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Buddhist Circuit Special Train begins season's first trip

One India, October 31, 2015

New Delhi, India -- With eight Indians and 44 foreigners on board, the Buddhist Circuit Special Train, operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), embarked on its first journey of the season on Saturday.


Buddhist motifs for Brand Amaravati

by Ram Karan, the Hindu, Oct 25, 2015

Amaravati, India -- The State’s search for a new identity has found it rediscovering its Buddhist past, both to attract investments and to craft a new culture.


The Buddhist voter in Bihar: Their election issue is if they get to run their

by Muzamil Jaleel, The Indian Express, Oct 21, 2015

Priyapal Bante, a monk of the Chakma tribe and settled in Bodh Gaya, said they are waiting for a Supreme Court verdict. “We expect justice will be done. If not, we will go to the UN,” he said.

Bodh Gaya, India -- Away from the caste, vikas and dal debates, a small community voted last week with a demand of its own — one they say no one in Patna or Delhi listens to. Bihar’s Buddhists want the management of one of their holiest temples, Maha Bodhi , restored to Buddhists.


Death of Dr. Lilaknath Weerasinghe – an outstanding Buddhist Leader of Sri Lanka

by Senaka Weeraratna, Lankaweb, October 12, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Dr Lilaknath Weerasinghe, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S., F.C.S.S.L.,General Surgeon, Kandy Teaching Hospital and former President of SUCCESS Sri Lanka (Jayagrahanaya) passed away at a private Hospital in Kandy on the evening of October 11, 2015. He was 69 years old at the time of his death. 


Inauguration of Dharma Voices for Animals (Sri Lanka - Colombo Chapter)

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 13, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Dharma Voices for Animals (Sri Lanka – Colombo Chapter) will be inaugurated on October 18, 2015 at a ceremony commencing at 4.00 p.m. at the Dharmavijaya Foundation Auditorium in Colombo.


Nat Geo to make documentaries on 'Buddhist Circuit'

by Vinod Khanal,TNN, Sep 30, 2015

ALLAHABAD, India -- The tourism department had tied up with National Geographic to prepare a documentary featuring the famous tourists destinations of cities like Allahabad, Agra and Varanasi along with districts falling under 'Buddhist Circuit' to attract foreign tourists. The tourism department has also engaged an advertisement agency to prepare a promotional campaign for the state.


Maharashtra government to prepare Buddhist draft law in a month

DNA India, 5 October 2015

New Delhi, India -- Hopes for the state enacting a separate Budhhist Law, which is pending for last 59 years, have been revived for the Budhhist community as the government has asked an experts' committee to submit its best possible final draft for the same in a month.


Buddhist festival kicks off in Arunachal’s Dirang Valley

by Naresh Mitra,TNN, Oct 2, 2015

GUWAHATI, India -- The mist-covered mountains surrounding Dirang valley in Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district woke up to the soothing notes of Buddhist chants and lama dances as the five-day-long Bodh Sanskriti Mahotsav kicked off on Thursday.


Monks in action: Practice of the Six Paramitas in the wake of the Gurkha Earthquake

by Layne Mayard, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 29, 2015

After the Nepal earthquakes this past spring, a group of monks at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal formed an emergency relief team to support the surrounding community.

Kathmandu, Nepal -- In spite of their own difficult circumstances, their compassion for others motivated selfless service to those floundering in the confusing aftermath of this natural disaster.  Their resilience and determination exemplifies a spontaneous practice of the Six Perfections, an inspiration to anyone with a sincere wish to benefit others.


AP, Bihar to jointly promote Buddhist tourism

by P. Sujatha Varma, The Hindu, Sept 27, 2015

Andhra Pradesh, India -- Andhra Pradesh Tourism officials are in the final stages of signing an MoU with their Bihar counterparts to jointly promote Buddhist sites in the two States across the country and abroad.


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