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Temple planning expansion

By GREG ELLIS, Illawarra Mercury, September 16, 2005

Wollongong, Australia -- THE Nan Tien Temple has lodged a development application for a large tertiary educational and cultural facility at Unanderra.

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Prayers and Donations for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Statement by The Head of the Congregation, Most Venerable Thich Nhu Hue, representing the Unified Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia ? New Zealand, Published on The Buddhist Channel, Sept 5, 2005

Sydney, Australia -- We all have been watching the tragedy unfurl for the people of the Southern States of America, particularly those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The catastrophic extent of damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina and the enormous task of helping and evacuating tens of thousands of refugees is unprecedented, especially for the people of New Orleans.

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Home-Converted Temple: My Spiritual Struggle in Australia

First-person, Thich Nu Phuoc Hoan, as told to Andrew Lam,Pacific News Service, Aug 22, 2005

Editor's Note: Places of worship are growing in Australia at a phenomenal rate. In Sydney alone, there are more than 150 Buddhist temples. But while large mosques and temples have the funding to deal with bureaucracy, many home-converted temples run into problems.

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Precious Buddha takes pride of place

Times Newspapers (New Zealand), July 20, 2005

Auckland, New Zealand -- A GIANT jade Buddha has taken up residency at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in East Tamaki. The eight tonne Buddha has been installed in the temple?s main shrine where it has a benevolent presence for worshippers.

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Monks make mandalas in peace quest

By VANESSA BURROW, The Standard, July 6, 2005

Warrnambool, Australia -- TIBETAN monks demonstrated their extraordinary patience yesterday as they began creating an intricate artwork called a mandala at Warrnambool's Gateway Plaza.

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Buddhist teaching Monk to visit

Magnetic Times, July 5 2005

Magnetic Island, Australia -- This weekend Magnetic Island Buddha Dharma will host the visit of Australian Buddhist Monk, Ajahn Sujato, who will be conducting a day of teachings.

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Dalai Lama to visit Australia in 2007

The Age, July 6, 2005

Sydney, Australia -- The Dalai Lama, who is celebrating his 70th birthday, will visit Australia and New Zealand in 2007.

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Buddhism Spreads Down Under as Asians Change Australia

by Andrew Lam, Pacific News Service, Jun 30, 2005

Once oriented toward Europe, Australia today describes itself as part of Asia, a change reflected in many Australians' embrace of Buddhism, the second-largest religion in the country. But tensions resulting from Asian immigration remain.

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Monks bring Tibetan culture to Border

By SUE WALLACE, The Border Mail, June 25, 2005

Albury, Victoria (Australia) -- A GROUP of Tibetan monks will bring their rich culture to the Border next week. Five monks from the monasteries of India will share their dance, music and traditions of Tibet and its people.

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A New Tibetan Buddhist Centre Opens in Australia

Sakya.com.au, May 26, 2005

Canberra, Australia -- Among the many Tibetan Lamas who have impacted the Buddhist scene in Australia is Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who has founded fourteen centre across Australia and New Zealand. Lama Choedak Rinpoche completed his monastic training under the guidance of His Eminenece Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and graduated among the first group of senior Sakya monks who underwent three and half years of Lamdre Lobshe retreat in Lumbini.

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