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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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On the anvil, trans-national Buddhist circuit from India to Nepal

by Divya A, The India Express, May 31, 2016

The map of the Buddhist circuit as envisaged by the ministry comprises Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Kushinagar in Bihar, Sarnath, and Shravasti in UP, along with Kapilavastu and Lumbini in Nepal where Buddha was born.
New Delhi, India
-- The Ministry of Tourism is set to announce the Buddhist circuit as India’s first trans-national tourist circuit. The effort will promote tourism in Nepal and Sri Lanka alongside that in India, with sites in the Buddhist circuit as well as the Ramayana circuit spanning the other two countries.

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Buddha Purnima today

The Daily Star, May 21, 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be observed today in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country.

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President Pranab Mukherjee Greets People On Eve Of Buddha Purnima

Press Trust of India, May 21, 2016

New Delhi, India --  President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday congratulated people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, stressing on Lord Buddha's message of love, compassion, non-violence and equality.

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Vipassana centre at city's Buddha park soon

by Sheezan Nezami, TNN, May 19, 2016

Patna, India -- Now, there is no need for Patnaites to visit Bodh Gaya or any other place to learn Vipassana, a meditation technique. A permanent Vipassana training centre would come up at Buddha Smriti Park here by the end of August this year where one can learn the art of meditation free of cost.

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Odisha Buddhists have their own identity

by BIMALENDU MOHANTY, Daily Pioneer, 21 May 2016

Bhubaneswar, India -- The population of Buddhists in Odisha is estimated at 120,000 living in 17 main villages scattered all over the State so far identified. A majority of these Buddhists have taken to weaving as their professional occupation since centuries past. They are classified to be belonging to the Srabak community dedicated to the weaving profession. Many Buddhists in the State do not take to agriculture at all. They are also otherwise known as Saraka.

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Buddhist temple provides shelter and meals

AP, May 19, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of stunned residents of Sri Lankan villages buried by mudslides took shelter in nine temporary camps set up in schools and a Buddhist temple, where they were being given food, blankets and basic medical treatment.

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Bhutan: A Buddhist Treasure at Gangtey Monastery

BY Robert Michael Poole, May 19, 2016

Timphu, Bhutan -- Wanderers and pilgrims who have ventured to the top of the mountains of Bhutan have had watchful eyes looking over them for centuries. The peaks of the countries rugged interior are populated by mighty yaks, who these days wander occasionally through the colorful rectangular prayer flags that decorate the mountain ridges, stamped with woodblock prints depicting the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings) and the Sangha (community).

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International Buddhist conference begins in Nepal

Press Trust of India, May 19, 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began here today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms.

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