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Buddhist abbots expelled from monkhood after drinking binge

By Kyle Lawrence Mullin, Asian Correspondent, Mar 23, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monks may have a reputation for being meek, mild mannered, and nothing less than well behaved. But two abbots defied that stereotype in Sikhiu district in Thailand on Sunday, after a bout of drunk driving led to a car accident and the pair’s subsequent expulsion from their monasteries.


Time Thai Buddhism opened up to women

The Nation, March 11, 2015

The ban on the ordination of females is a violation of the Lord Buddha's teachings

Bangkok, Thailand -- Women's struggle to be afforded the same rights as men goes on, and the freedom to fulfil their spiritual aspirations is no exception. Buddhism, like other religions, still has mechanisms that prevent women from enjoying privileges given only to men.


Buddhist monks sue Burma minister over 'use of chemicals on protesters'

The Guardian, March 16, 2015

Human rights group Justice Trust claims that 57 monks suffered severe burns after police broke up demonstration at a mine in 2012

Rangoon, Burma -- Buddhist monks have prepared a lawsuit against Burma’s interior minister that accuses police of using poisonous chemicals to break up a protest in 2012 and inflicting severe burns on demonstrators.


Buddhist Gem Fellowship and Buddhist Business Network collaborates to offer “Buddhist Entrepreneurship Development Programme”

The Buddhist Channel, March 11, 2015

Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) and the Buddhist Business Network (BBN) are collaborating to offer the “Inaugural Master Classes” for entrepreneurs. The programme aims to increase entrepreneurial opportunities, covering the entire venture creation process, from generating ideas to building viable global business.


Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) inaugurates its new building while ushering in 25 years of service

The Buddhist Channel, March 10, 2015

Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia) -- A significant and historic moment in the Buddhist Gem Fellowship's 25 year journey of Dhammaduta Service to the Community was recorded on March 7, 2015, by way of the inauguration of it's headquarters located at PJU, Petaling Jaya. The event was attended by local and international Buddhist monks and nuns, leaders, organizations, members, donors and well wishers.


Thai Buddhist governing body under fire for clearing monk in graft scandal

Channel News Asia, March 6, 2015

An abbot is under investigation for allegedly embezzling about US$24.6 million from donations since 1999.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand’s Buddhist governing body is in crisis after its decision to clear a controversial monk of any wrongdoing.


Animal trances and tattoos at Thai Buddhist festival

AFP, March 6, 2015

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand -- It begins with moans, then screams and feverish dancing followed by mad dashes through a densely packed crowd.


Muslim, Buddhist leaders denounce religious strife

by Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post, March 5 2015

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- Muslim and Buddhist leaders from South and Southeast Asia have issued the Yogyakarta Statement, which refuses the use of Islam and Buddha in the politics of discrimination and violence.


Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters, Mar 1, 2015

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand -- Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernizing nation are corrupting monks.


Southeast Asian Buddhist and Muslim leaders meet

The Jakarta Post, March 3 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia -- A high-level summit of Buddhist and Muslim leaders opened in Yogyakarta on Tuesday aimed at strengthening cooperation to combat religious extremism.


Buddhist monk ordains trees to help the environment

BBC, 2 March 2015

A Buddhist monk from north-east Thailand is so worried about the environment that he has been ordaining trees for 25 years.


Thai authorities hunt for 'Chinese tourist' filmed kicking sacred prayer bell at 14th century Buddhist temple... and threaten to give him etiquette classes

Daily Mail, Feb 24, 2015

Chiangmai, Thailand -- Police in northern Thailand are trying to locate a presumed Chinese tourist who was filmed kicking a prayer bell at a Buddhist temple.


Thailand: NRC urges Dhammachayo defrocking

The Bangkok Post, Feb 19, 2015

Reformers want 16 year-old saga revived

Bangkok, Thailand -- The National Reform Council’s (NRC) committee on religious affairs has called for Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, to be defrocked.


Famed ‘Tiger Temple’ doesn’t abuse tigers, say wildlife officials

The Rakyat Post, Feb 12, 2015

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Thai wildlife protection officers say they found no mistreatment of more than 100 tigers housed at a Buddhist temple that is a popular tourist attraction, though charges have been pressed for keeping rare birds there.


