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Experience a secluded Buddhist retreat in the Firth of Clyde

by Megan McEachern, The List, 31 January 2014

Holy Isle, located just off Arran, provides an ideal opportunity for relaxation and spiritual engagement

Firth of Clyde, Scotland (UK) -- You’d be forgiven for thinking the only way to experience a remote Buddhist monastery involves a voyage to Tibet and a trek across the Himalayas. Fortunately, if a taste of the Buddhist way of life and a secluded, spiritual retreat is something you’d rather not fly thousands of miles across the globe for, you can discover it nestled on a small island in the Firth of Clyde.

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A trip on Mahaparinirvan Express to explore the Buddhist trail

By Harish Nambiar, Economic Times, Dec 15, 2013

Varanasi, India -- The spectre of a kitschy image-led Hinduism pancaked in a simplistic, neo-conservative politics has been haunting India's latest election. The country's ancient history, always an enigma wrapped in undercared for manuscripts in nearly undecipherable languages, has however caught the interest of a few who grew up in Independent India and are past its median age of 25.

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Kushinagar, a Serene Buddhist Destination

IndiaTimes, August 11, 2013

Kushinagar, India -- Welcome to the land of the Buddha. A breather from most other religious destinations, which, ironically, reel under chaos, Kushinagar - the place where Gautam Buddha breathed his last - is a place where you can pray in peace or simply soak in the beauty of the architectural marvels and the natural surrounding.

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Following the Buddhist trail

by Yoginder Sikand, Deccan Herald, March 3, 2013

Bangalore, India -- I hadn’t ever travelled in a large group in a package-tour sort of arrangement before - I love travelling by myself because then you can do the things you want to and take your time about it.

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Carving China's own Buddhist tradition

By Liu Xiaolin, Shanghai Daily, January 26, 2013

Ancient Buddhist grottoes along the Silk Road in western China are magnificent art that show the influence of many cultures over more than 1,500 years.

Shanxi, China --  Walking along spectacular Lifo Avenue, with its 26 marble ornamental pillars, I marvelled at the grand renovations undertaken at the Yungang Grottoes site. Compared with last time I visited nearly a decade ago, the zone has expanded to almost eight times the previous size, adding ancient-style pavilions and temples, a well-equipped exhibition hall and even a castle-style theater that stretches deep underground.

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