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‘Buddhism thrived in Rajasthan also around the Ashokan era’

by Shoeb Khan, TNN, Jan 31, 2016

JAIPUR, India - Much before the forts and palaces came into existence here, Rajasthan ostensibly had well-defined Buddhist monasteries or complexes at four places - Bhairat in Alwar, Kholvi in Jhalawar, Bandarez in Dausa and Ramgoan in Tonk.

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Dialogue Heats Up On Theravada Bhikku Bill

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya, The Sunday Leader, Jan 24, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The proposed Theravada Bhikku Dialogue Act which will enable every Bhikku to act in compliance with the provisions of the registered Chapter or Kathikawatha, was presented to parliament recently.

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Patna University (PU) to tie up with Buddhist nations

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN, Jan 10, 2016

Patna, India -- Patna University will soon collaborate with Buddhist countries to promote Buddhist studies, which will bring the university on international radar. For this purpose, an international meet will be held here later this year, in which several Asian delegates are expected to be present.

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Buddhist centre to give vocational and spiritual training to locals in Kopargaon

by Bella Jaisinghani, TNN, Jan 8, 2016

Mumbai, India -- An institute for Buddhist studies headquartered in Mumbai launched a centre for spiritual practice in rural Maharashtra Thursday.

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Protection of Buddhism - Sine qua non in any Constitutional reform

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 12, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the light of the proposed changes to the Constitution of Sri Lanka now under consideration and growing accusations of contrived attempts to neutralise the applicability of Article 9 in the Constitution that imposes a mandatory duty on the State to give to Buddhism the foremost place and protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e), an important question has arisen “ What is the relationship that should exist in the present day between the State and Buddhism?

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Sri Lanka: Leading Monks’Organisations Call For Reforms To Management of Sacred Temple

by Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 5,

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Dalada Maligawa in the ancient hill capital of Kandy where the Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined, is held in high esteem around the Buddhist world and millions of pilgrims visit the temple each year. It is considered as the pinnacle of Sinhalese Buddhism. Yet, in recent years, their management has been openly criticized by many leading Buddhist monks and lay leaders in Sri Lanka.

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Pakistan PM To Visit Lanka’s Most Sacred Buddhist Shrine

Express News Service, 4th January 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Giving a new look to Islamic Pakistan in keeping with changing times, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be breaking a time honoured religious taboo to visit Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist shrine, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth at Kandy, when he is in the island nation on an official visit between January 4 and 6.

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Three day international Buddhist seminar concludes in Agartala

ANI, December 21, 2015

Agartala, India -- A three-day International Buddhism seminar concluded here on Sunday with a resolution to steer the global discourse on climate change, environment and conservation towards a responsible and sustainable model based on the Buddhist principles and values of interdependence and respect for nature.

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Buddhist population down by 75 per cent in Karnataka

The Hindu, Dec 15, 2015

Karnataka, India -- The Dalai Lama is currently on a month-long visit to Karnataka, but a glance at census figures may have him worried.

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Losar - the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Festival - begins in Ladakh

by Shravan Nune, Jagrandosh, 14 Dec, 2015

Ladakh, India -- Losar, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Festival began on 12 December 2015 in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The festival marks the beginning of New Year for Buddhists.

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