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Monk burns himself to death

AAP, October 10, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A BUDDHIST monk in Cambodia burned himself to death as a sacrifice to Buddha, police said today.

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Venerable Ratana installed as Maha Vihara chief monk

The Star, October 9, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Ven K. Dhammaratana Thera, better known as Rev Ratana, was installed as chief monk of the Maha Vihara temple in Brickfields yesterday.

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Buddhist devotees back blood-donation drive

The Star, October 5, 2006

KUANTAN, Pahang (Malaysia) -- Some 160 devotees sacrificed their weekend break by turning up to support a blood donation campaign organised by the Pahang Buddhist Association (PBA) here.

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Thailand: Living in a culture that fosters coups

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post, Sept 28, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- I had my first taste of a military coup when I was two, when strongman Sarit Thanarat toppled the fascist Pibul regime. Shortly after that my father and a score of his journalist friends were sent to jail just because they had been to China on a press trip. And also because the US-backed junta wanted to impress its big brother that they were serious about the commies. A lot has happened since then, leading many of us to believe coups had become obsolete in our country. That has proven to be a false hope.

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Vietnamese monk fears ban on re-entry after award

Reuters, Sept 28, 2006

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Buddhist monk, who is confined by the Vietnamese government to his monastery, fears he would be prevented from returning to Vietnam if he travelled to Norway to receive a human rights award, his supporters said.

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Vietnamese Buddhist patriarch hospitalized

Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, September 28, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The 86-year-old patriarch of a banned Buddhist sect in Vietnam has been hospitalized and was being transferred to a Ho Chi Minh City facility for heart and lung problems, his Paris-based supporters said Thursday.

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Towards genuine inter-faith understanding

by SANTIKARO, Bangkok Post, Sept 24, 2006

An early exponent of Theravadins opening up to other Buddhist traditions, Buddhadasa Bhikku wasn't an activist in the sense of organising inter-religious conferences, but the interest he showed in other religions and his willingness to critique practices he saw as wayward influenced others to do just that

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was one of the most influential figures in Thai Buddhism during the last century. His progressive and reformist character, as well as his profound but extremely straightforward dharma teachings made a lasting impact on Theravada Buddhism. This year we mark the centenary of his birth and this is the second in a series of "Turning Wheel" articles written in his honour.

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A New Journey with Meditation at Clove&Clive

by Chuah Ai Jou, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 25, 2006

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – September 25, 2006 sees the birth of a new meditation centre, Clove&Clive in Kelana Jaya, a commercial suburb of Petaling Jaya.

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Mon monks disrobed by Thai authorities

Kaowao News, September 22, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai authorities disrobed eight monks in a Mon temple for illegal entry into the kingdom today.

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Famous lacquer paintings successfully preserved

VNS, Sept 19, 2006

Ha noi, Vietnam -- Two culturally and historically significant Vietnamese traditional lacquer paintings have been successfully preserved with US government funding.

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