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Nepal: Historical Buddhist sites damaged

Hirunews, 26 April 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Majority of Buddhist places of worship in Katmandu were damaged following the strongest earthquake which hit Nepal after 80 years.

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Nepal Earthquake: How you can help

The Buddhist Channel, April 27, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal -- At least 3,326 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, say officials. Most of affected victims were in the Kathmandu valley. Reports have said scores were killed by an avalanche near Mount Everest.

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Constitutional Reforms and the Protection of Buddhism in Sri Lanka

by Senaka Weeraratna, Daily Mirror, April 4, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the light of the proposed changes to the Constitution of Sri Lanka now under consideration and growing accusations of contrived attempts via the proposed new Article 33 to neutralise the applicability of Article 9 in the Constitution that imposes a mandatory duty on the State to give to Buddhism the foremost place and protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e), an important question has arisen “ What is the relationship that should exist in the present day between the State and Buddhism?

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A Compassionate Constitution for Sri Lanka based on Dasa Rajadhamma

by Senaka Weeraratna, Lankaweb, April 17th, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka’s Constitution must be connected to its heritage and history. It is a national shame for a country that proudly boasts of a 2, 500 year old history and had won the acclaim of the wider world for preserving its Buddhist heritage in a pristine state, to turn its back on the wisdom of our ancestors on questions of governance and instead turn to the wisdom of somebody else’s grandfathers wholesale for new directions.

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Sri Lanka must have a Constitution based on Buddhist principles & values

by Shenali D Waduge, The Buddhist Channel, Apr 8, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Democracy and democratic systems cannot be based on a history conveniently interpreted to be read from Doctrine of Discovery onwards denying the civilizational histories and indigenous governing and legal systems that prevailed.

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Buddhist circuit at Karukonda could be a huge draw

by P. Sridhar, The Hindu, March 27, 2015

Karukonda, India -- The rich cultural heritage enshrined in the ancient Buddhist site on Karukonda hillock at Ramavaram in Kothagudem mandal has potential to give a fillip to tourism in the coal belt region.

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Dalai Lama Should Be Allowed to Visit Lanka as Buddhist Pilgrim:Former Diplomat

By P.K. Balachandran, Indian Express, 21st March 2015

New Delhi, India -- Former Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, has suggested that the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, be allowed to visit Sri Lanka purely as a Buddhist pilgrim and on the strict condition that he talks no politics while being here.

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Security lapses at Nalanda ruins irk Buddhist council

by Pranav Chaudhary, TNN, Mar 4, 2015

PATNA, India -- Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), a national body dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Buddhist heritage, has expressed its deep concern over security lapses at various Buddhist sites in the state, including the famous ancient ruins of Nalanda university.

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"I shall live to be over 100 years": Dalai Lama

Tribune News Service, Mar 5 2015

Prayers offered for long life of the spiritual leader

Dharamsala, India -- The Dalai Lama today thanked four Tibetan organisations for organising a grand prayer ceremony for his long life at the main temple in Dharamsala. He said he was in very good health and would be able to live over 100 years.

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Sixth Buddhist conclave begins

The Hindu, Feb 23, 2015

Nagarjunasagar, India -- The two-day 6th Buddhist Conclave, organised by the Buddhist Society of India (BSI), commenced on a grand note at Nagarjunasagar here on Sunday.

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