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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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