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Construction of Buddhist Institute starts in Ha Noi's suburb

VNA, Feb 27, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- Work on construction of a Buddhist Institute started in Ha Noi's outlying district of Soc Son on Feb. 27. The institute is the third of its kind in Viet Nam, with one already open in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hue city.

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Southern province's Buddhists take final religious exams

VNA, Feb 22, 2005

Kien Giang, Vietnam -- As many as 400 Buddhists from 72 Khmer pagodas in the southern province of Kien Giang took final exams at the Rach Soi pagoda on Feb. 21.

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Worshippers call for designation of Makabucha as ?day of family love?

TNA, Feb 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhists celebrating the most important day in the religious calendar today urged the government to designate Makabucha day as a national event to celebrate family love.

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Heat and work keep public away from Buddhist celebrations

TNA, Feb 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The National Buddhism Office today hinted that celebrations to mark the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar next year could be moved away from Bangkok?s Sanam Luang and into local temples, after fierce heat and the demands of work kept worshippers away from merit-making events.

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Thai Airways charts Buddhist circuit course

The Nation/Asia News Network, Feb 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai Airways announced that their first-ever chartered flight, in 30 years of business, would be to the Buddhist Circuit of India. The trip would be made between 11-13 March. A personal initiative of President Mr Kanok Abhiradee, the flight is based on the airlines? aim to open out the holy circuit to thousands of Buddhist pilgrims around the world.

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Monk's sight saved after glue error

The Scotsman, Feb 23, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Doctors in Thailand have partially restored the sight of an 81-year-old Buddhist monk who accidentally stuck his eyes shut when he mistook a tube of glue for eye drops.

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Survey shows Bangkok residents retain religious traditions

TNA, Feb 22, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai society may in some ways be becoming increasingly westernized, but the majority of Bangkok residents are continuing to cling to religious traditions, with nearly 70 percent saying that they intend to engage in merit-making activities to mark the Makha Pucha Day tomorrow.

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Vietnam: Soc Trang Buddhists boost charity movements

Vietnam News Agency, Feb 22, 2005

Soc Trang, Vietnam -- The southern province of Soc Trang, home to 176 Buddhist pagodas, has launched a number of charity movements among Buddhists such as house building and providing medical care to the poor, said the provincial Sangha.

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Buddhist pagodas expect huge crowds for full moon

by Giao Huong, translated by Quynh Nhu, Than Hnien News, Feb 19, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Tourists and locals are expected to flock to pagodas and sanctuaries in Ho Chi Minh City next Tuesday, Feb. 22 to mark the first full moon day of the Lunar New Year.

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Govt urged to use Buddhism to solve violence in deep South

TNA, Feb 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai government has been urged to use Buddhist philosophy to solve the insurgency in the country?s southern border  provinces.

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