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India to join Buddhist summit in Nepal

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 28, 2004

Kathmandu, India -- India's Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh will arrive here Monday on a three-day visit to attend the Second World Buddhist Summit that begins Tuesday.

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Sinhalese Buddhist mission to Burma in 1693

By D. Amarasiri Weeraratne, The Island, Nov 26, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An ola-leaf document called "Churnikapotha" at the Colombo archives contains details of a Kandyan Buddhist mission by royal emissaries to Arahan in Burma in the year 1693 A.D. The purpose was to get a chapter of monks from Burma to revive the Sinhalese order of Buddhist monks. It had disappeared due to the destruction of Buddhist monasteries and temples and the expulsion of Buddhist monks from the low country ruled by the Portuguese. The monks who fled to the Kandyan territory soon became corrupt and died out due to disturbed conditions of war with the Portuguese.

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Delekfication: TYC led Two Months Relay Hunger Strike commences at Dharamsala

TYC, November 25, 2004

Dhramsala, India -- As news spread from the TYC candle light vigil at Delhi on the 24th November, of the assurance given to the former defence minister of India, Mr. George Fernandes by the Chinese Embassy in India, of not executing Tulku Tenzin Delek, Dharamsala woke up on the 25th of November to the ?All India Relay Hunger Strike? under the banner of ?Release Tulku Tenzin Delek Now? campaign initiated by TYC.

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Bhutan gets ready for World Expo 2005

By Karma Choden, Kuensel Online, November 24, 2004

Timphu, Bhutan -- The four main structures consisting of a Tempa (Buddha) Thongdrel , namgay khangzang (altars), a statue of Lord Buddha and gomo rabsey (three pillars) will be the highlights of the Bhutanese pavilion at the World Exposition 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

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