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Buddha Purnima today

The Daily Star, May 21, 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be observed today in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country.

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President Pranab Mukherjee Greets People On Eve Of Buddha Purnima

Press Trust of India, May 21, 2016

New Delhi, India --  President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday congratulated people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, stressing on Lord Buddha's message of love, compassion, non-violence and equality.

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Vipassana centre at city's Buddha park soon

by Sheezan Nezami, TNN, May 19, 2016

Patna, India -- Now, there is no need for Patnaites to visit Bodh Gaya or any other place to learn Vipassana, a meditation technique. A permanent Vipassana training centre would come up at Buddha Smriti Park here by the end of August this year where one can learn the art of meditation free of cost.

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Odisha Buddhists have their own identity

by BIMALENDU MOHANTY, Daily Pioneer, 21 May 2016

Bhubaneswar, India -- The population of Buddhists in Odisha is estimated at 120,000 living in 17 main villages scattered all over the State so far identified. A majority of these Buddhists have taken to weaving as their professional occupation since centuries past. They are classified to be belonging to the Srabak community dedicated to the weaving profession. Many Buddhists in the State do not take to agriculture at all. They are also otherwise known as Saraka.

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Buddhist temple provides shelter and meals

AP, May 19, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of stunned residents of Sri Lankan villages buried by mudslides took shelter in nine temporary camps set up in schools and a Buddhist temple, where they were being given food, blankets and basic medical treatment.

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Bhutan: A Buddhist Treasure at Gangtey Monastery

BY Robert Michael Poole, May 19, 2016

Timphu, Bhutan -- Wanderers and pilgrims who have ventured to the top of the mountains of Bhutan have had watchful eyes looking over them for centuries. The peaks of the countries rugged interior are populated by mighty yaks, who these days wander occasionally through the colorful rectangular prayer flags that decorate the mountain ridges, stamped with woodblock prints depicting the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings) and the Sangha (community).

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International Buddhist conference begins in Nepal

Press Trust of India, May 19, 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began here today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms.

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Pakistan hands over most Sacred Buddhist Relics to Sri Lanka for Exposition

The News, May 19, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The Government of Pakistan has handed over the most sacred relics of Lord Buddha to the Government of Sri Lanka today in a special ceremony arranged at the historic Taxila Museum today, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka.

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Buddhist monk wants alcohol ban in Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu, May 18, 2016

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Andhra Pradesh government need to implement complete ban on alcohol in the State on lines of the Bihar government, said Buddhist Monk Ven. Dhammadhaja Bhikku of the Saddhama Dipika Trust here on Tuesday.

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Buddhist monk aged 75 hacked to death in isolated temple where he lived alone

By Anthony Bond, The Mirror, 14 May 2016

Naikkhangchhari, Bangladesh -- The body of Mongsowe U Chak was found at the temple in Naikkhangchhari village, Bangladesh

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