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From the Peterborough Examiner, August 7, 2009:

Larry Tyldsley went searching for spirituality. The 47-year-old Peterborough resident said there was something missing from his life, the spiritual element. The former director of the New Canadians Centre, Tyldsley’s now a self-described “cultural explorer,” and embarked on a journey to discover Buddhism after talking with a friend and practicing Buddhist. The result is Searching for Buddha, an hour-long documentary airing on Omni 2 Aug. 24 at 11 p.m. For more of this story, visit

From Niagara Pulse, August 6, 2009:

AN END TO GROSS NATIONAL MISERY IN BHUTAN: The Kingdom of Bhutan is nestled between India and Tibet, with Nepal and Bangladesh close by. In 1972, its king declared that his country would measure its progress differently. Others measured progress in terms of Gross National Product (GNP), but the king wanted to strive to increase Gross National Happiness (GNH). The idea of GNH is consistent with Buddhism, which is the country’s main religion. Gautama Buddha came to eliminate suffering. There is a problem with this pursuit of GNH. Bhutan has pursued a program of conformity, and the Lhotsumpa (“Southerners”) who are ethnic Nepali and Hindus, were not readily assimilated, even though their Hinduism is heavily influenced by Buddhism.  For more of this story, visit

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