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Col. Henry Steel Olcott's house to be preserved

ColomboPage News Desk, March 1, 2005

Olcott traveled the country, patronizing the spread of Buddhism.

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to preserve the house in which Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, considered to be a pioneer in the Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka, lived during his stay in the country.

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Minister pledges to improve Buddhist education

Lanka Daily News, Feb 26, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddha Sasana, Public Security Law and Order Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said he proposes to appoint qualified teachers to teach the Buddha Dhamma in schools to improve the standard of Buddhist education.

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Oracle Festival begins in Leh

New Kerala, Feb 21, 2005

Stok, Ladakh (India) -- The fortnight-long traditional festival of Stok Guen Tai-Chen began in an ancient village of remote northern Ladakh region on Sunday (February 20).

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Tai Situ Rinpoche celebrate New Year with His Holiness Karmapa

by Tswang Norbu, The Times of Tibet, Feb 15, 2005

Dhramsala, India -- According to the lunar calendar, February 9 was the New Year day. Palpung Sherabling Monastery, the Monastic Seat of the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche, hold a traditional celebration ceremony in India.

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'The Buddha keeps us safe in Bihar'

Indo-Asian News Service, Feb 8, 2005

Bodhgaya, India -- In the heart of a "highly sensitive" area, with murders, arson and bomb blasts common around it, Bodhgaya remains an oasis of calm in the frothing turbulence of Bihar.

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'Peace, harmony key to prosperity'

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Feb 7, 2005

New Delhi, India -- "The disastrous effects of the tsunami tragedy has made people of Sri Lanka unite, forgetting all differences among nationalities and faith and to work together with dedication for the benefit of one and all, " said Mangala Moonasinghe, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India addressing a religious function held on the Independence Day of Sri Lanka to bring merit and peace to those lives lost during the tsunami disaster.

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Dalai Lama's office in Kathmandu closed

UNI, Jan 28, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Government has closed two offices associated with the Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama, after ''they were found operating without permission and breaching the Foreign policy of Nepal,'' a local newspaper reported today.

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Mina '06 ordained Buddhist monk during his off-term

By Kelsey Blodget, The Dartmouth Staff, January 27, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Instead of returning home following an off-term teaching English in the coastal Sri Lankan town of Chilaw, Michael Mina '06 decided to put his biochemistry degree at Dartmouth on hold -- and be ordained as a Buddhist monk.

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Tai Situ Rinpoche lead a Puja in New Dehli

Situ Dharmakara Foundation, Jan 24, 2005

New Delhi, India -- The 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche and monks of Sherabling organized a special Puja in the fourth week at India International Center, Annexe C, New Delhi on January 23, 2005. The two hour long praying ceremony that began at 6pm was dedicated to the people and beings effected by the Tsunami.

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ADB-supported programme for reviving Buddhist tourism

Press Trust of India, Jan 16, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Union Tourism Secretary Uma Pillai today launched an Asian Development Bank supported programme for reviving Buddhist cultural tourism in south Asia, including India.

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