New Delhi, India -- A two-day General Assembly Meeting was held by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global Buddhist platform, in New Delhi with the aim to elect office bearers of the world body for the next three years.
Gujarat, India -- In a noteworthy event organized by the Gujarat Buddhist Academy, nearly 400 Hindus from across the state of Gujarat converted to Buddhism on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. This annual gathering marked the 14th such ceremony held on Dussehra, symbolizing a growing movement towards a new religious identity.
LUMBINI, NEPAL -- In a historic move dedicated to the protection, preservation, conservation, development and management of the long-forgotten Ramagrama Stupa, The Promised Land Pvt. Ltd. - a company based in Kathmandu - has officially announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with The Lumbini Development Trust.
Lahore, Pakistan -- In the heart of what is now Pakistan, nestled within the Gandhara region, once thrived one of the world's most ancient religions - Buddhism. With a legacy of Buddhist art and culture, Pakistan should be a haven for Buddhists, a site of pilgrimage and a living testament to history. However, the stark reality reveals a different narrative — one of near-extinction, persecution, and fading heritage.
Dharamsala, HP (India) – On a crisp morning bathed in the radiant light of the rising sun, His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced the Tsuglagkhang with his presence, bestowing a Chenrezig empowerment upon a gathering of eager disciples.
Dharamsala, HP (India) -- Under the radiant morning sun, His Holiness the Dalai Lama strolled from his residence to the Tsuglagkhang, a path lined with devotees reciting mantras such as "Om ara patsa na dhi" and "Mig-tse-ma." The spiritual atmosphere was palpable as the Dalai Lama embarked on a significant session.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- In a testament to collaboration and cultural preservation, a 5th-century Buddhist Stupa, once ravaged by the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, has been resurrected with the generous support of India.
Mustang, Nepal - Nestled in the shadows of the world's highest mountains, the remote village of Kagbeni, located in Nepal's Mustang district, recently faced a daunting climatic ordeal that left its residents grappling with the aftermath of a catastrophic flash flood and landslides.
Khaltse, Ladakh, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed a huge gathering of over 25,000 people on the teaching ground in Khaltse, Ladakh on 19 August 2023. The attendees, who had come from far and wide, were met with a warm welcome from the spiritual leader, who emphasized the significance of trust, devotion, and the pursuit of a meaningful life.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Nestled amidst the majestic mountains and serene landscapes, the history of Buddhism in Kashmir emerges like a tale from the ancient scrolls. Delving into the annals of time, we uncover the profound influence of this peaceful faith in the picturesque region.
New Delhi, India -- In a remarkable achievement, on August 23, 2023, the Chandrayaan-3 probe successfully became the first spacecraft to land near the lunar south pole, solidifying India's position as the fourth nation to achieve a lunar landing. The soft touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 marks a monumental milestone for the country, propelling it into the exclusive moon-landing club.
New Delhi, India -- In a display of cultural evolution, the second season of Amazon Prime's "Made in Heaven" has cast a spotlight on the transformative power of Ambedkarite* Buddhist weddings, underscoring a shift away from traditional Hindu rituals.
New Delhi, India -- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is set to provide an enticing opportunity for domestic tourists to explore the rich heritage of Buddhism with a remarkable 20% discount on the renowned Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train package.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama embarked on a symbolic journey of unity and understanding as he visited the Imam Bargah, a prominent mosque in Chuchot Yokma, located just across the Indus River. This morning, representatives from both Shia and Sunni communities warmly welcomed His Holiness, underscoring his commitment to fostering inter-religious harmony.
Dharamsala, India -- A groundbreaking moment in the world of Tibetan Buddhism unfolds as a record-breaking 132 Tibetan Buddhist nuns embark on this year's Geshema examinations, the highest academic degree in the Gelugpa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Hosted by the esteemed Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala, the four-year exams commenced on July 21.
New Delhi, India -- In the midst of the ongoing Gyanvapi mosque issue, the call for an archaeological survey of Hindu temples has reignited a long-standing debate about whether Hindu kings destroyed Buddhist structures in ancient India. Swami Prasad Maurya, a prominent leader of the Samajwadi Party, has advocated for such a survey to determine if many Hindu temples were erected after demolishing pre-existing Buddhist religious sites.
Shravasti, India -- A historic event unfolded in Shravasti, a sacred Buddhist site where Buddha spent 25 of his retreats, as 145 nuns from different countries gathered to participate in the first-ever annual rains retreat (yarne) on 1 August 2023.
Reckong Peo, Himachal Pradesh (India) -- Reckong Peo, the captivating capital of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh, provides a rejuvenating experience for adventurous travelers. Perched at an elevation of 2,300 meters, the place is renowned for its traditional architecture, vibrant culture, rich Buddhist spirituality and sprawling apple orchards, thriving in the mild climate throughout the year.
Timphu, Bhutan -- As you journey through enchanting Bhutan, from the humble abodes to the sacred monasteries and majestic dzongs, you will encounter a common and recurring symbol - the painting of the "Four Harmonious Friends". Whether adorning the walls of a home or gracing the intricate fabric of a Thangka, this image, known as Thunpa Puen Zhi, offers a glimpse into the heart of Bhutanese culture. However, behind its ubiquity lies a deeper meaning that often goes unnoticed.
Delhi, India - The International Buddhist Confederation's Global Buddhist Summit in April 2023 witnessed an inspiring speech by prominent Buddhist teacher Ven. Bhikshuni Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. The founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, who is a renowned advocate for women's empowerment and spiritual education, emphasized the revival of education for Himalayan Buddhist nuns in the esteemed Nalanda tradition.
Palampur, HP, India -- In 1999, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo established Dongyu Gatsal Ling (DGL) Nunnery in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India at the request of His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrup Nyima. Their shared vision was to enable girls and young women from Tibet and the Himalayas to find their voices as legitimate Buddhist monastics.
Dalai Lama to impart teachings to the Buddhists and people from other communities in Leh, Ladakh from July 21st till July 23rd. Chandigarh, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama is once again all set to visit Leh, Ladakh next month. He turns 88 years on July 6th and is expected to land in Leh on July 10th. The Dalai Lama had last visited Leh, Ladakh in July 2022, after a gap of four years.
Assam, India -- The monastic orders of Buddhism in North East India have always been renowned for their peaceful serenity and spiritual doctrines. However, in recent times, they have evolved into environmental custodians, merging their religious values with a deep-rooted obligation towards the environment.
Dharamsala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently engaged with nearly 500 students who have recently graduated from or are currently studying in the Nalanda Masters Course, the Nalanda Diploma Course offered by Tibet House, New Delhi. These courses, led by Geshé Dorji Damdul from Tibet House, have attracted over 4,000 students from 98 countries.
Dharamsala, India -- On the second day of teachings for Tibetan youths, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave the 1,000 strong participants the permission to "practice Manjushri, the Bodhisattva who embodies wisdom and intelligence".
DHARAMSALA, India - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama launched a two-day special education for Tibetan adolescents on Tuesday. More than 2,000 students from various schools and universities at home and abroad gathered on Tuesday at Tuglakkan, Tibet's main temple here in Dharamsala.
by Dorji Wangchuk (PhD), The Buddhist Channel, 31 May 2023
Thimphu, Bhutan -- Bhutan is a land filled with temples, known as lhakhangs, and monasteries (goemba or gonpa), most of which are located on high spectacular mountain ridges, such as Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. While not grand as Dzongs (traditional Bhutanese fortresses, which now serves as administrative centres and monasteries), lhakhangs and goembas functions not only as religious centres, they also play an important role as community centres as almost all village social and cultural functions events are held there.
By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepthNews, 11 May 2023 (IDN/LCN)
SINGAPORE | THIMPHU -- A recent visit by a group of Vietnamese Buddhists to learn and experience the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism has alerted the Bhutan authorities to the potential of Buddhist cultural tourism to one of the world’s most scenic countries landlocked between India and China in the Himalayan mountains.
The Buddhist Channel, in collaboration with Buddhistdoor and IDN, 21 April 2023
New Delhi, India - The Dalai Lama on April 21 participated in a global Buddhist conference hosted by India. The Tibetan spiritual leader attended the second day of the event here and addressed delegates from 30 countries which include monks, Buddhist scholars and practitioners and heads of Buddhist organisations from across the globe.
The Buddhist Channel, in collaboration with Buddhistdoor and IDN, 20 April 2023
New Delhi, India -- The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Global Buddhist Summit at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi on April 20, 2023. The two-day Summit is being hosted by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), and it is an effort towards engaging the global Buddhist Dhamma leadership and scholars on matters of Buddhist and universal concerns.
New Delhi, India -- The International Buddhist Confederation, (IBC) supported by the Indian Ministry of culture, will be hosting the Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) on 20-21 April at the Ashok Hotel. The aim of the conference is to focus on a Buddhist response for dealing with the most pressing challenges the world is facing.
by Brot Coburn, Nepali Times, Published on the Buddhist Channel, 30 April 2022
A Christian evangelical group is converting Buddhists in holy Himalayan valleys GORKHA, Nepal -- In 2014, a group called MountainChild signed a 5-year agreement with the Social Welfare Council to open schools in rural Nepal: the Sama Learning Centre in Nubri of North Gorkha is one of them.
It is not just the Valley's main temples that need to be protected, but also the small neighbourhood stupa Kathmandu, Nepal -- Kathmandu’s skyline used to be outlined by slanting tile roofs and gilded temple spires, the towns were surrounded by gold and green terrace fields.
Taxila, Pakistan -- At Lumbini in Nepal, we have a connection with Buddhism like a baby has with the breast. It is religious and spiritual, yes, but far more. Since it is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a pilgrimage site, Buddhism – its sacraments and ceremonies – flows through the streets and sites of Lumbini like blood through veins. It is a part of our everyday life, like to a Muslim living in Mecca or a Christian in Vatican. So when I heard from my friends Bikram Pandey and Sarad Pradhan – who had been to Pakistan on the Buddha Circuit Tourism – about the country’s Hindu and Buddhist monuments, I decided to go and explore our heritage there.
Colombo,Sri Lanka -- The two main monasteries Malwatta and Asgiri will proceed with Upasampada rituals, or higher ordinations, from May 29, Vesak Day to June 27, the Poson Poya Day. The two viharayas do not accept April 29, as Vesak Day, which they claim is the work of a misguided astrologer.
Consulate-General says it will attract global tourists to A.P. Visakhapatnam, India -- After announcing construction of a world-class Buddha temple at Amaravati, Thailand is ready to partner with Andhra Pradesh for development of a Buddhist circuit to promote international tourists from ASEAN member-countries, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries visiting the State.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera and the Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaaka Mandalaya, a leading Buddhist organization, has opposed certain sections of the Interim Report on the new Constitution that was presented by the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly recently.
Ladakh’s apex religious body threatens communal unrest unless the woman is “brought back”, asks chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for an annulment of the marriage Srinagar, Kashmir (India) -- A marriage between a Buddhist woman and Muslim man has stoked tensions in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh, with the region’s apex religious body threatening communal unrest unless the woman is “brought back”.
by Yangse Drubgyud Tenzin, Kuensel Online, July 29, 2017
Timphu, Bhutan -- In the past 20 years, our small country has been bombarded with modern influences from television to cell phones, the Internet, celebrities, fashions, superhero models, advertising, and news sound-bites.
by the Venerable Dr Omalpe Sobhitha Mahathera, InDepthNews, 19 July 2017
ENBILIPITIYA, Sri Lanka -- There will be many answers to the question: which is the country where the happiest people live? In response many famous, developed nations will come to mind, but you will be surprised that the name of a little-known country could be the right answer to this question. It is Bhutan, the wonderful and amazing country that beats all others on the happiness index.
Prime Minister assured Buddhist monks that the new constitution will not take away the primary status given to Buddhism. Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's prime minister said on Wednesday that Buddhism will remain paramount on the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's top Buddhist priests have jointly appealed to the government not to proceed with its plan to write a new constitution for the country or even amend the existing constitution.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As Sri Lanka prepares to host the UN Day of Vesak, Ven. Daranagama Kusala Dhamma Thera recalls the efforts of late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to make this day a reality and the events planned
Here is all you should know about Buddha Purnima 2017 date, significance and celebration in India. New Delhi, India -- Buddha Purnima 2017 is just round the corner. India, being the land of the origin of Buddhism, holds Buddha Purnima as an extremely significant day.
