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Earthquake damaged Boudhanath site restored

The sanctification of the newly restored Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal begins today (18 November). And it didn’t take one penny of government funds! With gold, cash and labour contributed by locals and Buddhist organisations, Kathmandu’s famed Boudhanath stupa has been fully restored, making it the first of the country’s more than 700 quake-damaged heritage structures […]

Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

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Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

Ani Choying Drolma is one of Nepal’s biggest pop stars.   She is also a  Buddhist nun  and a UNICEF goodwill  ambassador,  and runs  a  girl’s school and a hospital for kidney patients. With more than 12 albums of melodious Nepali tunes and Tibetan hymns that highlight themes of peace and harmony, the songstress in saffron […]

Counter Religious extremism in South Asia

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Counter Religious extremism in South Asia

The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and […]

Sikkim CM to ask NaMo to let Karmapa Ogyen Trinley enter Rumtek ?

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Sikkim CM to ask NaMo to let Karmapa Ogyen Trinley enter Rumtek ?

The Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling and the all the members of the Sikkim  Assembly are expected to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge that His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to enter, visit and stay, in Sikkim. Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim is the seat of the Karmapas, […]

When will politics over Buddha Birthplace stop?

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When will politics over Buddha Birthplace stop?

‘Saga Dawa, as we say it in Sikkim, or Buddha Purnima as it is commonly called in India and ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Nepal is the day to mark the birth of the Buddha. Though  ‘Gautam Buddha’ was born in Nepal, certain ‘Indian’ interests continue to debate about Buddha’s birthplace. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, now […]

Citizens caught in Arunachal dam crossfire

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Citizens caught in Arunachal dam crossfire

Dams have been a major problem in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The land over there is not suitable for building up big dams as it is considered to be an earthquake prone land. Even after knowing, that the land is unfit to hold such a huge structure the government is pressurizing on the construction […]

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Stop drowning Buddhist Monasteries, says Tawang

It’s a shame that monks and nuns, who normally confine themselves to matters within their monasteries, have to come out on the streets and protest, because their age-old monasteries are in danger of being swallowed up by greed masquerading as ‘national interest’. In a shocking incident six people have lost their lives while scores have […]

New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

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New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

A new study in the Journal of Homosexuality has shown that, of all the world’s religions, Buddhism is the least homonegative. “Homonegativity” is defined as “an aversion to homosexuality as a social practice or way of life.” Although attitudes toward homosexuality have become more liberal, particularly in industrialized Western countries, there is still a great […]

More than bridges,  building Bihar the BRPNNL way

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More than bridges, building Bihar the BRPNNL way

Twelve bridges coming up every month in Bihar! One can say that Bihar is bridging the development gap. In fact, in July 2013, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated a record 127 bridges,built at a cost of 378 crore. Can any other state claim such achievement? The biggest hand behind this sort of achievement in Bihar […]