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Remembering the Buddhist Renaissance in Sri Lanka

Sunday Island, November 9, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Thailand and Sri Lanka, Siam and Ceylon, Ayutthaya and Kandy. The ties between these two sister nations go back 260 years. Last week Museum Siam, the National Discovery Museum Institute, in collaboration.with the Thai Foreign Ministry, opened the exhibition entitled "Origin Of Siam-Lanka Wongse: Upali's Pilgrimage, 260 Years Of Siamese Heritage In Sri Lanka", which honours the Dharmaduta mission by Phra Upali Maha Thera.

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'Became Buddhist for haircut, shave... mental untouchability persists'

by Gopal Kateshiya, Indian Express, Oct 21 2013

Nakhda, India -- At Vishal Hadmatiya village in Bhesan taluka, 21 km from Junagadh, a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar greets visitors. It's been a week since all the 60 families in this Dalit neighbourhood 'converted' to Buddhism at an event in Junagadh. The organisers of the event have claimed that a total of 60,000 Dalits converted to Buddhism.

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Indian Buddhism Today

by Diksha Bhumi, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 24, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Every year a million Dalits gather at the site of the first Conversion to Buddhism in Nagpur, India. Since 1956 millions of Dalits have responded to Dr. Ambedkar’s appeal to adopt Buddhism and escape the caste system.

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The Plight of Buddhist Minorities in Bangladesh

by Ven. Upali Sraman, Buddhistdoor International, Oct 18 2013

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- During last few years, there have been a number of reports of communal violence against Buddhists in Bangladesh. Although such tensions have always existed, recently we have seen an increase in the vandalization of Buddhist houses and temples or murders and displacements of people. It is not improbable to surmise that many smaller events go unreported in the popular media.

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Buddhist conclave trips China, gives India a boost

by Rajeev Deshpande, TNN Oct 8, 2013

NEW DELHI, India -- Passing almost unnoticed, a recent conclave of senior Buddhist figures in Delhi marks a remarkable step to redeem India's legacy as the font of Buddha's thought while queering China's bid to snatch the baton from India.

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Sense of insecurity still haunts Ramu Buddhists

by Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka Tribune, September 28, 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Most people, including Muslims and Buddhists, still cannot understand why the Buddhists were attacked.

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Research on to trace journey of Buddhist monks in country

by V Kamalakara Rao, TNN, Sep 27, 2013

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- At a time when technology has literally turned into a religion for many, a Vizag-based research scholar has taken up a scientific study using nuclear analytical techniques (NAT) to trace the route taken by Buddhist monks in the country centuries ago to spread the word of Gautam Buddha.

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New Confederation Seeks to Unite Buddhists

VOA News, September 25, 2013

New Delhi, India -- A Buddhist lama says a new confederation will seek to bridge the gap between the world's Buddhists and be a voice for the religion at major international events.

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Dalai Lama concludes editorial meeting on Buddhist science book

Phayul, September 25, 2013

DHARAMSHALA, India -- A three day meeting of around 25 Tibetan Buddhist scholars and His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded today at the latter’s residence here.

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Dalai Lama asks India to merge ancient tradition with modern knowledge

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 12 September 2013

Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said time has come for India to revive her ancient traditions and combine its knowledge with modern education for betterment of humanity.

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