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Gyalwang Drukpa lends hand to Modi's cleanliness campaign

Zee News, November 3, 2014

Varanasi, India -- With Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s campaign for a cleaner India gaining ground, a Buddhist leader with a mass following here has thrown his weight behind the movement.

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Vietnamese PM Prays at Bodh Gaya, Says Buddhism Binds Both Countries

NDTV, October 28, 2014

Patna, India -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Bodh Gaya on Monday and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine.

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Lumbini to host int'l Buddhist meet

eKantipur, Oct 31, 2014

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- An international Buddhist conference will be held in Lumbini on November 15-18 for the preservation and protection of Buddhist culture and heritage, organisers said at a press meet at the Reporters' Club Nepal.

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Stamp on Sri lankan Buddhist monk Dharmapala released

Press Trust of India, October 25, 2014

New Delhi, India -- A commemorative postage stamp on Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Anagarika Dharmapala, who is credited to have revived Buddhism in India in the 19th century, was released here today by President Pranab Mukherjee

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Buddhist economics for Nepal

by Dixit, Kantipur.com, Oct 15, 2014

Following the Buddhist concept of right livelihood can help maximise wellbeing for Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Right livelihood’ is one of the Buddha’s noble eightfold paths. But what does that mean for a Nepali, and how can we develop it? The ongoing changes within and around us, our attempts to draft a new constitution, and our neighbours’ push towards greater economic reforms, could change Nepali society in unprecedented ways and redefine what right livelihood can be.

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Ceylonese roadmap for World Buddhism

by Ven. Dr. Mahinda Deegalle, The Nation, 19 October 2014

London, UK - Throughout the year, Buddhist organizations plan a variety of explicitly Buddhist activities for the Sri Lankan community in London. Full moon days are highly important for both monks and lay people for religious observances.

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World Bank keen on funding Andhra Pradesh Buddhist circuit

Economic Times, Oct 11, 2014

Andhra Pradesh, India -- Making tourism one of its key focus areas in its services sector mission, Andhra Pradesh government said here today that the World Bank is keen on funding the state's 'Buddhist circuit'.

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Bhutan King and Queen hold prayers with Buddhist monks

DNA India, 10 October 2014

Bodhgaya, India -- Bhutan king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema, with a group of delegates, recently visited the holy Buddhist site in Varanasi.

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Wirathu strengthens ties with Sri Lankan Buddhists to counter "jihad"

AFP, 29 September 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Masoeyin monastery monk U Wirathu has announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka, alleging that the Buddhist religion is under threat from Islamic jihadists.

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India to launch AC train in Buddhist circuit from 2015

PTI, Sep 27, 2014

BODH GAYA, Bihar (India) -- The Centre on Saturday announced a slew of measures including launching an air-conditioned train in Buddhist circuit from next year and putting signboards in languages of different countries for non-English speakers to make Bodh Gaya and other places associated with Lord Buddha more attractive for visitors.

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