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Home-Converted Temple: My Spiritual Struggle in Australia

First-person, Thich Nu Phuoc Hoan, as told to Andrew Lam,Pacific News Service, Aug 22, 2005

Editor's Note: Places of worship are growing in Australia at a phenomenal rate. In Sydney alone, there are more than 150 Buddhist temples. But while large mosques and temples have the funding to deal with bureaucracy, many home-converted temples run into problems.

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Precious Buddha takes pride of place

Times Newspapers (New Zealand), July 20, 2005

Auckland, New Zealand -- A GIANT jade Buddha has taken up residency at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in East Tamaki. The eight tonne Buddha has been installed in the temple?s main shrine where it has a benevolent presence for worshippers.

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Monks make mandalas in peace quest

By VANESSA BURROW, The Standard, July 6, 2005

Warrnambool, Australia -- TIBETAN monks demonstrated their extraordinary patience yesterday as they began creating an intricate artwork called a mandala at Warrnambool's Gateway Plaza.

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Buddhist teaching Monk to visit

Magnetic Times, July 5 2005

Magnetic Island, Australia -- This weekend Magnetic Island Buddha Dharma will host the visit of Australian Buddhist Monk, Ajahn Sujato, who will be conducting a day of teachings.

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Dalai Lama to visit Australia in 2007

The Age, July 6, 2005

Sydney, Australia -- The Dalai Lama, who is celebrating his 70th birthday, will visit Australia and New Zealand in 2007.

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Buddhism Spreads Down Under as Asians Change Australia

by Andrew Lam, Pacific News Service, Jun 30, 2005

Once oriented toward Europe, Australia today describes itself as part of Asia, a change reflected in many Australians' embrace of Buddhism, the second-largest religion in the country. But tensions resulting from Asian immigration remain.

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Monks bring Tibetan culture to Border

By SUE WALLACE, The Border Mail, June 25, 2005

Albury, Victoria (Australia) -- A GROUP of Tibetan monks will bring their rich culture to the Border next week. Five monks from the monasteries of India will share their dance, music and traditions of Tibet and its people.

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A New Tibetan Buddhist Centre Opens in Australia

Sakya.com.au, May 26, 2005

Canberra, Australia -- Among the many Tibetan Lamas who have impacted the Buddhist scene in Australia is Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who has founded fourteen centre across Australia and New Zealand. Lama Choedak Rinpoche completed his monastic training under the guidance of His Eminenece Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and graduated among the first group of senior Sakya monks who underwent three and half years of Lamdre Lobshe retreat in Lumbini.

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Creating Vesak history in Sydney

By Graeme Lyall AM, The Buddhist Channel, April 5, 2005

Sydney, Australia -- For the first time in the history of Australia, Vesak will receive recognition by the Government of New South Wales. An exhibition depicting the life of the Buddha and activities of Buddhist organisations and temples of the three major traditions of Buddhism will be staged in the Fountain Court in the foyer of the New South Wales Parliament House from 23-27 May.

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Monks scatter sands of mandala

By ELLEN VAZ, Orange Yourguide, 5 April 2005

Molong, Australia -- GRAINS of sand and the chants of Tibetan Buddhist monks were carried away by the wind yesterday in a ceremony symbolising impermanence.

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