Nagpur, India -- The 4th Mahakaruna Diwas of this year was held in the beautiful city of Nagpur with more than 5000 Buddhists participants. Various cultural programmes and lectures was organized at the historical Deekshabhoomi to celebrate Mahakaruna Diwas on 11th February, 2017.
by Malinda Seneviratne, The Daily Mirror, Jan 19, 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The ‘enlightened’ people entrusted with the grave task of recommending changes to the constitution have sought to turn Sri Lanka into an official secular state. Although the Final Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) doesn’t mention it, this particular recommendation clearly seeks to do away with Article 9 of the Constitution.
This comes as part of the serious efforts by the AP govt to promote Buddhist centres in the state, and the ancient Buddhist town of Amaravati as a major tourist destination. Andhra Pradesh, India -- The Andhra Pradesh Government has proposed to hold ‘Kalachakra’ initiation - ‘wheel of time’ or ‘time-cycles’ rituals in Buddhism, where disciples are initiated into higher forms of meditation and rituals - in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This comes as part of the serious efforts by the AP govt to promote Buddhist centres in the state, and the ancient Buddhist town of Amaravati as a major tourist destination.
DOLAKHA, Nepal -- Buddhist college has come into operation in the district. The first ever college of its kind in the district will offer arts and humanities courses in Buddhist philosophy and teachings.
Varanasi, India -- The International Buddhist Conclave-2016 aimed to showcase Buddhist heritage and pilgrimage sites in the country, opened its sessions in Sarnath today, the heartland of Buddhist pilgrimage.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Ladakh region in Jammu And Kashmirhas suffered from years of neglect from the central government and ministers from Delhi "come and make sweet promises only to forget" (sic), a top Buddhist monk has said.
Mumbai, India -- A Mumbai-based architecture firm Sameep Padora and Associates have recently completed building a Buddhist Learning Centre in Maharashtra. The architect wanted to renew the lost traditions that went into making Buddhist learning and meditation centres.
By P K Balachandran, New Indian Express, 18 August 2016
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The Governor of Sri Lanka’s Hindu Tamil-majority Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, has defended the building of Buddhist temples in the province saying that it is only part of a boom in the building of places of worship there.
Ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls, a yatra (Sanskrit: 'journey', 'procession') by Buddhist monks across the state is perhaps the party’s biggest Dalit outreach at a time when it battles a backlash New Delhi, India -- The Dhamma Chetna Yatra is on its way to Mathura. Suddenly, the first car of the convoy stops near Raya town. Former local BJP MLA Ajay Kumar Poiya steps down, signals the convoy to stop, and approaches a Buddhist monk in the car behind. “There’s an Ambedkar statue here. Let’s garland it,” Poiya says. Some 40 monks come out, pay tributes to the Dalit leader. Just three minutes, and the yatra moves on.
The three-day conference is open to the public Timphu, Bhutan -- More than 300 international participants are expected to participate in a three-day conference on continuity and change within both historical and contemporary expressions of Vajrayana Buddhism in Thimphu from that ends on July 3.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The most sacred relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila are currently on display for general public in Thanthirimalaya Rajamaha Viharaya, Thanthirimalaya, Anuradhapura for two days on the occasion of Poson Full Moon Poya Day being commemorated on Sunday.
The map of the Buddhist circuit as envisaged by the ministry comprises Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Kushinagar in Bihar, Sarnath, and Shravasti in UP, along with Kapilavastu and Lumbini in Nepal where Buddha was born. New Delhi, India -- The Ministry of Tourism is set to announce the Buddhist circuit as India’s first trans-national tourist circuit. The effort will promote tourism in Nepal and Sri Lanka alongside that in India, with sites in the Buddhist circuit as well as the Ramayana circuit spanning the other two countries.
Patna, India -- Now, there is no need for Patnaites to visit Bodh Gaya or any other place to learn Vipassana, a meditation technique. A permanent Vipassana training centre would come up at Buddha Smriti Park here by the end of August this year where one can learn the art of meditation free of cost.
Bhubaneswar, India -- The population of Buddhists in Odisha is estimated at 120,000 living in 17 main villages scattered all over the State so far identified. A majority of these Buddhists have taken to weaving as their professional occupation since centuries past. They are classified to be belonging to the Srabak community dedicated to the weaving profession. Many Buddhists in the State do not take to agriculture at all. They are also otherwise known as Saraka.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of stunned residents of Sri Lankan villages buried by mudslides took shelter in nine temporary camps set up in schools and a Buddhist temple, where they were being given food, blankets and basic medical treatment.
Timphu, Bhutan -- Wanderers and pilgrims who have ventured to the top of the mountains of Bhutan have had watchful eyes looking over them for centuries. The peaks of the countries rugged interior are populated by mighty yaks, who these days wander occasionally through the colorful rectangular prayer flags that decorate the mountain ridges, stamped with woodblock prints depicting the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings) and the Sangha (community).
Kathmandu, Nepal -- A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began here today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The Government of Pakistan has handed over the most sacred relics of Lord Buddha to the Government of Sri Lanka today in a special ceremony arranged at the historic Taxila Museum today, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka.
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Andhra Pradesh government need to implement complete ban on alcohol in the State on lines of the Bihar government, said Buddhist Monk Ven. Dhammadhaja Bhikku of the Saddhama Dipika Trust here on Tuesday.
by Colleen Long, The Associated Press, April 28, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised a group of school prefects from Tibetan schools in India and Nepal to take the onus to change the new century for a more peaceful and compassionate existence.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Pakistan is developing the Gandhara Trail to attract Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia and to demonstrate its interest in preserving and showcasing its non-Islamic heritage.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Since a new government came to power last year, Sinhalese communities and Buddhist temples in the north-east of the island are facing increasing threats of eviction from Tamil politicians and their henchmen, Venerable Tissapura Sri Gunaratana, Chief Priest of the Sri Sambodhi temple in Kokilai in Malativu district told a group of local media representatives touring the area recently.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The moral stature of Sri Lanka’s Constitution would be greatly enhanced if it recognizes the claims of other living beings for compassion and appropriate consideration from human beings, and the protection of their legal rights.
Sri Lanka’s first monumental step towards the protection of its animals, says Otara Foundation
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Otara Foundation has welcomed the approval of the Animal Welfare Bill by the Cabinet of Ministers as a step in the right direction and pledged to continue its advocacy in order to ensure the enactment of the Bill as law.
By Kalinga Seneviratne, Lotus Communication Network, 20 February 2016
Singapore -- A bill tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament in January to create a legal framework to control the behavior and conduct of Buddhist monks has created deep divisions within the majority Buddhist community in the country regarding its intentions and implementation.
Bhopal, India -- Fifth international Buddhist festival is scheduled here on February 27 and 28 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been invited as the chief guest at the programme.
BARTI and govt-appointed committee will oversee translation of the Tripitaka as part of Dr Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary
Maharashtra, India -- In a much-delayed but nevertheless welcome initiative, the Maharashtra government has finally decided to translate the precious Buddhist scripture, Tripitaka, into Marathi to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
JAIPUR, India - Much before the forts and palaces came into existence here, Rajasthan ostensibly had well-defined Buddhist monasteries or complexes at four places - Bhairat in Alwar, Kholvi in Jhalawar, Bandarez in Dausa and Ramgoan in Tonk.
By Ashanthi Warunasuriya, The Sunday Leader, Jan 24, 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The proposed Theravada Bhikku Dialogue Act which will enable every Bhikku to act in compliance with the provisions of the registered Chapter or Kathikawatha, was presented to parliament recently.
Patna, India -- Patna University will soon collaborate with Buddhist countries to promote Buddhist studies, which will bring the university on international radar. For this purpose, an international meet will be held here later this year, in which several Asian delegates are expected to be present.
by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 12, 2016
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 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?
by Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 5,
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Dalada Maligawa in the ancient hill capital of Kandy where the Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined, is held in high esteem around the Buddhist world and millions of pilgrims visit the temple each year. It is considered as the pinnacle of Sinhalese Buddhism. Yet, in recent years, their management has been openly criticized by many leading Buddhist monks and lay leaders in Sri Lanka.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Giving a new look to Islamic Pakistan in keeping with changing times, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be breaking a time honoured religious taboo to visit Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist shrine, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth at Kandy, when he is in the island nation on an official visit between January 4 and 6.
Agartala, India -- A three-day International Buddhism seminar concluded here on Sunday with a resolution to steer the global discourse on climate change, environment and conservation towards a responsible and sustainable model based on the Buddhist principles and values of interdependence and respect for nature.
NEW DELHI, India -- A comprehensive plan is in the offing to develop the Buddhist circuit in the country, a Parliamentary panel has been informed months after it rapped the government for lack of inter-ministerial coordination in this regard.
Bengaluru, India -- Eighth edition of the Buddhist festival organised by the Ministry of Culture kickstarted in the City on Tuesday with an array of cultural activities at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium on the Central College premises.
by Aparna Banerji, Tribune News Service, November 14, 2015
Jalandhar, India -- The visit of the Dalai Lama to the LPU today evoked a rich forgotten history of Jalandhar which, though profound and interesting, rarely finds mainstream mention. Both in the very immediate and farther past, Jalandhar has had deep Buddhist leanings.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Thousands of people from all walks of life attended the funeral of dissident Buddhist monk Maduluwawe Sobitha on Thursday. Sobitha was 73 and died last Sunday in Singapore, where he was receiving treatment after heart surgery.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- "It is with great shock and sorrow that we hear of the passing-away of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Maha Thera on November 8", states the Sri Lanka-China Buddhist Friendship Association in a release.
BHUBANESWAR, India -- In a boost to Buddhist tourism in the state, Air India on Sunday started operations between Varanasi and Bhubaneswar. The flight will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Machilipatnam, India -- Dhante Dhamma Dhaja, only Telugu monk who dedicated his life to preach and spread the Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh, feels that the State government should involve the monks in promotion of Buddhist tourism. Mr. Dhaja has launched a mission to preach the Buddhism to a group of 36 children through his Vihara at Pagollu village in Krishna district since early 2010.
DHARMSALA, India -- The exiled Tibetan government says there is no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and insists Tuesday instead marks a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan nation.
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka President Sirisena said the Buddhist philosophy is the noblest gift the country can offer to the world as a Buddhist country. He also stated the new government will implement a well-planned program to propagate the message of Buddhist philosophy to the international community.
AP planning to attract tourists from China, Japan and Thailand Andhra Pradesh, India -- The ancient town of Amaravati, which forms part of the upcoming capital region of the State, will be promoted as a cradle of Mahayana Buddhism to attract international tourists, particularly those from China, Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries.
By Bhante Y. Wimala, The Buddhist Channel, July 20 2015
Bhante Wimala's report on his humanitarian effort to reach isolated villages affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal -- As we continue our humanitarian relief effort to help people in devastated villages that are hard to reach (where nobody has reached them yet or very few have reached), this time we found ourselves at the village of Bhaiselitol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mes Aynak, Afghanistan -- A 2,000-year-old Buddhist city, Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, rich in stupas, shrines and monuments could be razed to the ground if a Chinese mining company is allowed to prospect for huge copper reserves on which the city sits.
Hyderabad, India -- The Telangana government would develop Nagarjuna Sagar, presently location of a massive irrigation project, as a prominent place of Buddhist significance, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said today.
Dharamshala, India -- A 7.9 magnitude earthquake with epicenter at Gorkha district struck the Nepal killing over 700 people and damaging many historical monuments and buildings in the capital Kathmandu and other areas, according to the Kanitpur news.
Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness about Nepal Earthquake
Dharamsala, India -- Expressing great sadness about reports of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday with the loss of many lives and widespread damage to property, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bhubaneswar, India -- In a bid to promote the state's Buddhist tourism circuits at the international level, the Odisha government has decided to hold the 3rd International Buddhist Conference at Bhubaneswar from Feb 13, said Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda Wednesday.
PATNA, India -- With the participation of over 1,500 people from 15 Buddhist countries, including monks and nuns, in the 13km Jethian-Rajgir heritage walk along the footsteps of Buddha on December 13, the immense untapped potential for Buddhist pilgrimage in Bihar has been underlined again.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Rehabilitation of Buddhist Temples Foundation has selected eight rural temples for its inaugural fund donation program which will be held on November 29 at the temple premises under the 'Pansala Hadamu' (Let us build temples) initiative.
