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Buddhist monk promotes peace through release of anti-nuclear manga in Sri Lanka

By KO IWAKI, The Asahi Shimbun AJW, June 29, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- With his home country of Sri Lanka having been embroiled in decades-long conflicts, Thalangalle Somasiri felt moved after reading the manga series “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), which depicts the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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China evinces interest in Andhra Pradesh’s Buddhist circuits

TNN, Jun 28, 2015

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- In an effort to market Andhra Pradesh as a global tourism destination, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department's principal secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad took part in (Beijing International Tourism Expo) BITE 2015-16 in China.

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Bhutan's dark secret to happiness

By Eric Weiner, BBC, 8 April 2015

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?

Thimphu, Bhutan -- On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he was named Karma, or the thin air, or the way travel melts my defences, but I decided to confess something very personal.

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World-Famous Buddhas of Bamiyan Resurrected in Afghanistan

Press Trust of India, June 15, 2015

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Fourteen years after the Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood in Afghanistan.

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Ancient Buddhist scholar's legacy as bridge between China, Bangladesh remembered

by Liu Chuntao, Naim-Ul-Karim, Xinhua, Jun 15,2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- During the 10th-11th Century, he was known in Bangladesh, ancient India, China and northern Asian countries, as saint-philosopher by virtue of his unique character, erudition, scholarly attributes, and spiritual eminence.

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Sri Lanka’s admirable Buddhist missionary achievements in the West: Anagarika & Asoka offer role models to emulate

by Shenali D. Waduge, Lanka Web, May 31st, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As the Buddhist public in Sri Lanka begin to close ranks to meet the challenges facing the continuity and preservation of the Buddhist ethos and heritage in the light of planned incursions, it is good to take stock of the admirable services rendered by Sinhala Buddhists who have carried the torch of Buddhism and ignited it on foreign shores.

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Buddhist education in Sri Lanka

By Shanti Nandana Wijesinghe, The Ntaion, May 30, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The rich and sophisticated history of Sri Lanka spanning an approximation of 2,500 years owes much of its origin to Buddhism. Though the country’s indigenous history dates back much further, it is commonly and persuasively argued that the ascent to a well organized and spiritually informed life in the island was marked with the introduction of Buddhism in the 3rd century B.C.E.

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200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake

PTI, May 22, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities.

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Buddhist leader to rope in Hollywood celebrities for Nepal aid

IANS, May 18, 2015

Kathmandu,  Nepal -- After roping in actress Michelle Yeoh, known for her role in James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies", acclaimed Buddhist leader Gyalwang Drukpa is banking on more celebrities and movie stars to raise money for reconstruction and rehabilitation in quake-devastated Nepal.

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