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.


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.


World Buddhist Summit on schedule

Indo-Asian News Service, Nov 9, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- The Fourth World Buddhist Summit will be held on schedule in Myanmar, reports Xinhua. Earlier reports said the schedule might be affected by the withdrawal of co-sponsor Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan.


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.


Columbarium project buried

BY SYLVIA LOOI, The Star, Nov 10, 2004

PENANG, Malaysia -- The Penang Municipal Council has decided not to extend the planning permission to build the controversial Buddhist institution-cum-columbarium project in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here.


Bogus monks, abuses of Buddha images discussed at World Fellowship of Buddhists meeting

by Goh Seng Chai, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 9, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The 69th executive council meeting of the World Fellowship of Buddhists brought up contemporary but pertinent matters which affected Buddhists world wide. Among the items discussed at the meeting was the abuse of the use of Buddha images, the bogus monks issue, the proposed amendment to the Constitution and determination of host of the next General Conference.


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".


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.


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.


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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