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'The Buddha keeps us safe in Bihar'

Indo-Asian News Service, Feb 8, 2005

Bodhgaya, India -- In the heart of a "highly sensitive" area, with murders, arson and bomb blasts common around it, Bodhgaya remains an oasis of calm in the frothing turbulence of Bihar.

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'Peace, harmony key to prosperity'

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Feb 7, 2005

New Delhi, India -- "The disastrous effects of the tsunami tragedy has made people of Sri Lanka unite, forgetting all differences among nationalities and faith and to work together with dedication for the benefit of one and all, " said Mangala Moonasinghe, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India addressing a religious function held on the Independence Day of Sri Lanka to bring merit and peace to those lives lost during the tsunami disaster.

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Dalai Lama's office in Kathmandu closed

UNI, Jan 28, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Government has closed two offices associated with the Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama, after ''they were found operating without permission and breaching the Foreign policy of Nepal,'' a local newspaper reported today.

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Mina '06 ordained Buddhist monk during his off-term

By Kelsey Blodget, The Dartmouth Staff, January 27, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Instead of returning home following an off-term teaching English in the coastal Sri Lankan town of Chilaw, Michael Mina '06 decided to put his biochemistry degree at Dartmouth on hold -- and be ordained as a Buddhist monk.

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Tai Situ Rinpoche lead a Puja in New Dehli

Situ Dharmakara Foundation, Jan 24, 2005

New Delhi, India -- The 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche and monks of Sherabling organized a special Puja in the fourth week at India International Center, Annexe C, New Delhi on January 23, 2005. The two hour long praying ceremony that began at 6pm was dedicated to the people and beings effected by the Tsunami.

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ADB-supported programme for reviving Buddhist tourism

Press Trust of India, Jan 16, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Union Tourism Secretary Uma Pillai today launched an Asian Development Bank supported programme for reviving Buddhist cultural tourism in south Asia, including India.

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Tsunami hits Bihar's Buddhist tourism

Indo-Asian News Service, Jan 10, 2005

Patna, India -- The December 26 tsunami has badly hit tourism in Bihar with visitors from countries like Sri Lanka and Thailand, which were struck by the killer waves, staying away from the state's Buddhist sites.

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SRI LANKA: Victims find solace in prayers

by Koh Lay Chin, The New Straits Times, Jan 8, 2005

MORATUWA, Sri Lanka -- In this grief-stricken country, many are turning to people like Harankave Sunande for comfort, hope and to make some sense of the disaster which hit them on Dec 26.

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Now islanders dare to dream of peace

By Catherine Philp in Mullaittivu, The Times, January 03, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- When the wave struck Mullaittivu a week ago, the first to come  running to rescue survivors were villagers living inland. Next came  the teenage soldiers from the Tamil Tigers, deployed to help the  homeless.

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Lord Buddha?s Teaching Peace Is The Essence

By Laxmi Bahadur Vaidya, The Rising Nepal, Jan 3, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The Second World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini from November 30th to December 2nd ended up with the Lumbini Declaration. The main objectives of the summit were to develop the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, into an attractive World peace city and promoting the area as an international center for Buddhist studies with the construction of an international airport near Lumbini.

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