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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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International symposium on Buddhist Jurisprudence 2014

Lanka Daily News, May 8, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The symposium on Buddhist Jurisprudence Sri Lanka 2014, will be held on May 10 at 9 am with the participation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, PC.

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Sri Lanka: Vesak in the village

by D.C. Ranatunga, Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), May 11, 2014

Before the focus on pandals, dansalas and elaborate illuminations, Vesak meant time spent at the temple. D.C. Ranatunga looks back

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Going back six to seven decades, I recollect how Vesak was celebrated in the village temple. I remember how I used to accompany mother to the temple along the paddy fields to the ‘Sabahve pansala’. (I never bothered to find out how the temple had got that name). Poya day then was another working day for everybody. So the crowd in the temple on a Full Moon day was limited to a handful, mostly the old folks, and mainly women .

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Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Standards

by Gamini Weerakoon, The Sunday leader, May 5, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Every time we pass the Kanatte roundabout under the spreading Banyan tree, our eyes go to the four white boards placed around It: Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Muditha (sharing one’s own joy as well as of other’s too) and Upeksa (equanimity – learning to accept loss and gain). These are four basic principles in Buddhism and said to represent the core of Buddha’s teaching.

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Saving a Buddhist Temple

by Fardaus Mobarok, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Apr 20, 2014

Kuakata, Bangladesh -- It was a momentous day for the Rakhaine people in Misripara and nearby villagers in Kuakata. Their beloved temple known as Misripara Seema Buddha Bihar, had been saved. They had feared that the land of the ancient temple might be grabbed by influential people had it not been for the generosity of friends from another land.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, Buddhist NGOs corner most foreign aid

by Masood Hussain, ET, Apr 19, 2014

Kashmir, India -- Buddhists have displaced Christian groups as the biggest recipients of foreign aid in Jammu and Kashmir. In the past seven years, non-governmental organisations based in and around Buddhistdominated and sparsely populated Leh have cornered more than half of the total funds that NGOs in the state have received, government records show.

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Ancient Buddhist center in India hungry for Chinese investment

Xinhua, Apr 18, 2014

Patna, India -- Local officials in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are trying to attract foreign investments and revive the area's former glory–known as the original site of the first recorded activities of Siddhartha, or Buddha, that once made it the center of the Maurya Empire of India in the 3rd century BC and visited by pilgrims from China and other countries some 1,500 years ago.

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Monks vote to chose a Lama as their Member of the Legislative Assembly in Sikkim

PTI, 12 April 2014

Gangtok, Sikkim (India) -- Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim voted on Saturday to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly.

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Inland fisheries and Buddhism

Observer, Sunday Times, April 12th, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- “Ordering by the beat of the drum that no animals should be killed within a radius of seven gau from the city, he gave security to animals. He also gave security to the fish in the twelve great tanks, and bestowing on (the region’s people) gold and cloth and whatever other kind of wealth they wished, he commanded them not to catch birds and so gave security to birds….”

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