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Conclave to discuss Buddhist issues in Delhi Monday

IANS, Sep 3, 2013

New Delhi, India -- The conclave is being organized by the International Buddhist Confederation, the body that represents the voice of Buddhists around the world.

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China Banks on Buddhism

by ILARIA MARIA SALA, WSJ, Aug 21, 2013

Lumbini, Nepal -- The plain of Terai, a poor agricultural land crossed by holy rivers, straddles the border between Nepal and India. Its sweltering summers see temperatures climb above 100 degrees, but this parched terrain might be on the verge of tumultuous changes. On the Nepali side is the small city of Lumbini, which, after long neglect, is now at the center of great power politics.

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Smartphones, TVs hurting Buddhist culture in Bhutan

AFP Aug 8, 2013

THIMPHU, Bhutan -- Kencho Tshering, a red-robed Buddhist monk, takes a call from the King of Bhutan's office, then duly dashes off to start a ceremony praying for a break in the monsoon rains.

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Sri Lanka mosque closes after attack by Buddhist mob

BBC, 12 August 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A mosque in the Sri Lankan capital has been closed after an attack by a Buddhist mob over the weekend sparked clashes in which five people were hurt.

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India, Thailand maps Buddhist historical sites

by Clarice Africa, FutureGov, August 12, 2013

New Delhi, India -- The Governments of India and Thailand are working together to generate a map of Buddhist historical sites across South East Asia, including India, as part of bilateral efforts to promote tourism.

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Lay community, Buddhism, and the role of virtuous monks in Sri Lanka

by Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Groundviews.org, Aug 11, 2013

Boston, USA -- I threw the pot containing my father’s ash to the sea and watched how it drifted away in the current. I had already made up my mind. He was 81 years old, he did his best to serve the society as a teacher, and he saw the fruits of his dedication to raise us. But something started to kick in from within me. It grew and worsened at the departure terminal of the Katunayake airport. I was dipped in a deep sense of sorrow all along the long flight to Boston.

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Darjeeling shutdown for Gorkhaland state: Buddhist monks facing food crisis

Indo-Asian News Service, August 12, 2013

Siliguri, India -- Around 12,000 Buddhist monks and students living in pagodas and monasteries of northern West Bengal's Darjeeling hills face an impending food crisis with the pro-Gorkhaland shutdown continuing for the tenth day on Monday.

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Sri Lankan Buddhist monk begins fast unto death demanding clean drinking water

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 30, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has begun a fast unto death on Tuesday demanding the government to provide clean drinking water to the residents in an area in Gampaha district.

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Buddhists gherao Singhadurbar to protest Kakrebihar crackdown

The Himalayan Times, July 30, 2013

Capital witnesses massive traffic jam

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- People of Buddhist community staged a sit-in outside the Singha Durbar, the country's main administrative complex, to protest the government intervention in the installment of Lord Buddha’s idol in Kakrebihar of Surkhet district, on Tuesday.

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A `Lumbini circuit` suggested for Buddhist tourism

AFP, July 27, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Former Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Friday advocated a ‘Lumbini circuit’ of Buddhist tourism sites spanning India and Nepal which would attract millions of Buddhist pilgrims.

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