New Delhi, India -- A definite shift in India’s Look East Policy is underway with added emphasis on Buddha diplomacy under the new dispensation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to market the Buddha card to the countries in the region as India is the place of origin of Dhamma and Sangha. He indicated such a change in emphasis by his first official visit abroad to a neighboring Buddhist country Asia, Bhutan, and then to Nepal, where Buddha was born. His first official visit outside South Asia was to another Buddhist country, Japan.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- An international Buddhist conference will be held in Lumbini on November 15-18 for the preservation and protection of Buddhist culture and heritage, organisers said at a press meet at the Reporters' Club Nepal.
New Delhi, India -- A commemorative postage stamp on Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Anagarika Dharmapala, who is credited to have revived Buddhism in India in the 19th century, was released here today by President Pranab Mukherjee
Following the Buddhist concept of right livelihood can help maximise wellbeing for Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal -- Right livelihood’ is one of the Buddha’s noble eightfold paths. But what does that mean for a Nepali, and how can we develop it? The ongoing changes within and around us, our attempts to draft a new constitution, and our neighbours’ push towards greater economic reforms, could change Nepali society in unprecedented ways and redefine what right livelihood can be.
by Ven. Dr. Mahinda Deegalle, The Nation, 19 October 2014
London, UK - Throughout the year, Buddhist organizations plan a variety of explicitly Buddhist activities for the Sri Lankan community in London. Full moon days are highly important for both monks and lay people for religious observances.
Andhra Pradesh, India -- Making tourism one of its key focus areas in its services sector mission, Andhra Pradesh government said here today that the World Bank is keen on funding the state's 'Buddhist circuit'.
BODH GAYA, Bihar (India) -- The Centre on Saturday announced a slew of measures including launching an air-conditioned train in Buddhist circuit from next year and putting signboards in languages of different countries for non-English speakers to make Bodh Gaya and other places associated with Lord Buddha more attractive for visitors.
VARANASI, India -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Kashi is gearing up to host foreign delegates taking part in the International Buddhist Conclave in Bodhgaya and Sarnath from September 26 to 28. After spending two days in Bodhgaya the delegates will be in Varanasi on September 28.
London, UK -- Wednesday 30th July 14 at 6.30pm, initiated by the conservative Muslim Forum, the British House of Lords committee room 3 witnessed an important gathering of Buddhists and Muslims to have a friendly dialogue to overcome some of the differences that have arisen between the two communities due to unfortunate events that have been unfolding in some parts of Sri Lanka in recent times.
Kyoto, Japan -- On the second day of his Japan tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited two prominent ancient Buddhist temples here – Toji and Kinkakuji – offering prayers and mingling with the common people and tourists.
Timphu, Bhutan -- The Dechen Phodrang monastery sits on top of a steep hill overlooking the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Since the 16th century, prayer flags have fluttered in the hills around Dechen Phodrang, one of thousands of monastic orders scattered throughout this tiny Himalayan kingdom.
Ladakh, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama unexpectedly visited Basgo Nunnery in Ladakh, one of the homes for destitute children funded and built by the Lotus Flower Trust, a charity based in Hyde in the New Forest. This was an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for all the orphaned nuns at the home - to hear his teachings and be inspired by his much revered Buddhist wisdom.
New Delhi, India -- The World Bank Group is supporting India’s Ministry of Tourism and the state tourism departments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on the government’s priority program to develop the Buddhist Circuit, foster tourism-led growth, expand economic opportunities and create jobs for local communities, offer better facilities to pilgrims and help increase tourist traffic five-fold.
BHOPAL, India -- Finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a huge shocker to Madhya Pradesh by eliminating world heritage site, Sanchi, from his grandiose blueprint of developing the Buddhist circuit of Sarnath-Gaya-Varanasi into a global tourism hub.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Vietnam Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe will be a special guest invited by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council at the ceremony on Saturday July 12 – National Martyrs Day – to commemorate the sacrifice of the Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Quang Duc 51 years ago in protest against the American-backed dictator Ngo Din Diem in what was then South Vietnam.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Patna, India -- Local officials in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are trying to attract foreign investments and revive the area's former glory–known as the original site of the first recorded activities of Siddhartha, or Buddha, that once made it the center of the Maurya Empire of India in the 3rd century BC and visited by pilgrims from China and other countries some 1,500 years ago.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region’s people) gold and cloth and whatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds….”
by Dilshan Boange, The Sunday Nation, March 1, 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- On February 22, 2013 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.
Mumbai, India -- The University of Mumbai has been directed to refund monetary grants it was alloted to set up a ‘Buddhist Studies Centre’. The University Grants Commission wants the refund as the centre never took off despite disbursal of funds by the apex body for higher education in India.
VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- Worried about the impact of the annual Jatara on the Bojjannakonda-Lingalametta Buddhist site near Anakapalle on January 15, heritage conservationists have sought police protection for the ancient heritage site. Office bearers of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) have already written to the district collector seeking police protection.
Patna, India -- The 17th Karmapa, spiritual head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhists, Saturday began the Kagyu-Moenlam prayer amid tight security at Bodh Gaya, considered the birthplace of Buddhism, in Bihar, police said.
Bodhgaya, India -- India's Mahabodhi Temple, one of the world's holiest Buddhist shrines, is to have its dome inlaid with 300kg of gold donated by Thailand's king and other devotees, officials said on Thursday.
by Rinchen Khando Choegyal, Director, Tibetan Nuns Project; Founding member, Tibetan Women's Association, Nov 13, 2013
Dharmsala, India -- It was a moment that Tibetan Buddhist nuns dream of -- to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama and to hear his words of encouragement about their studies. Many of the nuns had risked their lives fleeing Tibet to see the Dalai Lama and to find the freedom to practice their Buddhist faith.
NEW DELHI, India -- Representatives of about 50 Buddhist monasteries are in the Indian capital to discuss fresh water conservation and preservation of the fragile ecosystem in the high Himalayan ranges and the Tibetan plateau.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thailand and Sri Lanka, Siam and Ceylon, Ayutthaya and Kandy. The ties between these two sister nations go back 260 years. Last week Museum Siam, the National Discovery Museum Institute, in collaboration.with the Thai Foreign Ministry, opened the exhibition entitled "Origin Of Siam-Lanka Wongse: Upali's Pilgrimage, 260 Years Of Siamese Heritage In Sri Lanka", which honours the Dharmaduta mission by Phra Upali Maha Thera.
Nakhda, India -- At Vishal Hadmatiya village in Bhesan taluka, 21 km from Junagadh, a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar greets visitors. It's been a week since all the 60 families in this Dalit neighbourhood 'converted' to Buddhism at an event in Junagadh. The organisers of the event have claimed that a total of 60,000 Dalits converted to Buddhism.
by Diksha Bhumi, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 24, 2013
New Delhi, India -- Every year a million Dalits gather at the site of the first Conversion to Buddhism in Nagpur, India. Since 1956 millions of Dalits have responded to Dr. Ambedkar’s appeal to adopt Buddhism and escape the caste system.
NEW DELHI, India -- Passing almost unnoticed, a recent conclave of senior Buddhist figures in Delhi marks a remarkable step to redeem India's legacy as the font of Buddha's thought while queering China's bid to snatch the baton from India.
VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- At a time when technology has literally turned into a religion for many, a Vizag-based research scholar has taken up a scientific study using nuclear analytical techniques (NAT) to trace the route taken by Buddhist monks in the country centuries ago to spread the word of Gautam Buddha.
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 12 September 2013
Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said time has come for India to revive her ancient traditions and combine its knowledge with modern education for betterment of humanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucknow, India -- Uttar Pradesh will get another university at Kapilvastu in Siddharthnagar district. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to lay the foundation stone of the university on September 10.
by Sajeeva Samaranayake, Groundviews.org, July 25, 20013
“I do not say you can attain purity by views, traditions, morality or conventions, nor will you gain purity without these. But by using them for abandonment rather than as positions to hold on to, you will come to be at peace without the need to be anything.” – Buddha
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Since the Buddha taught a doctrine of non-self it would not be too difficult to reject the rigid Sinhala Buddhist viewpoint of race and religion as self as a perversion of the true dharma. However setting up such a clash between the ideal and actual does not help; something the western oriented proponents of human rights have yet to learn. To say ‘I am right and you are wrong’ is not effective communication.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- Police in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, exile home to thousands of Tibetans including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, have been alerted of possible terror strikes on Buddhist population and monastries.
New Delhi, India -- India has reassured Burma and other Buddhist countries it will prevent further attacks on sacred shrines after the temple site where Buddha attained enlightenment was bombed last week.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- Nepal has stepped up security in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, with security personnel frisking every tourist entering the shrine, nearly a week after a terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple in India.
BHUBANESWAR, India -- After the recent bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya, Odisha chapter of Buddhist Society of India on Wednesday demanded more security cover and proper boundary wall at all Buddhist sites in the state.
NEW DELHI, India -- The Myanmar government and Opposition leader Aung San Suu kyi expressed unhappiness about the terror attacks in Bodh Gaya which damaged the Mahabodhi shrine and injured a young Myanmarese monk on Sunday. The Bihar government has been criticized for ignoring intelligence warnings that the shrine may be under terror threat.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Buddhist spiritual leader Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche has said the government should give more attention to Buddhism as its followers are along the international borders and are crucial for national security.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The 5th Annual Drukpa Council has been scheduled for 29 Aug to 5 Sept 2013, at the Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, India. This is likely to be the last time that Ladakh will play host to the world's largest assembly of Drukpa Masters.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- India’s projection internationally as a country interested in preserving the Buddhist heritage and Indian Government promotions to encourage tourists to visit Buddhist sites in India as a custodian of Buddhism, has come in for a rude shock with the news that the Government of India has recently removed Pali – an ancient classical language being the language of propagation of Buddhism – as a subject from the main examination of the Civil Services (popularly known as Indian Administrative Services i.e. IAS) of India, 2013, which were under the purview of the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). This news is most disturbing to the Buddhists the world over.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thai Prime Minister Ms. Shinawatra is due to visit Buddhist Sri Lanka during the month of Wesak. The bond that Sri Lanka and former Siam (Thailand) share needs to go beyond diplomatic niceties.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Beijing: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wikaramasinghe Rajapaksa, along with members of the Sri Lankan delegation, visited the Lingguang Buddhist Temple located on the outskirts of Beijing Monday.
by By Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review, May 24, 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka with a Theravada Buddhist civilization that protected and fostered Buddhism has much to introspect. With over 70% of the population being Buddhists it is a national shame that we continue to forget the very basic teachings of the Buddha whose message to us was to treat non – human sentient beings with compassion and loving – kindness, as though they were no different to humans with feelings and pain.
NEW DELHI, India -- One-and-a-half years after China rescheduled border talks in a huff over Dalai Lama addressing a global Buddhist meet in Delhi, there are indications of a thaw with the Chinese expressing an interest in the Indian effort to organize another meet this year.
New Delhi, India -- Animal welfare was the topic of discussion and the XIV Dalai Lama propounded the ideals of ahimsa and vegetarianism at the first-ever World Compassion Day, organised at a suburban hotel on Wednesday.
Gaya, Bihar (India) -- A large number of Buddhist monks organised special prayers in Gaya, Bihar, for world peace and for the protection of the heritage sites as they celebrated 'World Heritage Day this week.
96.12 metre pagoda is dubbed as "Wonder of the new millennium"
Mumbai, India -- Asia’s tallest stone structure rises majestically in the sky against the blue background of the Arabian Sea. Located in the southwest of Mumbai on the Essel Plateau near Gorai and covering an area of about 15.5 acres, the Global Vipassana Pagoda is a 21st century architectural wonder.
by Alice Reetham, Tibet Post International, 12 April 2013
Dharamshala, India -- Figurative artist Lisa Andrews painted two portraits of His Holiness, which were signed by him on a recent visit to the UK; these signed portraits raised £6,200 ($9,544) when they were auctioned by the Buddhist Community Center (BCCUK).
CHENNAI , India -- A day-long national seminar titled ‘Philosophical Revisit to Buddhism in Tamil Nadu’ was organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, here on Wednesday. The seminar focused on how Buddhism forayed into Tamil Nadu.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Ministry considers its teaming up with the Economic Development Ministry in a joint endeavour to promote Buddhism throughout the world as a major victory, Prime Minister and Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister D M Jayaratne said.
By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, March 29, 2013
Timphu, Bhutan -- Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.
Amid rising violence, the country is trying to revive travel to its northwest - rich in Buddhist history and significance - which could generate billions in revenue, but lies next to Taliban havens
TAKHT-i-BAHI, Pakistan -- Religious violence may be on the rise and the Taliban still a threat, but Pakistan is hoping a rich Buddhist heritage will help it boost international tourism to its troubled northwest.
