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Government must protect every religion, says Indonesian President

Antara News, April 21, 2006

Jakarta, Indonesia -- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government was under obligation to protect every religion and all their adherents in the contry from being tarnished by irresponsible elements.


Buddhist monk killed by drunken youths during Thingyan festivity

DVB, April 18, 2006

Chauk, Burma -- A Buddhist abbot was killed by two drunken youths during the Burmese water festival Thingyan at Chauk, Magwe Division in central Burma, after the motorcycle ridden by the latter ploughed with great speed into the motorcycle ridden by the monk.


Buddhist school built out of town

Jakarta Post, April 12, 2006

TANGERANG, Indonesia -- Construction workers have been kept busy at State Sriwijaya Institute for Buddhists in the remote Pager Haur in Pagedangan district, Tangerang regency. The second stage of the Rp 1 billion (US$ 111,700) project, financed by the Religious Affairs Ministry, is finished.


Cambodian police seek Buddhist monk who eloped with child bride

DPA, April 11, 2006

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Authorities were seeking a runaway Buddhist monk after he allegedly tossed aside his vows and eloped with a 12-year-old girl late last month, police said on Tuesday.


Former Khmer Rouge become monks, nuns

DPA, April 3, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Three hundred people, including members of the former ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, have entered a pagoda in the district of Pailin for 12 days of intensive Buddhist education to help them overcome problems within their communities, officials said Monday.


Female Monks Revive Buddhist Tradition After 1,000 Years

Radio Free Asia, March 25 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Women in the Buddhist monastic tradition known as bhikkhuni, or female monks, are gradually reviving the order which has lain dormant for almost a millennium, but their efforts are meeting with scant enthusiasm in Burma, Buddhist practitioners say.


Museum in need

by Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Bangkok Post, Macrh 22, 2006

Single-handedly, the founder and curator takes visitors around Wat Ket Karam and the gallery it houses. Eighty-five years old, he could do with some assistance

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The main lobby of Wat Ket Museum gives visitors a sense of serendipity. The area is adorned with Buddhist relics and statues dating back a century.


Marking the centenary of a great teacher

The Nation, March 19, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- To mark the centenary of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's birth on May 27 - listed in the Unesco Calendar of Anniversaries of Great Personalities and Historic Events 2006 and 2007 - the government and various NGOs will hold activities including international seminars and translations of his books.


Buddhist Shangha chapter in central province holds congress

VNA, March 18, 2006

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam -- The Buddhist Shangha chapter in the central province of Khanh Hoa orgnised the fourth congress for the 2006-2010 period on Mar 17-18.


Bird flu puts element of peril into Buddhist rite

By Alan Sipress, The Washington Post, March 16, 2006

Animal experts warning against traditional release

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Over the centuries, Buddhists in Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia have released the sorrows born of sickness, hunger and war through the simple, cathartic act of buying caged birds and setting them free, sometimes with a kiss.


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