December 2002 Stories
UNESCO unhappy with Mahabodhi temple maintenance Imran Khan,
Indo-Asian News Service Patna, December 31 (Hindustan
Buddhist monks pray for world peace Imran Khan, Indo-Asian News Service Patna, December 31, (Hindustan Times). Hundreds of Buddhist monks from across the world have gathered at their religion's birthplace in eastern India for weeklong prayers for world peace that began Tuesday. About 7,000 Buddhist monks, including 17 incarnate lamas, have congregated in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo prayer that the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorji, was scheduled to lead. Link to Full Story
Neo-Buddhists step up attack on Dalai Lama
Idols desecrated in Gaya temple Gaya,Sunday, December 29, 2002: (PTI). Unidentified persons desecrated idols at a temple in Gaya district of Bihar on Saturday night sparking off tension in the area today, police said. Some idols, including that of Hanuman, were desecrated at a temple located on Ram Shila hillock, they said. link to full story at PTI
Crowds of Lamas Begin to Gather in Bodhgaya Bodhgaya, 28 December
Thousands of monks and followers of the Dalai Lama have started to gather
in Bodhgaya for the Kalacakra Puja. Several meetings have been held
by the district administration and the puja committee to arrange for
food, tents, electricity, drinking water and basic facilities. However
the arriving tourists can be seen wandering hither and thither.
Rabri Government Keen on Getting Maitreya Project Going Patna: December 23, 2002 (PatnaDaily). In spite of passionate attempts by the Uttar Pradesh government to attract the Maitreya Project to Kushinagar, the Bihar state tourism department is showing even more passion in the project to ensure it remains in Bodh Gaya in Bihar where Buddha had attained enlightenment nearly 2500 years ago. link to full story
Inaugural IA Bangkok-Gaya flight diverted to Kolkata KOLKATA, DEC 21 (PTI) (Outlook India), The inaugural Indian Airlines IC-730 Bangkok-Gaya-Kolkata flight was diverted to Kolkata due to delayed takeoff from the Thailand capital today. The delay in the take off of the flight launched with much fanfare by Indian Airlines led to its termination here as Gaya Airport has no night landing facilities, official sources said. link to full story
Buddhist monks demand Dalai Lama's deportation Imran Khan, Indo-Asian
News Service Patna, December 16 (Hindustan
Times). A section of Indian Buddhist monks has demanded that Tibetan
leader Dalai Lama be deported from this country.
Security Arrangements for Dalai Lama and Karmapa's visit Checked Gaya 16 December (Dainik Jagran). An inspection has been carried out of the security arrangements for the proposed visit to Bodhgaya of the the Nobel Prize winning religious leader the Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinle Dorjai. Under the leadership of the Magadh area Police Deputy General Inspector senior Police officers discussed security arrangements. [the remainder of the story is a list of police officers present and notes that His Holiness will spend the nights at the Maitreya Statue Project Compound for which security arrangements will need to be made. Also it notes that in January 2002 17,3050 foreign pilgrims attended and the majority of pilgrims were Indians [Tibetans?]. More than 300 police will be on duty at the ceremony.
Ven Anand will be kept in the scope of the Law: DM Gaya, 16 December (Dainik Jagran). The District Magistrate has affirmed that there will be no shortcomings in the security for the Dalai Lama's visit. Mr Mehotra said that Ven. Anand and other Neo-Buddhists would not be allowed to take the law into their own hands. He said that whatever security measures were deemed appropriate by centre and state would be put into action by the local administration. He said that at the appropriate time decisions would be made on Ven. Anand's demands.
Kalachakra prayers at Bodhgaya
Bumpy ride awaits Kalchakra visitors ABDUL QADIR (The Times of India) WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2002 GAYA: With less than six weeks remaining for the Kalchakra prayers, the mega Buddhist ritual to be performed by his holiness, the Dalai Lama, in Bodh Gaya between January 11-18, 2003, the devotees are in for a bumpy ride as National Highway 83 and the Gaya-Rajgir road routes are full of potholes. full story [apologies to the Times of India for not simply linking to their story but their website seems dreadfully slow at the moment from Australia.]
Buddha mahotsava: Will past mistakes be repeated again? ABDUL QADIR (The Times of India) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2002 GAYA: With Buddha Mahotsava preparations picking up, the question uppermost in the minds of the Bodh Gaya watchers is whether the 5th Mahotsava would be any different from the previous ones. The experience of the last four years has not been very encouraging as the festival starting with much fanfare in October 1998 has so far not achieved the basic objective. full story
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