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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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A Frayed Knot by Sati Saraniya
Sunday, October 22, 2006 Wise living cannot be legislated or simulated through script or form. It needs to grow from the inside, maturing when we reflect on our omissions and misjudgements – if we resolve to learn. Valuable as they are, the lessons we garner from yesterday’s choices may be inadequate, for old wisdom bears renewal and re-examination in the light of the new moment.
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A Frayed Knot by Sati Saraniya
Sunday, October 22, 2006 Wise living cannot be legislated or simulated through script or form. It needs to grow from the inside, maturing when we reflect on our omissions and misjudgements – if we resolve to learn. Valuable as they are, the lessons we garner from yesterday’s choices may be inadequate, for old wisdom bears renewal and re-examination in the light of the new moment.
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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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Meditation tradition finds loyal by TORBEN RIISE, Special to The Miami Herald, Oct. 22, 2006
In search of happiness and relieving stress, more people are learning the Buddhist's way of meditation.
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