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Thousands to embrace Buddhism at Deeksha Bhoomi on Oct 12

New Kerala, Oct 3, 2005

Nagpur, India -- Over 12,000 followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar from across the country and abroad are expected to throng to Deeksha Bhoomi here, where Buddhism was embraced in 1956 by lakhs of Dalits along with the social reformer, to celebrate the 49th 'Dhammachakra Parivartan Din' on October 12 this year.

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Sri Lanka: Tsunami aid that never reached victims

Rediff and Buddhist Channel, September 26, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As Venerable Wimala - a monk well known for his humanitarian and medical relief work in Africa - waded through a Sri Lankan village destroyed by the deadly December 26 tsunami, he couldn't help noticing that many parts of the area were still without proper shelters and sanitation.

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Rare Buddhist manuscripts get digitalized for Internet home

ANI, September 22, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- By using modern technologies many scholars are making knowledge of Buddhism available for the general public and youngsters. Many Buddhist scholars in Dharamshala town are digitalizing rare Buddhist manuscripts to preserve them and give them a virtual home on the Internet.

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Shantiban: A Landmark For Peace

By Rajeev Dangol, PeaceJournalism.com, Issue 11, Sept 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Just 11 km from Katmandu city, Shantiban is easily visible from across the road with huge golden statue of Buddha in meditation posture. It only takes 20 minutes village walk to reach the spot. Perched on a hill, the 25 feet tall Buddha's image is the main attraction of the place.

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Bengal keen on Buddhist circuit

Business Standard, September 22, 2005

Kolkata, India -- West Bengal government has appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study on making Tamluk and Tamralipta, in the east Midnapore district, a gateway to the Buddhism tourism circuit.

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'Dharmapala's contribution transcended national boundaries'

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, September 21, 2005

New Delhi, India -- "The contribution made by late Anagarika Dharmapala for the revival of Buddhism in India and for fostering and propagating it in Sri Lanka, Asia and in the West are enormous and his noble services for the benefit of mankind will be remembered by generations to come," said Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai Sumith Nakandala, addressing the 141st birth anniversary commemorative meeting of late Anagarika Dharmapala in Kolkata.

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The Buddhist Trail

By ARAVIND ADIGA, Time Magazine, Sep. 18, 2005

Tourists are returning to the birthplace of one of the world's great religions

BODH GAYA, India -- It appears on your right as you go around the temple, and you wonder at once if that is the tree: an ancient-looking, sprawling tree with a massive trunk and a zone of deep, hypnotizing shade at its center. A middle-aged Japanese man dressed in white, wearing a mask, is meditating in its shadow. Behind him two Tibetan monks are counting off their prayer beads and whispering.

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Global Centre for Buddhism in Buddha Gaya

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Sept 19, 2005

New Delhi, India -- A global training centre for Buddhist monks across the world will be established at Buddha Gaya. The foundation stone for the building complex is to be laid by the Dalai Lama in presence of leading Buddhist monks from different countries belonging to all schools of Buddhism.

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New debate on birthplace of Buddha

by Rabindra Nath Choudhury, The Asian Age India, Sept 14, 2005

Bhubaneswar, India -- There seems to be no end to the controversy over the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The latest claim that the apostle of peace was born in Orissa has been challenged by historian Karuna Sagar Behera.

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Dalai Lama to unveil monk training centre

Press Trust of India, September 10, 2005

Kolkata, India -- Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama would lay the foundation stone of a global training centre for monks during a three-day celebration at Bodhgaya in February next year marking the 2550th Buddha Jayanti celebrations to be attended by Buddhist spiritual leaders from across the world.

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