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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.


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


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.


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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