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Planting the Bodhi seed

The Buddhist Channel, Feb 3, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The seed has been planted. Now is the time for watering and constant care.

This ?nature centric? message seemed to have seeped into the minds of about 400 guests when they made their way to a fund raising dinner to honour the Yayasan Belia Buddhist Malaysia (YBBM ? Young Malaysian Youth Foundation) 25th Anniversary held  on Christmas day last year. The guest of honour, Deputy Home Affairs Minister YB Datuk Tan Chai Ho was clearly one of those who took to heart the ?nature? of the event, because one of the night?s key highlight was to raise funds to develop the Bodhi Park project.

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Singapore's Chinatown to build 53 m dollar temple for Buddha's tooth relic

ANI, Jan 30, 2005

Singapore -- Singapore's Chinatown has activated plans to build a 53 million dollar Buddha Tooth Relic Temple on Sago Street, the construction of which will commence in March.

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Buddhist monks detained and restricted by Burma junta

Democratic Voice of Burma, Jan 28, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- The authorities of Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) detained the abbot of Payeik-chimyin who was venerated by the ousted ?Prime Minister? General Khin Nyunt, and imposed restrictions on two other renowned abbots.

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A Long Journey Home

BY KAY JOHNSON, Time Asia Magazine, Jan 16, 2005

HANOI, Vietnam -- It was a homecoming more fitting for royalty or a rock star than a monk. The 1,000 or more devotees who waited in the chilly dawn at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport clutched bouquets of flowers, sang songs, and jostled for a better view. For a bunch of Buddhists, they were pushy: when Thich Nhat Hanh finally stepped out of immigration, they surged forward with a force that crushed people against doors and tore sandals, hats and gloves off dozens of others. "I touched him! I touched him!" shouted one woman, who then burst into tears.

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Thich Nhat Hahn talks with Viet Buddhist Sangha

VNS, Jan 18, 2005

HANOI, Vietnam -- The Party and the State have created favourable conditions for religious followers to practise their religions and beliefs, Director of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Ngo Yen Thi told visiting Monk Thich Nhat Hanh during a reception yesterday.

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Temple replica changes sought

Bangkok Post, Jan 20, 2005

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- A local administrative organisation in Lampang has demanded that a five-star hotel in Chiang Mai make changes to its replica of a temple in its compound which has drawn firece protests from local people.

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Beware of bogus Thai monks seeking alms

The New Straits Times, Jan 14, 2005

JOHOR BARU, Malaysia -- Malaysians have been told to be wary of Thai monks who walk the streets asking for alms. The reason: some of the men in saffron robes are bogus monks, preying on the generosity of locals.

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Viet Nam Buddhist Church welcomes visit from monk

HA NOI, Vietnam -- A private Buddhist delegation headed by a Vietnamese-French monk is set to arrive in Viet Nam today and the Viet Nam Buddhist Church (VNBC) has promised to facilitate the visit and help the visitors get first-hand knowledge of the renewal process and Buddhism in the country.

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Viet Nam Buddhist Church welcomes visit by Monk Thich Nhat Hanh

VNA, Jan 10, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Church (VNBC) will do all it can to facilitate the visit by Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and the international delegation of Buddhist monks and nuns, and to help them see with their own eyes the renewal process in Viet Nam and the growth of the Buddhist Church in the country.

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Monks ward off Thailand's evil spirits

Michael Mathes, AFP, Jan 8, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Three monks enter the tsunami-damaged Cat Bar, sit on the floor and start chanting for the living and the dead - an ancient Buddhist ritual to address Thailand's most incomprehensible modern tragedy.

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