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Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.


Myanmar fugitive monk hands himself in to police [Video]

Myanmar fugitive monk hands himself in to police

Hardline Buddhist nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu handed himself over to police in Myanmar's commercial capital of Yangon on Monday after more than a year on the run. Libby Hogan reports.

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China preaches the material over spiritual in Tibet [Video]

China preaches the material over spiritual in Tibet

Tibet is one of China's most politically sensitive and deeply religious areas. Now it's become the focus of Beijing's poverty relief efforts, in a move tied to social control and a push away from..

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India dismisses controversy over Jaishankar's remarks on Buddha

India on Sunday dismissed the controversy over the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, saying S Jaishankar's remarks on him was about “our shared Buddhist heritage" and there's "no doubt" that the founder..
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India says Buddha was born in Lumbini 'which is in Nepal'

The Ministry of External Affairs said, "EAM's remarks yesterday at the CII event referred to our shared Buddhist heritage. There is no doubt that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal".
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Govt looks to attract tourists by pitching India as land of Buddha

As more states open up to tourists with a string of safeguards in place, the tourism ministry is lending a helping hand with its "Dekho Apna Desh" campaign and pitching India as the land of Buddha...
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'Great news,' says PM Modi as Cabinet approves 'International' status to Kushinagar Airport

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India protests destruction of Buddhist sites in PoK

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India condemns defacement of Buddhist heritage in Gilgit-Baltistan

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India on Wednesday expressed strong concerns over the reports of vandalism, defacement and destruction of Buddhist archaeological sites in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) and sought..
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Coronavirus: Ramdas Athawale's 'go corona' chant video goes viral

A video of Union minister Ramdas Athawale, Chinese Consul General in Mumbai Tang Guocai and Buddhist monks chanting 'Go corona, go corona' at a prayer meet has gone viral on social media. The video was..
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Google marks International Women's Day with a doodle

Google on Sunday dedicated a doodle to mark the International Women's Day. The doodle is an animated video of a multilayered 3D paper mandala animation. The mandala, as we all know, is a circular..
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On Thai Buddhist holy day, gunman's carnage shatters temple peace

Thai nun Amornrat Putta-ariyawong was washing dishes in preparation to host Buddhist devotees on a holy day when a military Humvee pulled up just inside the temple gates and the driver started shooting..
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Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Buddhist shrine in Sarnath today

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Bottles for blessings: Thai Buddhist temple recycles plastics into robes

At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud.
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Madhya Pradesh Cabinet urges Centre to repeal CAA, amend NPR rules

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Dalai Lama asks devotees to chant mantra to contain spread of coronavirus

Responding to their concern, the Dalai Lama advised his followers and Buddhist monasteries across China to chant the 'Tara Mantra' as it would be "beneficial for effectively containing the spread of..
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Citizenship seekers may have to prove faith

Migrants or refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan need to prove they belong to one of six minority faiths — Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist or Parsi, said a government..
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Before CAA, string of government orders made it impossible for Muslim migrants to get Indian citizenship

The most significant GO is the October 22, 2018 amendment to the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950 and Foreigners Act, 1946, discriminating against Muslims and atheists for the grant of long-term..
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In forest monastery, Buddhist abbot faces bushfire with a smile

Buddhist monk Phra Mana helped build his bush monastery with his bare hands three decades ago, but when Australia's worst wildfires in generations threatened to destroy it he stood up to fate with a..
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Lt Guv Murmu visits ancient Buddhist site, emphasises on preserving heritage

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Each oppressed Pak refugee will get Indian citizenship: Amit Shah

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SC dismisses plea challenging Centre's notification according minority status to 5 communities

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the validity of the Centre's 26-year-old notification according minority status to five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs,..
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A new Indian law that grants citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan prior to 2015 has led to..
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West Bengal: After protests in Assam over CAB, BGP urges Centre to exclude Darjeeling Hills, Terai and Dooars from bill

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Pope Francis meeting Thai king, Buddhist patriarch in visit

Pope Francis was set to meet Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch, prime minister and king at the start of an official visit on Thursday, before celebrating a mass with tens of thousands of Thai..
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Blessed by Buddhist monks, Sri Lanka's new president prioritises security

The winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa made national security his top priority after being sworn in on Monday at an ancient temple in the north-central city of Anuradhapura..
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Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly..
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Sri Lanka government pledges to hold off signing U.S. pact until after election

Sri Lanka's government said on Wednesday a decision on agreeing a $480 million infrastructure grant from the United States, which has been criticized by some lawyers, Buddhist monks and opposition..
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A judge in southern Thailand shot himself in court after delivering a not guilty verdict in the case of five Muslim suspects charged with murder in the predominantly Buddhist country's restive south.
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Sri Lanka's ruling party on Thursday nominated its deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa, to run in a presidential election on Nov. 16, a move that appeared intended to win over Buddhist-majority voters.
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Thousands are flocking to see a Buddhist temple in central Thailand exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.
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