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Buddhist front takes root, welcomes all

Newindpress.com, August 29 2005

BHUBANESHWAR, India -- For the 1.2 lakh Buddhist population of the State, the 15-month-old Orissa Buddhist Front (OBF) has offered a ray of hope to revive the lost glory of a religion that had tremendous influence on the region for several centuries.

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Nepal becoming Mecca for Buddhist studies

BY POST B. BASNET, Kantipur Online, Aug 26, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- It may be a new thing to many that Nepal is evolving as one of the sought-after venues for higher level Buddhist studies. Dozens of institutes for Buddhist studies have emerged in Kathmandu alone to meet the demands of huge numbers of Westerners, flocking every year, seeking knowledge of Buddhism in Nepal.

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Buddhist monks rue BJP's claim over Mahabodhi temple

New Kerala, Aug 24, 2005

Patna, India -- Angry Buddhist monks have threatened to expose the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) motive behind its claim over a temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, saying that they would not allow another Ayodhya-like incident to recur.

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Trouble at Mahabodhi temple

by FARHANA KALAM, The Telegraph, Aug 19, 2005

Gaya, India -- The district administration today foiled an attempt by a group of BJP leaders and activists to enter Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya and offer jal to a disputed shivalinga on the last day of Shravan.

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16-state Buddhist tourist circuit in India soon

Indo-Asian News Service, August 14, 2005

New Delhi, India -- A Buddhist tourist circuit, partly funded by Japan, is being mapped across 16 Indian states to tap the growing interest among overseas travellers to visit places of religious and historical importance to Buddhism.

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Tourist?s nirvana: Buddha Mahotsav plans afoot

Newind Press, Aug 3, 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- In an attempt to promote Orissa as an attractive destination for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists from the South-East Asian countries, Orissa Tourism has drawn up an ambitious action plan. It includes an annual Buddha Mahotsav slated to be hosted at the historic Dhauli hills and the Buddhist circuit of Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Udaygiri during December this year.

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Monks to intensify demand for Mahabodhi temple control

IANS, August 2 2005

PATNA, India -- Buddhist monks have threatened to launch fresh protests to make the central government hand over the management of the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town to them.

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Understanding the symbolism of Thuenpa Puen Zhi

By Ugyen Penjore, Kuensel Online, Aug 2, 2005

Timphu, Bhutan -- Farmer Rinchen has a brand new painting of the Four Harmonious Friends or Thuenpa Puen Zhi on the wall of her altar room. Hotelier Nima has a huge painting of the same on his restaurant wall. A beautifully done Thangka (scroll painting) of the Four Friends hangs from the sitting room of Karma, a Thimphu businesswomen.

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New Buddhist sites raise tourism hope

Newindpress, July 31 2005

KENDRAPARA, India -- For an archaeological hotspot, Langudi wears the tag of obscurity. Located in Dharmasala tehsil, 40 km from here, it is a sleepy hamlet with sparse population. But things are set to change, thanks to the discovery of a Buddhist stupa along with several different images of Lord Buddha.

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Last cave family in Bamiyan Buddha Mountain

Xinhuanet, July 25, 2005

KABUL, Afghanistan -- "All other families lived in caves have moved to houses at the mountain foot except us who still live here because there are not enough houses for us," the 70-year old Hamid Hussein said.

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