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Anti-Extremism Buddhist Monk attcaked in Sri Lanka

AA, June 19, 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A prominent Buddhist monk known for actively speaking out against hardline Buddhist nationalists in Sri Lanka has been assaulted and was found with cut wounds, police said Thursday.

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Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka coastal town as Buddhist and Muslims clash

ColomboPage News Desk, Jun 15, 2014

Aluthgama, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka police declared curfew in Sri Lanka's southern coastal town of Aluthgama today after simmering tensions between the Buddhist and Muslims escalated into clashes.

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Living, loving, laughing and Dying: The Buddhist Way

by Jane Cook, The Tibet Post International, June 3, 2014

Mumbai, Maharastra (India) -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the final day of his stay in Mumbai by unveiling the foundation stone for the Somaiya Institute of Buddhist Studies, following which he spoke briefly and answered questions in the Somaiya School Hall.

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The Dhamma School in Jaffna that Teaches Buddhism in Tamil

Translation by Sudath Madugalle, Article originally published in the Sinhala ‘Divaina’ newspaper on May 11, 2014

Jaffna, Sri Lanka -- At a time when archeological sites and artifacts were still being discovered as evidence of Buddhist heritage in the Jaffna Peninsula, the dark omen of terrorism started clouding the peace of the entire Buddhist nation.

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Bangladesh makes amends after anti-Buddhist rampage

by Nicholas Farrelly, Myanmar Times, May 22, 2014

In contrast to Myanmar, government moved fast to restore Buddhist buildings

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- “Who did this?” I asked the monk on a recent afternoon in Ramu, southeastern Bangladesh. “It was the Islamists,” he replied. He pointed to the marks beneath the glistening new paint where a Buddha’s head had been cleaved asunder. When asked about the culprits – “miscreants” in the local application of English – he gave me a glimpse of monastic resignation. “I don’t know. They are people who don’t understand.”

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International symposium on Buddhist Jurisprudence 2014

Lanka Daily News, May 8, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The symposium on Buddhist Jurisprudence Sri Lanka 2014, will be held on May 10 at 9 am with the participation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, PC.

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Sri Lanka: Vesak in the village

by D.C. Ranatunga, Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), May 11, 2014

Before the focus on pandals, dansalas and elaborate illuminations, Vesak meant time spent at the temple. D.C. Ranatunga looks back

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Going back six to seven decades, I recollect how Vesak was celebrated in the village temple. I remember how I used to accompany mother to the temple along the paddy fields to the ‘Sabahve pansala’. (I never bothered to find out how the temple had got that name). Poya day then was another working day for everybody. So the crowd in the temple on a Full Moon day was limited to a handful, mostly the old folks, and mainly women .

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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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