Vung Tau's Buddhist trail

By Pham Quynh Nhu, Thanh Nien News, February 11, 2015

VUNG TAU, Vietnam -- The best place to begin a Buddhist pilgrimage in Vung Tau is the Phuoc Hai Monastery - some 500 meters from Go Dau Industrial Zone on National Road 51.


Structure Removed From Buddhist Institute Land

By Khuon Narim, Cambodia Daily, January 10, 2015

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A temporary structure built on the Buddhist Institute’s land by Na­gaCorp, which added to swirling rumors late last year that the growing casino empire was planning to develop the land and prompted hundreds of monks to march in protest, has been removed.


Cops detain man who damaged idols at Buddhist temple

The Malay Mail, January 4, 2015

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang -- Police have arrested a man believed to be of unsound mind on suspicion of having damaged idols and prayer equipment at the Wat Chanthraram Buddhist Temple in Tanah Liat here last Friday.


Buddha Wearing Headphones Image Triggers Controversy in Myanmar

By Fiona MacGregor, NBC news, Jan 3, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- A clash of cultures fueled by simmering sectarian tensions and social media has left a Western bar manager and two local colleagues imprisoned in once-cloistered Myanmar.


Buddhist group to build $20m monastery

By Melody Zaccheus, The Straits Times, Dec 23, 2014

Singapore -- A $20 million Buddhist monastery will rise up in the north of Singapore in 2017.


Buddhist society holds special camp

by Adrian Chan, The Star, December 23, 2014

Serdang, Malaysia -- THE school holidays are nearly coming to a close and many children will be suffering from an overdose of cartoons and video games.


Muslims and Buddhists show they care for young students

The Star, December 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia --  Muslims and Buddhists produced a shining example of inter-faith cooperation when they joined hands in a presentation ceremony for Educare 2014, an annual charitable project by Siri Jayanti Association and Maha Karuna Foundation.


Buddhist Patriarchs Ban Rallies, But Activist Monks March Forth

By Ben Sokhean, The Cambodia Daily, December 8, 2014

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A nationwide human rights march hit another roadblock over the weekend when activists and monks were reportedly prevented from sleeping in pagodas across the country, while the country’s two Buddhist sects released a statement Friday forbidding monks from taking part in public demonstrations.


Malaysian Buddhist leader joins interfaith pact to end slavery

The Star (Reuters), Dec 4, 2014

The Vatican -- Datuk K Sri Dhammaratana, the Maha Nayaka Thera of Malaysia, joins world religious leaders in signing a declaration to end modern day slavery.


Beware when donating to Puzhao Buddhist Vihara

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, Nov 7, 2014

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) warns the public to be cautious when donating to Puzhao Buddhist Vihara in order to prevent fraud.


First Buddhist Nuns' Novitiate Program held at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 10, 2014

Subang Jaya, Malaysia -- The first Buddhist Nuns’ Novitiate Programme in the Theravada Tradition will be held from November 7 - 16 2014 at the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association. This is the first time a programme such as this is held in Malaysia.


Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

by Brian Ashcraft, http://kotaku.com, Oct 15, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- A 700 year-old Buddhist temple in Thailand contains something visitors might find unusual: a blue robotic cartoon cat from the future. That's right, iconic anime character Doraemon.


Buddhist Institute Is Safe, Minister Tells National Assembly

By Khuon Narim, The Cambodia Daily, October 12, 2014

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Despite being hemmed in by construction on all sides as NagaWorld expands its casino empire in Phnom Penh, the Buddhist Institute will not be sold off or rented out, Cults and Religion Minister Min Khin told a National Assembly commission on Thursday.


Monks March to Protect Buddhist Institute

By Khuon Narim, Combodian Daily, October 4, 2014

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched through Phnom Penh on Friday, demanding an end to construction in and around the Buddhist Institute, which is quickly being surrounded by structures and construction sites belonging to the NagaCorp.


Buddhist pilgrimage with a difference

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Sept 21, 2014

A spiritual journey to four holy sites in India and Nepal offers a much greater chance for deeper reflection than the usual tours

Bangkok, Thailand -- As a producer of dhamma TV programmes, Somnuek Khemacheeva has visited holy Buddhist sites in India several times as part of her work. As a devout Buddhist practitioner, however, she found the so-called “pilgrimages” that millions of Buddhist Thais make each year to India are quite spiritually superficial.


