South Asia

Thousands in Dharmsala Celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 89th Birthday

The Buddhist Channel, 7 July 2024

McLeodGanj, Dharamshala (India) -- In the hillside town of McLeodGanj, Dharamshala, a gathering of devoted practitioners came together to honor the 89th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. The celebration, held on Saturday, was a testament to the enduring spirit of the Tibetan people and the universal message of peace that His Holiness represents.

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Gujarat board assures rectification of ‘factual errors’ on Buddhism in textbook

by Parimal A Dabhi, Indian Express, June 21, 2024

Gandhinagar, India -- Buddhists in the state, along with a former member of the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC), have approached the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks (GSBST) to remove “false” depiction of the religion in a Class 12 Sociology textbook. GSBST Director V R Gosai, who met the Buddhist representatives Thursday, assured them that the mistake will be rectified.

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Amaravathi: The rise and fall of one of the greatest Buddhist sites in India

The Buddhist Channel, 24 June 2024

Amaravathi, India – Amaravathi rises like a gem in the crown of Andhra Pradesh and gives a historical insight into the intricacies of Buddhism in the country. This magnificent site that used to nurture Buddhism as the revered religion of the Ganges plain – the land of spiritual evolution – has survived both the golden pinnacle of enlightenment, and the subsequent period of deterioration.

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Maligawila Buddha Statue, Ancient Sri Lankan Art and Devotion

The Buddhist Channel, 20 June 2024

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Maligawila Buddha statue, standing majestically in Sri Lanka's Moneragala District, is a symbol of ancient Buddhist artistry and religious devotion.

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Thousand Buddha Temple Consecration in Lumbini

The Buddhist Channel, 14 June 2024

Lumbini, Nepal -- On Saga Dawa Duchen, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, and 200 monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, along with nearly 100 lay students from Nepal and around the world, gathered at Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni.

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Islamabad Gandhara symposium highlights Pakistan’s ancient heritage

Arab News, 1 June 2024

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A two-day symposium on Gandhara civilization held this week in Islamabad, attended by Buddhist leaders from several countries, put the spotlight on Pakistan’s ancient cultural roots dating back to thousands of years.

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The Forgotten Engineer Who Unearthed India’s National Emblem

by Bhante Sravasti, The Buddhist Channel, 12 May 2024

New Delhi, India -- The design of India’s national emblem, the most visible symbol of the country’s national identity, was adopted from the lion capital of an Ashokan pillar excavated in Sarnath. On 26th of January 1950, the day India became a republic, this symbol was adopted as her national emblem.

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Dalai Lama affirms link to Nalanda Tradition

The Buddhist Channel, 28 April 2024

Dharmsala, India -- The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, reaffirmed his deep-rooted connection to Indian philosophical traditions.

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Relics of Buddha Presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Sri Lankan Delegation

The Buddhist Channel, 8 April 2024

Dharamsala, HP (India) -- On 4 April 2024, a longstanding aspiration of a group of Sri Lankan Buddhists was realized as relics of the Buddha were presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Ven. Dr. Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Maha Nayaka Thero, head of Amarapura Sambuddha Sasanodaya Maha Nikaya. The delegation, led by Dr. Damenda Porage, Founder President of the Sri Lanka-Tibetan Buddhist Brotherhood, journeyed to Dharamsala for the auspicious occasion.

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China blocking Dalai Lama's Sri Lanka visit, says top Buddhist leader

By Sidhant Sibal, WION, Apr 5, 2024

New Delhi, India -- A top Sri Lankan Buddhist leader has said that China has been blocking the visit of Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual leader, Dalai Lama to the country. Ven. Dr Waskaduwe Mahindawansa made the comments in an exclusive interview with our diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal in Delhi.

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