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Thai PM makes plea for religious tolerance

TNA, May 14, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today denied that the country's southern insurgency is a religious affair, saying, instead, that the militants were attempting to harness religion for their own purposes.


Thai monks at frontline of battle to stop theft of ancient relics

Channel News Asia (AFP/IR), May 13, 2005

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand -- In an alarming clash between guardians of faith and the henchmen of wealthy art collectors, Thai monks at the Klang Klong Srabua temple found out the hard way about the fight to preserve ancient Buddhist relics.


Burmese authorities banned Buddhist monks from preaching

Democratic Voice of Burma, May 10, 2005

Mandalay, Myanmar -- The local authorities of Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) at Mandalay in central Burma, stopped a famous Buddhist monk from delivering a sermon at a religious festival, presumably because of his association with Burma?s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


Penang temple to build RM16mil retirement homes

The Star, May 4, 2005

PENANG, Malaysia -- The Than Hsiang Temple here is planning to build the country?s first retirement village costing RM16mil at Berapit in northern Seberang Prai. 


Light and sound show to attract youth to religion

By Ampa Santimetaneedol, Bangkok Post, May 9, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- This year's Visakha Bucha Day celebrations to be held later this month at Buddha Monthon in Nakhon Pathom, will focus on the essence of dhamma rather than ritual and feature theatres and light and sound performances aimed at attracting youth towards religion.


Tablet at Buddhist monastery in Geylang East to remember late Dr Wee

By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia, May 9, 2005

Singapore -- While the late former President Wee Kim Wee's funeral may be over, many still continue to remember him and pay their respects in various ways. After his death on Monday, a tablet bearing his name, dates of birth and death has been put up at a Buddhist monastery.


Crooning monk defrocked

AP, May 7, 2005

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A Buddhist abbot accused of singing karaoke and wearing normal street clothes in southeastern Cambodia has been defrocked, a newspaper reported yesterday.


Thai PM to act as presenter for Visakabucha celebrations

TNA, May 4, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is to demonstrate his Buddhist credentials when he leads the nation in religious worship to mark this year?s Visakabucha Day on 22 May.


World Buddhism event falls apart


Unity crumbles as row forces venue split

Bangkok, Thailand -- The proposed World Visakha Bucha celebration is unlikely to materialise after irreconcilable differences between the Sangha Council and the elements it characterised as Buddhist pariahs forced a split of celebration venues, dealing the government a humiliating blow.


Monks spread word on AIDS

by Chan Kit Tze, The Star, April 17, 2005

Monks in Cambodia are providing care and support for Cambodia?s AIDS orphans, writes CHAN KIT SZE who visited the Thmey Pagoda Salvation Centre in Siem Reap recently.

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- TRADITIONAL Cambodian music greeted us as we entered the shrine hall of Thmey Pagoda in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The musicians were seven to nine-year-old boys sitting at the far left of the hall, intently playing traditional Cambodian musical instruments. Later, we found out that it was the children's first public performance.


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