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International conference on Vajrayana Buddhism begins

Kuensel Online, July 1, 2016

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.


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