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Dalai Lama meets with Japanese Buddhist Leader

TibetNet, April 20, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday met with the abbot of Nishi Ongangji, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Japan. It is said that there are about 10000 temples under Nishi Ongangji. The abbot is one of the most important Buddhist leaders of Japan and also the present chief of Japanese association of Buddhists.

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Tsunami carried bronze Buddha 1,000 kilometres across the ocean

By Jan McGirk, The Independent, 17 April 2005

A little bronze-eyed idol to the west of Kathmandu is causing quite a stir.

Tamil Nadu, India -- It's a Buddhist sage, and in mid-December the 5in figure was, like so many in rural Burma, placed in a little decorated kiosk, strapped to a crude bamboo raft and released on to the Irrawaddy river to drift to propitious sites and cast away evil. Down the delta it floated and then, a week or so later, the Boxing Day tsunami struck.

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Homage paid to Baba Saheb BR Ambedkar

ANI, April 15, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat lead the nation in paying homage to Baba Saheb, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on his 114th Birth Anniversary here today.

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Embracing Buddhism, Ambedkar set an example

TIMES NEWS NETWORK, APRIL 14, 2005

AHMEDABAD, India -- Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that Babasaheb Ambedkar, by embracing Buddhism, set an example of protecting the social fabric and integrity and unity of India.

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UNP condemns interdiction of Buddhist schools' principals

ColomboPage News Desk, April 12, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday condemned the Sri Lankan government's action to interdict the principals of three Buddhist schools.

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High Court issues notice to govt on quarrying at Buddhist site

By Bibhuti Mishra, Sify, 13 April, 2005

Bhubaneswar, India -- The Orissa High Court has issued notices to the Central and state governments, based on a public interest petition, on the wanton quarrying by private parties at Lalitagiri, a protected Buddhist site of great historical significance.

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India to build Buddhist temple in China

TIMES NEWS NETWORK, APRIL 11, 2005

NEW DELHI, India -- Almost two centuries ago, two Indian Buddhist monks walked up to China to change its history forever. In their quest for a new history, a surging India and a resurgent China will ink a new deal tomorrow which will give faith its due as the dealmaker between the two neighbours.

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Japanese loan to give facelift to Buddhist Centres in India

by R C Rajamani, the Asian Tribune, April 11, 2005

New Delhi, India -- In a splendid show of Asian solidarity in the areas of economic and cultural cooperation, Japan has extended India a loan of Yen 1344.66 million that will, among other things, finance a project to give a facelift to neglected and poorly maintained world-famous Buddhist Centres in Uttar Pradesh (North India).

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Sri Lankan govt to assist Buddhist religious education

ColomboPage News Desk, April 7, 2005

The Buddha Sasana Ministry is also considering honouring Dhamma teachers with Justice of the Peace posts and providing them with foreign trips.

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to assist Buddhist religious education in the country, as it attributes the escalation of violence to the lack of religious education.

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Palpung monks express condolence to Pope John Paul II

Situ Dharmakara Foundation, April 8, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Yesterday the envoy of Palpung Sherabling and 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche, Lama Tenam presented the condolence letter to the Secretariat of the State of Vatican City to express sincerely the condolence for the loss of His Holiness, Pope John Paull II.

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