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Buddhists flock to Vietnamís largest temple for Vesak

VietNamNet Bridge, May 9, 2014

Ninh Binh, Vietnam - Tens of thousands of Buddhists from across the country have flocked to Bai Dinh, the largest temple in Vietnam, to attend the opening celebration of Vesak 2014, the international Buddhist event that takes place from May 7 to 11.

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UN Day of Vesak in Vietnam commemorations wrap up

VietnamNet, May 12, 2014

Ninh Binh, Vietnam -- The 2014 UN Day of Vesak successfully wrapped up on Saturday in the northern province of Ninh Binh, with the adoption of a statement highlighting three sustainable development pillars.

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Vesak celebrations in Vietnam draw representatives of 95 nations

Asia News Network, May 12, 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam -- More than 10,000 Buddhists, dignitaries, scholars and guests from 95 countries and territories attended the opening of celebrations for the 11th United Nations Day of Vesak (Vesakha) at Bai Dinh Pagoda in Vietnam's Ninh Binh province last Wednesday.

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'Do good deeds to mark Wesak'

The New Straits Times, 12 May 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- OFFERING  prayers for the missing passengers of the lost MH370 is among  the activities at the Wesak Day observance at the  Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Jalan Berhala here.

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Northern Malaysian Temples prepare for Wesak

The New Straits Times, 12 May 2014

IPOH, Perak (Malaysia) -- PREPARATIONS are underway throughout the state's Buddhist temples ahead of tomorrow's Wesak Day celebration which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

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'White Temple' devastated by quake

The Bangkok Post, 6 May 2014

Exquisite Wat Rong Khun closed indefinitely

Chiang Rai, Thailand -- The Chiang Rai earthquake on Monday has left a celebrated visual artist in despair after his exquisite temple sustained substantial damage.

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Hair For Hope: More than 300 go bald at Buddhist temple for a good cause

By Linette Lai, The Straits Times, May 1, 2014

Singapore -- More than 300 people had their heads shaved on Thursday morning at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, in a show of support for children battling cancer.

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Chachoengsao holds Buddhist sermon

NNT, 28 April 2014

CHACHOENGSAO, Thailand -- Chachoengsao is holding its monthly Buddhist sermon, urging the public to join in and apply Dharma to their daily life activities.

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Yantra still exiled from monkhood

The Bangkok Post, 24 Apr 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- Expelled monk Phra Yantra cannot re-enter the monkhood, National Office of Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said on Thursday, as the disgraced former cleric who was involved in a sex scandal 20 years ago continued to receive visitors on his return to Thailand.

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Ex-monk's reflection of Thais and Buddhism

The Nation April 28, 2014

Yantra's return opens old wounds

Bangkok, Thailand -- Few embody such a gross misinterpretation of Buddhism as that weird-looking guy who has just returned from a long exile abroad. The former phra Yantra Ammarobhiku radiates none of that aura that the popular monk whose sexual scandals rocked Thailand's ecclesiastic circles some two decades ago had. Press and social media photos show him dressed in strange clothing that some may call robes, and sporting a long beard that obscures much of his face.

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