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Monks calls for Buddhism to be made national religion

TNA, June 20, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Over 100 monks and 500 laypeople marched outside the parliament today, calling on the government to make Buddhism Thailand?s official national religion.

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Seminar on ?The Buddha as the Healer" to be held in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, June 22, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) will be organizing a seminar entitled ? The Buddha as the Healer? on August 13, 2005 at Holiday Villa, Subang, Selangor (Malaysia). The seminar is part of the YBAM's Contemporary Buddhist Seminar series. It is also organized in conjunction with association's 35th anniversary.

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Monk `slain over land dispute'

Bangkok Post, June 20, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- A Buddhist group and a network of people's organisations will meet Justice Minister Suwat Liptapanlop today to provide details of a land dispute in Chiang Mai's Fang district which led to the murder of a monk.

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?Coming clean? at Buddhist ceremony

By CHIN MUI YOON, The Star, June 10, 2005

Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia) -- ONE of Malaysia?s biggest Buddhist spiritual fire and smoke offerings was held over the weekend at Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih, Selangor.

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Buddhist text hidden since WWII unveiled

The Star, June 14, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A 92-year-old Buddhist text written with the blood of a monk was unveiled in an auspicious ceremony where at least 3,000 devotees prostrated for two hours at the Tai Kuk Wah Si Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

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Devotees given blessed sand

By SYLVIA LOOI, The Star, June 9, 2005

Penang, Malaysia -- Over 3,000 packets of sand, used to create the world's biggest mandala sand art in Penang, were distributed to devotees on Monday evening. The sand was said to have healing effects and energy, having been blessed by His Eminence Lho Bongtul Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of Lho Long Kar monastery in China.

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Hong Kong star and Tibetan abbot lend a hand to create sand art

BY MANJIT KAUR, The Star, June 6, 2005

PENANG, Malaysia -- Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang and a Tibetan monk gave a helping hand to create the world's largest sand art here. Titled The World Peace Sand Art of Eight Auspicious Signs, the work of art would use eight tonnes of sand in six colours. 

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Buddhist monks find it hard to quit

Agenše France-Presse, May 31, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- About a quarter of Thailand's 300,000 Buddhist monks can?t kick the habit despite an anti-smoking campaign targeting them, local health authorities say. The campaign was launched in 2003 in response to statistics showing that the leading cause of death among Thai monks is tobacco related disease.

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Chinese, Myanmar Buddhist masters stress promotion of friendship, world peace

Xinhua, May 31, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- Buddhist masters of China and Myanmar on Monday stressed the promotion of friendship and expressed wishes to jointly enhance the cause of Buddhism in the world and promote world peace.

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Buddhist monks defrocked after street brawl

Stuff, May 31, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Five Thai Buddhist monks have been defrocked and fined after a brawl with monks from a nearby temple, police and newspapers said.

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