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Nepal: Buddhist Gumba, Madarsa education to enter mainstream

The Rising Nepal, April 3, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A directive to mainstream the Gumba (Monastery) and Madarsa (Mosque) education into formal school system designed up to SLC (School Leaving Certificate) is waiting for a nod from the cabinet.


Dalai Lama to visit Japan

Daily Times, April 6, 2005

DHARAMSALA, India -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama begins an 11-day trip to Japan on Friday, his office announced.


Bihar : Buddhists should have control over Bodh gaya temple

PTI, April 1, 2005

New Delhi, India -- Concerned that Buddhists do not have control over one of their most important temples, the National Commission for Minorities has asked the Centre and Bihar Government to ensure that management of the famous Bodh Gaya temple is vested exclusively with followers of the religion.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama Mourns the Passing Away of Pope John Paul II, A True Spiritual Practitioner

Phayul, April 3, 2005

DHARAMSALA, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered special prayers for His Holiness Pope John Paul II yesterday during the last leg of his three-week teachings. After the passing away of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama issued this condolence message.


City to celebrate Buddha's birthday

IANS, MARCH 29, 2005

KOLKATA, India -- International seminars, spiritual discourses and religious festivities will be part of a yearlong celebration planned in the city to mark the 2,550th birth anniversary of the Buddha next year.


Dalai Lama to hold Kalchakra ceremony in January

Press Trust of India, March 27, 2005

Dharamsala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will hold the Kalachakra initiation ceremony at Amravati in Andhra Pradesh in January next year, highly placed sources in the Tibetan government-in-exile said.


Sri Lankan Minister Warns Missionaries about Converting Buddhists

Dhamsara News, March 28, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Missionary activities are not merely religious in nature but are also politically motivated activities aimed at harming social peace among Sri Lankans, says C. Liyanage Aydin, the state minister responsible for religious affairs


Chanting monks mourn Sri Lanka?s tsunami dead

Daily Times (Pakistan), March 28, 2005

PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds of mourners prayed until dawn on Sunday beside an unmarked mass grave in southern Sri Lanka, chanting Buddhist mantras to honour the dead three months after they were swept away by a killer tsunami.


Launch of a new Buddhist global relief agency

by Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, March 23, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A new Buddhist International Relief Organization will come into effect, early next year, Dr. Hema Goonatilake, Coordinator, Buddhist Resource Centre, Sri Lanka, told the Asian Tribune on Tuesday. She said that a committee comprising of Sri Lankan and international representatives has been appointed to draft within three months a constitution for the new organization.


Buddhists blast carrot-and-stick compassion

by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, March 22, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddha Sasana Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on March 19 blasted bible-toting bogus charities that were exploiting the tsunami disaster.He was addressing the two-day Global Buddhist Conference on ?Buddhist Humanitarian Services in a Post-Tsunami Context? that commenced at the BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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