Sunday, 11 February 2007

World Greatest Buddhist Site Discovered

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Afghan archaeologist examines the remains of Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak, Logar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 23, 2010 (AP).

Afghanistan, it often goes unremembered, for centuries flourished as a cultural crossroads of Buddhism and trade along the Silk Road. Nineteen miles (30 km) from the Afghan capital of Kabul, under layers of unexcavated earth, lays a large 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. Mes Aynak is a sprawling trove of Buddhist monastery ruins, statues, and reliquaries (stupas) attesting to the prolific role that Afghanistan played in the spread of Buddhism in Central Asia (to Russia) and East Asia (to China).

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Thursday, 8 February 2007

Sri Lanka Arrests Buddhist Monks Thais Riot

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The arrested monks belong to a left-wing nationalist party. Sri Lankan police have arrested 12 Buddhist monks who were demonstrating against the detention of the opposition politician, Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Late on Monday, a police spokesman told the BBC the monks would shortly be freed, but this could not be confirmed. The arrests in the capital Colombo are another episode in the bitter fallout of the so-called Fonseka affair. MORE>>

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