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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.

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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.

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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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Buddhism in Estonia: a brief history

By Kadri Metsma, Estonianworld.com, November 9, 2016

Estonia -- While the first Estonian who was declared a saint was a Buddhist, this religion also provided a way of resistance for some Estonian intellectuals during the Soviet occupation.

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The country's first copper-domed Buddhist temple is being built in West Cork

by Seán Ó Riordan, Irish Examiner, November 13, 2016

West Cork, Ireland -- Building has started on the country’s first copper-domed Buddhist temple that’s expected to be completed by next October.

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