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Buddhist education in Sri Lanka

By Shanti Nandana Wijesinghe, The Ntaion, May 30, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The rich and sophisticated history of Sri Lanka spanning an approximation of 2,500 years owes much of its origin to Buddhism. Though the country’s indigenous history dates back much further, it is commonly and persuasively argued that the ascent to a well organized and spiritually informed life in the island was marked with the introduction of Buddhism in the 3rd century B.C.E.

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200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake

PTI, May 22, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities.

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Buddhist leader to rope in Hollywood celebrities for Nepal aid

IANS, May 18, 2015

Kathmandu,  Nepal -- After roping in actress Michelle Yeoh, known for her role in James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies", acclaimed Buddhist leader Gyalwang Drukpa is banking on more celebrities and movie stars to raise money for reconstruction and rehabilitation in quake-devastated Nepal.

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PM Narendra Modi Visits Ancient Buddhist Temple in Xi'an

Indo-Asian News Service, May 14, 2015

Xi'an, China -- After a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi'an, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the Da Xingshan temple and offered prayers.

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Buddha Purnima: Ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan could be destroyed by copper mining

By Jayalakshmi K, IB Times, May 4, 2015

Mes Aynak, Afghanistan -- A 2,000-year-old Buddhist city, Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, rich in stupas, shrines and monuments could be razed to the ground if a Chinese mining company is allowed to prospect for huge copper reserves on which the city sits.

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Sri Lanka Vesak Message: Buddhist Teachings Help Strengthen Moral Values

Asiantribune.com, May 6, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Protecting moral values along with the development of technology and the economy could be strengthened only through Buddhist philosophy, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Telangana to Develop Nagarjuna Sagar As Major Buddhist Place

Press Trust of India, May 4, 2015

Hyderabad, India -- The Telangana government would develop Nagarjuna Sagar, presently location of a massive irrigation project, as a prominent place of Buddhist significance, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said today.

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Famous Nepal Buddhist shrine damaged in quake

Phayul, April 25, 2015

Dharamshala, India -- A 7.9 magnitude earthquake with epicenter at Gorkha district struck the Nepal killing over 700 people and damaging many historical monuments and buildings in the capital Kathmandu and other areas, according to the Kanitpur news.

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Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness about Nepal Earthquake

Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness about Nepal Earthquake

Dharamsala, India -- Expressing great sadness about reports of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday with the loss of many lives and widespread damage to property, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala.

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