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Buddhism: World religion, founded by the Buddha
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies. It originated in ancient India as a Sramana tradition sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, spreading through much of Asia. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada and Mahayana.


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's new leader promises to unite country [Video]Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country

Buddhist nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena, which means Army of Buddhist Power, is accused of inciting hate and taking part in violent attacks on Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Christian communities..

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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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Indian tourist detained in Bhutan for desecrating Buddhist 'chorten'

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BJP takes dig at Mayawati after she says she will covert to Buddhism at appropriate time

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Special provisions within CAB expected for NE people: Manipur CM

Union home minister Amit Shah had said on October 1 that Parliament will pass the CAB which will grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh..
IndiaTimes - Published

Judge shoots himself in court in Thailand

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 nominates deputy leader as presidential candidate

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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Stop sale of chicken and milk from same outlets: BJP MLA to MP CM

"Milk holds a special place in rituals of Hinduism, Jainism, Sanatan Dharma and Buddhism. Milk, a symbol of purity, is offered to god and also widely consumed in fasts. Keeping the sensibilities of..
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'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand prompts police complaint

A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character..
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U.S. voices concern over Myanmar army's lawsuit against religious leader

The United States said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about the Myanmar army's filing of a lawsuit against a religious leader who told President Donald Trump the military oppressed Christians in..
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Myanmar army sues religious leader who told Trump the military 'tortured' Christians

A Myanmar religious leader is facing a legal complaint from an army officer after telling U.S President Donald Trump the military was oppressing and torturing Christians in the Buddhist-majority..
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Revered Buddhist leaders of Sri Lanka welcome creation of Ladakh as Union Territory

Two of the most revered Buddhist religious leaders of Sri Lanka have welcomed India's move to carve out Buddhist-majority Ladakh as a Union Territory. The Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya..
IndiaTimes - Published

India's Ladakh Buddhist enclave jubilant at new status but China angered

The Buddhist enclave of Ladakh cheered India's move to hive it off from Jammu and Kashmir state, a change that could spur tourism and help New Delhi counter China's influence in the contested western..
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'Ladakh will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority': Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan PM says Ladakh is worth a visit.
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Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam

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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Out of Kashmir’s shadow, Ladakh finds own footing

Though Article 370 was intended to “protect” Jammu and Kashmir’s separate identity, the three regions in the state got along poorly and the decision to grant Ladakh Union Territory status is a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Myanmar holds repatriation talks with Rohingya refugees; key official hints at ministerial level meeting on sidelines of General Assembly

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya to be 'Bengalis' from Bangladesh even though their families have lived in the country for generations.
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Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilizing Buddhist women

A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilized over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country..
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Government empowering minorities without appeasement: Naqvi

Naqvi said the minorities meant six centrally notified minority communities-- Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Parsi, Muslim and Christian and not Muslims alone.
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Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of..
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Hardline Sri Lanka monk calls for Buddhist Sinhalese government

Sri Lanka's most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened..
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Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

Police lined the streets of the Sri Lankan highland town of Kandy on Sunday and the army was on standby as hardline Buddhist monks gathered for their first big assembly since Easter attacks by Islamist..
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Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.
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Muslims in Sri Lankan highlands to down shutters as hardline Buddhists meet

Shops owned by Muslim traders in the Sri Lankan central highlands district of Kandy will remain closed on Sunday as thousands of hardline Buddhist monks gather to decide who to back in the country's..
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Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom's ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of..
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A year later, Thailand's rescued 'cave boys' honor diver who died

A Thai soccer team trapped in a cave last year for 17 days returned there on Monday to perform Buddhist rituals honoring a former navy diver killed in the dramatic effort to rescue them that captivated..
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Myanmar official says runaway monk 'incited hatred' against Suu Kyi

A Myanmar official on Tuesday told a court that a nationalist Buddhist monk, Wirathu, who has evaded arrest on sedition charges, "incited hatred" against leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.
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Nationalist group condemns Myanmar sedition case against Buddhist monk

Myanmar's most prominent group of nationalist Buddhist monks on Monday condemned sedition charges against one of its leading members, Wirathu, ahead of a hearing in the fugitive monk's case expected on..
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We stand by Sri Lanka: PM at terror-hit church

Modi’s first neighbourhood visits were significant for the messages they sent — solidarity with India’s closest neighbours who had not too long ago drifted into China’s orbit — and an..
IndiaTimes - Published

Unsubstantiated claims Muslim doctor sterilized women raise tensions in Sri Lanka

On May 23 Sri Lankan newspaper Divaina, known for its nationalist stance, published a front page article alleging a Muslim doctor had secretly sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean..
Reuters - Published

Nine Sri Lankan ministers, two governors from Muslim community resign over allegations of links with group behind Easter bombings

Two Muslim governors in Sri Lanka resigned Monday after thousands of people, including majority Buddhist community monks, launched a protest in the pilgrim city of Kandy, demanding their sacking
Firstpost - Published

Dalai Lama hails secularism, freedom of religion in India

The Dalai Lama on Monday hailed secularism and freedom of religion in India, saying the country promoted and respected all religions and accorded freedom of faith to one and all. During his teachings..
IndiaTimes - Published

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