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India's Northeast Buddhist scholars team to visit Burma

by Nava Thakuria, Mizzima News, December 8, 2004

Assam, India -- In view of strengthening the socio-religious and cultural ties with South Asian neighbouring countries including Burma, a group of Buddhist scholars from Northeast India is ready to go on an extensive tour programme.

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Washington Viharaya Chief Incumbent thanks President

by Chamikara Weerasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Dec 8, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Chief Incumbent of Washington Buddhist Viharaya in the US and chairman of Jana Vijaya Foundation, Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Thera yesterday thanked President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for appointing a three-member committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera.

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Buddhist monks protest Bollywood show in Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India, Dec 6, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy today stepped up a campaign against a concert here by Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and his troupe saying the carnival coincided with the death anniversary of a monk.

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Bodh Gaya to match international standards

Indo-Asian News Service, Dec 5, 2004

Patna, India -- Bodh Gaya is to be developed into a popular spiritual and tourist destination in accordance with Unesco specifications. According to tourism department officials here, the Bihar town where Buddha attained enlightenment will be developed as a 'holy city' to match international standards.

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Rally to save Delek Tenzin reaches Vadodara

Express News Service, Dec 4, 2004

Vadodara, India -- As many as 15 Indian-born Tibetan students from Delhi University are on a all India Moto rally to mobilise support and funds demanding release of Tibetan religious leader Tulku Tenzin Delek from Chinese prison.

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Malaysian NGOs to conduct media camp in Hanguranketa

Lanka Daily News, Dec 6, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Siri Jayanti Association of Malaysia in collaboration with the Siri Jayanti Welfare Association, Maha Karuna Buddhist Society, Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Brickfields from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Buddhist Cultural Centre and the Naga Vihara Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka is organizing a Medical Camp, the donation of educational equipment for 2000 students and a Maha Sanghika Dana at Hanguranketa on December 12.

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Real autonomy, not independence, is the goal, says Dalai Lama

by Sridhar K. Chari, Tribune News Service, Dec 2, 2004

Bangalore, India -- Advocating a ?middle-way approach? towards a solution for Tibet, the Dalai Lama said here today that Tibet was indeed a part of China, and what he sought was not independence but ?genuine autonomy.?

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Ladakh project for Buddhist nuns upliftment

ANI, Dec 2, 2004

Ladakh, India -- The Buddhist nuns of Ladakh are now reaching out for help and support. With nunneries built and education offered, a few young women will remain ordained. The Nun Association and Nunneries have been formed for the purpose of uplifting the women.

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Clemency call for Tibetan monk

BBC, Dec 3, 2004

Dhramsala, India -- The Dalai Lama has called on the Chinese authorities to show clemency towards a Tibetan monk whose suspended death sentence ran out on Thursday. Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche was sentenced in 2002, accused of carrying out a series of bomb attacks in south-west China.

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Tibetans protest death sentence to Buddhist monk

Indo-Asian News Service, Dec 2, 2004

New Delhi, India -- Tibetan activists and Indian parliamentarians held a protest march at the Chinese embassy here Thursday demanding the release of a Buddhist monk facing death sentence.

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