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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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Spiritual aura engulfs Amaravati

Newindpress.com, December 29, 2005

AMARAVATI, India -- These small villages look like a replica of Tibet. With hundreds of Budddhist monks in red robes on every street and corner of historic Amaravati and Dharanikota, the places are not just wearing a festive look but are charged with spiritualism.

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Tibetan drowns in River Krishna

NewKerala, Dec 29, 2005

Guntur, India -- A Tibetan pilgrim, who came to Buddhist Kalachakra rituals at Amaravathi in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, drowned in the River Krishna today.

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Dalai Lama set to take Kalachakra to new spiritual heights

by Chandrasekhar, Budsiness-Standard, December 27, 2005

Amaravathi, India -- The 13-day Kalachakra-2006 ceremony, beginning here on January 5, is all set to become a Tibetan tantrik Buddhist show and a great spiritual event as the sect leader, the Dalai Lama, is coming to take part in the ceremony.

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Andhra Pradesh bracing up for world Buddhists meet

NewKerala (AP), Dec 27, 2005

Amaravati, India -- The stage is set for the congregation of Buddhist monks from around the world for the 'Kalachakra' coinciding with the 2,550 th anniversary of the day Lord Buddha left his earthly abode.

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Monks pray, butchers hang up their knives as Sri Lanka honors tsunami victims

by KRISHAN FRANCIS, Associated Press, December 25, 2005

PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- Butchers hung up their knives, Buddhist monks got ready to chant hymns and survivors prepared to throng temples as Sri Lanka - on Sunday began to mark the one-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami. People from different parts of Sri Lanka - prepared to join President Mahinda Rajapakse in Peraliya on Monday to honor more than 31,000 fellow citizens who died in the tsunami, the second highest toll after Indonesia.

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Buddhist monks invited for Kapilvastu Mahotsava

New Kerala, Dec 28, 2005

Siddharthnagar, India -- A large number of Buddhist monks from India and abroad have been invited to the famous three-day 'Kapilvastu Mahotsava' commencing tomorrow.

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The Rebirth of Sri Lanka

By JOSHUA KURLANTZICK, New York Times, December 25, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- AT the opening of a boutique hotel and yoga retreat named Talalla Retreat Center, near a long stretch of white beach, an international crowd of stylish guests sips red wine and snacks on canapés. As evening wears into early morning, conversation shifts effortlessly from comparisons of the latest restaurants in London and Sydney to mutual friends burned out working for big investment banks, to high-end yoga teachers who charge $600 a lesson. One man says he's just returned from his 57th trip to Bali.

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