By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers, March 23, 2013
A buried Buddhist city in Afghanistan is sitting atop an enormous copper deposit and a planned Chinese open-pit mine, the largest private investment in Afghan history. Archaeologists are racing to document and preserve the treasures before they’re lost forever.
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- On March 1 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.
By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers, March 12, 2013
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world.
Chennai, India -- A Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka - Ven. Gnanaloka Thero (46) had been with a group of 18 students comprising Indian, Myanmar and other nationals who was in Thanjavur for academic research, bore the brunt of the latest wave of anti-Lanka protests that has gripped the State lately.
by Senaka Weeraratne, Lanka Daily News, Mar 9, 2013
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- An eight member Indian Buddhist delegation led by Ven Dr Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President's House in Kandy on February 22. The visit was to strengthen ties between Buddhists of the two countries and bring India and Sri Lanka closer through the historical bond and civilisational link of Buddhism.
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Sarnath, India -- His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has begun an 8-day teaching starting from February 21 at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, Varanasi- one of four holy Buddhist sites in India, with conducting extensive prayers and seminar by Buddhist monks and thousands of devotees from different parts of the world, including many who have came from Nepal.
by Chaminda Perera, Lanka Daily News, March 2, 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Few Buddhist monks are seen engaged in vigorous learning and literary activities at present, said Ven Ittapane Dhammalankara Anunayake Thera. Few Buddhist monks in the caliber of Ven Prof Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera are pursuing literary activities at present, the Thera said.
LO MANTHANG, Nepal -- Dozens of painters sat atop scaffolding that soared toward the roof of an ancient monastery. With a swipe of their brushes, colors appeared that gave life to the Buddha. Gold for the skin.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter in Sri Lanka Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sumangala Thera has held a discussion with a delegation of members from the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL).
NEW DELHI, India -- India is tapping the potential of its rich Buddhist heritage by wooing more tourists from East and South East Asian countries. Buddhism originated in India but went on to gain more popularity in other Asian countries.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahanayakas (Buddhist High Priests) of the Kandy Malwatte chapters met a delegation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council (SLMC) yesterday morning and discussed the issue arising from the issue of Halal certificate, ‘Colombo Gazette’ reported.
Chandigarh, Pakistan -- Buddhist sites left to ruin in Pakistan could get a fresh lease of life as a Haryana-based NGO -The Buddhist Forum (TBF) - ventures on an ambitious mission to save and highlight the lost glory of the age-old monuments.
KENDRAPADA, India -- Curtains fell on the three-day International Conference on Buddhist Heritage of Odisha at Udayagiri in Jajpur district on Sunday with the demand for including Udayagiri in the list of world heritage sites gaining momentum.
BHUBANESHWAR, India -- Odisha government is taking several initiatives to explore its vast potential to turn the state into a Buddhist tourism hub like Bodhgaya in Bihar and Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. Large scale excavation is taking place in Lalitgiri, Udaigiri and Ratnagiri which are hilly areas in the state with highest concentration of Buddhist remains.
NEW DELHI, India -- A three-day international conference and exhibition on Buddhism, with special focus on the great monk Atisa Dipamkara Jnana, is being held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) from Jan 16-18.
http://dharmavoicesforanimals.org/petitions, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 20, 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka holds a unique place in the world, with the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any nation. Buddhism has been the major religion in the island since its official introduction in the 3rd century BC by Arahant Mahinda, the son of the Emperor Ashoka of India, and over 70% of the population is Buddhist.
VARANASI, India -- "Buddhism has become an area of interest for scientists for they feel that the teachings and principles of Buddhism are scientifically very true," said the Dalai Lama while addressing a congregation at Central University of Tibetan Studies at Sarnath on Wednesday.
By Sharon McGreevey, The Redding Pilot, January 4, 2013
Mysore, India -- Tibetan monks are praying in Mysore, India, for the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, as well as the Newtown community. The school was the site of a horrific tragedy where a lone gunman killed 20 kindergartners and six adults last month, on Dec. 14.
Patna, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday praised secularism practised in India and emphasised that the message of peaceful existence of different religions in the country should be taken all over the world.
VARANASI, India -- The Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Sarnath, is going to organise a three-day international conference of Asian Buddhist Forum on 'Buddhism and Society' from January 13 to 15. The event will be inaugurated by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
By Shenali Waduge, Eurasia Review, December 25, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- We are all well aware that both India and China are rivals for supremacy in Asia and both are fishing for new strategies to tap to forge the alliances needed to strengthen that supremacy. If India and China nations that once put Buddhism aside for other priorities are now realizing that their answer for supremacy lies with Buddhism why has Sri Lanka’s policy makers not utilized this power which is under their very nose?
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 7 January 2013
Bihar, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inaugurated the three-day international Buddhist convention at Buddha Smriti Park in the heart of Patna on Saturday. Hundreds of delegates, mostly scholars of Buddhism and monks from across the world, were participated in the conference.
Odisha, India -- The Buddhist tourism circuit in India is getting a new fillip with the luxury tourist shuttle, the Mahaparinirvana Express, expanding its run to touch Buddhist sites in Odisha from Jan 20 besides those in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
PATNA, India -- The Dalai Lama will inaugurate a three-day International Buddhist Samagam (convention) here on January 5. The convention is expected to attract over 1500 delegates from various countries. It will be held at the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna which was inaugurated by the Nobel laureate in 2010 to mark the 2550 thMahaparinirvana of Buddha.
New Delhi, India -- The brand new, upmarket Hotel Kempinsky in East Delhi has suddenly morphed into a Buddhist monastery -- though temporarily for four days this week. Its lobbies and convention halls are reverberating with Buddhist mantras, teachings and laughter of the most celebrated man of our era -- Dalai Lama. Over 800 Buddhist devotees from the three republics of Russia namely Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva are here to have teachings from their supreme spiritual Guru. Over a hundred more from other parts of the world too have joined in.
Worshippers are being told to give fewer sweet treats to monks amid fears that their diet is too rich.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankans are being urged to cut down on offerings of sweets and cakes to the country's Buddhist monks after it was found that half the nation's holy men are at risk of poor health due to a diet rich in sugar and oil.
BHOPAL, India -- Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Sanchi Buddhist and Indic Studies University will pave way for world peace by becoming a medium of serving humanity. Chouhan was discussing issues of university's studies, teaching and research with members of the university's advisory committee here on Wednesday.
BUTWAL, Nepal -- The Visit Lumbini Year ( VLY-2012) has failed to connect well known Buddhist Circuits around Lumbini though the government had announced 2012 as a national campaign with an aim to attracting a million tourists and collecting the funds for the development of Lumbini.
by Sophie Jay, Tibet Post International, December 4, 2012
Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has urged Tibetans who have recently arrived in India to study Buddhist philosophy, rather than simply familiarizing themselves with prayer.
Patna, India -- Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines plans to set up a world class hospital and medical college with international financial aid in the holy town in Bihar, an official said Wednesday.
By Dhanesh Wisumperuma, The Nation, 25 November 2012
Hyderabad, India -- Building hosting Buddhist Galleries at State Museum at Hyderabad Buddhism originated in the 5th century BCE in present day India. It flourished in many parts of India for the next millennium, partly due to the patronage of various kings and dynasties.
Kabul, Afghanistan -- A historic Buddhist site in Afghanistan appears likely to be spared demolition to make way for a copper mine after the Thai Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday saying the Afghan government "would do whatever possible" to conserve the site and preserve artefacts obtained from it.
by Renuka Narayanan, Hindustan Times, November 17, 2012
Peshawar, Pakistan -- In today's religiously riven landscape, it's hard to imagine how Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity took turns to water the land, each to its own degree. Of these, perhaps we know the least about Buddhism because it was so very long ago.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Generally Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka which comprise about 70% of the country’s population are traditionally inclined towards vegetarianism or semi – vegetarianism in their dietary habits.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Buddhism Protection Concerned Coordination on Monday has expressed serious concern over the September 30 arson attack on Buddhist temples and monasteries around the Cox's Bazaar area in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and over the destruction of hundreds of Buddha's idols there in the course of such attacks.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Singapore and author of the book “Chinese Made Easy” Syed Hasan Javed joined Quaid-e-Azam University faculty, scholars and students on Thursday to give an insight into the history of cultural and religious relationship between Pakistan and China.
by Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, October 15, 2012
Bhopal, India -- The Mahabodhi plant brought from Sri Lanka and planted at Sanchi by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during inauguration of International University of Buddhist and Indic Studies will now be shifted from the university site after collector of Raisen expressed his inability to ensure security of the plant.
By Sandun Jayawardana, The Nation, October 7, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Three years after the end of the war, archaeologists are hard at work in the country’s Eastern province. Teams from the Department of Archaeology have been exploring areas that were previously inaccessible for decades due to fighting. As these excavations are taking place, controversies regarding the history of these areas and who exactly arrived first are once again starting to arise.
Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking "happiness" for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100-percent organic.
VARANASI, India -- In an effort to attract at least half of the total Buddhist population spread in 35 countries by promoting Buddhist pilgrimage sites, is the new mantra of the ministry of tourism, Government of India and the states enshrining the Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
Bhopal, India -- Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University, proposed to be established in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, will have five departments, including Buddhist Philosophy, Sanatan Dharma and Indian Knowledge Studies, International Buddha Studies, Comparative Studies of Religions and Languages and Literature and Arts. About 100 acre land has been reserved for the university’s premises and building at Sanchi. Construction of building will cost Rs 200 crore.
by Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times, September 25, 2012
New Delhi, India -- Delhi University’s department of Buddhist studies has been a major centre for the study of Buddhism for many years, attracting a large number of students from as many as 37 countries.
NEW DELHI, India -- The Supreme Court on Friday admitted a petition seeking transfer of exclusive management rights of 2,500 year-old Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, a World Heritage site since 2002, to the Buddhists from the government.
VARANASI, India -- As many as 28 countries have confirmed their participation in the proposed three-day International Buddhist Conclave (IBC) which will begin in the city from September 28. Around 350 delegates from 30 countries and 16 states of India will participate in the conclave being organised by governments of state and centre.
Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy , 17 September 2012
Dharamshala, India -- Less than a year after his self-immolation protest, Tibetan monk Dawa Tsering is now making good recovery from his burn injuries, but his future remains uncertain, a source with contacts in Tibet told TCHRD Monday, September 17, 2012.
By ANN MARLOWE, Published on the Buddhist Channel, Sept 16, 2012 (Source: Wall Street Journal)
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Even as once-secure parts of Afghanistan succumb to criminality and the insurgency, and the Afghan financial system hovers on the brink of failure, there are small signs of hope here. A spectacular Buddhist archaeological site is now being excavated by the Afghan government's National Institute of Archaeology, near where Al Qaeda ran a training camp in the 1990s.
Madhya Pradesh, India -- The State Cabinet on Monday endorsed three ordinances, including the one on Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University. The Cabinet also endorsed amended ordinance regarding Techno-Global Private University in Vidisha district and Underground Pipeline, Cable and Duct (Acquisition of Powers for Land Use) Ordinance 2012.
Statue to honour the Most Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera on his 9th death anniversary
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A statue of the Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera will be unveiled in the heart of Matara by the people of his hometown, to mark the ninth anniversary of his passing away, on September 9, 2003.
by Kumudini Hettiarachchi, The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Aug 26, 2012
Based on Buddhist philosophy, Damrivi, comprising professionals and academics provides innovative services to meet the challenges of modern life.
Colombo, Srfi Lanka -- Modern life is full of stress. Not only parents and children but even those living alone have a heavy workload. It is a race against time household chores, office work, school, extracurricular activity, tuition classes, each day starting early and ending late, only for the routine to begin the next day.
Sanchi, India -- Sanchi University for Buddhist Studies is being set up at the initiative of the Madhya Pradesh government at Sanchi — the historic town near the state capital known for the world heritage Buddhist monuments dating back to the period of Ashoka in the third century BC.
Dharamsala/Jammu, India -- The Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala deeply disturbed and concerned over the circulation of a misleading photograph in some section of the media showing Tibetan monks in their reports on the recent violence in Myanmar involving Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, said in a statement issued from Dharamsala.
BAMIYAN, AFGANISTAN -- "It's there," says an archaeologist pointing to the ground, where fragments of a Buddha statue from the ancient Gandhara civilisation have been covered up to stop them being stolen or vandalised. Just months before the US-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban regime shocked the world by destroying two giant, 1,500-year-old Buddhas in the rocky Bamiyan valley, branding them un-Islamic.