Yala ISOC arranges ‘Buddhist-Muslim Families Tighten

NNT, Sept 6, 2014

YALA, Thailand -- Yala Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has held a ‘Buddhist-Muslim Families, Tighten Relationship Project’ in cooperation with the Yala Special Unit, National Office of Buddhism in order to encourage the faithful of both religions, to brainstorm answers to the problem of southern unrest.


Indonesia tightens security at world’s largest Buddhist temple after ISIS threat

RT, August 23, 2014

Jogjakarta, Indonedia -- Indonesian police have been put on alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.


Buddhist religious ceremony for 5 victims of MH17 tragedy

Bernama, Aug 20, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands -- A Buddhist religious ceremony was held for the remains of five Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash, at a funeral home here, Tuesday morning.


Buddhist monk goes on hunger strike for release of all political prisoners

Eleven Myanmar, 13 August 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- A Buddhist monk who walked from Bago to Yangon in a protest march calling for the release of the remaining political prisoners has said he will continue a hunger strike for 45 days.


'Fake’ Buddha’s Followers Defend His Teachings

by Sek Odom and Holly Robertson, The Cambodia Daily, August 6, 2014

KOH THOM DISTRICT, Cambodia -- In this rural part of Kandal province, a 35-meter-high statue of a mustachioed Buddha towers incongruously above the surrounding fields of corn and rice, providing a glimpse into the mystical world of Thean Vuthy.


Burma expels Canadian prof over Buddhist tattoos on his leg

The Star, Aug 5, 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- Jason Polley is kicked out of Burma after photo of Buddhist tattoos on his leg went viral on Facebook in Southeast Asian country.


Ivory Urn for Top Thai Buddhist's Remains Sparks Debate

by Steve Herman, VOA, August 5, 2014

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In Thailand, an urn has been carved from ivory to hold the remains of the country's top religious leader, who died last year. The production of the urn comes as Thailand faces international pressure to eradicate the world’s largest market for unregulated ivory.


Mahasantisukha monks’ request to countersue Buddhist council rejected, again

By AYE NAI, DVB, 5 August 2014

Rangoon, Burma -- A second attempt by five Buddhist monks from the Mahasantisukha Monastery in Rangoon to countersue the government-backed Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee – the highest order of Buddhist monks in the country – has been rejected by a local court.


Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: More than 100 attend memorial for victims at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist temple

By Lim Yan Liang, The Straits Times, Jul 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Both secular and religious groups have come together in Kuala Lumpur since Friday to mourn those who perished in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, just four months after the tragedy of Flight MH370.


Myanmar-Nepal flight would facilitate Buddhist pilgrims

Eleven Myanmar, 20 July 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- The planned launch of direct flight between Myanmar and Nepal might become a new option to facilitate the Myanmar-India-Nepal pilgrimage route for Buddhist followers.


Buddhist Thais and Malaysian in Betong give alms on Asanha Bucha day

NNT, July 10, 2014

YALA, Thailand -- Buddhist Thais and Malaysians in Betong district joined together for an alms giving ceremony on the occasion of Asanha Bucha day, under the strict guard of authorities to make sure everything went smoothly.


Buddhist backlash against fear of 'love-jihad'

Dpa, 29 Jun 2014

YANGON, Myanmar -- Suzi's family has practiced freedom of religion for decades, including Muslims, Buddhists, and now even a Christian.


Monks' bad behaviour hotline launched by Thai Buddhist authorities

Agence France-Presse, 19 June 2014

National Office of Buddhism says hotline idea emerged after Thai coup leader expressed concern about the religion's image

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts.


Cambodia: Bad news for Buddhist institute

by Ezra Kyrill Erker, Phnom Penh Post, 21 June 2014

Surrounded by casino developments, the iconic Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh faces the prospect of relocation or even closure as the modern world starts to close in

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- One bookshop by the remaining entrance remains open, its religious, cultural, reference and historical texts undisturbed, collecting chalky construction dust.


Myanmar's religious department prosecutes five Buddhist monks including London Sayadaw U Ottara

Eleven Myanmar, 21 June 2014 12:41

Yangon, Myanmar -- Five Buddhist monks, including London Sayadaw U Ottara [former Head of Buddhist Mission in UK], who were forcibly defrocked and remanded at Insein Prison were brought to trial at Tamwe Township Court in Yangon yesterday. The trial comes 10 days after their eviction from Maha Thanti Thukha monastery in Tamwe Township in a night raid on June 10.


