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IBF president calls for cease-fire during World Buddhist Summit in Lumbini

Nepalnews.com, November 29, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- President of the International Buddhist Federation (IBF), Dr Lam, today appealed to the King, the government and the Maoist rebels to observe a weeklong cease-fire during the 2nd World Buddhist Summit slated for Nov 30 to Dec 2 in Lumbini, Lord Buddha's birthplace.

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Vietnamese monk to organise peace meet in Nepal

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 29, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A Buddhist monk from Vietnam who plans to hold a global peace meet at the spot where Buddha was born is asking the people of Nepal to end all violence.

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Grand Buddha celebrations being planned in 2006

PTI, Nov 27, 2004

Varanasi, India -- Grand celebrations to commemorate the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha is being planned in 2006 with a series of lectures, cultural programmes and other events across the country and abroad.

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Lumbini gets facelift for international Buddhist summit

Phayul, November 28, 2004

Kathmandu Bhairahawa -- Preparations are at the last stage in Lumbini and its surrounding for the Second International Buddhist Summit that starts from Tuesday. Newly painted monasteries have given a fresh look to the historically and archeologically important town where Lord Buddha was born.

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India to join Buddhist summit in Nepal

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 28, 2004

Kathmandu, India -- India's Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh will arrive here Monday on a three-day visit to attend the Second World Buddhist Summit that begins Tuesday.

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Sinhalese Buddhist mission to Burma in 1693

By D. Amarasiri Weeraratne, The Island, Nov 26, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An ola-leaf document called "Churnikapotha" at the Colombo archives contains details of a Kandyan Buddhist mission by royal emissaries to Arahan in Burma in the year 1693 A.D. The purpose was to get a chapter of monks from Burma to revive the Sinhalese order of Buddhist monks. It had disappeared due to the destruction of Buddhist monasteries and temples and the expulsion of Buddhist monks from the low country ruled by the Portuguese. The monks who fled to the Kandyan territory soon became corrupt and died out due to disturbed conditions of war with the Portuguese.

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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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