Orissa, India -- Odisha Government urges Union Culture Ministry to ask NCERT to make corrections to its text on Buddhist sites by including ones in Odisha. Odisha Tourism Minister Maheswar Mohanty demanded this during his meeting with Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja in New Delhi.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh, Ladakh, along with Nav Nalanda Maha Vihar, a University based in Nalanda, Bihar come together to bring an International Festival of Yoga, Meditation, Heritage, Culture, Talks, Art and Cinema to Leh, Ladakh from 3-9 September 2012.
by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, July 26 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “The accepted theory of freedom of religion is the freedom to believe in any particular religion of one’s own choice, changing one’s religion should be a personal decision taken independent of any coercion, influence, terror, deceit or secrecy.”
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) in its final Declaration read out at the conclusion of the 26th General Conference held in Yeosu, South Korea from June 11-16, 2012, called on humanity, among other things, to extend compassion and loving kindness to all living beings as advocated by the Buddha.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The National Buddhist Monks' Federation (Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya) of Sri Lanka has launched a campaign against moves to restrict Buddhist monks to teaching in government schools and temple schools for clergy.
by Janaka Perera, The Nation (Sri Lanka), July 15, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “The accepted theory of freedom of religion is the freedom to believe in any particular religion of one’s own choice, changing one’s religion should be a personal decision taken independent of any coercion, influence, terror, deceit or secrecy.”
BAHRAICH, India -- In a bid to explore opportunities of development of Buddhist tourist places in Uttar Pradesh, the Japanese finance minister Navkaju Takemoto along with the speaker of UP assembly Mata Prasad Pandey and state minister Balram Singh Yadav visited the International Buddhist places in Shrawasti. The delegation also visited Jetwan Vihar, Denmahamkol and the huts of Maheta.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- The Sri Lankan Embassy has rejected reports in Colombo claiming yesterday a Sri Lankan domestic worker has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for worshipping a statue of Lord Buddha.
JAHANABAD, Pakistan -- When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to come to the rescue.
Karnataka, India -- Karnataka tourism is looking at exploring Buddhist sites in the state for its religious tour circuit. Till now, Jain sites have been much promoted in the religious circuit, and with the new initiative, the department hopes to bring in increased domestic and foreign travellers.
Nearly 35,000 Chakmas migrated to Arunachal Pradesh after being persecuted in both Bangladesh and Pakistan. However, Chakma refugees have no rights in India and are unable to vote or call themselves citizens.
Arunachal Pradesh, India -- Villagers in Diyun, a farming hamlet in India's remote northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh, wake up to the crack of dawn. They peep out of their huts and look at the sky. With clear weather, they set out for work.
by Samangie WETTIMUNY, Lanka Daily News, Published on the Buddhist Channel, June 23, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Who is to be held responsible if an aged member of the Sangha, discharged from a government hospital, seeks shelter in the nearby bus stand for several days not knowing where to turn to? Is it the Buddhist laymen of the country, or the disciples of the aged monk? All should share the disgrace, I believe.
by Lee Yu Ban, The Buddhist Channel, June 16, 2012
Vaishali, India -- About 2,600 years ago, the Buddha initiated the Order of bhikkhunis or nuns in Vaishali with the ordination of his aunt and step-mother, Maha Pajapati Gotami in the town of Vaishali, now in the state of Bihar, India.
by Walter Jayawardhana, The Buddhist Channel, June 16, 2012
Arunchal Pradesh, India -- After Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Arunchal Pradesh becomes the fourth state in India to receive the next fully fledged Buddhist Center by the allocation of funds by the Central government of India.
GUWAHATI, India -- Buddhist monks of Arunachal Pradesh have asked Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to scrap the hydroelectric power projects proposed to be constructed in Tawang as they would desecrate many sacred Buddhist spots in the district.
Bangkok, Thailand -- A group of pro-active Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhists drawn from leading Buddhist organizations had a series of discussions on the sidelines of the World Buddhist Assembly gathering in Bangkok, Thailand (May 21 – 25, 2012) and decided to establish an ‘Indo – Sri Lanka Buddhist Network’ to pursue a number of preliminary aims and objectives that are beneficial to the cause of consolidating and spreading Buddhism in both countries and other parts of the world. It is anticipated that a more substantial organization would emerge with the passage of time from these interactions.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai is scheduled to give his annual Buddhist teachings to Tibetan youngsters followed by a special introductory Buddhist teaching at the request of Indian Buddhists early next month.
by Prof. W. I. SIRIWEERA, Lanka Daily News, May 26, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sinhala term Mihintale is derived from Pali Mahindathala, the place of Thera Mahinda. It is well known that the first meeting of Thera Mahinda with King Devanampiya Tissa took place at Mihintale on Poson Full Moon Poya day.
Kotapola, Sri Lanka -- An international Buddhist delegation led by Ven Hou Jen Chun, the abbot of the World Buddhist Ch'an Jing Centre of the United States of America will visit Gatabaruwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Kotapola.
by Chaminda Perera and Priyanka Kurugala, Lanka Daily News, May 5, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The entire country is enveloped in spiritual fervour as the nation prepares to celebrate yet another Vesak Full Moon Poya Day marking the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.
Timphu, Bhutan -- An international conference on Buddhism will be held in Bumthang, this month. The conference, organised by the home ministry and the centre for Bhutan studies (CBS), is themed “Buddhism without Borders”, and will see “eminent” Buddhist practitioners, scholars, and academics of the international and local community, attending the event.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan achieved global notoriety when the Taliban blew up the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas 11 years ago. This week opened an exhibition that highlights the country’s rich Buddhist heritage.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters stormed a mosque in Sri Lanka's north central town of Dambulla to protest its construction in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone.
by KAMAL RATNA TULADHAR, Ekantipur.com, Apr 7, 2012
Kathmandu, Nepal -- Once upon a time in Nepal, it was illegal to become a Buddhist monk. You could get put in prison or sent out of the country. Bhikshu Kumar Kashyap was among a group of monks who were banished in 1944.
The Sikkim Times, Publishhed on the Buddhist Channel March 27, 2012
Darjeeling, India -- Shri WANGDI TSHERING s/o Late Shri Mingyur Tshering, aged 77 years and a faithful follower of Buddhism has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for handing over the management of The Bodh Gaya Temple over to the hands of Buddhists as The Bodh Gaya Temple Act 1949 which expressly vests control of the most sacred temple of the Buddhists into the hands of Hindus is ultra vires Article 25, 26, 29 and 30 of the Constitution of India.
They were charged with removing idol found at ASI site
Gulbarga, India -- Fourth Additional District and Sessions judge Basavaraj Belawagi has granted conditional bail to Buddhist monk Banteji Bhodidhamma and four Dalit leaders who were charged with removing an idol of a Hindu goddess from an excavation site in Chithapur taluk of Gulbarga district under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
VARANASI, India -- Buddhism has not only influenced the art and culture of the country but also globalised the Indian culture. On that note, the Centre of Excellence, department of history, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (MGKV) organised a seven-day national workshop on the 'Role of Buddhism in the Cultural Intergration of India' at the seminar hall of the history department on Tuesday.
Gulbarga, India -- The arrest of Buddhist monk Bhante Bodhidharma and four leaders of Dalit organisations on February 6 in Gulbarga district is snowballing into a major controversy with Dalit groupsand Buddhist monks from different parts of the country increasing pressure on the Government to withdraw the cases filed against them and release them unconditionally.
by S M Wijayaratne, Kurunegala Daily News, Feb 8, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- "Noble human values exist in the minds of the people because of the spiritual guidance offered by members of the Buddhist clergy. The Maha Sangha have always guided rulers to govern our country by utilizing the greatest teachings of the Buddha, whose compassion towards humanity was boundless.
Bihar, India -- More than 200,000 people from 63 countries attended the Dalai Lama’s 32nd Kalachakra teachings which concluded at Buddhism’s holiest place of Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar on Jan 10.
Bhuj, India -- Gujarat has many Buddhist heritage sites but it can now boast of a ‘live’ site at Gandhidham in Kutch district. It is in the form of a sapling from the original Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment 2,600 years ago.
DELHI, India -- A strong contingent of 600 Monks and Nuns led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa (spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage) are on a Pad Yatra (walking pilgrimage) from Mumbai to Sanchi via Ajanta Ellora spreading the message of peace, harmony, goodwill and respect for the environment.
Lumbini, Nepal -- Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha has of late received the attention it deserves but sadly for the wrong reasons. The spiritual significance of the site appears to be in conflict with the ‘Greater Lumbini Project’ which proposes to commercialize the place.
by Dhwani Pathak Dave, Ahmadebad Mirror, December 24, 2011
Abhigya Shukla is on a mission to educate kids studying in monasteries of Likir. Through Friends of Likir page on FB, she invites like-minded people to join her
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- It was a vacation to Ladakh that made 33-year-old educator Abhigya Shukla take up what now she regards as one of the most gratifying experiences of her life. Through a noble initiative - Friends of Likir -Abhigya plans to educate children in isolated villages of Ladakh.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 21 December 2011
Dharamshala, India -- After holding three days of teaching and initiation events in Dharamshala, India, today, December 21st, the Russian Federal State Education Institute- Tuva State University has awarded His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to freedom, Human Rights, religious harmony and environment protection.
Mumbai, India -- A strong contingent of 450 monks and nuns, led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa (spiritual head of the 1000-year-old Drukpa Lineage) embarked on a "pad yatra" (march for peace) from Mumbai to Sanchi via Ajanta Ellora spreading the message of peace, harmony and respect for the environment.
Dharamsala, India -- Two days after police included the name of Tibetan religious head and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in a chargesheet on the seizure this year of huge unaccounted foreign currency from the monastery where he is residing, his office here on Friday assured the investigating agencies of full cooperation.
Mandela, Nepal -- Hundreds of Buddhists demonstrated in Nepal's capital to protest the appointment of Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal to head a project to develop the area where Buddha was believed born in southern Nepal.
New Delhi, India -- Supreme spiritual leaders representing most nations with a sizeable Buddhist population are close to deciding on the formation of a new international body based in India that aims to give a united voice to Buddhism in international forums like the United Nations (UN).
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A leading Buddhist boys' school in Colombo, Ananda College, held its 125th Anniversary celebrations today (29) at the college premises with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
by Lama Lobzang, Hindustan Times, November 25, 2011
New Delhi, India -- To celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti (enlightenment of the Buddha), over 800 world Buddhist leaders and scholars are going to have brain-storming sessions in New Delhi from Nov 27 to 30, under the umbrella theme - 'Collective Wisdom, United Voice'. Organised by Ashoka Mission, New Delhi, the congregation will be aptly known as Global Buddhist Congress.
by Hameed Shaheen, Pakistan Observer, Nov 17, 2011
Islamabad, Pakistan -- The patron Buddhists spiritual elder Dalai Lama predicted that the solution to Kashmir dispute would come via “talks” and “understanding”, recalling that Ambaran was the ancient Buddhist site and diverse religions co-existed in Kashmir for centuries.
Dharamsala, India -- The excavation of a site in Jammu and Kashmir that is believed to be linked with an ancient Buddhist monastery has attracted the attention of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- While some Sri Lankans have shed copious tears over the assassination of Mummar Gaddafi, there is not even a whimper of protest on reports of a recent wave of self immolation of many Tibetans in desperation against what has been described as the hardening of Chinese repression.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepalese security personnel today detained over 50 Tibetans, including 19 women in the capital for rallying in support of ten Buddhist monks and nuns who have self-immolated in Tibet in protest against Chinese rule.
by Sandun A. Jayasekera, The Daily Mirror, 24 October 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An Austrian, Natascha Kampusch who hit world headlines in 2006 after she was rescued from a secret cellar where she had been confined for eight years has in an act of benevolence donated a children’s hospital to Sri Lanka built at a cost of Rs.15 million.
Bhutan, sandwiched between India and China, is proof that happiness does not necessarily come with high income.
Timphu, Bhutan -- BHUTAN is still buzzing in elation over a royal wedding. Its hugely popular, Oxford-educated King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, has just presented them with his new queen, the beautiful commoner Jetsun Pema, 21.
Jammu, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit the Buddhist site of Ambaran on the outskirts of the city next month and inaugurate a photo exhibition on the ancient sites in Akhnoor.
Patna, India -- Thieves have rendered the international airport at Gaya, the famous Buddhist pilgrimage centre in Bihar, non-conducive for night landing of aircraft. The night landing apparatus is in place at the airport, but the solar power obstruction lights atop surrounding hills have been stolen.