Five Buddhist monks defrocked and remanded for religious offence

Eleven Myanmar, 14 June 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- Five Buddhist monks from Maha Thandi Thukha monastery in Yangon were disrobed and remanded at Insein prison for offending the religious ruling committee, temple followers said.


'They All Become Like My Children'


HO PONG, Shan State, Myanmar -- Daw Eainda Sar Ri, 62, has lived at the Thathana Kari Monastery in Bhamo, Kachin State, since she was 9 years old. Since last year, she has helped the children of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose schooling was disrupted by fighting in Burma’s north, taking them under her wing and providing them with a monastic education. The Buddhist nun and her school are also providing accommodation and food to the IDP children.


Buddhist monks charged with child abuse in Thailand

AFP, 28 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai police say they have charged five defrocked Buddhist abbots with sexually abusing eight boys at monasteries around the northern city of Chiang Mai.


Cambodia: Official Denies Rumors of Buddhist Institute Sale

By Khuon Narim, Cambodia Daily, May 28, 2014

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- An official at the Ministry of Cults and Religion on Tuesday held a press conference to deny rumors that the government has sold or swapped the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh to a private firm.


Tracing the Buddhist path in Java, Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, May 13 2014

Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- The seventh to ninth centuries were the glory days of Buddhist teachings in the heart of Java.


Buddhists flock to Miri Buddhist Society on Wesak Day

by Cindy Lai, The Borneo Post, May 14, 2014

MIRI, Sarawak (Malaysia) -- Hundreds of Buddhists gathered at Miri Buddhist Society for the Buddha bathing ceremony and to offer prayers to him on the morning of Wesak Day.


A greener, more meaningful event to mark Wesak Day

by Christina Low, The Star, May 13, 2014

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- SOME Buddhist temples are trying to ensure that this year’s Wesak Day will be a greener event by building their own floats with recycled materials and by not using disposable utensils.


Buddhists from 80 countries join ‘World Vesak Day’ at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Ayutthaya

NNT, May 12, 2014

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand -- Leaders of Buddhism from 80 different countries around the world have joined the world Vesak Day Celebration, held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya Province.


Monastery encourages people to be kind to animals on Vesak Day

Channel News Asia, May 13, 2014

Some Buddhist devotees think that handing their pets to a monastery is a liberation of life. But the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery points out that this is a misconception.

SINGAPORE -- Some monasteries often get requests to take in abandoned pets.


Buddhist Sangha conference to begin on Sunday

Eleven Myanmar, 9 May 2014

Kabaaye, Myanmar -- An all-sect Buddhist conference will be held at Mahapathana Cave in Yangon’s Kabaaye Highland from May 11 to 13, according to the regional Sangha association.


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.


Sia Tze Jee Buddhist Temple abuzz with activities

By Chuah Bee Kim, The New Straits Times, 12 May 2014

JOHOR BARU. Johor (Malaysia) -- The Sia Tze Jee Buddhist Temple here have been abuzz with activities since 7am today.


Exhibition on Buddha's teachings to mark Wesak

The star, May 11, 2014

SHAH ALAM, Selangor (Malaysia) --  The Buddhist Mis­sionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) from the Samadhi Vihara Temple here is holding its first exhibition on the teachings of the Buddha to mark Wesak Day celebration.


Don’t release animals into the wild for Vesak Day: Singapore National Parks

Today Online, May 7, 2014

Releasing animals will do more harm than good, exposing them to natural predators and causing harm to the eco-system

SINGAPORE -- The National Parks Board (NParks) has reminded members of the public not to release animals into the parks and nature areas during the Vesak Day period.


Buddhists flock to Vietnam’s 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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


WFB General Congress to be held in Shaanxi, China

Xinhua, April 19, 2014

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) will be held in northwest China's Shaanxi Province in October, WFB secretary-general said here Friday.


Commission says NGO staff did not disrespect Buddhist flag

Eleven Myanmar, 11 April 2014

Sittwe, Myanmar -- A government commission has said on Wednesday that a female aid worker for Malteser International did not intend to disrespect a Buddhist flag by removing it from her house.


Ethnocentric Buddhism: A new theme in Burmese Buddhism

By DR PAUL FULLER, DVB, 5 April 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- A new alliance is beginning to take shape in South and Southeast Asia with the news that the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) has invited Wirathu, leader of the 969 movement in Burma, to visit them in Sri Lanka.


