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Plans afoot to revive pledge to Buddhism

The Nation, Dec 1, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Deputy Interior Minister Banyat Chansena yesterday proposed that all Buddhist children formally pledge their allegiance to Buddhism when they are eight years old - a tradition adopted during the reign of King Rama VI.

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Temple faces challenge of helping more HIV/AIDS patients

by APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL, Bangkok Post, Dec 1, 2006

Shelter supplies food, medication for over 500 people with disease

Lop Buri, Thailand -- Groups of emaciated HIV/Aids patients at Lop Buri's Wat Phra Baht Nam Phu will soon be a thing of the past. Instead, the country's hospice for severe Aids patients is now having to cope with an increasing number of people saved by anti-retroviral treatment but who still fall victim to the social stigma associated with the disease.

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Cambodian political authorities against monks’ abstaining in vote

AsiaNews/Agencies, November 30, 2006

The speaker of Cambodia’s Senate, in view of the next municipal (2007) and national elections (2008), highlights the importance of Buddhist religious’ social role. Over the years spiritual leaders have insured that monks to do not participate in voting to avoid “temptation”.

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Cambodian monks get the vote

DPA, Nov 29, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Cambodian Buddhist monks have the right to vote in upcoming commune and national elections, acting head of state Chea Sim told a Buddhist congress in the capital Wednesday.

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The "Journey of a Great Man" starts today

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 26, 2006

Week long of activities begin with an exhibition and novitiate program to commemorate the 3 month memorial of the late Ven. Dr K Sri Dhammananda

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- It is said that those who have been bestowed with greatness not only leave behind memories but also marks that streaks across skies and auras that permeate all the paths which they have been trodded upon.

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Buddhist monk cuts off penis and renounces refix

Reuters, Nov 22, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Thai Buddhist monk cut off his penis with a machete because he had an erection during meditation and declined to have it reattached, saying he had renounced all earthly cares, a doctor and a newspaper said on Wednesday.

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Many Buddhist records set in South Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, Nov 22, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Record Book Centre (VietBooks) has announced 43 new records associated with Vietnamese Buddhism, including over 20 set in the South.

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The orphan monks of Myanmar

By DAVID LONGSTREATH, Wells Fargo Pioneer, November 17, 2006

For these boys, the monastery becomes a family.

Yangon, Myanmar -- The head monk chews beetle nut as he quietly shaves the head of a young boy settled at his feet. A line of 10 others, all between the ages of 5 and 10, patiently wait their turn to be left with the patch of hair on their foreheads that marks them as orphans.

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Container full of Buddhist artifacts bound for America intercepted at the Laem Chabang Port

Pattaya City News, November 15, 2006

Pattaya, Thailand -- The export of statues and other items relating to Thai culture and religion is big business but some items, including original artifacts are not permitted to be exported and those attempting to do so are liable for prosecution.

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“The Journey of A Great Man” exhibition and talks to commemorate 3 month memorial for the late Ven. Dr K Sri Dhammananda

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 17, 2006

Famous monks scheduled to arrive in Malaysia for week long commemoration beginning November 26 to December 3, 2006.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- For many devotees particularly in Malaysia and Singapore, the late Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera was not only a monk, he was also a “Great Man” whose life long service to the Dharma virtually transformed the Buddhist landscape here.

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