday.

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Buddhism will draw Indian tourists to China: envoy

by Indrani Dutta, The Hindu, June 14 2009

KOLKATA, India -- Lord Buddha may have been born in Nepal and attained Nirvana in India, but it is China which has the largest number of World Heritage Sites of Buddhism, says Mao Siwei, Consul-General of China in Kolkata.

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Sri Lanka President urged to hold World Buddhist Council in 2011

by Saman Weeraman, The Nation, June 14, 2009

Hambantota, Sri Lanka -- Thanks to the eradication of terrorism, people in the country celebrated Poson in an atmosphere of peace and harmony after a long tome, observed Ports and Civil Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa in Hambantota last week.

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EU urges Dhaka to re-settle Buddhists in Chittagong hills

IANS, June 10, 2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- The European Union (EU) has urged Bangladesh to remove temporary military bases and help re-settle the original Buddhist tribal residents in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, media reports here said Wednesday.

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The meeting on the summit: A turning point

by Asha Senevirathne, Sunday Observer, June 7, 2009

Samana Mayam maharaja
Dhammarajassa savaka
Thamena anukampaya
Jambudvipa idagata

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Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of Air France Flight 447

ANI, June 4, 2009

Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist monks and nuns here offered prayer for the victims of Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday night en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 passengers on board.

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Sri Lankan Monk leaves Meditation Retreat to help Refugees

A Special Report by Ven Y. Wimala, The Buddhist Channel, June 7, 2009

Ven Y. Wimala, a recipient of the "Global Peace Award" in 2007, has returned to Sri Lanka to help "internally displaced people" - mostly victims of the island's civil war

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka -- When I arrived in Sri Lanka just days ago, the national flag was flying everywhere. Everyone I spoke with was happy that the war has finally ended. Incredibly, I noticed fewer road blocks and less military presence on the streets than before. It took a while for me to begin to believe that the past 30 years of war had really, really ended and people were celebrating this return to normalcy.

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Mahakaruna Buddhist Society to help IDP children

by Irangika RANGE, Lanka Daily News, June 4, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahakaruna Buddhist Society in Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple, Singapore has pledged to take care of 600 internally displaced children including 350 children who had lost their parents and 250 of university students in the Manik Farm transit village in Vavuniya.

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Obama's call for "change" resonates in Buddhist padyatra

by Kripa Krishnan, PTI, June 1, 2009

Manali, India -- What does Barack Obama have in common with the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual leader of the 800-year-old Buddhist sect? The answer involves some hundred volunteers who march alongside the monks and nuns of the faith through the Himalayas on a 'padyatra'.

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International airport to come up in Kushinagar

By Pawan Kumar Shah, PTI, May 31, 2009

Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh (India) -- An international airport is soon to come up in Kushinagar, the destination of Buddha 'Parinirvana' or final salvation, where Buddha breathed his last.

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A special Vesak issue of "The Buddhist"

Sunday Times, May 31, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Colombo Young Men's Buddhist Association released a special issue of "The Buddhist" for Vesak this year.

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Plan to link Deoghar with Buddhist circuit

by GAUTAM SARKAR, The Telegraph, May 27, 2009

Dumka, India -- If all goes well, the land of Lord Baidyanath will be connected with the Buddhist tourist circuit.

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Novel Buddhist Centre at Keleththewa

by Chitraratne Kaluarachchi, Lanka Daily News, May 26, 2009

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- Keleththewa Samadhi International Buddhist Centre along the Anuradhapura-Kandy main road will be opened on May 31 at 2.00 p.m.

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India's Buddhist circuit has to improve radically

by Gouri Shah, Livemint.com, May 25, 2009

India is developing in a manner where it is taking people who are below the poverty line along with it in its growth and development process

Mumbai, India -- Former joint secretary in the ministry of tourism Amitabh Kant talks in an interview about his book Branding India: An Incredible Story, the impact of the recent election results on tourism,?and?challenges and opportunities before the brand that’s India. Edited excerpts:

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Bhutan mulling Buddhism in colleges

PTI, May 21, 2009

Timphu, Bhutan -- Bhutan is mulling to introduce Buddhism in colleges as it feels it is necessary for the education system of a country with a Buddhist culture.

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Sustainable Tourism through the Buddhist "Trail of Civilisation"

Asiantribune.com, May 20, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda took part in the third annual meeting in connection with the Borobudur Declaration, on the invitation of the Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jero Wacik.

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Himalayan communities better placed to preserve Buddhism: Dalai Lama

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, May 16, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday said Buddhist nuns from Himalayan regions had an important responsibility in preserving Tibetan Buddhist traditions, which he said was facing an uncertain future in its homeland.