Dalai Lama expresses sadness over Vietnamese Buddhist leader's demise

Phayul, April 4, 2014

DHARAMSHALA, Tibet (China) -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has on Tuesday expressed his sadness over the passing away of Vietnamese Patriarch Thich Tri Tinh. Thich Tri Tinh was the first Supreme Patriach.


Concern as Buddhist mobs target foreign aid groups in Myanmar

By Paul Armstrong, CNN, March 28, 2014

Sittwe, Myanmar -- The United States has expressed "deep concern" about mob violence reportedly targeting international NGOs operating in Myanmar's restive west.


MISSING MH370: Tzu Chi foundation provides emotional support

Bernama, Mar 9, 2013

BEIJING, China -- Fifty volunteers of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, among them 15 Malaysians, are ready to provide emotional support and care to families of passengers of a missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft.


Former Malaysian PM lends support for families of missing airline MH370 passengers, as interfaith prayers held at airport

The Malaysian Insider, March 9, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has urged the families of passengers of the missing Malaysian Airline (MAS) flight MH370 to stay strong.


In Myanmar, a Buddhist ‘siege mentality’ at work?

by Kyaw San Wai, Today, March 5, 2014

Singapore -- Since religious violence erupted in western Myanmar in 2012 and subsequently spread to other parts, there has been a litany of analyses on the plight of the Rohingya and the underlying causes of the conflict. Regarding the causes, much emphasis is placed on the actions of nationalists and a controversial group of chauvinistic monks called the 969 Movement.


Thailand’s Bad Boy Monk Buddha Issara Keeps Getting Worse

by John Le Fevre, Establishment Post, Mar 4, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- With newspaper reports of errant monks being disrobed for drug, alcohol or sex offenses an almost weekly occurrence (See: Sex, Drugs and Graft Rock Sangha in Thailand), Buddhism in Thailand seems to be in a state of disarray when measured against the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
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Cambodia Recovers Stolen Buddhist Relics

Associated Press, February 7, 2014

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian police have recovered a precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body, an official said Friday.


Welcome to Buddhist Hell

by Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast, Jan 23, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- In Thailand, the horrors of hell aren't just the stuff of kids' nightmares. Families can visit entire sculpture gardens featuring vivid depictions of what sinners face in the afterlife.


Chinese Buddhist pictures exhibited in Myanmar

CNTV, Jan 8, 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- A two-week Chinese Buddhist picture exhibition dubbed "Homage to the Buddha" has opened at Myanmar's famous Shwedagon Pagoda. The exhibition aims to enhance ties between the two countries' Buddhist circles and people.


Vietnam Places Buddhist Youth Leader Under House Arrest

Radio Free Asia, Jan 2, 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A youth leader affiliated to the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) said Thursday that he has been placed under house arrest after he was detained and interrogated for 13 hours, in the latest religious crackdown in the one-party Communist state.


Famous Ex Monk Santikaro Delivers a Buddhist Interpretation of Addiction Treatment Methods to The Cabin Rehab Centre

The Buddhist Channel, Dec 17, 2013

Chiangmai, Thailand -- American-born Santikaro, prodigy of the 20th century’s most influential ascetic-philosopher monk Buddhadasa, was invited by The Cabin Chiang Mai – Asia’s top inpatient rehab, to talk about how Buddhist principles can be incorporated into the 12 Step treatment model.


Precious Buddhist Relics Stolen in Cambodia

Associated Press, December 13, 2013

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian officials said Friday a golden urn containing what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body has been stolen from its shrine near the capital.


World Buddhists plan grand celebrations in Vietnam

by Manpreet Singh, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 2, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnamese Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Tu is a picture of enthusiasm and commitment as he passionately addresses a group of foreign delegates in Hanoi at the preparatory meeting for the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 celebrations to be held in the Ninh Binh district of Vietnam.


Buddhists in Myanmar Protest OIC's Visit

by AYE AYE WIN Associated Press, November 12, 2013

YANGON, Myanmar -- Dozens of Buddhist monks carrying banners that said "Get Out" and "Don't interfere in Myanmar's internal affairs" gathered outside the airport Wednesday to protest the arrival of a delegation from the world's biggest Islamic political bloc.


Dialogue to promote Buddhist and Muslim relations

The Star, October 25, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- More than 200 people are expected to attend a dialogue here on Nov 1 to promote Buddhist and Muslim relations in the region.


