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Modernity Tips Balance in a Remote Corner of Kashmir

By AMY WALDMAN, New York Times, November 25, 2004

LEH, Ladakh (Kashmir, India) -- The young man wore Western clothes, but he paused as he passed the prayer wheel. Then, without self-consciousness, he mounted the steps and spun, circumambulating the wheel in search of good fortune.

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Lumbini Likely To Be Promoted As World Peace City

Oana/PTI, Nov 25, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Buddhist scholars and religious leaders, including from India and Sri Lanka, are likely to consider Nepalese government's proposal to promote Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha, as a World Peace City during the second World Buddhist Summit starting there on Nov 30.

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Dalai Lama in culture sermon to China

By MANJEET SEHGAL WARRIOR, The Telegraph (India), November 23, 2004

Shimla, India -- The Dalai Lama has urged China to recognise Tibet?s cultural identity in the wake of Beijing?s apparent desire to get him to publicly accept both his homeland and Taiwan as parts of China.

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Trespass threat to Myanmar temple

by JULIUS GOMES, The Telegraph (India) , Nov 24, 2004

Calcutta, India -- Encroachers are not leaving even temples in the city alone, if the situation at the 76-year-old Myanmar Buddhist Temple, the only one of its kind in Calcutta, is anything to go by.

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Buddhist conference to promote tourism in Lumbini

Phayul, November 22, 2004

Kathmandu, Nepal -- The second International Buddhist Conference, being organised in Lumbini from November 30 to December 2, will help in promoting religious tourism, various speakers said while speaking at a programme organised by Nepal Chamber of Commerce here today said.

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VHP regains lost ground in Bodh Gaya

by ABDUL QADIR, TIMES NEWS NETWORK, NOVEMBER 22, 2004

GAYA, India -- After more than 12 years, the VHP has regained its lost ground in Bodh Gaya, the seat of Buddha's enlightenment. The organisation suffered a setback when Gyan Jagat, the Mahabodhi Temple superior priest, mysteriously left Bodh Gaya in 1992. Gyan Jagat had been part of the VHP think-tank and a member of its Marg Darshak Mandal.

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City throbs with Buddhist chants

NT Bureau, Nov 22, 2004

The five- member group of Buddhists monks of Karyobingo Shomyo Research Group of Japan giving a lecture demonstration on the traditional Buddhist chant of Japan, 'Shomyo Chant', in Chennai yesterday.

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Over 2,000 Lankan Buddhists India bound for religious ceremonies

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Nov 22, 2004

New Delhi, India -- Around 2,500 Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka are expected to visit India during the next 10 days to participate in the annual Katina Cheevara Dana ceremonies to be held in Buddhagaya and Sarnath.

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Bhutan first nation to ban tobacco sales

by THOMAS BELL, The Indian Express, November 19, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal  -- The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is not accustomed to leading the world in public health matters, but next month it will become the first country to ban tobacco sales outright.

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Nepal sets budget for World Buddhist Summit

Phayul, November 19, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal has set a budget of 13 million Nepali rupees (about 180,000 US dollars) for the Second World Buddhist Summit slated for Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, organizers said here Friday.

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