Abbot-blessed amulets in high demand

byPRASIT TANGPRASERT, Bangkok Post, Oct 29, 2004

Nakhon Ratchasima, Bangkok -- Amulets blessed by Luang Phor Khoon Parisuttho, the abbot of Wat Ban Rai in Dan Khun Thot district, are in high demand as the revered monk recuperates from a stroke last weekend.

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Prominent Buddhist dissident calls on Vietnam to end house arrest

Radio Australia, Oct 29, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- One of Vietnam's most prominent religious dissidents has called on the country's regime to lift a verbal house arrest order against him and the head of his outlawed Buddhist church.

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Calls for monk to be ejected

Bangkok Post, Oct 29, 2004

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand - Villagers and monks will petition a senior monk in Bangkok to demand the abbot of a famous forest temple be relieved of his position for allegedly having sex with a female follower.

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Thailand: Inquiry into temple's finances

by MANIT SANUBBOON, Bangkok Post. Oct 28, 2004

Chachoengsao, Bangkok -- An inquiry has begun into a series of alleged irregularities at Wat Sothornwararam Voraviharn in Chachoengsao, including asset management and delays in building a two-billion-baht chapel and a dyke.

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Politics: Thai style

The Nation, Oct 28, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Democrat party is touring the Northeast for the first time since its new leader Banyat Bantadtan took office. The tour starts in major provinces, such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nong Khai and Sakon Nakhon, where many seats are available.

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Has Thailand Lost Its Conscience?

Sin Chiew Daily (Editorial, The Nation/ANN), Oct 28, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The violent crackdown on Muslim protesters in Narathiwat's Tak Bai district on Monday, which resulted in several deaths during a bloody clash at the scene of the protest and the subsequent loss of scores more lives after more than 1,300 people, mainly young men, were rounded up and put in the army's custody, has been met with what can only be described as widespread public apathy.

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Pagodas in Cambodia retain role as boarding schools

Channel News Asia, October 22, 2004

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- There are over 3,800 pagodas throughout Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist country.

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We're back!

by Lim Kooi Fong, Managing Editor, The Buddhist Channel, October 25, 2004

Rebirth of "The Buddhist Channel" heralds the beginning of  professional Buddhist web media.

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Buddhist monks drop vows after falling in love

Associated Press, October 25, 2004

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Two Buddhist monks abandoned their vows after they fell in love with a pair of teenage girls who sold beer across from their temple in central Cambodia, a newspaper reported on Monday.

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Govt doctor advocates meditation

TNA, Oct 13, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A prominent doctor attached to the Department for the Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine today called on Thais to use traditional Buddhist meditation practices as a mean of controlling both physical and mental illness.

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