22 Buddhist pilgrims die in bus plunge in Lampang, Thailand

Associated Press, 24 October, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- A bus carrying worshippers home from a temple at the end of Buddhist lent plunged into a ravine in northern Thailand, killing 22 passengers.


Thai Buddhism's Supreme Patriarch dies at 100

by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press, Oct 25, 2013

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Supreme Patriarch, who headed the country's order of Buddhist monks for more than two decades, died Thursday. He was 100.


The great men of Buddhism

by Khetsirin Pholdhampalit, The Sunday Nation, October 6, 2013

A new museum at Wat Bovoranives Vihara pays tribute to its six abbots

Bangkok, Thailand -- ONE OF the most revered temples in Thailand, Wat Bovoranives Vihara marked the 100th birthday of His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch and its current abbot, last Thursday by throwing open the doors to a new museum that celebrates the lives of all six of its abbots.


Bill seeks to disallow Buddhist Myanmar women from marrying non-Buddhist men

InterAksyon.com, October 10, 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- A bill has been filed at the Myanmar parliament seeking to disallow Buddhist Myanmar women from marrying non-Buddhist men, InterAksyon.com learned.


Myanmar arrests 44 suspects after Buddhist-led attacks in Thandwe

Associated Press, Oct 7, 2013

YANGON, Myanmar -- Authorities in Myanmar arrested 44 suspects for their alleged role in sectarian violence that wracked a coastal township in western Myanmar over the last week, state media reported.


Late S.N. Goenka's ashes to be scattered in the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

The Buddhist Channel, October 7, 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- The ashes of the late Guruji S. N. Goenka arrived in Yangon today, 7 October at 2:00 pm by air from India.


"NO'ing" Buddha: Criminalising anti-Buddhist acts is not very Buddhist

by PRAVIT ROJANAPHRUK, The Nation, October 2, 2013

Criminalising anti-Buddhist acts is not very Buddhist

Bangkok, Thailand -- IS "KNOWING BUDDHA" - a group of Thai Buddhists who are relentlessly tackling what they see as a disrespectful act against the image of Buddha - the new face of Thai Buddhism?


Buddhist group fails to win full backing

by Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation, September 28, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- In an ideal world, people caught making products or participating in acts that can be deemed disrespectful to the Buddha and the Buddhist religion would be sentenced to jail - this is what activist group "Knowing Buddha" told senators, monks and participants at a seminar yesterday.


Protesters Attempt March from Mandalay to Copper Mine


Mandalay, Burma -- About 60 protesters on Sunday began a peaceful march from Mandalay to the controversial Letpadaung copper mining project in Sagaing Division, calling for the Chinese company developing the mine not to destroy an ancient religious building.


Mon at Burmese-Thai Border Mark Historic Arrival of Buddhist Scriptures

By LAWI WENG, THE IRRAWADDY, September 19, 2013

RANGOON Burma -- Mon people on Thursday gave offerings and prayed in a festival to celebrate the story of a voyage by monks to Sri Lanka, which brought three Buddhist scriptures to southern Burma almost 1,000 years ago.


Burma Buddhist Committee Bans Anti-Muslim Organizations


RANGOON, Burma -- A government-appointed body that oversees Burma's Buddhist monkhood has issued a directive intended to check the influence of a monk-led movement accused of stoking violence against minority Muslims.


In Muslim-majority Kelantan, Buddhist monks find refuge

By Zurairi AR, The Malay Mail, September 8, 2013

TUMPAT, Kelantan (Malaysia) -- Buddhist monks in saffron robes with their clean shaven heads and bare feet were once a rare sight in Kelantan despite the state’s proximity to Thailand which is predominantly Buddhist.


Attack fears prompt heighted security at Indonesia's Buddhist sites

Al-Jazeera, August 8, 2013

Thousands of police deployed after recent violence, thought to be motivated by plight of Muslims in Myanmar

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Security measures were stepped up at Buddhist sites in Indonesia on Thursday amid fears of fresh attacks just days after a temple bombing and as tens of millions of Muslims across the country mark the end of Ramadan.


Vatican sends condolences on death of senior Buddhist abbot

CNA Daily News, August 19, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue sent a message of condolence to Thailand on the passing of senior Buddhist abbot Somdej Phra Buddhacharn.


