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The birth of the Buddhist flag by D.C. Ranatunga, www.sundaytimes.lk,Sunday, April 29, 2007
In recent history, we have not heard of Vesak full moon Poya day falling in April. Vesak has always been celebrated in May. One hundred and twenty two years ago, however, in 1885 Vesak Poya fell on April 28.
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Dam Threatens Ancient Buddhist Stone Carvings by Joachim Hoelzgen, Spiegel, April 26, 2007
Pakistan's Cultural Heritage in peril Nanga Parbat, Pakistan -- Some 35,000 petroglyphs located in Pakistan's Indus River area will soon be flooded by a giant dam. An archeologist from Heidelberg is trying to save as much as he can before encroaching modernity destroys the remote area's cultural history.
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USA: Buddhism Boom by ANTHONY FLOTT, NC Register, April 22-28, 2007
BOISE, Idaho (USA) -- Bill Burns knows it is easy for unncommitted Christians and others to get interested in Buddhism - especially when the Dalai Lama visits America this month.
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A Growing Buddhist Population Tests the Neighborliness of a City by CHRISTOPHER MAAG, The New York Times, April 21, 2007
Fort Wayne, a city of 248,000 people and 606 Christian churches, is in the midst of a Buddhist temple boom. Southeast Asians have opened six temples here in the last seven years, including one for Laotians, two for Burmese and two for Mon, another Burmese ethnic group.
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Seeing things as they are by Olivia L. Ranido, Sun Star Manila, Thursday, April 19, 2007
I didnít know that learning how to meditate properly would be this lonely and difficult but I was determined to do it and have been signing myself up for this 10-day course for the last 2 years so I knew what I was getting into. Now, 14 days later, Iím happy to report that I got more than what I bargained for.
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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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Still Bowing by Sati Saraniya
Monday, January 29, 2007 Without profound challenge or personal sacrifice, does our commitment fade into careerism? Do we cling to the robe from habit, lack of options, or the fear of returning to the insecurity of lay life? In the years of repetition and regulation, when inspiration runs aground, it is easy enough to grow complacent, critical, and self-concerned. Though we may bow uncountable bows on worn and tired knees, how do we face the monotony of days and weeks and months of life together?
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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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