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Report on detained Buddhist Monks in Burma

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), November 9, 2004

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), a Thai-Burma based organization, will soon publish a report named "Burma: A Land Where Buddhist Monks Are Disrobed and Detained in Dungeons" that describes the arrest of Buddhist monks by the military regime in Burma.

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Burma junta invites another Japanese Buddhist group for Buddhist conference

Democratic Voice of Burma, November 9, 2004

Oslo, Norway -- Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) which recently insisted that it would go ahead with the fourth World Buddhist Summit in December after the main Japanese sponsor decided to pull out of the agreement to fund the conference, the junta is now actively seeking yet another Japanese Buddhist group as potential sponsor.

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First batch of Advisers appointed by the Buddhist Channel

By Pandita Ko, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 10, 2004

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Five prominent Buddhist individuals became the first persons to be appointed as members of the "International Advisory Panel (IAP)" today. Each of the panelists - coming from different countries and with expertise in various disciplines - is expected to play a critical role in establishing the Buddhist Channel as a truly global, web based media platform.

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A Second Birthing

Story by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, Bangkok Post, Nov 9, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- It's the classic trick question. Ask most people - even a devout Thai Buddhist - where the historical Buddha was born, and they will often, confusing it in their minds with the country where Buddhism is said to have originated, answer "India".

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Japanese Buddhist sponsor boycotts Burma junta

DVB, November 7, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- The main sponsor of the fourth World Buddhist Summit to be held in Burma in December, has boycotted Burma?s military junta by declaring on 6 November that it won?t be funding the conference.

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Nervous Buddhists in Thai south plan to leave

By Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times Thailand Correspondent, Nov 9, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- MR PREECHA, from Betong in Yala province, lives in Bangkok where he works as a website developer for a finance company. In regular conversations with his family in Betong, which borders Malaysia, the 24-year-old hears the buzz on the ground in the south: local Buddhists are scouting for relocation options.

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Special Buddhist school underway

VNS, Nov 8, 2004

HA NOI, Vietnam -- The foundation stone for the VND42 billion Viet Nam Buddhist Institute was laid on Saturday at Ha Noi?s outlying Soc Son District. The stones were specially brought for the ceremony from the Nalanda Buddhist College in India and from Nepal.

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Buddhism developing across the country

VNA, Nov 6, 2004

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- "Vietnamese Buddhism is developing strongly," Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhism Sangha (VBS) asserted, while talking with a Viet Nam News Agency reporter at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Viet Nam Buddhist Institute in Ha Noi's outlying district of Soc Son on Saturday.

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Measuring Happiness

Stories by KARNJARIYA SUKRUNG & Photos by SOMKID CHAIJITVANIT, Bangkok Post, Nov 5, 2004

Some say Gross Domestic Product can't quantify a nation's contentment - and there is an alternative

Bangkok, Thailand -- If you asked villagers in Mooban Kampla-lai, Ubon Ratana district, Khon Kaen, what good quality of life is, they would promptly give you an interesting, succinct list. Closer and stronger family and community bonds.

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The Temple Of The Tigers

by Jan McGirk, The Independent, Nov 4, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The bass rattle beneath the monotony of the Buddhist chanting at the Luangta Bua temple is a deep feline purr. Pacing on all fours alongside the shaven-headed monks are the temple's tigers, their tawny fur mingling with the flowing saffron robes as the big cats are led through the grounds on a lead by their unlikely guardians.

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