Sikkim , India -- It was a providential escape for the 60-odd monks living in the century-old Ringjhim Buddhist monastery in North Sikkim whose prayer room was reduced to rubble in the temblor that shook Sikkim last Sunday.
by Pranava K Chaudhary, Times of India, Sep 22, 2011
PATNA, India -- Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (deemed to be university) in collaboration with the department of youth, art and culture has initiated a project titled, 'Revival of the Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage in Bihar'.
GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- Buddhist prayer flags flutter serenely in the mountain breeze and senior monks in deep red robes, their faces creased with age and worry, shuffle around clutching their ubiquitous prayer beads.
by Pranava K Chaudhary, Time of India, Sep 22, 2011
PATNA, India -- Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (deemed to be university) in collaboration with the department of youth, art and culture has initiated a project titled, 'Revival of the Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage in Bihar'.
DHARAMSALA, India -- Heads and representatives of four major traditions and sub-traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon tradition are taking part in a 3 – day religious conference that began today at Surya Hotel here. The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will preside over the meeting Friday.
New Delhi, India -- India saw the birth of many religions that soon spread to the rest of the world, and Buddhism in particular was adopted by many countries including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia where Buddhist shrines have managed, in part, to withstand the ravages of war and time.
by R Chandrasoma, The Buddhist Channel, September 15,
Is the Folk-Buddhism currently practiced in Sri Lanka a major shift from the Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras?
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- At its heart, the Canonical Buddhism of the Sutras endeavors the samsaric wayfarer to uplift their spiritual condition through knowledge of the Noble Truths enunciated by our compassionate teacher, the Buddha.
by Padma Kumari Kankanamge, The Sunday Times, Sept 11, 2011
Dependents all at sea as the men languish in Indian jail for more than one and a half years
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A group of Sri Lankan fishermen languishing in an Indian jail for over one and a half years has asked the State to intervene to get them released. A Buddhist monk heading a campaign on behalf of the fishermen from Puttalam has launched a fast seeking their release.
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- India's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha on Saturday unveiled a 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddha in the Sarnath style from the Gupta Period, at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex in Sri Dalada Maligawa in the central hill capital Kandy.
Dratsang (scholars) says 108 mani prayer flags not mandatory
Timphu, Bhutan -- In what could be called a blessing from the monastery to policy makers, environmentalists and conservationists, who are caught up in a conservation dilemma, members of the dratsang yesterday proposed cremations without using firewood.
New Delhi, India -- A new center for Tibetan Studies was inaugurated by The Dalai Lama at the campus of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here on Monday during the 24th convocation of the university.
New Delhi, India -- Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi announced today that three persons of a group of pilgrims who were on a pilgrimage in India visiting the sacred Buddhist sites have gone missing.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- Krishna Tamang had taken his cattle out to graze on a meadow near his farm in Bhojpur in eastern Nepal. Dark clouds were gathering over the mountains beyond, and he had a sense of foreboding. At 2 pm, a neighbour ran up to tell him his daughter had fallen sick in Chainpur. Krishna borrowed some money and headed off with his brother.
Jajpur, India -- To attract more tourists to Langudi, Kaima, Neulipur, Tarapur and other hills in Jajpur district, the state government will spend 14 crores within four years, said Ashok Tripathy the secretary of tourism and culture department of Orissa on Saturday. Tripathy along with senior officials visited these Buddhist sites on Saturday.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A Buddhist nun raped by five men on a bus is facing ostracism from her religious life. "The religious dictum requires a nun to be virgin. So, it will be difficult to take her back," the president of Nepal, Tamang Ghedung Kumar Yonjan, said in an article in the Nepal Republic Media. "But we will lobby for her reinstatement as it is a unique incident."
by Anuradha Gunarathne, Global Press Institute, August 8, 2011
KELANIYA, SRI LANKA -- Nilantha Dias and his father operate a flower boutique in Kelaniya, a small town near Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. The shop, which specializes in flowers and other items used for worship, is one of 11 boutiques that belong to the much revered Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara temple here.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- By Marxist-Leninist principles, this must be a masterstroke — getting left-wing Maoists and right-wing monarchists together in a bandwagon to revive the great legacy of Buddhism in Nepal. This is Chinese diplomatic ingenuity at its best and India has no answer.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 40-year-old Buddhist nun who began as a rebel and then transformed into one of Nepal's most popular singing stars, has now created another milestone in Nepal's religious as well as social history by offering sanctuary to a nun half her age, who became stigmatised after being gangraped last month.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Less than a fortnight after a Chinese nongovernmental organisation announced its plan for what amounted to a virtual takeover of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, Nepal's government on Thursday unceremoniously rejected it, saying it would not entertain any deal struck in a third country without the participation of the actual stakeholders.
ITANAGAR, India -- Arunachal Pradesh is all set to introduce Bhoti - one of the richest ancient languages of the world - as a subject in schools across Buddhist-inhabited areas in four districts from the next academic session.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 21-year-old Buddhist nun from Nepal, who was said to have "lost" her religion and become unfit to remain a nun after being gangraped, is now likely to be re-admitted to her nunnery, thanks to a growing outrage worldwide.
New Delhi, India -- An officer from the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) (a Government of India Undertaking) have denied that ancient Buddhist caves around Chandrapur were destroyed during coal-mining.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- As the 21-year-old Buddhist nun from Nepal who had been gang-raped in a public bus returned to Kathmandu after initial medical treatment in India's border town of Siliguri, a debate finally began to grow about the attack in the Himalayan republic, that had so far remained largely silent on her suffering.
by Shantanu Chakraborty, Hindustan Times, July 10, 2011
Gaya, India -- Jayprakash Narain International aiport, Patna may be still struggling to match up to its name. But it's Bodh Gaya that will be going international sooner. The news is, that Air India, Minhin Lanka of the emerald isle-Sri Lanka, Druk Air, Bhutan and Phuket Airlines of Thailand are about to resume international services from Bodh Gaya by October.
Shimla, India -- Amidst hectic lobbying by his followers in the corridors of power, government has finally Ogyen Trinley Dorje- 17th Karmapa, who is parallel head of powerful Kagyu karma sect of Tibetan Buddhist to travel to United States to attend Kalchakra.
Allahabad, India -- A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was today filed in the Allahabad high court alleging that derogatory remarks have been made against followers of Buddhism in the latest issue of a monthly magazine published by yoga guru Ramdev.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sussex college network conducted a range of Buddhist programmes to commemorate the Wesak festival, the Poson Festival and the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi in their branches island wide.
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka -- More than half a million devotees have reportedly gathered in in the sacred city of Anuradhapura in North Central Province of Sri Lanka for the Poson festival that marks the introduction of Buddhism to the island by Arhat Mahinda of India during the rule of Emperor Asoka, 2318 years ago.
New Delhi, India -- Sikkhimis spiritual leader His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorge of Sikkim called on Buddhist scholars to undertake research on the doctrines of Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism and introduce a uniform set of Buddhist teachings, values and principles for the betterment of the world.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- “Noble Wisdom”, the first of its kind Buddhist television programme has now been made available in Nepal said the Sherab Sangpo Society, producers of the programme in a release, today.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- A Chinese-backed foundation and Nepal’s government plan to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics. The Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise $3 billion at home and abroad to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini, about 171 km (107 miles) southwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
New Delhi, India -- A small group of Ambedkar followers in Warangal is trying to popularise the concept of Buddhist marriages among Dalits as such marriages are seen as rational and a financially viable option for poor families, who cannot afford the costly and elaborate rituals in Hindu marriages.
NAGPUR, India -- On December 23, 2009, the then chief minister Ashok Chavan on December 23, 2009 announced during the assembly session in Nagpur that a Buddhist theme park would be set up at Telangkhedi lake.
Karachi, Pakistan -- Pakistan can learn a lot and earn valuable foreign exchange if Buddhist tourism is promoted in Pakistan with the help and experience of the Thailand private sector since over 6% of Thai GDP is due to tourism. At the same time, Thailand can help develop tourist resorts and tours also either as joint ventures or through consultative inputs.”
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In order to present the richest Buddhist historical legacy to the Sri Lankan people, Pakistan has sent the most sacred relics of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka. These relics arrived in Sri Lanka recently for a limited period and will be exhibited at Colombo Museum during the month of June.
GREATER NOIDA, India -- The life and teachings of Lord Buddha will soon be immortalized in a museum-cum-research centre solely dedicated to the seer and founder of Buddhism in Greater Noida. In its board meeting earlier last month, the Authority approved the construction of a state-of-the-art Buddhist Museum and Research Centre spread over 25 acres of land within the Gautam Budh University campus.
By Rajitha Weerakoon, The Sunday Times, May 29, 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka, having preserved Buddhism in its purest form since its introduction in 236 BC, was undisputedly the key player in the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations. But what caused Buddhism to flourish in Sri Lanka as opposed to the country of the Buddha’s birth where Buddhism has little relevance today?
By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Bellevision Media Network, May 24, 2011
Udupi, India -- As a part of the 2600th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha, a large number of Dalits from different parts of the Karnataka State embraced Buddhism (Dhamma Dheekshe) in the forenoon of Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at a function held at Shri Narayanaguru Sabha Bhavan, Bannanje, Udupi. The ‘Dhamma Dheekshe’ was administered by the Buddhist Monk, Manorakkhita Bhanteji in association with Monk Long Sang and Monk Ten guru.
By Chandani Kirinde, The Sunday Times, May 22, 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Posts has been appointed to look into allegations that a set of four stamps issued to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi celebrations are faulty.
New York, USA -- The gray skies above Manhattan could not dampen spirits below as Buddhist monks and nuns from all corners of the globe assembled before the United Nations midtown headquarters on Monday, their robes a brilliant patchwork of saffron and burgundy against the drab urban backdrop.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The 2555th Buddha Jayanti is being observed organising various rituals and programmes all across the country to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
CHANDIGARH, India -- A rural Hindu boy found peace sitting in Buddhist ruins around historically important Yamunanagar, his hometown, when he felt low during his engineering pursuit from Kurukshetra University.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Theravada Buddhism which taught us to move forward as a nation on the path of kindness, tolerance, humanity, equality and harmony is the greatest gift we can bestow upon the world, President Rajapaksa said addressing at the opening ceremony of the Sri Sambuddathva Jayanthi International Buddhist Centre in Thummulla, Colombo.
By Janaka Alahapperuma, The Buddhist Channel, May 9, 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Mandiraya building at the Manelwathu Maha Vihara premises at Bollegala in Kelaniya to mark the 2600 Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Anniversary on 7 May.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A Sri Lankan minister and members of an all-Buddhist political party on Sunday shaved their heads before embarking on a meditation programme to mark the 2,600 anniversary of the religion.
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The opening ceremony of the largest Buddhist Mandiraya of the Therawadi Buddhist World, the Sri Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi Mandiraya, will take place under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s patronage on May 15 at 8.30 am, Buddhist Cultural Center Director and Founder Father of the Buddhist Information Centre Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said.
TOKYO, Japan -- The Dalai Lama has said that he would serve as a "pure spiritual leader" after handing over his "legitimate political authority" to Lobsang Sangay, the newly elected Prime Minister of Tibet's government-in-exile.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka will host an international conference on Islamic-Buddhist dialogue for world peace on Wednesday and Thursday in Colombo. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe are among key speakers, with former minister and Sri Lanka Islamic Centre Chairman M. H. Mohamed said.
By Janaka Alahapperuma, The Buddhist Channel, Apr 22, 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka today (Wednesday) on 20 April after a three day State visit to Bangladesh. President returned with sacred hair relics (Kesha Dhathu) of the Lord Buddha given by Bangladesh. The sacred relics will be deposited at the Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo from 6.00 pm today.
MUMBAI, India -- The state, along with the Vasai-Virar municipal corporation is drawing up a proposal to restore and preserve a Buddhist stupa in Nalasopara (W). The stupa, which comes under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has been neglected for many years. The state plans to convert it into an international centre.
Timphu, Bhutan -- On March 3, Sonam Tshering, a Buddhist monk, was sentenced to three years in prison in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan. His crime? Trying to smuggle $2.50 worth of chewing tobacco into Bhutan from India.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Members of Sri Lanka's Prersident appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) had met the Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters last week to seek guidance before preparing the final report scheduled to be presented by May 15, according to a news report published in English weekly Lakbima on Sunday. The Buddhist prelates exercise a dominant influence on the Sri Lankan regime.
New Delhi, India -- THIS IS an interesting account of the history of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and its impact on Tamil by Mylai Seeni Venkatasami, one of the most respected writers who has authored a number of similar research works relating to Jainism and Christianity.
