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Mahabodhi Committee Denies Rumor of Tree Branch Being Chopped Off by Patna Daily, July 24, 2006
Bodh Gaya, India -- Denying that a branch of the historical Mahabodhi tree in Bodh Gaya under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment over 2,500 years ago was recently cut off, the temple management said the news was not true and the branch in question was in fact chopped off over 30 years ago under the directions of noted horticulturists of that time.
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Lent arrives by Moh Moh Thaw, The Myanamr Times, 23 July 2006
“JULY and August, rain and flood,” goes an old Myanmar saying, but July also brings the start of the three-month Buddhist Lent period. True to the Myanmar character, the Lenten season – even though it is associated with self-denial, quiet contem-plation and meritorious deeds – begins with music and festivities. In Myanmar, nothing ever goes without music and songs.
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Buddhism reflects many perspectives by Alfred Bloom, Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 22, 2006
Honolulu, Hawaii (USA) -- The fundamental message of Buddhism is the truth of suffering and release from suffering here and hereafter. There are said to be 84,000 teachings or paths to communicate its message. This numerical symbol suggests that there is, in effect, a way for everyone to gain spiritual liberation, despite their limited capacities or defilements.
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Buddhist holy tree vandalized in India by Bangkok Post, July 20, 2006
New Delhi, India -- A group of unknown miscreants cut off a branch from a 110-year-old Buddhist holy tree in India's eastern Bihar state, news reports said Thursday.
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Local politician backs Buddhist temple scheme by The Scotsman, July 7, 2006
Edinburgh, Scotland -- LOCAL MSP Sarah Boyack today backed plans to transform a derelict Old Town church into a Buddhist spiritual centre.
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Annie's sweet dreams of new temple by The Scotsman, July 4, 2006
Edinburgh, Scotland -- Scots singing star Annie Lennox has given her backing to plans to create a Buddhist temple and cultural centre in Edinburgh. The singer wrote to a Buddhist friend to support the idea of a city temple. Ani Rinchen Khandro, has known the songwriter for 12 years. She said: "Annie's in town to receive a doctorate so it's good karma that I happen to be in [Edinburgh] at the same time. We're meeting to talk about the plans."
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A monk's meditations on the pursuit of happiness by By Kyle Jarrard International Herald Tribune-June 30, 2006
Matthieu Ricard is a happy man and he says so emphatically in "Happiness," comparing that certainty to knowing how to read or when you are in good health: It is simply a fact. Getting there has been a 35-year trek that began when he left a budding career in cellular genetics at the Institut Pasteur in Paris to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. But he did not retire from the world; rather, he went straight into it - mastering Tibetan, becoming the Dalai Lama's French translator, directing scores of humanitarian projects in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and writing best-selling books on the meditative life.
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Renowned Burmese Buddhist monk passes away by DVB, June 26, 2005
Yangon, Myanmar -- The renowned Buddhist scholar abbot, Reverend Sayadawphayagyi Badantha Vathava Panni Meggin had passed away at a teaching monastery in Rangoon on 23 June, and his spirit had flown to the abode of the Nat of Life.
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Vietnamese monk wins Norwegian human rights prize by Reuters, Thursday, September 21, 2006; 8:16 AM
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian human rights body, which has four times anticipated the choice of the Nobel Peace Prize winner with its own award, chose a Vietnamese monk on Thursday to receive its annual prize.
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For Beijing, a little religion goes a long way by Philip Bowring SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2006
HONG KONG For China's Communist Party, religion may still be, in Marx's words, "the opiate of the people." But far from being the adversary of atheistic materialism, the Beijing leadership is recognizing that the opiate can come in handy in helping sustain the party's hold on power and furthering China's national interests. Indeed, Beijing may be more successful in using the soft power of religion than are the Christians influencing policy in Washington.
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