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Monks to take Buddhism to Muslim countries via Net

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 10, 2004

Patna, India -- Monks will use information technology tools like the Internet to spread Buddhism in Muslim-dominated countries of Southeast Asia.

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Buddhism on the rise in Buddha's birthplace

Story by SANITSUDA EKACHAI, The Bangkok Post, Nov 9, 2004

Lumbini, Nepal -- Encouraged by political openness and spurred by a yearning for peace, more and more Nepalis are finding the confidence to openly declare themselves Buddhist in the land where the Buddha was born.

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Lumbini readies to host Buddhist summit

The Himalayan Times, November 8, 2004

Bhairahawa, Nepal -- Preparations for the Second World Buddhist Summit, which is scheduled to start on November 30, are on the final stage, the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) said today.

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Advantage and Disadvantage in Major Tibetan Settlements

by Tenzin Yangdak, Times of Tibet, Nov 9, 2004

Karnataka, India -- There are 5 major Tibetan Settlements situated in Southern Indian state of Karnataka, since mid sixties and seventies. There were over forty five thousand Tibetans, including monks and nuns, in those settlements.

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Massive Buddhist programme at Nalanda College

By Chamikara Weerasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Nov 1, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- One hundred Buddhist monks of the Asgiriya Chapter will call on Nalanda College, Colombo today to preach the dhamma to its students in the school's one hundred classrooms in a massive Buddhist programme, organised by the Old Nalandians' Buddhist Association, to mark the school's 80th anniversary.

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Buddhist nuns break rules for a cause

by Renu Kshetry, The Himalayan Times, October 21, 2004

33-year-old Ani, two others to act in documentary on life of nuns.

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65,000 people embrace Buddhism in Nagpur

Sify News, 23 October, 2004

Nagpur, India -- As many as 65,000 people have embraced Buddhism at Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur on 'Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din' on Friday. 

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Five day Tibetan Buddhist conference ends

ANI, Oct 22, 2004

Dharamshala, India -- A five-day-long conference on Buddhist teachings and science presided over by the Dalai Lama concluded in Dharamshala on Friday.

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Former Nazi soldier fights to save Nepalese monastery

Indo-Asian News Service, Oct 14, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- At the age of 93, a former Nazi soldier has taken up a new battle -- fighting to restore a 200-year-old Buddhist centre in Nepal ravaged by time, nature and human hands.

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Vietnam shows keen interest in Indian Buddhist sites

Press Information Bureau (India), Oct 18, 2004

New Delhi, India -- Vietnam has shown keen interest in Indian Buddhist sites. To facilitate visit of Vietnamese in larger groups, both the countries will consider possibilities of direct airlink and other measures required.

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