Monks, students and religious leaders met in the Nepali capital on 27-28 March. Buddha’s teachings and interfaith cooperation can be used against social ills caused by war and economic development. For a Japanese monk, “religion can give people a message of peace and solidarity.”
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Asian Buddhists organised an international conference at the Center for Nepal Asia Studies (CNAS) in Kathmandu on 27-28 March. The purpose of the meeting was to see how the Buddha’s example and religion in modern society could bring about peace and solidarity in the world.
The author argues that both the life and development philosophies have suffered debasement
Timphu, Bhutan -- Buddhism was so pure when it was born and first delivered to the world. Since then the great vehicle of compassion has been through an evolutionary process of constant change. Today, the way we practise the religion begs the question of whether it is already corrupt? If it is so, then it is a sign of the times. And it is only fitting to explore whether our other values have also suffered the same fate.
by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, March 21, 2011
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- The unresolved fishermen issue and other diplomatic concerns might be plaguing the two countries but India and Sri Lanka attempted to strengthen their religious and cultural ties this week. On Sunday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated an international Buddhist conference organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in the central hill district town of Kandy.
MARDAN, Pakistan -- A delegation of the Society of Asian Civilisations on Monday visited the Buddhist religious and historical sites in Takht Bhai, and Gandhara Research Centre of the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.
PATNA, India -- There's good news for Buddhist pilgrims visiting Rajgir and Nalanda - a park dedicated to the historic meeting between Buddha and Maha Kassapa will be set up soon at Silao, a short distance from here, on way to Rajgir. While its site will be inaugurated on Friday, the designing and construction will take some time.
Patna, India -- Buddhism's holiest town is facing a particularly un-Buddhist squable over money and power. The International Buddhist Council Thursday threatened to shut all its monasteries and institutions in Bodh Gaya in Gaya district if the electricity department did not withdraw its move of disconnecting power supply to eight monasteries.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, the Sarvodaya leader, has been selected by the Buddhist Association of Japan - Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, to receive the 45th Annual Cultural Award for the Promotion of Buddhism in the world. The only other Sri Lankan who had won this prestigious award was the late President J.R. Jayewardene in 1983.
By Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich, The Independent, 5 March 2011
Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, famed for its unspoilt natural beauty and social policy of gross national happiness, found itself at the centre of bitter controversy yesterday after a Buddhist monk caught carrying tobacco worth under £2 was jailed for three years.
Dharamsala, India -- As the 17th Karmapa gets ready to hold spiritual discourses in the pilgrim town of Sarnath - for the first time after controversy over the recovery of foreign currency in his monastery - renowned Buddhist teacher and author Mingyur Rinpoche has also come out in his support.
University will start with seven schools, primarily in humanities
NEW DELHI, India -- The Governing Board of the new Nalanda University on Monday laid down a road map to make the institution functional tentatively by 2013. The recruitment of faculty would be done one or two semesters before the first batch is enrolled so that they have a role in finalising the course structure.
New Delhi, India -- India will hold an international conference in Sri Lanka next month to observe the 2600th year of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha and also commission an art gallery and a 16-feet high Buddha statue there.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) will launch a monumental text on "Buddhist Ecclesiastical Law" authored by the well known lawyer and legal academic Dr Wickrema Weerasooria on February 15. The Guests of Honour for the function are Ven Professor Bellawnwila Wimalaratana, Chancellor, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Chief Justice Asoka de Silva and former Attorney General, Acting Chief Justice and Supreme Court Judge Rajah Wanasundera.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A resolution vehemently condemning government’s nonchalance in retaining Sri Lanka’s Buddhist image was unanimously adopted at a largely attended meeting held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo on February 11. The issue is a covert move by the Prime Minister to promote a multi-religious program on the pretext of commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi (Anniversary of the of Siddhartha Gauthama’s attainment of Buddhahood).in May, 2011.
By Vishal Arora, Religion News Service, Feb 10, 2011
NEW DELHI, India -- The government commissioner charged with promoting "Gross National Happiness" in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan said he was deeply dismayed by a recent study that found a majority of Bhutanese women think their husbands have the right to beat them.
RAJKOT, India -- In order to give new impetus to Gujarat branding itself as the latest Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The state government has chalked out a plan to develop tourist infrastructure at sites associated with Buddhism and has prepared a comprehensive plan to market these sites to tourist.
Panaji, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama Monday suggested that the numerous temples of worship mushrooming across the country should also house libraries along with statues of deities.
Attack on four monks and damage to temple can not be attributed to guerrilla groups or to members of the LTTE. Representatives of all religions call for calm, to continue to live "as one family."
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Representatives of all religions in Sri Lanka strongly condemn the recent attack on the Buddhist Maha Bodhi temple in Chennai, India, in which four Sri Lankan Buddhist monks were injured.
DHARMSALA, India -- Indian authorities are investigating the source of large amounts of money found in a northern Indian monastery that is the headquarters of Tibetan Buddhism's third most important leader, police said Saturday.
Bhubaneswar, India -- Addressing the conference on tourism potential between South Korea and Odisha held here by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) on Thursday to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace, Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra expressed the hope that the process of a tie-up between the South Korean Province of Jellonamdo and Odisha to promote tourism and other economic activities would attract Buddhist tourists to the State in large numbers from South Korea and Japan.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 12 January 2011
Dharamshala, India -- All teachings of lord Buddha and Buddhist texts, which were not available in Tibetan, should be translated into Tibetan language, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet's political and spiritual leader while delivering the valedictory address at the four day Tengyur conference which held on Tuesday at the Buddhist holy city of Varanasi in India.
by KATE TAYLOR, The New York Times, January 2, 2011
Timphu, Bhutan -- The Himalayan kingdom Bhutan has granted British art experts rare access to the country’s roughly 2,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries in an effort to preserve wall paintings from the 16th through 19th centuries, The Observer of London reported.
Bodh Gaya, India -- The 22-day commemoration of the 900th anniversary of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism Thursday ended at the historic Kalachakra ground in the holy town of Bodh Gaya - the seat of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment - with an impressive ceremony and a special 'wishing prayer'.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka, better known as Sinhala-Buddhism (or Mahavamsa-Buddhism) is different from the Theravada Buddhism practiced in other countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and so on.
Dharamsala, India -- The state government of Sikkim and its people on Wednesday jointly organised a long life prayer ceremony in honour of the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's eight-day visit of the north-eastern Indian state.
by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, December 21, 2010
Kandy, Sri Lanka -- India will gift a 16-feet high Buddha statue to Sri Lanka to be installed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple in the central Lankan town of Kandy. The Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is among the holiest of Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka, and the Buddha statue will be installed at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex of the temple.
Dharamsala, India -- Three Buddhist monks have fled from the Tibet Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan and recently taken refuge in the country, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) claimed today.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has further cut tariffs to places of worship in proposed new rates for 2010 to protect Buddhism, which was an obligation of the state, power ministry secretary M M Ferdinando said.
Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist devotees have gathered at the ancient Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar's Gaya District to celebrate the annual festival of Kagyu Monlam Chenmo that marked the 900th birth anniversary of the first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 14 December 2010
Dharamshala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is on a three-day visit to the Tibetan settlement in Kalimpong, West Bengal State of India, where His Holiness inaugurated the newly built temple of Gaden Tharpa Choeling Monastery on 12 December.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- As a mark of respect to the huge loss of life and property caused by the massive cloudburst recently, Buddhists in Ladakh region have decided to celebrate 'Losar' festival, the Ladakhi New Year, on a low scale.
GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- For those living in Darjeeling, banner-led political processions are quite a common sight, but not a large contingent of Buddhist monks and nuns, who have embarked on a marathon march on foot to save the Himalayas from environmental damage. The local people have gathered around in support of the monks.
by Dirgha Raj Prasai, Australia.to, 9 December 2010
Kathmandu, Nepal -- Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in the 6th century BC in mid Tarai, Nepal. Nepal has been a pious and holy land for all Buddhists as well as all kinds of religious men and women. Buddha has guided human society on the path of peace, non-violence and prosperous thinking. Gautam Buddha meditated at Sarnath-Banarash and acquired the Light of Knowledge (Mokchya) under the holy fig-tree at Gaya, which is now called Buddha Gaya.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- The spiritual leader of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia described the cultural and religious ties with Tibetans a top priority, which he said will automatically give impetus to the political aspect of the Tibetan issue.
Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist Monks from 54 countries gathered at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara temple located in Bihar's Bodhgaya district to offer prayers for world peace on the occasion of the Tripitaka festival.
Celebration opens in Delhi with traditional festivities and concludes with a grand finale in Bodhgaya on 30th December
New Delhi, India -- South Asia Buddhist Association (SABA) recently commemorated the 900 years of the Karma Kagyu Lineage at the holy monastery of Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Qutub Institutional Area.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A three-day international workshop on Gandharan Cultural Heritage started at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Wednesday. The event has been organised by the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations (TIAC) in collaboration with Centre for Documentation and Conservation, Aachen University, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities, Germany.
Shimla, India -- A prominent, centuries-old Buddhist monastery in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley Wednesday appealed to the people to stop slaughtering animals and be more humane to other species, a spiritual head said.
New Delhi, India -- “The relationship between India and Tibet is one of guru and chela,” said Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at the first session of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2010. “We learnt a lot from Indian scholars. And I always introduce myself to western audiences as a scholar of Indian thought… So we are chelas. But you must agree that we have been reliable chelas,” he added with a chuckle.
by HEIDI VOGT, The Huffington Post, November 15, 2010
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan -- It was another day on the rocky hillside, as archaeologists and laborers dug out statues of Buddha and excavated a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. A Chinese woman in slacks, carrying an umbrella against the Afghan sun, politely inquired about their progress.
HYDERABAD, India -- What do foreign secretary Nirupama Rao’s office, Rakhi Sawant’s bathroom and drawing rooms of many Indians have in common? The answer is presence of Buddhist elements. From the new-found interest in the religion, it looks like Indians are having a new tryst with Buddhism.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mrs Shiranthi Rajapaksa participated the annual Katina ceremony organized by the Gangaramaya Temple, Hunupitiya, Colombo in the early hours on 08 November.
Country’s religious regulatory authority expected to consider recognition before year’s end.
Timphu, Bhutan -- For the first time in Bhutan’s history, the Buddhist nation’s government seems ready to grant much-awaited official recognition and accompanying rights to a miniscule Christian population that has remained largely underground.
New Delhi, India -- The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an agency of the World Bank, on Wednesday here to improve and promote the Buddhist tourism circuit in the country.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Prime Minister DM Jayaratne said the government will take immediate measures to establish Buddhist temples in all countries. He stressed that all other religions in Sri Lanka were protected because of Venerable Buddhist monks.
Bodh Gaya, India -- Buddhist monks released sky lanterns before Buddha's 80-feet-tall statue to demand renewable energy as a solution to the power crisis in the religious town of Bodhgaya in Bihar's Gaya District.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- As the natural beauty of Pakistan 's federal capital Islamabad is fading rapidly due to wide constructions and development activities, the government decided to preserve the archeological beauty of the city by approving a plan to protect the 2,400-year-old caves, local media reported on Monday.
KANPUR, India -- On a day when the country was busy burning the effigies of demon king, the villagers of nondescript Pukhrayan village in Ramabai Nagar had gathered to worship Ravana and to embrace Buddhism on the occasion of Dussehra or Vijaya Dashmi on Sunday.
by Chaminda PERERA, Lanka Daily News, Oct 11, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the country faces the biggest challenge of protecting cultural values and virtues in the face of western culture and attitudes seeping into society.
by J.L. Devananda, Sri Lanka Guardian, Oct 5, 2010
Buddhism in Sri Lanka is monopolized by the Sinhalese and they call it Sinhala-Buddhism which is Theravada Buddhism (Tripitaka) mixed up with the Mahavamsa. Will the Sinhala-Buddhist Maha Sangha accept any Tamil Buddhist monks? Will the Tamils accept Mahavamsa as a part of Buddhism or Buddhist history knowing very well that it is a Sinhala-Buddhist mythology?
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero, a leading Sinhala nationalist Buddhist monk activist, said today that he was ready to have rigorous imprisonment for life with hundred more monks if the government does not release the ex-Army Commander General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka.
