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SC reserves judgement on petitioner's plea to have all religions covered

by Wasantha Ramanayake, Lanka Daily News, Nov 16, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Supreme Court yesterday reserved the Judgment in the Fundamental Rights application against the sale of merchandised Buddha images filed by Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera.

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Tibetans launch hunger strike seeking Buddhist teacher's release

Press Trust of India, Nov 15, 2004

Bangalore, India -- Around 150 Tibetans in exile commenced a five-day relay hunger strike here today, seeking the immediate release of Buddhist teacher Tulku Tenzin Delek, who, the Tibetan Youth Congress says, has been "falsely" implicated and sentenced to death by the Chinese government.

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Mahabodhi tree, temple under threat

By Amlan Home Chowdhury, Mid-Day (India), November 15, 2004

Bodh Gaya, India -- Carbon monoxide (CO) is threatening the existence of the two supreme symbols of Buddhism. The thousands of earthen-cum-metallic lamps, candles and incense sticks burning around the Bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya and within the premises of Mahabodhi Mahavihara are under threat from the poisonous gas.

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Tibetans appeal for India's support for release of Delek Lama

Press Trust of India, November 14, 2004

Kolkata, India -- The North-East Zonal Tibetan Youth Congress Committee today sought India's support in securing the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek, a highly respected lama who has been sentenced to death by the Chinese authorities.

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Dalai Lama Eager to Visit Russia, But No Permission Yet - Tibetan Official

Mosnews.com, November 11, 2004

Dharmsala, India -- Tibet?s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, would be happy to travel to Russia on a pastoral visit provided Moscow gave him a visa of its own accord the Reuters news agency reports, citing a spokesman for the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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Lankan Buddhist monk party won't join peace council

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 11, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's all-Buddhist monk party has said it would support and join the government's peace council only after the Tamil Tiger rebels accept the territorial integrity and legal framework of the country, Xinhua reports.

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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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