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Marking the start of Buddhist Lent with flowers

by NILUBOL PORNPITAGPAN, Bangkok Post, July 14, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist Lent, the three-month retreat into monkhood every rainy season, is just around the corner. It signals a time when monks remain in monasteries to concentrate on Buddha's teachings. But for laymen and adventure travellers, it's time to explore the lush wild greenery across the country brought about by monsoon rain. It's also that time of the year when flowers are in full bloom.

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Discrimination haunts the monkhood

by Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, The Nation, July 11, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Prejudiced interpretation of the Tripitaka, the Buddhist canon, hurt gays, lesbians and transgenders, according to a paper presented yesterday to the first International Conference of Asian Queer Studies.

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Chances poor of finding monk's killers

by NAUVARAT SUKSAMRAN & SUBIN KHEUNKAEW, Bangkok Post, July 11 2005

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The June 18 slaying of activist monk Phra Supoj Suvacano was a loss for pro-democracy movements and a gain for state figures intolerant of dissent as well as influential land encroachers, observers say.

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Buddhist retreats for women

Bangkok Post, July 11, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- The late Buddhadasa Bhikkhu always maintained that women had the same potential as men to attain enlightenment and felt that it would be more effective, and more socially proper, for women to learn Buddhist teachings from their own sex.

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Revered Thai abbot discharged from hospital

Bangkok Post, July 4, 2005

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand -- Luang Phor Koon, the revered abbot suffering from chronic heart and stroke-related conditions, was discharged from hospital yesterday but did not return to his Ban Rai temple in Dan Khunthod district.

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Burmese Buddhist nun detained for religious reasons

DVB, June 29, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- A Buddhist nun was arrested on 27 May and has been detained for requesting the highest religious authorities in Burma to recognise her as a ?bikuni?, according to sources from her relatives.

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Thailand: `Zero protection' for defenders of rights

by ONNUCHA HUTASINGH, Bangkok Post, June 27, 2005

Suspicions over probe into monk's murder

Bangkok, Thailand -- The murder of Phra Supoj Suvacano, the abbot of the Mettadhamma Buddhist centre in Chiang Mai, is the latest proof of the government's failure to protect conservationists and human rights activists, while suspicions have been aroused over the investigation into the attack.

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One million candles to light up Borobudur

The Jakarta Post, June 27, 2005

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Indonesian Buddhayana Council (MBI) at Borobudur Temple on July 23, with one million candles due to be lit up during the event.

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Dhamma centre petitions House

by SUPAWADEE SUSANPOOLTHONG, Bangkok Post, June 23, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- The deputy abbot of Mettadhamma Buddhist centre in Chiang Mai, whose abbot and conservationist Phra Supoj Suwachana was stabbed savagely to death on Saturday, petitioned the House environment panel yesterday for justice.

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Environmentalist monks call for protection

TNA, June 22, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist monks from the Mettadhamma Forest Sanctuary in Fang district of Thailand's northern province of Chiang Mai today called for state protection following the brutal murder of one of their members last week.

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