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Buddhist scholar prescribes solution to human sufferings

The Himalayan Times, August 21, 2016

Nepal, Kathmandu -- Most of human sufferings are unnecessary and can be easily avoided, a Buddhist scholar from Hong Kong, Venerable Hin Hung, has said.

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Taking hint from Traditional Buddhist Architecture, Architect builds Buddhist Learning Centre in Maharashtra

Newsgram, August 19, 2016

Mumbai, India -- A Mumbai-based architecture firm Sameep Padora and Associates have recently completed building a Buddhist Learning Centre in Maharashtra. The architect wanted to renew the lost traditions that went into making Buddhist learning and meditation centres.

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North Sri Lankan Governor defends building Buddhist temples

By P K Balachandran, New Indian Express, 18 August 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The Governor of Sri Lanka’s Hindu Tamil-majority Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, has defended the building of Buddhist temples in the province saying that it is only part of a boom in the building of places of worship there.

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Searching for Dalits: A yatra (procession) by Buddhist monks taking BJP to Dalits across UP

The Indian Express, Jul 30, 2016

Ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls, a yatra (Sanskrit: 'journey', 'procession') by Buddhist monks across the state is perhaps the party’s biggest Dalit outreach at a time when it battles a backlash
New Delhi, India
-- The Dhamma Chetna Yatra is on its way to Mathura. Suddenly, the first car of the convoy stops near Raya town. Former local BJP MLA Ajay Kumar Poiya steps down, signals the convoy to stop, and approaches a Buddhist monk in the car behind. “There’s an Ambedkar statue here. Let’s garland it,” Poiya says. Some 40 monks come out, pay tributes to the Dalit leader. Just three minutes, and the yatra moves on.

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How the British came to the rescue of a Buddhist prayer wheel in Himachal

by Abhilash Gaur, Times of India, July 8, 2016

Ladakh, India -- One thing the British learnt from the Mutiny of 1857 was not to grease their Indian troops’ cartridges with lard and beef tallow.

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Plantation drive at Bodoland Buddhist Park

Assam Times, July 12, 2016

Assam, India -- A plantation drive was carried out on Tuesday at Bodoland Buddhist Park along Gaurang River bank involving villager and social activists.

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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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Bangladesh: Buddhist leader killed in Bandarban

by Sanjoy Kumar Barua, The Daily Star, July 2, 2016

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- A Buddhist farmer was hacked to death in Bandarban on Thursday night, less than two months after a Buddhist monk was killed in the district in a similar fashion.

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Buddhist monks serve iftar for Muslims in Bangladesh

by Mahmud Hossain Opu, Aljazeera, 25 Jun 2016

Monastery has been serving iftar meals to underprivileged Muslims during Ramadan for the past six years.
Dhaka, Bangladesh
-- Every day during Ramadan, hundreds of Muslim men, women and children queue in front of a Buddhist monastery in the Bangladeshi capital to receive iftar, the food with which Muslims break their fast at sunset during the holy month.

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Sri Lanka exhibits sacred Buddhist relics from Taxila on Poson Poya

Lanka Daily Times, June 19, 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The most sacred relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila are currently on display for general public in Thanthirimalaya Rajamaha Viharaya, Thanthirimalaya, Anuradhapura for two days on the occasion of Poson Full Moon Poya Day being commemorated on Sunday.

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