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Sri Lanka mosque closes after attack by Buddhist mob

BBC, 12 August 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A mosque in the Sri Lankan capital has been closed after an attack by a Buddhist mob over the weekend sparked clashes in which five people were hurt.


India, Thailand maps Buddhist historical sites

by Clarice Africa, FutureGov, August 12, 2013

New Delhi, India -- The Governments of India and Thailand are working together to generate a map of Buddhist historical sites across South East Asia, including India, as part of bilateral efforts to promote tourism.


Lay community, Buddhism, and the role of virtuous monks in Sri Lanka

by Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Groundviews.org, Aug 11, 2013

Boston, USA -- I threw the pot containing my father’s ash to the sea and watched how it drifted away in the current. I had already made up my mind. He was 81 years old, he did his best to serve the society as a teacher, and he saw the fruits of his dedication to raise us. But something started to kick in from within me. It grew and worsened at the departure terminal of the Katunayake airport. I was dipped in a deep sense of sorrow all along the long flight to Boston.


Darjeeling shutdown for Gorkhaland state: Buddhist monks facing food crisis

Indo-Asian News Service, August 12, 2013

Siliguri, India -- Around 12,000 Buddhist monks and students living in pagodas and monasteries of northern West Bengal's Darjeeling hills face an impending food crisis with the pro-Gorkhaland shutdown continuing for the tenth day on Monday.


Sri Lankan Buddhist monk begins fast unto death demanding clean drinking water

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 30, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has begun a fast unto death on Tuesday demanding the government to provide clean drinking water to the residents in an area in Gampaha district.


Buddhists gherao Singhadurbar to protest Kakrebihar crackdown

The Himalayan Times, July 30, 2013

Capital witnesses massive traffic jam

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- People of Buddhist community staged a sit-in outside the Singha Durbar, the country's main administrative complex, to protest the government intervention in the installment of Lord Buddha’s idol in Kakrebihar of Surkhet district, on Tuesday.


A `Lumbini circuit` suggested for Buddhist tourism

AFP, July 27, 2013

New Delhi, India -- Former Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Friday advocated a ‘Lumbini circuit’ of Buddhist tourism sites spanning India and Nepal which would attract millions of Buddhist pilgrims.


New university at Kapilvastu to be centre for Buddhist studies

Express news service, Jul 30 2013

Lucknow, India -- Uttar Pradesh will get another university at Kapilvastu in Siddharthnagar district. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to lay the foundation stone of the university on September 10.


Sri Lanka to set up a special Court for Buddhist monks

ColomboPage News Desk, Jul 28, 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Mohan Peiris has said that a special Sangha Court would be set up to hear cases involving Buddhist monks.


Understanding the Sinhala Buddhist doctrine of ‘Holding On’

by Sajeeva Samaranayake, Groundviews.org, July 25, 20013

“I do not say you can attain purity by views, traditions, morality or conventions, nor will you gain purity without these. But by using them for abandonment rather than as positions to hold on to, you will come to be at peace without the need to be anything.” – Buddha

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Since the Buddha taught a doctrine of non-self it would not be too difficult to reject the rigid Sinhala Buddhist viewpoint of race and religion as self as a perversion of the true dharma. However setting up such a clash between the ideal and actual does not help; something the western oriented proponents of human rights have yet to learn. To say ‘I am right and you are wrong’ is not effective communication.


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