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Dalai Lama begins discourse for Taiwanese Buddhists

ANI, July 12, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Nearly 600 Taiwanese Buddhists began to attend special religious sermons by Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, here today. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in Dharamsala.

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Green light to rebuild Buddhist temples in post-tsunami Sri Lanka

Asia News, July 5, 2005

The Minister for Buddhist Affairs pledges that funds won?t come from foreign sources and that volunteers from other religions will be kept away.

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Scientists save Bodh Gaya's holy Buddhist tree

By Imran Khan, New kerala, July 6, 2005

Patna, India -- Scientists have saved a tree in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town - where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago - from infection, disease and pollution.

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The Dalai Lama turns 70 today

By Sugita Katyal, Reuters, July 6, 2005

NEW DELHI, India -- At one level, he's just a simple Buddhist monk who's devoted his life to prayer and meditation.

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Buddhist site in Pakistan ransacked; relics stolen

PTI, July 2, 2005

Islamabad, Pakistan -- A Buddhist site near the north western Pakistani town of Mardan was ransacked by unidentified people, who took away a number of relics, including statues and iron tools.

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Historical laxity: Buddhist sites in state of neglect

Newind Press, July 1 2005

RAJAHMUNDRY, India -- India is a country which often fails to respect its historical heritage. Take the case of the various centuries-old Buddhist sites in East Godavari district, rich in tourism potential, which are in a state of dismal neglect.

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Stolen statue of Buddhist monk recovered

IANS, June 30, 2005

Raipur, India -- A stone statue of a 6th century Buddhist female monk, stolen from a Chhattisgarh Buddhist centre last week, has been recovered from a village where people were worshipping it in the belief that it was an idol of goddess Parvati.

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Repression of Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Portuguese

By Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel (Abridged version), June 28, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Portuguese landed in Colombo in 1505. Within a few years of their arrival they were able to establish permanent trading settlements and then indulge in a game of intrigue and blackmail with the various rulers and minor chiefs of the country.

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There may not be another Dalai Lama

by Vir Sanghvi, Hindustan Times, June 20, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Will there ever be another Dalai Lama? Traditionally, the spiritual leadership of the Tibetan people passes from one Dalai Lama to his reincarnation. But the current Dalai Lama has raised questions about whether the institution should continue. He may, he says, be the last Dalai Lama.

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Foreign Bhikkus in Sri Lanka to participate in Poson Festival

ColomboPage News Desk, June 20, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhist monks and laymen from several countries arrived this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport to participate in religious ceremonies connected with the Poson Poya.

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