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Exhibition of Buddhist relics soon in Darjeeling

The Hindu, May 16, 2009

Bones of Buddha and his disciples are now preserved in Bodh Gaya. Darjeeling has a sizeable Buddhist population

KOLKATA, India -- Plans are on to display in Darjeeling the relics of Gautama Buddha and two of his principal disciples housed at the Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara at Bodh Gaya.

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'Tenets of Buddhism based on reason'

TNN, 10 May 2009

MANGALORE, India -- The tenets of Buddhism are based on scientific reasoning, which is why B R Ambedkar thought it to be the ideal path to progress for the oppressed in society, said Rachaiah, HOD, department of economics, DVS Arts and Science College, Shimoga.

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Sri Lanka celebrates Vesak amid tight security

ColomboPage News Desk, May 8, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- To mark the Vesak festival, several colourful Vesak pandals are on display starting from today in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo and its suburbs despite the heightened security concerns.

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Sri Lanka: North and East celebrated Vesak after 30 years

by Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune, May 9, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- After 30 years, Buddhists in the Jaffna peninsula and in Batticaloa celebrated Vesak on Friday, commemorating the birth of Buddha, his attaining Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana.

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Buddhists' Council Manipur ready to help pilgrims

The Sangai Express, May 9 2009

Imphal, India -- Stepping in to act as a catalyst in strengthening friendship with South East Asian countries and at the same time to help pilgrims visit Buddhist shrines and temples in India, Buddhists' Council Manipur (BCM) has initiated ground works to facilitate pilgrimage of foreign Buddhists through Manipur.

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Buddha Jayanti celebrated in Leh, Ladakh

ANI, May 9, 2009

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Thousands of enthusiastic Buddhism devotees converged at Leh in Ladakh region of Kashmir to celebrate Buddha Jayanti or, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha on Saturday.

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Buddha Poornima (Wesak) Celebration and Meditation Teaching at Bangalore

The Buddhist Channel, May 8, 2009

Bangalore, India -- DHARMA SUBHASHITA (Thubten Lekshey Ling) Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center (dharmasubhashita.org) will be conducting a celebration of Buddha Poornima (Wesak) at Bangalore on 9th of May. Buddha Poornima marks the anniversary of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, his attainment of Buddhahood and his Mahaparinirvana.

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Kindness and benevolence path of Thathagatha - Sri Lanka President

Lanka Daily News, May 8, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The way to tread the path of the Thathagatha is to treat the hundreds of thousands of our citizens pushed by terrorism into welfare centres as the internally displaced, with kindness and benevolence, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in his Vesak message.

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India President’s Buddha Poornima greetings

The Buddhist Channel, May 8, 2009

New Delhi, India -- The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, in her message on the occasion of Buddha Poornima which is being observed tomorrow, has said: -

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Recalculating Happiness in a Himalayan Kingdom

by Seth Mydans, International Herald Tribune, May 6, 2009

Under a new Constitution, government programs must be judged by the happiness they produce, not by the economic benefits

THIMPHU, Bhutan — If the rest of the world cannot get it right in these unhappy times, this tiny Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalayan mountains says it is working on an answer.

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Monks demand approach road to Buddha Vihar

by Syed Rizwanullah, TNN, 7 May 2009

AURANGABAD, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks took out a morcha to the residence of the vice-chancellor of Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) on Wednesday demanding a road to the Buddha Vihar situated close to the ancient Aurangabad caves.

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Sri Lanka's devout defender of Buddhism

Lanka Daily News, May 7, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- There passed away 140 years ago to be precise on July 8, 1833, a Buddhist prelate whose services to his religion were inestimable and his contribution to national culture was outstanding. He was Mahaddama Rajadhi Rajaguru Gnanavimala Tissa, the founder of the Amarapura Nikaya.

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A way of paying tribute to Penor Rinpoche

by M B Maramkal, TNN, May 4, 2009

BYLAKUPPE, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks, scholars and devotees from Tibetan camps in India and other parts of the world are making a beeline to this Tibetan settlement camp to pay their reverences to the departed monk whose body is being preserved here at Nyingma Monastery's golden temple since the last 31 days.

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Buddhism in Bhutan colleges?

By Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, May 1, 2009

Timphu, Bhutan -- The royal university of Bhutan (RUB) - in partnership with dratshang - may include Buddhism in Bhutanese colleges.

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A lama in the fray

by Marcus Dam, The Hindu, April 29, 2009

Sikkim, India -- Phetook Tshering Bhutia, being the eldest son in his family, was initiated into the monastic life, a tradition in some families with links to the monastery. He was a schoolboy when he was taken to the Namchi Ngadak monastery (gompa) in South Sikkim district in the mid-1950s.

