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Grand Puja of Healing in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 22, 2004

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- It is in the Mahayana that the Medicine Buddha first appeared, and veneration of this Lord of Healing became one of the most popular and widespread devotional groups.

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Thailand: Religious TV ads make an impact

BY FOO YEE PENG, The Sunday Star, November 21, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- A SERIES of TV commercials on a book called Palang Chiwit (Power for Living) that has stirred up much talk among Thais will soon be taken off the air after a month of screening. The advertisements feature five well-known faces in Thailand testifying how God has made a difference in their lives.

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Ven. Thich Quang Do prevented to visit UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang

INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST INFORMATION BUREAU, Nov 22, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) has received urgent information that Police have intercepted a mini-van with Venerable Thich Vien Dinh and nine other UBCV members at 5.30 am (Vietnam time) as they drove towards the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City. The monks were going to accompany Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) to visit the UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang, who is seriously ill in the Quy Nhon General Hospital. They had arranged to meet Thich Quang Do at 6.00 am.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire joins millions of Buddhists in prayers for Buddhist Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang

INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST INFORMATION BUREAU, Nov 20, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- International personalities and Vietnamese Buddhists around the world are expressing their sympathy and praying for the swift recovery of the Patriarch of the United Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) Thich Huyen Quang. The Patriarch, 87, was taken into Binh Dinh General Hospital on Thursday for urgent treatment for a stomach hemorrhage. He is extremely weak, but he is reportedly responding well to treatment and his is condition is said to be stable today

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Police stops young Buddhists from going on pilgrimage

AsiaNews/Eda, November 18, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities stopped and interrogated members of the Vietnamese Buddhist youth movement ?The Family? who were on their way to India on a pilgrimage. National security was given as the reason. They had agreed to meet in early November at Ho Chi Minh City?s International Airport and then go on a pilgrimage to the places where Buddhism was born.

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Middle path needed in Thailand's south, PM told

Bangkok Post, Nov 19, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- Peace advocates have asked the government to use ``extreme caution'' in dealing with violence in the South, warning that mishandling the problem will only sow hatred and widen the conflict.

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World Buddhist Summit: appeals to boycott Myanmar?s military regime

AsiaNews/AFP, Nov 18, 2004

Only 12 delegations have confirmed their presence at the summit. More than 300 Buddhist monks are in prison in Myanmar for ?supporting democracy?.

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A female monk takes on Thailand's clergy

The Advertiser, November 17, 2004

While the general public is more open to female ordination, the Thai clergy remains fiercely opposed. A lone female monk has riled the religious hierarchy by waging a fight for ordination of women, reports Connie Levett from Nakhon Prathom, Thailand.

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Relics of the Buddha reach journey's end

Story by CHOMPOO TRAKULLERTSATHIEN Photos by SOMKID CHAIJITVANIT, Bangkok Post, Nov 15, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The international tour of the relics of the Buddha finished last month at Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom province with a jubilant crowd of thousands paying homage to the sacred objects at the end of Buddhist Lent.

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Bid to reinvigorate Thai Buddhists

The Star (AFP), November 12, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai government plans to launch a Buddhism public relations offensive, officials said yesterday amid a rash of savvy commercials by evangelical Christians in the majority-Buddhist kingdom.

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