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Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Standards

by Gamini Weerakoon, The Sunday leader, May 5, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Every time we pass the Kanatte roundabout under the spreading Banyan tree, our eyes go to the four white boards placed around It: Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Muditha (sharing one’s own joy as well as of other’s too) and Upeksa (equanimity – learning to accept loss and gain). These are four basic principles in Buddhism and said to represent the core of Buddha’s teaching.

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Saving a Buddhist Temple

by Fardaus Mobarok, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Apr 20, 2014

Kuakata, Bangladesh -- It was a momentous day for the Rakhaine people in Misripara and nearby villagers in Kuakata. Their beloved temple known as Misripara Seema Buddha Bihar, had been saved. They had feared that the land of the ancient temple might be grabbed by influential people had it not been for the generosity of friends from another land.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, Buddhist NGOs corner most foreign aid

by Masood Hussain, ET, Apr 19, 2014

Kashmir, India -- Buddhists have displaced Christian groups as the biggest recipients of foreign aid in Jammu and Kashmir. In the past seven years, non-governmental organisations based in and around Buddhistdominated and sparsely populated Leh have cornered more than half of the total funds that NGOs in the state have received, government records show.

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Ancient Buddhist center in India hungry for Chinese investment

Xinhua, Apr 18, 2014

Patna, India -- Local officials in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are trying to attract foreign investments and revive the area's former glory–known as the original site of the first recorded activities of Siddhartha, or Buddha, that once made it the center of the Maurya Empire of India in the 3rd century BC and visited by pilgrims from China and other countries some 1,500 years ago.

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Monks vote to chose a Lama as their Member of the Legislative Assembly in Sikkim

PTI, 12 April 2014

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim voted on Saturday to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly.

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Inland fisheries and Buddhism

Observer, Sunday Times, April 12th, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region’s people) gold and cloth and whatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds….”

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Statue of Ambedkar to be raised in Sri Lanka

by Dilshan Boange, The Sunday Nation, March 1, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- On February 22, 2013 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.

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Cambodian Buddhist temple in eye of storm

TNN, Feb 28, 2014

VARANASI, India -- The newly constructed Cambodian Buddhist temple was inaugurated in the restricted area of Sarnath on Friday amid controversy and tight security arrangements.

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University of Mumbai took UGC grants for Buddhist centre it never opened

by Kanchan Srivastava, DNA, January 30, 2014

Mumbai, India -- The University of Mumbai has been directed to refund monetary grants it was alloted to set up a ‘Buddhist Studies Centre’. The University Grants Commission wants the refund as the centre never took off despite disbursal of funds by the apex body for higher education in India.

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Harassed 300 Dalits Embrace Buddhism

By Karal Marx L, The New Indian Express, 7 January 2014

VILLUPURAM, India -- Tired of being discriminated against by Caste Hindus for the past two years, around 300 Hindu Dalits of the Seshasamuthiram Colony embraced Buddhism on Monday.

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