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Andhra Pradesh gearing up for Buddhist congregation

Times of India, Dec 23, 2005

HYDERABAD, India -- The Andhra Pradesh government is gearing up to host the world Buddhist conclave ‘Kalachakra’ 2006, to be held at Amravati on the banks of the Krishna river in Guntur district from January 5 next year.

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Viet Nam Pagoda in Nepal inaugurated

VNA, Dec 21, 2005

New Delhi, India -- A ceremony to inaugurate the Viet Nam Pagoda was held in Lumbini, Nepal, on December 17, or the 17th of the 11th month of 2549 on the Buddhist calendar.

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Threat to Dalai Lama; Indian police on high alert

Newind Press, December 19 2005

VIJAYAWADA, India -- The police are on a high state of alert following the receipt of a message that there is a threat to the life of Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama during his two week-long stay at Amaravati for the Kalachakra Empowerment Ceremony beginning on Jan 5.

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Andhra Pradesh gears up for Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony

New Kerala, Dec 16, 2005

Amravati, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- Buddhists residing in the Andhra Pradesh town of Amravati have begun preparations for the ten-day-long Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony, which will be attended by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in January next year.

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Buddhist temple gutted in fire

UNI, Dec 17, 2005

Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (India) -- The Mabira Buddhist Temple in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh was burnt to ashes in a devastating fire, official sources said here today.

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India: Himachal draws up mega tourism projects

PTI, Dec 17, 2005

Shimla, India -- Himachal Pradesh has drawn up tourism projects worth Rs 970 million, which if cleared by the Centre, would help spruce up tourist sites like Chamba, Mandi, Bilaspur and other circuits, besides start a helicopter service and a toll-free helpline for holidaymakers.

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Dalai Lama begins teaching session in Dharamsala

New Kerala, Dec 12, 2005

Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (India) -- Hundreds of Buddhists from Korea gathered in Dharamsala for attending a five-day long teaching session by Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, that began here on Monday.

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Buddha statue row gets life

by Smitha Rao, TIMES NEWS NETWORK, Dec 12, 2005

BANGALORE, India -- Buddha is on the rocks again: the Centre (Central Government of India) has upbraided Karnataka for its "diametrically opposite views" on the proposed statue of Buddha at Ramanagaram. Did ecological wisdom dawn on the state government by accident?

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www.DalaiLama.com

Phayul, December 11, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Information technology is fast spreading its influence across the world and equally fast is the increase in the number of admirers of the 70-year Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Admirers and followers of the Dalai Lama take as blessings even a smile of the Dalai Lama, or just a glimpse of the leader passing through a throng of followers who with their eyes closed and hands folded gesture as if to pray.

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Tibetan nuns to receive Doctorate in Buddhism

Phayul, December 8, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Tibetan nuns may soon receive doctorate in Buddhism and be called Geshema, a practice that was non-existent until now. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that talks are going on with the Department of religion to start honoring Buddhist nuns with the highest academic achievement in Buddhist studies.

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