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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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Dalai Lama expresses sympathy for Chennai flood victims

by Yeshe Choesang, Tibet Post Internaitonal, 5 December 2015

Dharamshala, India -- The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed his sympathy to the thousands of people who have been displaced by the recent flooding in Tamil Nadu.

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Comprehensive plan to develop Buddhist circuit

PTI, 1 Dec, 2015

NEW DELHI, India -- A comprehensive plan is in the offing to develop the Buddhist circuit in the country, a Parliamentary panel has been informed months after it rapped the government for lack of inter-ministerial coordination in this regard.

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Himalayan art, culture on display at Buddhist festival

Deccan Herald, Dec 2, 2015

Bengaluru, India -- Eighth edition of the Buddhist festival organised by the Ministry of Culture kickstarted in the City on Tuesday with an array of cultural activities at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium on the Central College premises.

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Buddhism deeply entrenched in Jalandhar’s secular fabric, say experts at convocation

by Aparna Banerji, Tribune News Service, November 14, 2015

Jalandhar, India -- The visit of the Dalai Lama to the LPU today evoked a rich forgotten history of Jalandhar which, though profound and interesting, rarely finds mainstream mention. Both in the very immediate and farther past, Jalandhar has had deep Buddhist leanings.

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