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Thailand: Monks and Politicians Cross Swords

Originally published July 27, 2004, IPS/GIN, Published on the Buddhist Channel, Nov 8, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When senior monks gathered recently to select a leader for Thailand's supreme Buddhist body, the presence of a 200-strong force of armed police commandos helped to highlight another crack on the face of Thai Buddhism. The protection for the monks was not to ward off possible attacks from assailants who have been targeting symbols of Buddhism and the state in southern Thailand since early January.

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Vietnam Buddhism Congregation marks 25th anniversary

by N. Thuy, Translated by Luu Thi Hong, Thanh Nien News, Nov 7, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, the country’s largest Buddhist group, reviewed its contributions to the nation during celebrations in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of its founding.

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Thai King offers Buddhist robes to Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, Nov 5, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Pho Minh Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony on Saturday to receive Buddhist robes offered by Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the occasion of Kathina, main Buddhist festival in Thailand that is celebrated during October or November.

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Sangha lends helping hand to the needy

VNA, November 1, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), which will celebrate its 25th founding anniversary on November 7, has so far raised more than VND 400 billion (US$ 24.8 mil) for humanitarian activities.

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Monk dares not accept RAFTO prize

Aftenpolten, Nov 1, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do will not accept the human rights dedicated Rafto Prize because he fears he will not be allowed back into his homeland.

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Monk's human rights prize 'inappropriate'

Sapa-dpa, November 1 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Communist-run Vietnam on Wednesday dismissed an international human rights prize for a leading monk of a banned Buddhist sect as "completely inappropriate," state media reported.

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Buddhists run inspirational projects in Cambodia

Source: ARCWorld, April 19 2006, Published on the Buddhist Channel, Nov 1, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Over the past year, ARC has conducted a series of case studies on organisations run by, or working with, Buddhist monks and nuns on issues ranging through HIV, microfinance, local governance, conflict management, education, gender, health care and community forestry.

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Young dancing girls a dilemma for Culture

The Nation, Nov 1, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- A proposed regulation to ban women aged younger than 20 working as so-called "coyote dancers" is attracting fire for alleged violation of workers' rights.

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A Million Light Offerings for Buddha

By JADE CHAN, The Star, October 27, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society (LDC) recently organised a Million Light Offerings event at the Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur.

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Thai Queen concerned over racy dancing

Bangkok Post, Oct 30, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Her Majesty the Queen has expressed concern over the racy dancing of "Coyote Girls" during a ceremony held to mark the end of Buddhist Lent in Nong Khai early this month, says Culture Minister Khaisri Sri-aroon.

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