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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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Nepal: Historical Buddhist sites damaged

Hirunews, 26 April 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Majority of Buddhist places of worship in Katmandu were damaged following the strongest earthquake which hit Nepal after 80 years.

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Nepal Earthquake: How you can help

The Buddhist Channel, April 27, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal -- At least 3,326 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, say officials. Most of affected victims were in the Kathmandu valley. Reports have said scores were killed by an avalanche near Mount Everest.

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Constitutional Reforms and the Protection of Buddhism in Sri Lanka

by Senaka Weeraratna, Daily Mirror, April 4, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the light of the proposed changes to the Constitution of Sri Lanka now under consideration and growing accusations of contrived attempts via the proposed new Article 33 to neutralise the applicability of Article 9 in the Constitution that imposes a mandatory duty on the State to give to Buddhism the foremost place and protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e), an important question has arisen “ What is the relationship that should exist in the present day between the State and Buddhism?

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A Compassionate Constitution for Sri Lanka based on Dasa Rajadhamma

by Senaka Weeraratna, Lankaweb, April 17th, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka’s Constitution must be connected to its heritage and history. It is a national shame for a country that proudly boasts of a 2, 500 year old history and had won the acclaim of the wider world for preserving its Buddhist heritage in a pristine state, to turn its back on the wisdom of our ancestors on questions of governance and instead turn to the wisdom of somebody else’s grandfathers wholesale for new directions.

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