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Master plan mooted to develop Buddhist sites

Newindpress, November 29 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- It seems, Buddha would soon smile on Orissa tourism. Be it the much-hyped recent visit of the Thai princess to the State or the Nirvana Puspagiri festival hosted a couple of years ago or the forthcoming Buddha Mahotsav mooted by the Government, Buddhist tourism is set to take off in the State in a big way soon.

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Tales of reincarnated Buddha focus on boy

By Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press, November 25, 2005

15-year-old in Nepal jungle draws crowds

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, according to police and media reports.

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National Assembly of Bhutan finalises rules on recognition of trulkus and lamas

Kuensel Online, November 23, 2005

Timphu, Bhutan -- The National Assembly of Bhutan resolved that the formal ngedzin (recognition) of trulkus and lamas born in Bhutan would be conducted according to Bhutanese traditions and the rules of procedure framed by the committee which was established this year in accordance with the resolution of the 83rd session of the National Assembly.

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Sri Lanka: A Buddhist Priest offers refuge to tsunami victims

ReliefWeb, Nov 20, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Community consultation has been one of the guiding principles for the reconstruction process after the devastation of last year’s tsunami.

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Amaravati awakens to Kalachakra

The Asian Age, Nov 22, 2005

Amaravati, Guntur (India) -- There is a buzz in the sleepy village of Amaravati in Guntur where the Buddhist summit Kalachakra is to be held in January.

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15-year-old new "Buddha" continues fasting

UPI, Nov 21, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A 15-year-old boy in the Hindu kingdom of Nepal, who reportedly has been fasting for six months while meditating beneath a tree, is seen as the new Buddha.

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Thai Princess visits historic sites in India

Newind Press, November 22 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- On her third and last day of stay in the State, Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Ratnagiri Buddhist site in Jajpur district.

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Tibetan spiritual leader reminds all about Lord Buddha's teachings

ANI, November 21, 2005

Bhopal, India -- The 17th Karmapa Lama, Trinlay Thaye Doreje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, has said that Buddhism teaches peace, tolerance and harmony.

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Discrepancies in Buddhist data

Statesman News Service, Nov 14, 2005

MALDA, India -- Buddhist population in the state has not been enumerated properly and the fact and figures are not accurate. Even its total population is less than the actual figure recorded in the census reports, said an official of the State Minority Commission.

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Ladakh Buddhist youths angered over marriage

Press Trust of India, NOV 9, 2005

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Buddhist youths today forced closure of shops in Leh market protesting what they alleged the marriage of a Buddhist girl with a Muslim after her forcible conversion.

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