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Thailand: Buddhist university boost for government

The Nation, Feb 11, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Mahamakut Buddhist University, in a rare move, yesterday issued a statement in support of the government and denouncing “certain groups of people that are inciting confusion in society”.

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Thai PM Not Buddhist Enough Say Critics

by Marwaan Macan-Markar, IPS, Feb 7, 2006

BANGKOK , Thailand -- He may have enough votes to back his claim to be the legitimately elected head of government, but beleaguered Thai Prime Miniser Thaksin Shinawatra is now being charged by his critics with lacking in qualities that befit a Buddhist leader.

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More than 400,000 faithful make pilgrimage to Perfume Pagoda

VNA/VNS, Feb 4, 2006

HA TAY, Vietnam -- More than 400,000 of pilgrims flocked to the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Tay’s My Duc district for Viet Nam’s largest annual religious festival, which started yesterday, the sixth day of the Lunar New Year.

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A Buddhist lesson in pet care

by Eric Beauchemin, Radio Netherlands, February 3, 2006

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- It's estimated that there are between 60,000 and 100,000 stray dogs and cats in Chiang Mai, Thailand's second largest city. Many of them have been dumped by their owners because they are suffering from disease or the owners can no longer take care of them.

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Thailand: Practice Dhamma on Valentine's Day

TNA, Feb 1, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand's Department of Religious Affairs is asking schools nationwide to lead students to practice Dhamma at temples on Makha Bucha Day to divert their attention from mainstream culture's celebration of Valentine's Day, Department Director-General Preecha Kanthiya said Wednesday.

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Well known Arakanese monk visits Malaysia

Narinjara News, Feb 1, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A well known Arakanese monk, Maha Zaya Thikdi Adithan Saradaw started a two week tour to Malaysia yesterday after arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International airport, in the nation's capital city.

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Coming alive with colour

by Grace Chen, The Star, Jan 28, 2006

Just how do monks and nuns celebrate Chinese New Year? GRACE CHEN visits Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen monastery.

Jenjarom, Selangor (Malaysia) -- THE Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen monastery in Jenjarom, near Banting, Selangor, is a landscape of lanterns and flowers. In the gardens, the trees bend under the weight of pink cherry blossoms, and the tea trees have been sculpted into Bodhisattvas. At seven metres, they are a majestic sight. 

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Authority Denies Renovation of Reclining Buddha

Narinjara News, Jan 25, 2006

Arakan, Burma -- The Burmese Army authority has refused to grant permission for the renovation of an ancient reclining Buddha image in Minbya Township in Arakan even though the image has recently collapsed, said a monk from Minbya.

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Malaysia: Woman born Muslim buried as Buddhist

The New Straits Times, June 24, 2006

SEREMBAN, Negri Sembilan (Malaysia) -- The Syariah High Court here today decided that Nyonya Tahir, 89, was not a Muslim when she died and that she could therefore be buried according to Buddhist rites.

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Chiang Mai to be center of Lanna Buddhism

Thai News, Jan 22, 2006

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The Department of Religious Affair plans to make Chiang Mai the center of Lanna Buddhism study.

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