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Russia's Buddhist Republic

By Bradley Jardine, The Diplomat, January 4, 2017

Kalmykia, Russia -- The journey from Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) to Russia’s southern Republic of Kalmykia – a barren landscape the size of Scotland, wedged between Stavropol and Astrakhan on the coast of the Caspian Sea – is somewhat eerie.


North-east Buddhist retreat backed by planners

by Ryan Cryle, Evening Express, 17 Dec 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland (UK) -- Proposals to turn a cottage on the outskirts of Aberdeen into a monastic retreat have been backed by planners despite fears over traffic.


Buddha Bar in Krasnoyarsk fined for offending believers’ feelings

by Nadezhda Stolyarchuk, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia Beyond the Headlines, November 24, 2016

The local chain of Buddha Bar ordered to pay a fine, change their name and remove Buddha statues.
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
-- The Krasnoyarsk prosecutor’s office has fined the local branch of Buddha Bar, a global chain of bars that feature Buddha statues in their interiors. The establishment has been ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles ($462) for offending the religious feelings of Buddhists in Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tyva.


Crowds flock to Runcorn for Buddhist festival

By Oliver Clay, Echo, 23 NOV 2016

Event marked end of rainy season with visitor numbers estimated at more than 500
Runcorn, UK
-- Hundreds of Buddhists descended on Wat Phra Singh temple on High Street in Runcorn to celebrate the Kathina festival.


Ancient Buddhist celebration Kathina to take place in former church

by Lisa Nightingale, ShieldsGazette.com, Oct 18, 2016

An ancient celebration at a Buddhist temple in South Tyneside aims to give people the chance to find out more about the religion.
Newcastle, UK
-- Members of the Buddhist meditation centre – at the former St Andrew’s Church, off Ellison Street, Hebburn – are preparing to stage one of the most important celebrations on the calendar


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