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday met with the chief incumbents of the Buddhist temples in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, and Trincomalee districts and sought the guidance from the Nayaka theras to find solutions to the problems common to the region.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka Ministry of Buddhist Affairs has planned to release a directory of Buddhist monks, Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna who is also the Minister of Buddhist Affairs revealed to media.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Politicians, human rights activists and religious leaders took part in a peaceful sit-in in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Colombo yesterday. They called on the world not to forget, highlighting the difficulties democracy encounters in Sri Lanka itself.
New York, USA -- Addressing the UN session on Millennium Development Goals President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday vowed to follow the Buddhist principles which he said had laid the foundation to the stability of the Sri Lankan society.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told the United Nations sessions on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that he hoped to develop Sri Lanka on a foundation of Buddhist values, presidential sources in New York told Daily Mirror.He spoke of how he overcame the challenges he faced when eradicating terrorism.
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Even as once-secure parts of Afghanistan succumb to criminality and the insurgency, and the Afghan financial system hovers on the brink of failure, there are small signs of hope here.
by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 17, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- At a meeting held at Dharma Vijaya Foundation, Colombo on Friday September 17, Buddhist societies and animal welfare activists decided to petition President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him to enact the Animal Welfare Bill prepared by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka without delay. DVF President Olcott Gunasekera presided.
NEW DELHI, India -- Indian academics have long dreamt of resurrecting Nalanda University, one of the world's oldest seats of learning which has lain in ruins for 800 years since being razed by foreign invaders.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today visited the flood-ravaged areas in Leh and addressed the affected people telling them that they were not alone in their suffering as people in neighbouring Pakistan and China had also suffered similar natural disasters.
Palampur, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today inaugurated a new Buddhist institute near here and consecrated a temple and stupas in the sprawling campus on the lap of majestic Dhauladhar ranges.
By Nirmala Kannangara, The SUnday Leader, Sep 12, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The controversial constitutional amendments which allow an incumbent president to contest any number of terms and to replace the 10 member Constitutional Council (CC) with a five member Constitutional Advisory Committee (CAC) have come under severe criticism by leading Buddhist monks in the country.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Chief Incumbent of Dambulla Rajamaha Vihara Buddhist temple Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero has asked Sri Lanka Cricket to show cause within 14 days for violating the agreement between the temple authorities and Sri Lanka Cricket over the lease of land for Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.
by Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, September 06, 2010
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- A blind teacher at a Buddhist school in Choglamsar town in Leh district was beaten up by Buddhist activists for allegedly carrying out conversion activity on the behest of Christian missionaries.
by Jayampathy JAYASINGHE, Sunday Observer, Sept 5, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Dharmasasana International Buddhist Research Trust have been set up under the Public Trustee's Office to establish a training institute to propagate Buddhist activities, the Chief Incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Viharaya, Kiridigalle Dharmaratana Thera who spoke to the Sunday Observer, said.
LEH, Ladakh (India) -- It was total self-sacrifice by several Malaysians who scaled the rugged Himalayan mountains to bring cheer to traumatised families and children in the remote Ladakh area, distressed by a recent cloudburst.
Bylakuppe, India -- After inaugurating two newly built prayer halls of the Tibetan Secondary School at Sera Jey Monastery, Kalon Tripa Prof Samdong Rinpoche said "the school must include courses on Buddhist treatises in its curriculum".
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The first copies of the two volumes of the books on the Dalada Maligawa – The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, written by the late Professor Anuradha Seneviratna were presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week by Chairman of Vijitha Yapa Publications Vijitha Yapa.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Archaeologists in Afghanistan, where Taliban Islamists are fighting the Western-backed government, have uncovered Buddhist-era remains in an area south of Kabul, an official said today.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne says the government has arranged a wider programme to propagate Buddhism throughout the world from Sri Lanka in the same manner Buddhism was propagated by India in the history.
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- The Buddha stood by the Druk White Lotus School, an architectural milestone just 15 km from Leh, when a cloudburst caused devastation in the cold desert region of Jammu and Kashmir last week. While it did suffer damage, the school is already looking forward to being 'back on its feet'.
Himachal Pradesh, India -- Sermons on Buddhist thoughts delivered by Rinpoche Lobsang Jamphel Jampa Gyatso at the Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery in the scenic Kullu valley are popular among national and international tourists here in Himachal Pradesh.
New Delhi, India -- Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo who is in New Delhi, has said that Singaporeans, especially those in the Buddhist community are likely to raise S$5-10 million towards the Nalanda University.
PANAJI, India -- Spiritual soul-searching Japanese Buddhists may soon join the mosaic of colours, cultures and languages that dress up the streets of coastal Goa from the 2011-12 tourism season onwards.
Ladakh, India -- The Dalai Lama inaugurated a 106-foot-tall Buddha statue during his nine-day visit to the Himalayan region of Ladakh. The statue of Buddha Maitreya is at a monastery in India's Jammu and Kashmir State.
Bodh Gaya, India -- Around 300 Buddhist monks from several countries yesterday participated in chanting the Chula Pagnasaka Suthra of the Majjima Nikaya of Tripitaka at the Sri Maha Bodhi at Anuradhapura.
Nubra, Ladakh (India) -- With the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the remote Buddhist hamlet at Yarma Gonbo Monastery located about 65 km from Samtenling Monastery in Ladakh's Nubra Valley on last Friday, the long-held wishes of the people living in the region to meet their spiritual leader were finally fulfilled.
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (India) -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit forward areas of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir bordering Tibet this week for delivering religious discourses.
By Fazal Khaliq, The Express Tribune, July 21, 2010
SWAT, Pakistan -- If Swat Valley is a piece of paradise on earth, it is also the cradle of ancient civilisations, including Buddhist. It is the place which was described as the “valley of hanging chains” by Chinese chroniclers Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- According to news published in Neruppu.com, a Buddhist shrine has been erected at Periya Panndi Virichchan village, about two kilometres away from the Madhu Catholic shrine in the Madhu Assistant Government Agent’s division.
by ARCHIS MOHAN, The Telegraph (India), July 8, 2010
New Delhi, India -- Nalanda University will be revived but the Dalai Lama will have no association with the project to resurrect the ancient seat of Buddhist learning, an omission aimed at respecting China’s sensibilities.
Patna, India -- The Bihar government will approach Sri Lanka for another sapling of the Bodhi tree after the first one planted by Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama here wilted due to negligence, triggering anger in the Buddhist community.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Targeting Buddhist Tourism, Himalayan Expedition in January 2011 is going to launch Buddhist Circuit involving primary pilgrimage places associated with the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. Lumbini, Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Kushinagar are the primary pilgrimage places along with numerous other sites where Buddha and the saints travelled will be part of the itinerary, S K Singh of Jatak Travels India said.
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka -- The historical town of Anuradhapura and the nearby mountain peak Mihintale, is set to receive some two million devotees tomorrow (25th) , in a peaceful commemoration of the day Arahat Mahinda brought the simple philosophy of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Colombo Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka plan to learn Tamil language to create greater harmony and heal the decades old animosity between the majority Sinhalas and the minority Hindu community in the country.
Himachal Pradesh, India -- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Monday said the government would extend all help during a Buddhist ceremony that will be attended by the Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district in 2013.
PATNA, India -- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to reduce fares of the package tour by Buddhist Circuit special train as a discount offer to passengers, including foreign tourists.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- With the spiritual fragrance of the Thrice Blessed Day still fresh in their hearts and minds, Buddhists in our country are now preparing to usher in yet another day of religious significance, unique to our Motherland.
Secunderabad, India -- The government-supported Ananda Buddha Vihara, a noted Buddhist centre in Secunderabad, is caught in a murky feud between the chief monk and the founder trustees that is paralysing Vihara activities.
Kashmir, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning presided over the 15th founding anniversary of the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural School in Gulabgarh, located 62 km from Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.
by Indi Samarajiva, The Sunday Leader, June 6, 2010
Jaffna, Sri Lanka -- Stupa built by the 55th Army Division in Jaffna town This year, the Sri Lankan military organised Buddhist celebrations in traditionally Tamil/Hindu areas of the country, including Jaffna.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhist Ladies’ College (BLC) one of the premier government approved schools in Colombo, commemorates its 56th year marking Founder’s Day, while focusing on the educational needs of the new generation.
by Priyanka KURUGALA, Lanka Daily News, May 29, 2010
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Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhism has been in existence for too many centuries. Although there are many Buddhists all over the world, not many practice the religion. Most of them call themselves as Buddhists, but they do not follow the teachings of the Buddha.
Dharamsala, India -- A daily 20-minute “Buddhist Spiritual Program” named “Noble Wisdom” will be telecast on daily basis on the Sadhana TV Channel from this week onwards, a Delhi-based Buddhist society has announced.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhists in the country are getting ready to celebrate the Vesak festival in grand scale this year. Vesak celebrations will be held in each Buddhist temple and Buddhist centres. All the streets and households have been decorated with Vesak lanterns and illuminations.
By D. C. Ranatunga, The Sunday Times, May 23, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- He was just seven years old when he was ordained. He hails from Moderawana, a backyard village off Embilipitiya. In his mid-twenties he decided to be rather adventurous and come to Wellawa, a rural area just past Polgahawela and set up a small temple. He was always keen to be of service to the community.
by Priyanka KURUGALA, Lanka Daily News, May 22, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Lives of more than 40,000 monks were lost to the country duty to indoctrination by revolutionary parties. Instead of the Buddhist teaching, those monks followed political agendas, Buddhist Cultural Center Director Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Of all things Sri Lanka has bestowed on the world the Buddhist flag, which celebrated its 125th anniversary on April 28, is probably the most important. The 125th anniversary is special for several reasons. The Buddhist flag was first hoisted on - April 28, 1885 - an Adhi Vesak poya day, after a long struggle to establish Buddhists religious rights.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The special lecture at the Chennai Wesak festival jointly organised by the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society and the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner’s office of South India will be delivered by professor Sunil Ariyaratne on the topic ‘Tamil Buddhist’ on May 30 afternoon at the Chennai Maha Bodhi Centre.
Dharamshala, India -- The Diaspora Tibetan communities based in different parts of the world on Monday (4 May) conducted special prayer sessions to observe the customary third week of the death of those people since the deadly earthquake that struck Tibet's Kyigudo region on April 14.
NEW DELHI, India -- An Indian-style Buddhist temple, which was inspired by the Sanchi Stupa and took five years to build at a cost of $4 million, will be dedicated to the Chinese people by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil during her visit there next month.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Chief Incumbent of Panadura Rankoth Vihara historic temple and Senior Lecturer of the Kelaniya University Ven. Professor Kahapalage Sugatharathana Thera said the Buddhists today celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Buddhist flag but the National Flag and the Buddhist flag have not received the pride of place.
Dharmsala, India -- On April 30, H.H. the Dalai Lama along with other Tibetan government-in-exile officials and Buddhist spiritual leaders conducted a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of his arrival in Dharmsala, India after fleeing from Tibet.
Researcher makes progress in determining Guru Rinpoche’s birthplace
Swat, Pakistan -- The timing was not intended but, even as Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley and the Pakistani prime minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, discuss promoting friendship through exploring the birthplace of Guru Padmasambhava in Swat province, Pakistan, to draw Buddhist pilgrims, a study claims that two lakes were identified as lake Dhanakosha, the birth place of Guru Rinpoche.
Dharamsala, India -- Scores of Tibetans living-in-exile at Dharamsala and other settlements in Himachal Pradesh, gathered at the Tsuglagkhang Buddhist temple on Tuesday to offer special prayers for the long life of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed sorrow over the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in an air crash in Russia last week. Kaczynski was an admirer of the Dalai Lama and had met him a number of times.
Literary figure Mohammed Yousf Taing said to know the location of the copper plaques containing the manuscripts on the proceedings of the International Buddhist Council held in Srinagar, 2000 years ago
Jammu, India -- Mohammed Yousf Taing, a name in the literary horizon of Jammu and Kashmir, today unfolded a mysterious aspect of the Kashmir history, related to the 4th Buddhist Council, held somewhere near Harwan in the city of Srinagar, during the rein of King Kanshika.
GANDHINAGAR, India -- The recent Dalai Lama visit has given a new impetus to Gujarat branding itself as the latest Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The state government has not only allocated funds for development of the sites associated with Buddhism but is also preparing a comprehensive plan for development of these sites.
By Nirmala Kannangara, The Sunday Leader, Apr 4, 2010
Dambulla, Sri Lanka -- As intra-party fighting among candidates of the governing alliance intensified with days to go for the general election, senior Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and his son are being accused of vandalising a Buddha statue.
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy vowed on Monday to launch a wave of anti-government protests after police arrested a dozen monks who demanded the release of the jailed former army chief.