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Monks should stay out of Sri Lanka politics, says monk legislator

AFP, Oct 24, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A top Sri Lankan Buddhist monk legislator admitted for the first time his all-monks party had been mistaken to enter politics, but stopped short of quitting the legislature where it has nine crucial seats.

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Dalits' conversion: Will Maya go the distance?

by Subodh Ghildiyal, The Times of India, Oct 21, 2005

NEW DELHI, India -- Dalits have steadily been converting to Buddhism in large numbers. As a result, the community has swelled from 0.2% in 1956 to 0.7% today. With Dalits from UP making up a good chunk of the October 14 throng at Nagpur this year, it would be interesting to watch the stance of country's largest Dalit outfit, BSP.

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"Problems can be resolved by Buddhism"

Lanka Truth, October 19, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said that many problems can be resolved if we practice Buddhism.

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Rinpoche identity to be investigated

Statesman News Service, Oct 13, 2005

KALIMPONG, North Bengal (India) -- Controversy has always dogged the Shabdrung Rinpoches, once religious leaders of Bhutan, especially after the late ninth Shadrung Rinpoche Naung Gigme, a member of the Drukpa Kargyud sect of Buddhism, was sent into exile in India in the early 1960s. He was based in Manali and in 2000 came to head Sanchen Dorje Gompa at Pedong, one of the oldest monasteries in the region.

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His Holiness Donates 15 Lakh Rupees (US$ 37,500) in Quake Relief

Phayul, October 13, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama donated fifteen lakh rupees in aid of quake victims in Pakistan and India, Voice of Tibet radio service reported.

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All India Buddhist Society Passes Resolutions for Tibet

TYC, October 10, 2005

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (India) -- On the occasion of the GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR of the formation of The Buddhist Society Of India, “ALL INDIA BUDDHIST CONFERENCE” was held on 8th and 9th October 2005 at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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Moodu Maha Viharaya: The sun sets in the East for Buddhist temple

By Mallika Wanigasundara, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 7, 2005

Pottuvil, Sri Lanka -- He stood in the sands,a lonely figure, holding in his hands the offerings we had made to him. Alone and vulnerable he has dug himself into this hostile territory in a small ‘sanghavasa’ (abode of bhikkus) to protect and preserve an ancient temple on the beaches in Pottuvil in Eastern Sri Lanka. It is a one man battle against heavy odds.

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British colonial laws on stray dogs, cats becomes election issue in Sri Lanka

Associated Press, October 4, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Leftover British colonial laws regarding stray dogs and cats have become a campaign issue in the coming presidential election in Sri Lanka, whose majority Buddhists promote compassion toward all beings.

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India: Uttar Pradesh to celebrate Lord Buddha's 2550th birth anniversary

Webindia123.com, September 28, 2005

Agra, India -- After the much-hyped 350th year celebrations of the Taj Mahal, that concluded here last evening, the Uttar Pradesh government is set to celebrate the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha next year.

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Dalai Lama to Attend International Buddhist Conference

Phayul, October 4, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will take part in an international Buddhist conference in Nagpur, Maharashtra on 15 October, reports Voice of Tibet radio service. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will participate in a discussion session on October 15 at the conference which is expected to draw Buddhists representatives from Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka etc.

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