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Buddhist monk convicted of sex abuse dies

by SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press, May 17, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A monk drank poison and later died after becoming the first Buddhist clergyman to be convicted of the sexual abuse of a child in Sri Lanka, court officials and police said.

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Buddhist monk ingests poison in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer, May 16, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A monk drank poison and was rushed to a hospital Monday moments after becoming the first Buddhist clergyman to be convicted of the sexual abuse of a child in Sri Lanka, court officials and police said.

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Sri Lankan Buddhist monk arrested for alleged sex abuse

AP, May 16, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A senior Buddhist monk has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teenager in a Sri Lankan temple, officials said Monday.

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Dalai Lama inaugurates monastery

Tribune News Service, May 12, 2005

Kulu, India -- The Dalai Lama inaugurated the Dhagpo Shedrup Ling Monastery constructed at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore at Kais village near here today. Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, also joined him in the ceremony.

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State seeks JBIC help to develop Buddhist sites

Newindpress, May 11 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- The State Government has decided to seek financial assistance from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to develop three ancient Buddhist centres, Lalitgiri, Udaygiri and Ratnagiri.

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Bill on unethical religious conversions refered to Parliament Standing Committee

SinhalaNet, 7 May, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Parliament yesterday agreed to refer the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) "Bill to ban forced conversions to other religions" to a Parliament Standing Committee for consideration.

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Ayurveda in Buddha's land

IANS, MAY 05, 2005

PATNA, India -- Inspired by its success in Kerala, Bihar wants to tempt tourists with a special ayurveda therapy at its Buddhist pilgrimage centres of Rajgir and Bodh Gaya.

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Controversy over Freedom of Religion Bill: Buddhists to meet UN envoy

by Janaka Perera, Asiantribune.com, May 3, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Representatives of Buddhist organizations are scheduled to meet visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom Asma Jahangir today (May 3) in the wake of mounting Christian evangelist pressure against the proposed Freedom of Religion Bill that is aimed at preventing unethical conversions.

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Dalai Lama: Develop mind and heart

by Yishey D, Statesman, April 30, 2005

In his Sikkim sermons the 14th Dalai Lama stressed on inner development, compassion and universal responsibility.

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- This was the Dalai Lama?s fourth visit to Bayul Demoshong (old name for Sikkim), a place of great spiritually significance to Tibetan Buddhism. Bayul Demoshong or the hidden fruitful valley, was recognised by Guru Padmasambhava, the fountainhead of Tantrayana Buddhism as one of the sacrosanct hidden Buddhist zones. Something the incarnation of Chenrezik (Avalokiteswara) or the Lord of Compassion, the fourteenth Dalai Lama is well aware of.

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Buddha statue to improve cultural ties

By Arun Ranjit, The Rising Nepal, May 1, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, the Light of Asia and the Propagator of Peace. Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha in 623 BC in Lumbini of southern Nepal on full moon day. And it was on this same full moon day that he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya and passed away into nirvana at Kusinagar of India.

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