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India: Uttar Pradesh to celebrate Lord Buddha's 2550th birth anniversary

Webindia123.com, September 28, 2005

Agra, India -- After the much-hyped 350th year celebrations of the Taj Mahal, that concluded here last evening, the Uttar Pradesh government is set to celebrate the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha next year.


Dalai Lama to Attend International Buddhist Conference

Phayul, October 4, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will take part in an international Buddhist conference in Nagpur, Maharashtra on 15 October, reports Voice of Tibet radio service. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will participate in a discussion session on October 15 at the conference which is expected to draw Buddhists representatives from Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka etc.


Attanagalla Sirisanghabo Foundation to the fore to help tsunami affected

by Jayaweera Sugathapala, Lanka Daily News, October 5, 2005

Attanagalla, Sri Lanka -- On an initiative by the Chief Sangha Nayake Siyane Sivu Korale and Vihardipathi Attanagalla Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Dr. Pannila Ananda Thera and Sirisanghabo Social Service Foundation of Attanagalla in collaboration with the Abbess of Taiwan's Tayuan Buddhist Centre, Siek Chiu Chin have launched a program to build 335 houses for tsunami victims in Pereliya, Telwatta and Daluwatumulla areas in the Hikkaduwa Divisional Secretary's Division.


Thousands to embrace Buddhism at Deeksha Bhoomi on Oct 12

New Kerala, Oct 3, 2005

Nagpur, India -- Over 12,000 followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar from across the country and abroad are expected to throng to Deeksha Bhoomi here, where Buddhism was embraced in 1956 by lakhs of Dalits along with the social reformer, to celebrate the 49th 'Dhammachakra Parivartan Din' on October 12 this year.


Sri Lanka: Tsunami aid that never reached victims

Rediff and Buddhist Channel, September 26, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As Venerable Wimala - a monk well known for his humanitarian and medical relief work in Africa - waded through a Sri Lankan village destroyed by the deadly December 26 tsunami, he couldn't help noticing that many parts of the area were still without proper shelters and sanitation.


Rare Buddhist manuscripts get digitalized for Internet home

ANI, September 22, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- By using modern technologies many scholars are making knowledge of Buddhism available for the general public and youngsters. Many Buddhist scholars in Dharamshala town are digitalizing rare Buddhist manuscripts to preserve them and give them a virtual home on the Internet.


Shantiban: A Landmark For Peace

By Rajeev Dangol, PeaceJournalism.com, Issue 11, Sept 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Just 11 km from Katmandu city, Shantiban is easily visible from across the road with huge golden statue of Buddha in meditation posture. It only takes 20 minutes village walk to reach the spot. Perched on a hill, the 25 feet tall Buddha's image is the main attraction of the place.


Bengal keen on Buddhist circuit

Business Standard, September 22, 2005

Kolkata, India -- West Bengal government has appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study on making Tamluk and Tamralipta, in the east Midnapore district, a gateway to the Buddhism tourism circuit.


'Dharmapala's contribution transcended national boundaries'

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, September 21, 2005

New Delhi, India -- "The contribution made by late Anagarika Dharmapala for the revival of Buddhism in India and for fostering and propagating it in Sri Lanka, Asia and in the West are enormous and his noble services for the benefit of mankind will be remembered by generations to come," said Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai Sumith Nakandala, addressing the 141st birth anniversary commemorative meeting of late Anagarika Dharmapala in Kolkata.


The Buddhist Trail

By ARAVIND ADIGA, Time Magazine, Sep. 18, 2005

Tourists are returning to the birthplace of one of the world's great religions

BODH GAYA, India -- It appears on your right as you go around the temple, and you wonder at once if that is the tree: an ancient-looking, sprawling tree with a massive trunk and a zone of deep, hypnotizing shade at its center. A middle-aged Japanese man dressed in white, wearing a mask, is meditating in its shadow. Behind him two Tibetan monks are counting off their prayer beads and whispering.


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