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By Arun Ranjit, The Rising Nepal, May 1, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, the Light of Asia and the Propagator of Peace. Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha in 623 BC in Lumbini of southern Nepal on full moon day. And it was on this same full moon day that he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya and passed away into nirvana at Kusinagar of India.


ANCL celebrates Vesak on grand scale

by Don Asoka Wijewardena, Sunday Observer, May 1, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd (ANCL) will celebrate this year's Vesak Festival in a grand scale with the participation of both public and private sector organisations. In addition to this, around 500 to 600 three-wheelers will be decorated with flags carrying amadahara emblem.


Rise above religion: Dalai Lama

Statesman, April 28, 2005

GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- The Dalai Lama, in his last leg of Sikkim tour, today visited a number of monasteries in Gangtok and around. Today, he formally inaugurated a monastery in the Chandmari area of Gangtok amidst a sea of devotees gathered to seek his blessings. Yesterday, the Dalai Lama had visited Ranka monastery and the Sichey Tamang monastery. The Dalai Lama made it a point to visit all the monasteries despite of them belonging to different sects.


Devotees fail to get a glimpse of Dalai Lama

Statesman, April 28, 2005

SILIGURI, India -- The security surrounding the Dalai Lama remained tight during his brief stopover at Salugara on his way to Delhi from Sikkim.


Call for Buddhist pilgrimage tour from China, Myanmar

The Rising Nepal, April 24, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddhiraj Bajracharya, who is on a visit to China discussed bilateral relations and the Chinese Modern Aircraft Industry with Chinese Minister for Science, Technology and Defence Zhang Yun Chuan, yesterday.


Christianity Overwhelming Buddhism in India's North-East

By S.N. Saxena, Hinduworld.com, April 21, 2005

Guwahati, India -- At last experts and scholars have realised that Buddhism in India?s north-east is fast losing its original status with alien influences threatening this several-millennium-old faith, which is followed by a number of tribes of the region. This is the consensus arrived at a recent seminar of scholars and monks in Guwahati.


Dalai Lama meets with Japanese Buddhist Leader

TibetNet, April 20, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday met with the abbot of Nishi Ongangji, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Japan. It is said that there are about 10000 temples under Nishi Ongangji. The abbot is one of the most important Buddhist leaders of Japan and also the present chief of Japanese association of Buddhists.


Tsunami carried bronze Buddha 1,000 kilometres across the ocean

By Jan McGirk, The Independent, 17 April 2005

A little bronze-eyed idol to the west of Kathmandu is causing quite a stir.

Tamil Nadu, India -- It's a Buddhist sage, and in mid-December the 5in figure was, like so many in rural Burma, placed in a little decorated kiosk, strapped to a crude bamboo raft and released on to the Irrawaddy river to drift to propitious sites and cast away evil. Down the delta it floated and then, a week or so later, the Boxing Day tsunami struck.


Homage paid to Baba Saheb BR Ambedkar

ANI, April 15, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat lead the nation in paying homage to Baba Saheb, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on his 114th Birth Anniversary here today.


Embracing Buddhism, Ambedkar set an example


AHMEDABAD, India -- Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that Babasaheb Ambedkar, by embracing Buddhism, set an example of protecting the social fabric and integrity and unity of India.


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