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Sri Lanka President hands over Buddhist relics to USA

News Lanka, Jul 29, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has donated sacred Buddha relics to be placed in temples in the United States and Korea for the Buddhists in those countries to worship.

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Dalai Lama Visits Lotus Flower Trust’s Home

The Buddhist Channel, July 21, 2014

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.

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World Bank Group helps India develop Buddhist Circuit

T3 News Network, Jul 21, 2014

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.

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Sanchi kept out of grand Buddhist circuit in budget blueprint

by Rageshri Ganguly,TNN, Jul 10, 2014

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.

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Sri Lanka to honour Vietnam Buddhist martyr

by Janaka Perera, Lankaweb, July 10, 2014

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.

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Anti-Extremism Buddhist Monk attcaked in Sri Lanka

AA, June 19, 2014

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.

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Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka coastal town as Buddhist and Muslims clash

ColomboPage News Desk, Jun 15, 2014

Aluthgama, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka police declared curfew in Sri Lanka's southern coastal town of Aluthgama today after simmering tensions between the Buddhist and Muslims escalated into clashes.

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Living, loving, laughing and Dying: The Buddhist Way

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.

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The Dhamma School in Jaffna that Teaches Buddhism in Tamil

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.

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Bangladesh makes amends after anti-Buddhist rampage

by Nicholas Farrelly, Myanmar Times, May 22, 2014

In contrast to Myanmar, government moved fast to restore Buddhist buildings

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- “Who did this?” I asked the monk on a recent afternoon in Ramu, southeastern Bangladesh. “It was the Islamists,” he replied. He pointed to the marks beneath the glistening new paint where a Buddha’s head had been cleaved asunder. When asked about the culprits – “miscreants” in the local application of English – he gave me a glimpse of monastic resignation. “I don’t know. They are people who don’t understand.”

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