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Monks pray, butchers hang up their knives as Sri Lanka honors tsunami victims

by KRISHAN FRANCIS, Associated Press, December 25, 2005

PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- Butchers hung up their knives, Buddhist monks got ready to chant hymns and survivors prepared to throng temples as Sri Lanka - on Sunday began to mark the one-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami. People from different parts of Sri Lanka - prepared to join President Mahinda Rajapakse in Peraliya on Monday to honor more than 31,000 fellow citizens who died in the tsunami, the second highest toll after Indonesia.

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Buddhist monks invited for Kapilvastu Mahotsava

New Kerala, Dec 28, 2005

Siddharthnagar, India -- A large number of Buddhist monks from India and abroad have been invited to the famous three-day 'Kapilvastu Mahotsava' commencing tomorrow.

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The Rebirth of Sri Lanka

By JOSHUA KURLANTZICK, New York Times, December 25, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- AT the opening of a boutique hotel and yoga retreat named Talalla Retreat Center, near a long stretch of white beach, an international crowd of stylish guests sips red wine and snacks on canapés. As evening wears into early morning, conversation shifts effortlessly from comparisons of the latest restaurants in London and Sydney to mutual friends burned out working for big investment banks, to high-end yoga teachers who charge $600 a lesson. One man says he's just returned from his 57th trip to Bali.

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Buddhist Institute Warms Earthquake Victims

Phayul, December 24, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- In a gesture truly representing the philosophies of the Buddha himself the Palpung Muni Shasan Dharma Chakra Sangh (PMDCS) headed by the 12th Kenteng Tai Situpa Rinpoche provided relief materials to about a hundred families affected by the October 8 earthquake in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Andhra Pradesh gearing up for Buddhist congregation

Times of India, Dec 23, 2005

HYDERABAD, India -- The Andhra Pradesh government is gearing up to host the world Buddhist conclave ‘Kalachakra’ 2006, to be held at Amravati on the banks of the Krishna river in Guntur district from January 5 next year.

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Viet Nam Pagoda in Nepal inaugurated

VNA, Dec 21, 2005

New Delhi, India -- A ceremony to inaugurate the Viet Nam Pagoda was held in Lumbini, Nepal, on December 17, or the 17th of the 11th month of 2549 on the Buddhist calendar.

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Threat to Dalai Lama; Indian police on high alert

Newind Press, December 19 2005

VIJAYAWADA, India -- The police are on a high state of alert following the receipt of a message that there is a threat to the life of Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama during his two week-long stay at Amaravati for the Kalachakra Empowerment Ceremony beginning on Jan 5.

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Andhra Pradesh gears up for Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony

New Kerala, Dec 16, 2005

Amravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Buddhists residing in the Andhra Pradesh town of Amravati have begun preparations for the ten-day-long Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony, which will be attended by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in January next year.

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Buddhist temple gutted in fire

UNI, Dec 17, 2005

Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (India) -- The Mabira Buddhist Temple in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh was burnt to ashes in a devastating fire, official sources said here today.

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India: Himachal draws up mega tourism projects

PTI, Dec 17, 2005

Shimla, India -- Himachal Pradesh has drawn up tourism projects worth Rs 970 million, which if cleared by the Centre, would help spruce up tourist sites like Chamba, Mandi, Bilaspur and other circuits, besides start a helicopter service and a toll-free helpline for holidaymakers.

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