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Delekfication: TYC led Two Months Relay Hunger Strike commences at Dharamsala

TYC, November 25, 2004

Dhramsala, India -- As news spread from the TYC candle light vigil at Delhi on the 24th November, of the assurance given to the former defence minister of India, Mr. George Fernandes by the Chinese Embassy in India, of not executing Tulku Tenzin Delek, Dharamsala woke up on the 25th of November to the ?All India Relay Hunger Strike? under the banner of ?Release Tulku Tenzin Delek Now? campaign initiated by TYC.

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Bhutan gets ready for World Expo 2005

By Karma Choden, Kuensel Online, November 24, 2004

Timphu, Bhutan -- The four main structures consisting of a Tempa (Buddha) Thongdrel , namgay khangzang (altars), a statue of Lord Buddha and gomo rabsey (three pillars) will be the highlights of the Bhutanese pavilion at the World Exposition 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

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Modernity Tips Balance in a Remote Corner of Kashmir

By AMY WALDMAN, New York Times, November 25, 2004

LEH, Ladakh (Kashmir, India) -- The young man wore Western clothes, but he paused as he passed the prayer wheel. Then, without self-consciousness, he mounted the steps and spun, circumambulating the wheel in search of good fortune.

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Lumbini Likely To Be Promoted As World Peace City

Oana/PTI, Nov 25, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Buddhist scholars and religious leaders, including from India and Sri Lanka, are likely to consider Nepalese government's proposal to promote Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha, as a World Peace City during the second World Buddhist Summit starting there on Nov 30.

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Dalai Lama in culture sermon to China

By MANJEET SEHGAL WARRIOR, The Telegraph (India), November 23, 2004

Shimla, India -- The Dalai Lama has urged China to recognise Tibet?s cultural identity in the wake of Beijing?s apparent desire to get him to publicly accept both his homeland and Taiwan as parts of China.

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Trespass threat to Myanmar temple

by JULIUS GOMES, The Telegraph (India) , Nov 24, 2004

Calcutta, India -- Encroachers are not leaving even temples in the city alone, if the situation at the 76-year-old Myanmar Buddhist Temple, the only one of its kind in Calcutta, is anything to go by.

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Buddhist conference to promote tourism in Lumbini

Phayul, November 22, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The second International Buddhist Conference, being organised in Lumbini from November 30 to December 2, will help in promoting religious tourism, various speakers said while speaking at a programme organised by Nepal Chamber of Commerce here today said.

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VHP regains lost ground in Bodh Gaya

by ABDUL QADIR, TIMES NEWS NETWORK, NOVEMBER 22, 2004

GAYA, India -- After more than 12 years, the VHP has regained its lost ground in Bodh Gaya, the seat of Buddha's enlightenment. The organisation suffered a setback when Gyan Jagat, the Mahabodhi Temple superior priest, mysteriously left Bodh Gaya in 1992. Gyan Jagat had been part of the VHP think-tank and a member of its Marg Darshak Mandal.

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City throbs with Buddhist chants

NT Bureau, Nov 22, 2004

The five- member group of Buddhists monks of Karyobingo Shomyo Research Group of Japan giving a lecture demonstration on the traditional Buddhist chant of Japan, 'Shomyo Chant', in Chennai yesterday.

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Over 2,000 Lankan Buddhists India bound for religious ceremonies

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Nov 22, 2004

New Delhi, India -- Around 2,500 Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka are expected to visit India during the next 10 days to participate in the annual Katina Cheevara Dana ceremonies to be held in Buddhagaya and Sarnath.

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