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Buddha statue project dropped

The Hindu, Jan 18, 2006

The statue, which was to come up at Handigondi resides in an area that is habitat to several rare species of birds. It is home to sloth bears, hares and packs of jackals

Karnataka, Bangalore (India) -- The 700-foot tall monolithic Buddha statue planned to be carved out of the rocks at Ramanagaram by the Bangalore-based Sanghamitra Foundation, is not likely to materialise.


US$ 67,000 promised for Dhyana Buddha project

Newindpress, January 17 2006

AMARAVATI, India -- The Dalai Lama has announced a Rs 30 lakh (US$ 67,000) aid for the 125-feet Dhyana Buddha project on the banks of River Krishna.


Amaravati all set to get a face-lift

Newindpress, January 16 2006

VIJAYAWADA, India -- Amaravati, one of the ancient holy towns in the country, will get a face-lift soon. Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy responded positively to the plea made by Dalai Lama in this regard. Dalai has been insisting on developing the village into an international Buddhist centre.


Kalachakra enters crucial phase

Business-Standard, January 13, 2006

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Amid solemn ritual and dance performed by the monks of Namgyal monastery in traditional attires, the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in the early hours of Wednesday, invoked 722 deities, including the principal deity of Kalachakra, and invited them to enter and stay in the ‘mandala’, a symbolic sand figure of purified universe and its beings.


The Kalachakra in India: Dalai Lama tells Tibetans from Tibet they are key to future

Tibet News, January 11, 2006

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Dalai Lama opened the Kalachakra teachings this week in Amravati, India, with a powerful statement urging Tibetans from inside Tibet to tell Tibetans when they return about the importance of the 'Middle Path' approach towards a genuine autonomy for Tibet.


Monks take out colourful procession

Newindpress, January 12, 2006

AMARAVATI, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Buddhist monks attending the Kalachakra Empowerment took out a colourful procession here today with their presiding deity Gyava Chamba.


Scotland Buddhist Temple provides relief for tsunami victims

by Sunil C.Perera, Asian Tribune, Jan 12, 2006

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Scotland based Buddhist Temple has launched number of tsunami development projects for the affected people in various parts of Sri Lanka with the assistance of the government and various international donors.


Indian nationalist party brings forced conversions to Dalai Lama?s notice

Newindpress, January 12, 2006

AMARAVATI, Andhra Pradesh (india) -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought to the notice of the Dalai Lama alleged forcible religious conversions.


Buddhist master to be mummified

By Baldev Chauhan, BBC News, Jan 11, 2006

Tibetan Buddhists are against preserving bodies

Shimla, India -- Buddhist monks in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh have decided to preserve the body of their master so he can be worshipped forever.


Kalachakra 2006: Dalai Lama on the virtue of happiness

Newindpress, January 11, 2006

AMARAVATI, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The only way to gain happiness is to put others before self, observed the Dalai Lama here on Tuesday. Delivering a discourse on Acharya Nagarjuna’s, Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, on the third and concluding day, he said every sentient being wants happiness and wants to keep away from suffering.


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