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Buddhist Mother Festival gets off to joyous start by Nguyen Thuy, Translated by Luu Thi Hong, Thanh Nien News, Aug 24, 2007
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Buddhist Mother Festival (Le Vu lan) began Friday in Ho Chi Minh City with a clutch of events to honor Buddhism and Vietnamese mothers.
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China bans mining on sacred Buddhist mountains by Reuters, Aug 23, 2007
BEIJING, China -- China has banned mining on mountains sacred to Buddhists after protests from monks that the exploitation was damaging ancient temples and violating holy sites, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
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UN awards for Ladakh complex, Mumbai varsity by Chitrangada Choudhury, Hindustan Times, Aug 23, 2007
Ladakh, India -- Things have come full circle for the 15th century Maitreya Temple in Ladakh. In 2002, the temple complex earned the dubious distinction of making it to a global list of endangered monuments. And now, the monument has won the Award of Excellence at the 2007 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage awards, beating 25 other entries from the region.
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Sri Lankan Buddhist monks to visit Iran by Mehr News, Aug 22, 2007
A seven-member delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks are to visit Iran during the third week of October on a mission to promote dialogue between Buddhism and Islam. The visit is being arranged by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tehran in collaboration with the Islamic Cultural Relations Organization (ICRO).
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First Sri Lanka Buddhist Mission to Germany to be honored by Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune , Sun, 2007-08-19
Colombo, 19 August, (Asiantribune.com): The First Sri Lankan Buddhist Mission to Germany 50 years ago (1957-2007) will be honoured at a grand ceremony at the Savsiripaya Auditorium, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 on August 22.
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Maverick monk by LEONG SIOK HUI, http://thestar.com.my 2007-08-19
“We have to open our eyes, use our common sense and ask what is needed in this society,” says Sanghasena during our interview in Ladakh. “Religion is for the welfare and happiness of the people, but it also depends on other things.
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Relics of Buddhist spiritual leaders go on tour by Jennifer Garza, Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2007
Auburn, WA (USA) -- The pearl-like remains are believed to be the cremated ashes of 25 Buddhist masters. For thousands of years, these relics have been stored in temples, monasteries and stupas -- sacred Buddhist shrines -- throughout Asia.
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Claims galore as Buddhist history claims new territory by Parul Sharma, The Hindu, Aug 14, 2007
NEW DELHI, India -- Even as there are claims and counter-claims about Lord Buddha being born in Kapileswar village near Bhubaneswar and not Lumbini in present-day Nepal as believed all along so far, an American anthropologist says it is time Orissa got its due as one of the most prominent centres of Buddhism in the world.
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Buddha and the bottle by Yvonne Roberts, The Times ,August 11, 2007
Can meditation help addicts beat the booze?
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Thai monks blocking ordination of women by SANITSUDA EKACHAI, The Bangkok Post, Aug 9, 2007
Bangkok, Thailand -- Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka has stepped forward. Tibetan Buddhism is ready to take the plunge. But the Thai Buddhist clergy still prefer to live in the Dark Ages when it comes to female ordination.
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