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Thailand: Not in need of 'status crutch' by PHRA PAISAN VISALO, Bangkok Post, April 19, 2007
Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Prasong Soonsiri is correct when he points out that Buddhism does not need to be labelled the national religion
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Nalanda International University: A Great Initiative by Bibhuti Bikramaditya, Patna Daily, March 27, 2007
Daejeon, S Korea -- At last, Bihar government presented a Bill for the revival of Nalanda International University at Nalanda. We all should appreciate and give congratulations to the present government with a thumping desk to start the process of the revival of this International University which was known for the ancient seat of learning till 1197 AD.
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A deeper sense of happiness by Pankaj MISHRA, Time Asia, March 14, 2007
Buddhism teaches that the mind, not the wallet, is the path to contentment San Francisco, USA -- WALKING out of a Buddhist bookstore in San Francisco early this month, I heard from the radio of a passing car the voice of U.S. President George W. Bush giving his annual State of the Union speech.
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'Impeachable Incompetence' Governs Iraq Escalation by Robert A.F. Thurman, Washington Post, Jan 12, 2007
Washington, DC (USA) -- The Buddhist tradition has no theory of "just war." Its major relevant doctrine is that of "nonviolence" (ahimsa). "Hatred will not put an end to hatred; only love can put an end to hatred." Such is a central tenet of all forms of Buddhism.
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Buddhadasa disciples protest against charms rite by SUPAPHONG CHAOLAN, Bangkok Post, Dec 16, 2006
Surat Thani, Thailand -- Disciples of revered monk Buddhadasa Bhikkhu have protested against the consecration of Buddha amulets at a temple in Chaiya district, complaining the idea of producing good luck charms is ''anti-Buddhist.'
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Head of the London Buddhist Vihara passes away by Lankaweb, Dec 15, 2006
London, United Kingdom -- Most Ven Dr Medagama Vajiragnana, the Head of the London Buddhist Vihara and the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain, passed away today 15th December 2006 at 09.15 am (London time) at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. He was 78.
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Meditation classes help Tihar inmates by IANS, Dec 15, 2006
New Delhi, India -- After a troubled past, inmates of Tihar Jail here have decided to reform themselves as well as change other jailbirds' lives through Vipassana, Buddhist way of meditation.
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India, Japan to join hands to develop Nalanda by Zee News, Dec 15, 2006
Tokyo, Japan -- Nalanda, the ancient seat of Buddhist learning, is set to be revived into an international university with India and Japan today deciding to cooperate in this direction.
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On India PM’s Tokyo list, Rs 5500-cr (US$ 3.7 mil) Buddhist infrastructure upgrade by CITHARA PAUL, Indian Express, December 13, 2006
New Delhi, India -- The tourism sector in India is waiting eagerly for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan, starting tomorrow, with details of treaties involving Japanese investment worth Rs 5,570 crore (US$ 3.7 mil) likely to be finalised during his four-day stay.
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Shattered Buddhas open gateway to discovery by Carlotta Gall, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, December 7, 2006
THE empty niches that once held Bamiyan's colossal Buddhas now gape in the rock face — a silent cry at the terrible destruction wrought on this fabled valley and its 1500-year-old treasures, once the largest standing Buddha statues in the world.
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