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Report: Thai queen cautions against women's racy dancing at Buddhist ceremony by The Associated Press, October 30, 2006
BANGKOK, Thailand Sexy dancing and Buddhism don't mix, or so says Thailand's Queen Sirikit, who issued a command cautioning against lascivious behavior during Buddhist events, local newspapers reported Monday. After seeing television coverage of women dancing in racy outfits at a Buddhist ceremony in northeastern Thailand, the queen sent a letter to the Culture Ministry saying, "Buddhists in general should always bear in mind what is good for the image of the country," the Nation newspaper reported.
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Dalai Lama lands in Japan by Tsering Tsomo, October 30, 2006, Phayul
OKYO, Japan - His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Narita airport in Tokyo early this morning� to begin a two-week visit to Japan. His activities, beginning Tuesday, include a series of lectures and teachings, and a peace summit in Hiroshima with fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Ms. Betty Williams of Northern Ireland.
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Chance to learn Buddhism by Adam Smeltz, www.centredaily.com, Oct. 30, 2006
Raised a Jew, Prebish converted to Buddhism in his college years, after his father's death. He finished an undergraduate degree in chemistry, eschewed dental school and enrolled in a Buddhism class at what is now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
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Remains of Buddhism's founder enshrined in India by AFP, October 30, 2006
NEW DELHI -- Thousands of Buddhists from India and abroad gathered in the western financial hub of Mumbai Sunday to lay to rest some of the remains of Buddhism's founder, a report said. The relics, some ashes and bones of Gautam Buddha, were lowered into a shallow pit on top of a 90-foot (27-meter) high stone structure - the Global Vipassana Pagoda - at Gorai island in the city's north, the Press Trust of India reported.
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Mumbai pagoda for global peace by ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK , 29 Oct, 2006
MUMBAI: A magnificent pagoda complex, 325 feet high, has reached a crucial stage of completion at Gorai on the coast of Mumbai. Its 90-foot dome was inaugurated on Sunday morning in the presence of a large international audience, mostly Buddhists.
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Xinjiang Grottoes get electric eyes by www.CCTV.com, 10-27-2006
The Kezir Grottoes in Xinjiang, are one of China's great sites for Buddhist sculpture. It's the earliest grotto group, along the ancient Silk Road. But due to destruction of nature, and lack of manpower, Kezir's Thousand-Buddha caves are in grave danger.
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Now, seek solace at the biggest dome in the world by DNA Correspondent, www.dnaindia.com, October 24, 2006
Media professional Sheela Mehta takes a week off from her hectic schedule every year to spend some time in meditation and self introspection at the Vipassana Centre in Igatpuri, Maharashtra. Now, she and others like her won’t have to travel out of the city to seek peace and solace. Mumbai will soon witness the opening of a world-class pagoda, complete with genuine relics from the time of Gautam Buddha which will be moved from Myanmar for the first time in the last 2,000 years.
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Professors study the science of happiness by Josephine Wolff, Princetonian Contributor, www.dailyprincetonian.com, October 23, 2006
Examining brain images of subjects during meditative exercises has shown that "even relatively short-term strategies to train the mind in this way can produce beneficial effects that are observed in the brain," Davidson explained. "It seems like certain positive qualities of the mind, like happiness and compassion, may be benefited by training."
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NZ army destroys bomb threat to 2000-year-old Buddha by www.stuff.co.nz, 23 October 2006
New Zealand army explosive experts have saved a 2000-year-old Buddha by destroying a 500kg bomb found at the base of the statue in Afghanistan. The army's provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) bomb experts were called in when workers found the large incendiary bomb at the foot of the 53 metre high statue in the Bamyan province.
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Seeking Buddha by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press, October 22, 2006
BODH GAYA, India The road to Bodh Gaya, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites, had been long and strenuous. Four hours of jolting along potholed roads had taken their toll. My back was sore and I was more in need of spinal therapy than the spiritual therapy that had brought me to Bihar, a poverty-wracked state infamous for its appalling crime and lawlessness.
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