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1,000-year-old monastery to have Buddhist studies centre

Indo-Asian News Service, September 3, 2014

Shimla, India -- Tabo, an ancient seat of Buddhist religion and culture in picturesque Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh in northern India, will now have an international learning centre.

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India's PM in Japan: Modi visits two ancient Buddhist temples

PTI, August 31, 2014

Kyoto, Japan -- On the second day of his Japan tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited two prominent ancient Buddhist temples here – Toji and Kinkakuji – offering prayers and mingling with the common people and tourists.

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Thousands of Bhutan's poorest children living and studying in monasteries can now report any mistreatment or abuse

by Annie Kelly, theguardian.com, 20 February 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Dechen Phodrang monastery sits on top of a steep hill overlooking the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Since the 16th century, prayer flags have fluttered in the hills around Dechen Phodrang, one of thousands of monastic orders scattered throughout this tiny Himalayan kingdom.

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Nepal should make separate Buddhist circuit

MyRepublica, Aug 19, 2014

LUMBINI, Nepal -- Nepal should develop a separate Buddhist circuit to link different shrines related to Lord Buddha in the country.

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Convocation of International Buddhist Education Institute under President's patronage

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 13, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Convocation of the International Buddhist Education Institute was held at Pallekele under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday.

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Sri Lanka President hands over Buddhist relics to USA

News Lanka, Jul 29, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has donated sacred Buddha relics to be placed in temples in the United States and Korea for the Buddhists in those countries to worship.

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Dalai Lama Visits Lotus Flower Trustís Home

The Buddhist Channel, July 21, 2014

Ladakh, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama unexpectedly visited Basgo Nunnery in Ladakh, one of the homes for destitute children funded and built by the Lotus Flower Trust, a charity based in Hyde in the New Forest. This was an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for all the orphaned nuns at the home - to hear his teachings and be inspired by his much revered Buddhist wisdom.

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World Bank Group helps India develop Buddhist Circuit

T3 News Network, Jul 21, 2014

New Delhi, India -- The World Bank Group is supporting India’s Ministry of Tourism and the state tourism departments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on the government’s priority program to develop the Buddhist Circuit, foster tourism-led growth, expand economic opportunities and create jobs for local communities, offer better facilities to pilgrims and help increase tourist traffic five-fold.

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Sanchi kept out of grand Buddhist circuit in budget blueprint

by Rageshri Ganguly,TNN, Jul 10, 2014

BHOPAL, India -- Finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a huge shocker to Madhya Pradesh by eliminating world heritage site, Sanchi, from his grandiose blueprint of developing the Buddhist circuit of Sarnath-Gaya-Varanasi into a global tourism hub.

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Sri Lanka to honour Vietnam Buddhist martyr

by Janaka Perera, Lankaweb, July 10, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Vietnam Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe will be a special guest invited by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council at the ceremony on Saturday July 12 – National Martyrs Day – to commemorate the sacrifice of the Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Quang Duc 51 years ago in protest against the American-backed dictator Ngo Din Diem in what was then South Vietnam.

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