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Sri Lanka must have a Constitution based on Buddhist principles & values

by Shenali D Waduge, The Buddhist Channel, Apr 8, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Democracy and democratic systems cannot be based on a history conveniently interpreted to be read from Doctrine of Discovery onwards denying the civilizational histories and indigenous governing and legal systems that prevailed.

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Buddhist circuit at Karukonda could be a huge draw

by P. Sridhar, The Hindu, March 27, 2015

Karukonda, India -- The rich cultural heritage enshrined in the ancient Buddhist site on Karukonda hillock at Ramavaram in Kothagudem mandal has potential to give a fillip to tourism in the coal belt region.

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Dalai Lama Should Be Allowed to Visit Lanka as Buddhist Pilgrim:Former Diplomat

By P.K. Balachandran, Indian Express, 21st March 2015

New Delhi, India -- Former Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, has suggested that the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, be allowed to visit Sri Lanka purely as a Buddhist pilgrim and on the strict condition that he talks no politics while being here.

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Security lapses at Nalanda ruins irk Buddhist council

by Pranav Chaudhary, TNN, Mar 4, 2015

PATNA, India -- Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), a national body dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Buddhist heritage, has expressed its deep concern over security lapses at various Buddhist sites in the state, including the famous ancient ruins of Nalanda university.

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"I shall live to be over 100 years": Dalai Lama

Tribune News Service, Mar 5 2015

Prayers offered for long life of the spiritual leader

Dharamsala, India -- The Dalai Lama today thanked four Tibetan organisations for organising a grand prayer ceremony for his long life at the main temple in Dharamsala. He said he was in very good health and would be able to live over 100 years.

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Sixth Buddhist conclave begins

The Hindu, Feb 23, 2015

Nagarjunasagar, India -- The two-day 6th Buddhist Conclave, organised by the Buddhist Society of India (BSI), commenced on a grand note at Nagarjunasagar here on Sunday.

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International Buddhist meet in Odisha from Feb 13

IANS, February 11, 2015

Bhubaneswar, India -- In a bid to promote the state's Buddhist tourism circuits at the international level, the Odisha government has decided to hold the 3rd International Buddhist Conference at Bhubaneswar from Feb 13, said Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda Wednesday.

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Walk highlights scope for Buddhist pilgrimage

by Pranav Chaudhary, TNN, Dec 15, 2014

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

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Buddhist sites to be developed with Japanese help

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

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

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India plans to transform Buddhist sites

Jagran Post News Desk, 30 Nov 2014

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

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