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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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Lumbini Trust told not to charge entrance fee

The Rising Nepal, July 26, 2005

BUTWAL, Nepal -- The supreme court has issued an interim order to the Lumbini Development Trust not to charge the entrance fee at the entrance of the Mayadevi Temple as well as the fee that is charged for offering worship at the temple.

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Maha Sangha instrumental in establishing disciplined society - Sri Lanka PM

Lanka Daily News, July 27, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The sacrifices made by the Maha Sangha for the preservation of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, resulted in establishing a disciplined society. The same can be said of the whole world, if the Maha Sangha takes the necessary interest and enthusiasm.

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Rinpoche crowned with sacred hat

Kantipur Online, July 22, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Swami Vivekananda once said that Buddhism could not survive in the very land where it was born, that is, India. However, it is alive in Nepal where Siddhartha Gautam, the founder of Buddhism, was born some 25 centuries ago.

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Stamp series on Buddha marks Gurupurnima

The Rising Nepal, July 21, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Minister for Information and Communications, Tanka Dhakal put cancellation marks on a postage stamp series on Lord Buddha issued by Nepal Philatelic Bureau from today on the occasion of Gurpurnima.

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Peaceful mind can help restore peace

The Rising Nepal, July 21, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Assistant Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yangkila Sherpa, inaugurated ?Bauddha Book Exhibition? organised to celebrate Dharma Chakra Prabardhan Diwas, the first day of preaching by Lord Buddha, and Guru Purnima, here today.

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