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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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