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Myanmar Monks's alms for the victims of Tamil war

By Ashin Mettacara, The Buddhist Channel, 29 April 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Myanmar Buddhist monks studying in Sri Lanka helped the victims of Tamil war by collecting alms.

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Joint Committee of Buddhist Organizations says Inter Religious Council a farce

By Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, April 26, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Joint Committee of Buddhist Organizations has welcomed the common desire of Christian Churches for an integrated Sri Lankan Nation but notes that some of their activities in enriching national life are highly questionable.

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BMDC to start Buddhist information centres at seven Buddhist sites in India by October 2009

By Anish V Punnackattu, Travel Biz Monitor, April 23, 2009

Also plans to develop pilgrim guest houses at Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Patna

New Delhi. India -- Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), a national organisation dedicated to promote growing Buddhist sites in India has decided to open Buddhist information centres at various Buddhist sites in India.

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Tibetans are suffering because of politics: Gyalwang Drukpa

by Anurag Sharma, PTI, APril 21, 2009

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Tibetan people are going through difficulties because of political reasons and the spiritual master Dalai Lama is just helping them in all possible non-violent ways, says the head of Drukpa lineage, an 800-year-old Buddhist sect from Tibet.

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Sri Lanka's Buddhist channel

by Premasara Epasinghe, Lanka Daily News, April 20, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Television can be defined as a system for reproducing on screen visual images transmitted, with sound by radio signals. Today, it is one of the most powerful and popular electronic medium in the world.

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Buddhists pray for world peace in Sikkim

ANI. April 17, 2009

Rongyek, Sikkim (India) -- Hundreds of Buddhist devotees congregated at Sa-Ngor Gompa monastery here to pray for world peace and welfare of humanity.

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Dalai Lama hopes Sri Lanka truce will pave constructive direction

By Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, April 13, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Welcoming the New Year holiday truce declared in Sri Lanka with great relief, exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday expressed hope that the move would offer an opportunity for Sinhalese-Tamil relations to further take a new and more constructive direction.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Consecrates Monastery in Dharamshala

Tibet Custom, , April 14 2009

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday emphasised the preservation and protection of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, while inaugurating a new Tibetan monastic institution near Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute, located in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

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Revival of 2,500-year-old Buddhist university planned

The News, April 14, 2009

Islamabad, Pakistan -- Gandhara Art and Culture Association (GACA) has planned to revive the 2,500 years old Buddhist University of Taxila with the contemporary features of the 21st century.

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Tibetan Buddhist sect roots for more women masters

by Anurag Sharma, PTI, Apr 13, 2009

Kathmandu, Nepal -- They have followers in millions, spread across the world but this 800-year-old Buddhist sect, Drukpa, feels that the world really does not know much about them.

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Nalanda tradition is back to India

By Ratnadeep Banerji, The Organiser, April 9, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Tibetan banishment in India has completed its 50 years. The Tibetan Government-in-exile has expressed its earnest gratitude to India and its people for according cozy shelter in distressed times. A five-day long symposium took place at India International Centre, New Delhi.

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Nine-year-old enthroned as reincarnation of Buddhist monk

Sindh Today, April 6, 2009

Dharamsala, India -- Tulku Tsenyi Khentrul Tenzin Tseten Rinpoche, a nine-year-old boy, was Monday enthroned as the reincarnation of Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, the founder of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD).

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The pursuit of happiness in a Buddhist vehicle

By Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel Online, April 9, 2009

Sogyal Rinpoche’s two-day instruction on meditation practice

Timphu, Bhutan
-- “Hello, how are you, my darlings?” Sogyal Rinpoche beamed at his audience, many of whom were students and also included Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, inside a hall at the YDF complex, Thimphu.

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Buddhist sensitivities: Will UNP ever learn?

By Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, April 4, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- They say those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to relive it. It appears that the UNP under Ranil Wickremesinghe virtually mirrors the UNP of 1955-56 on more than one issue concerning the Sinhala majority.

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Sri Lanka President inspects progress in BOI Int'l Buddhist Centre at Piliyandala

Lanka Daily News, Apr 2, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected work so far completed by the BOI at the International Buddhist Centre at Piliyandala.

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12th Convention of Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association held in Bangladesh

Narinjara, March 31, 2009

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh -- A two-day convention of the Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association was held from 27th to 28th March, 2009, in the conference hall of its head office in Cox's Bazaar, a southern coastal town with a large Rakhine population in Bangladesh.

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Dalai Lama completes 50 yrs in exile in India

by Anand Sankar, Business Standard, April 1, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, today called upon the Chinese government to throw open Tibet to “independent, impartial observers” immediately.

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Tibet’s Drukpa Buddhist sect to woo Indians

IANS, March 28, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Drukpa, an 800-year-old Buddhist sect from Tibet, is coming out of its theological cloister to