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Temple sanctuary for tigers

by EDITH LIM, The New Straits Times, Oct 3, 2005

Thai abbot Phra Achan Bhusit Chan Khantitharo offers 11 tigers and five cubs a home at his temple. EDITH LIM writes about his hopes to rehabilitate tigers for the wild.

Kanchanaburi, Thailand -- Ten monks taking care of 10 tigers at an isolated Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi, western Thailand, made for great viewing over Animal Planet in September last year.


Supreme Patriach of Thai Sangha bestows blessings

The Nation, October 3, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- More than 1,000 Buddhists gathered at Wat Bowonnivet Vihara yesterday to pay respects to their beloved spiritual leader the Supreme Patriarch, who was described by his doctor as being in good health for a 92-year-old.


Preserving the past, one temple at a time

Bangkok Post, Sept 25, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- A community in the northern province of Lampang learned about the value of religion and working together through their determination to restore the ancient temple hall in Wat Pongsanuk


Buddhist monk arrested for stealing guns to buy building materials for his monastery

AP, September 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Buddhist monk has been arrested and defrocked for stealing guns from the house of one of his followers and selling them, purportedly to buy building materials for his monastery, Thai police said Wednesday.


Abbot shot dead in temple on holy day

by PAWARISA PHUMAS, Bangkok Post, Sept 19, 2005

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand -- A revered monk was shot dead in broad daylight by a lone gunman in the presence of over 100 people attending religious rites at a temple in Nakhon Chaisi district to mark yesterday's Buddhist holy day.


Dial N for nirvana, says monk

By Sebastien Berger, The Telegraph, Sept 9, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist sayings recorded by one of Thailand's leading monks are to be released as mobile phone ringtones.


Tsunami nations lend disaster advice to U.S.

By Ed Cropley, Reuters, Sept 5, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police in the United States must not rush to identify the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims too quickly or they will run the risk of countless mistakes, the head of Thailand's tsunami identification operations said on Monday.


Spiritual sanctuary

by KARNJARIYA SUKRUNG, Bangkok Post, Sept 1, 2005

The Dharma Mata Hermitage aims to give women the opportunity to enjoy the spiritual life - long the preserve of men

Bangkok, Thailand -- There were piles of dharma books. The words on the pages sounded nice, thoughtful, soothing. But Manasikul Ovatpesuch felt it was not enough. She needed some other answer to life's foibles.


342 Bachelors of Buddhism graduate

VNA, Sept 1, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Seminary in Ho Chi Minh City on August 28 held a graduation ceremony for 342 monks and nuns from pagodas in southern provinces.


Buddhist monks and novices brawl over woman

Mainichi Daily News, Aug 31, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police in northeastern Thailand issued arrest warrants Wednesday against machete-wielding monks and novices who brawled over a woman and urged their abbot to preserve the reputation of Buddhism by disrobing them.


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