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The little Buddha of Bara

e-Kantipur, Jan 27, 2006

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Braving the cold wave in the Terai that has already claimed dozens this winter, Ram Bahadur Bomjon, known as the Buddha Boy, is continuing his meditation wearing just a thin cloth. Eight months have already passed since he began his "deep meditation" but the confusion whether he has really not eaten or drunk anything during this period is still unresolved. It has been claimed that the 16-yr-old has not drunk even a single drop of water since he began his meditation on May 17, last year.

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Buddhist monks oppose demolition of structures inside Mahaparinirvan Complex

NewKerala, Jan 22, 2006

Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh (India) -- The Uttar Pradesh Government's decision to demolish illegal structures at the temple, dedicated to Lord Buddha here has invited the wrath of Buddhist monks. They are now all set to protest against the decision.

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Kalachakra sand mandala immersed

Newindpress, January 18, 2006

GUNTUR, India -- The two-week-long Kalachakra empowerment rituals ended on Tuesday with the immersion of sand mandal in the river Krishna by Buddhist monks at Amaravati.

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Kalachakra in Andhra Pradesh ends

By Narendra, NewKearal, Jan 17, 2006

Amravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The 10-day-long global congregation of Buddhist monks in Amravati in Andhra Pradesh has concluded.

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Buddha statue project dropped

The Hindu, Jan 18, 2006

The statue, which was to come up at Handigondi resides in an area that is habitat to several rare species of birds. It is home to sloth bears, hares and packs of jackals

Karnataka, Bangalore (India) -- The 700-foot tall monolithic Buddha statue planned to be carved out of the rocks at Ramanagaram by the Bangalore-based Sanghamitra Foundation, is not likely to materialise.

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US$ 67,000 promised for Dhyana Buddha project

Newindpress, January 17 2006

AMARAVATI, India -- The Dalai Lama has announced a Rs 30 lakh (US$ 67,000) aid for the 125-feet Dhyana Buddha project on the banks of River Krishna.

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Amaravati all set to get a face-lift

Newindpress, January 16 2006

VIJAYAWADA, India -- Amaravati, one of the ancient holy towns in the country, will get a face-lift soon. Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy responded positively to the plea made by Dalai Lama in this regard. Dalai has been insisting on developing the village into an international Buddhist centre.

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Kalachakra enters crucial phase

Business-Standard, January 13, 2006

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Amid solemn ritual and dance performed by the monks of Namgyal monastery in traditional attires, the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in the early hours of Wednesday, invoked 722 deities, including the principal deity of Kalachakra, and invited them to enter and stay in the ‘mandala’, a symbolic sand figure of purified universe and its beings.

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The Kalachakra in India: Dalai Lama tells Tibetans from Tibet they are key to future

Tibet News, January 11, 2006

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Dalai Lama opened the Kalachakra teachings this week in Amravati, India, with a powerful statement urging Tibetans from inside Tibet to tell Tibetans when they return about the importance of the 'Middle Path' approach towards a genuine autonomy for Tibet.

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Monks take out colourful procession

Newindpress, January 12, 2006

AMARAVATI, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Buddhist monks attending the Kalachakra Empowerment took out a colourful procession here today with their presiding deity Gyava Chamba.

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