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Religions evolve for self-perpetuation

by Huu Ngoc, Vietnam News Agency, Jan 5, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Similar to the Japanese, Buddhists in Viet Nam practice Mahayana Buddhism, the doctrine of the Greater Vehicle that recommends the liberation of all before oneself. It is different from Hinayama, or the Little Vehicle, that upholds individual liberation. In all Vietnamese pagodas, the Hall of the Patriarchs (nha to) always features a statue of a bearded Indian man, Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect in China. In Japan, Bodhidharma is honoured in a special hall where an oil lamp burns continuously.

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Tsunami Disaster: First account report from Malaysia

by Tan So Hoon, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 27, 2004

Kuala Muda, Malaysia -- This is the situation report from Kuala Muda, about 25km from Sungai Petani, Kedah. Yesterday was one of surreal high drama. In Sg.Petani, streams of ambulances were carrying the injured to the hospital in town. About 11 are confirmed dead up till last night near Sg.Petani.

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Thailand's Nessie

BY FOONG THIM LENG, The Star (Malaysia), December 25, 2004

Nong Khai, Thailand -- The story of Paya Naga, a legendary, serpentine monster, is often told in Nong Khai, Thailand. It is the local equivalent of Scotland?s Loch Ness monster, and every year, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Mekong in Nong Khai, north-eastern Thailand, as well as across the river in Laos, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Paya Naga.

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Buddhist leader's 11th death anniversary marked

VNA, Dec 23, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The 11th death anniversary of the Most Venerable Thich Duc Nhuan, first leader of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), was marked at the Quang Duc Buddhist Institute in HCM City on Wednesday.

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Cambodia bans song depicting Buddhist monk falling in love

AP, December 21, 2004

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A government order banning a pop song about a Buddhist monk falling in love will unlikely affect its sales, a production manager said Tuesday.

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Regime using Buddhism for propaganda purposes, monks say

Asia News, Dec 13, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- Many delegations stay away from World Buddhist Summit in Yangon to protest against regime. At least 400 Buddhist monks are jailed sentenced to 15-20 years.

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World Buddhist leaders stress propagation of Buddhism

Xinhuanet, Dec 11, 2004

YANGON, Myanmar -- Leading Buddhist monks from 16 nations attending the World Buddhist Summit stressed on Saturday the need for promoting and propagating Buddhism, strengthening Buddhist unity, friendship and understanding among them and maintaining world peace and prosperity.

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World Buddhist summit wraps up in Myanmar

Daily Times (Reuters), Dec 13, 2004

YANGON, Myanmar -- A world Buddhist summit of more than 1,000 monks from as far apart as Jamaica and Japan ended in Myanmar on Saturday with promises to strive harder to spread the 2,500-year-old religion?s central theme of harmony and goodwill.

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Essential unity among Buddhist leaders for peace - Burmese Buddhist Leader

By Htet Win, Mizzima News (www.mizzima.com), December 12, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- A leading Burmese Buddhist figure has called for a unity among Buddhist leaders to bring peace and harmony to the world today full of chaos, miseries, war-weariness and violence.

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Thai PM calls on Buddhist to help build global peace

TNA, Dec 9, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today called on the world?s Buddhist community to help build sustainable global peace.

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