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Buddhist festival to be strictly vegetarian

Asian Age, January 4, 2006

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Kalachakra-2006, true to the concept of Ahimsa Paramodharmaha, as taught by Lord Buddha is going to be strictly vegetarian this time. For the first time in Kalachakra, only vegetarian food will be served to the Buddhist monks, tourists, in the restaurants set up by the organisers, Tibetans and local hotels.

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Dalai Lama may not get visa to Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq, Asian Tribune, Jan 5, 2006

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Amidst reports of a possible visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry is yet to receive a request seeking approval for such a visit.

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Land of Nagarjuna reliving the forgotten period of glory

WebIndia123, January 4, 2006

Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The most important event that happened due to the ensuing Kalachakra confluence was the consecration of the giant monolithic statue of Lord Buddha in the Hussain Sagar Lake by the Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama a couple of days ago.

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Dalai Lama in Hyderabad for Buddhist conclave

IANS, January 2, 2006

HYDERABAD, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Monday reached Hyderabad amid tight security for a 15-day visit to Andhra Pradesh to attend ‘Kalachakra’, the global conclave of Buddhist monks.

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Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims flocking Amaravati for Kalchakra

NewKerala, Jan 3, 2006

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh -- Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet are flocking the temple town of Amaravati on the banks of Krishna river in this district to take part in Kalachakra, a Buddhist programme to be held from January 5 to 17.

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Russia looks to Nepal for embellishing Buddhism bond

IANS, December 31, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Once suppressed by the communist regime, Buddhism is again flourishing in Russia. And Moscow wants help from Nepal to embellish its bond with the religion.

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Buddhist relics display

Andhracafe, Dec 31, 2005

Bavikonda, India -- For the first time in the State, holy Buddhist relics of Bavikonda, which date back to the 3rd century BC, will be enshrined in a holy relic gallery at the A.P.State Museum.

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Dalai Lama rejects Tibetan Buddhist praise of China

By Terry Friel, Reuters, Dec 28, 2005

DHARAMSALA, India -- The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday the most senior Buddhist in Tibet had obviously wanted to please Chinese authorities by praising Tibet for its political stability and prosperity.

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In Nepal, little prince settles in

Seattle Times, December 30, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The little prince is now at a monastery in Nepal, studying scripture about six hours a day and visiting holy sites such as Buddha's birthplace.

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Bhutans 'uncertain future' in democracy

The Times of India Online, December 30, 2005

GUWAHATI, Bhutan -- Bhutan's crown prince, who is set to become king in two years, has warned of an "uncertain future" if citizens shirked their responsibilities when the nation shifts from monarchy to a democracy.

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