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Fasting monk defies Mahanayake's command

by Cyril Wimalasurendre, The Island, June 8, 2005

KANDY, Sri Lanka -- Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha, who launched fast-unto-death in front of Sri Dalada Maligawa yesterday (07), rejected a ?Sangagnawa? (command) issued by the Most Venerable Mahanayake of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Weligama Sri Guanaratna Thero, to give up his (Ven. Sobitha Thero's) fast-undo-death and limit the fast to a day or two.

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UN Special Rapporteur accused of anti-Buddhist bias

by Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, June 6, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Joint Committee of Buddhist Organizations, Sri Lanka, has accused United Nation?s Special Rapporteur Asma Jehangir of falsifying and distorting facts in a press release on the issue of unethical conversions in the island.

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Mystery of the smiling Buddha that arrived as a gift from the tsunami

Times Online, June 3, 2005

Mahabalipuram, India -- The little Buddhist sage sits underneath the tree only yards from the sea from which he was plucked, a whimsical smile upon his face. Villagers gather before him with offerings of incense and food.

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Mystery of the smiling Buddha that arrived as a gift from the tsunami

Times Online, June 3, 2005

Mahabalipuram, India -- The little Buddhist sage sits underneath the tree only yards from the sea from which he was plucked, a whimsical smile upon his face. Villagers gather before him with offerings of incense and food.

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Buddhist circuit can draw tourists

Newindpress, June 1 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- With the focus shifting to non-traditional tourism in the State, the stakeholders are exploring prospects of Buddhist tourism circuits.

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Buddhist circuit can draw tourists

Newindpress, June 1 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- With the focus shifting to non-traditional tourism in the State, the stakeholders are exploring prospects of Buddhist tourism circuits.

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Sri Lanka Buddhist party to contest for presidency

Xinhua, May 31, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's all Buddhist monk party is to field its own candidate in the country's next presidential election, making it the second party to express presidential candidate.

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?Lumbini to be developed as centre for world peace?

The Rising Nepal, May 24, 2005

LUMBINI, Nepal -- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust Buddhi Raj Bajracharya has conceded the Lumbini Master Plan designed for the integrated development of Lumbini area has been unable to catch up momentum.

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Duechhen Ngazom observed

By Rinzin Wangchuk, Kuensel Online, May 25, 2005

Timphu, Bhutan -- Thousands of devotees received blessings from the Neten Chudrug (16 Arhats, disciples of Lord Buddha) Thongdroel at a sacred ceremony conducted by His Holiness the Je Khenpo to celebrate Duechhen Ngazom (Lord Buddha?s Maha-parinirvana) on May 23.

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Kudung Chorten of Geshey Geduen Rinchen consecrated

By Rinzin Wangchuk, Kuensel Online, May 25, 2005

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Kudung of the 69th Je Khenpo, His Holiness Geshey Geduen Rinchen, was installed in the Kudung Chorten which will now be kept as the Machhen (inner sanctum) of the Rangjung Lhakhang in the Utse of Tashichhodzong.

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