3D museum features Buddhist cultural heritage

VietNamNet Bridge, AUg 26, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Two exhibitions using 3D virtual reality technology are now available on the Vietnam National Museum of History’s website, featuring the Buddhist cultural heritage and ancient lamps of Vietnam.


Muslim, Buddhist leaders forge ties to promote interfaith relations

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH, Malaysian Insider, August 15, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A Muslim politician and a local Buddhist group have taken the first step in fostering interfaith relations between the two religions.


One day forum to explore Buddhism's adaptation to the 21st Century

The Buddhist Channel, August 16, 2013

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- The Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) will be organizing a one day forum entitled "Adapting Buddhism to the 21st Century", The event is organized in memory of the late Ven Dr K Sri Dhammananda, commemorating his legacy as a far sighted monk.


Buddhists calm facing threats

The Jakarta Post, August 13 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The recent bombing at the Ekayana Buddhist Temple in West Jakarta will unlikely be the last terror attack in Indonesia to avenge the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, said top terrorism analysts.


Bomb at Buddhist temple in Indonesia aimed at avenging violence against Rohingya

Associated Press, August 5, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A senior official said Monday that an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital was apparently aimed at avenging violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.


Nalanda Buddhist Society opens JB outreach centre

By CHUAH BEE KIM, New Straits Times, July 30, 2013

WALK THE WALK: An organisation which believes in holistic education is doing its bit for underprivileged schoolchildren by offering free tuition classes

JOHOR BARU, Malaysia -- THE Nalanda experience has found its way to Johor with the opening of the Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre in Taman Johor Jaya here recently.


Keep Buddhism out of same-sex marriage debate, activist advises

by Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation July 27, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists should try not to get trapped in a debate with Buddhists on whether Buddhism allows same-sex marriage, to avoid complicating matters, said Anjana Suvarnananda, pioneer LGBT activist and co-founder of Anjana Suvarnananda.


8th Global Conference on Buddhism passed resolutions against violence in Buddhist countries and bombing in India

The Buddhist Channel, July 12, 2013

Singapore -- Delegates from Singapore and overseas attended the two-day 8th Global Conference on Buddhism, held in Singapore on 6 and 7 July 2013. Drawing on the presence of 1,200 delegates from the various Buddhist traditions, the Conference culminated in the passing of two resolutions concerning the on-going violence against Muslims in Buddhist countries, and the bombing of the MahaBodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India on 7 July 2013.


Statement from International Buddhist College, Thailand on Bodhgaya Bombing on 7 July, 2013

The Buddhist Channel, July 12, 2013

Penang, Malaysia -- The International Buddhist College is deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news on the bombing at Bodhgaya on July 7, 2013.


Thai monks disrobed for drug use

AFP, July 10, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- More than 30 Thai monks have been defrocked for illegal drug use, an official said today, in the latest scandal to hit the kingdom's Buddhist clergy.


Buddhists Get Prison Terms in Myanmar


YANGON, Myanmar -- More than 20 Buddhists were sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison for murder and other crimes for a night of rioting, burning and killing in March in central Myanmar.


Buddhist monks to preach without hurting other religions

Elevenmyanmar, 11 July 2013

"It is our duty to make people with weak faith to have stronger faith... Monks are the only method to make [them] have strong faith... The monks shouldn't act carelessly." - Ven. Dr Sandavarabivamsa

Yangon, Myanmar -- Esteemed monks from Mogok Vipassana League called for monks to preach in accordance to Buddhist teachings and not resort to hurting other religions.


Private jet-flying Buddhist monk 'a fake'

By David Eimer, The Telegraph, 6 Jul 2013

The controversial Buddhist monk whose flamboyant, jet-set lifestyle has sparked outrage in Thailand, is married and has been accused of being a fake.

Bangkok, Thailand -- Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo has attracted attention ever since a video of him flying on a private jet, while wearing aviator sunglasses and carrying a Louis Vuitton bag went viral.


Myanmar's prominent Buddhist monk talks peace and unity

Eleven Myanmar, 30 June 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- Bhante Ashin Nyanissara, commonly known as Sitagu Sayadaw, one of the most prominent Buddhist monks in Myanmar, has urged the government and the people to work together to safeguard the religion and the nationality in the country.


Buddha Bar renamed, its owner apologises for controversy

by Amy Dangin, Borneo Post, June 20, 2013

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah (Malaysia) -- The Buddha Bar Sabah, which was opened recently, was forced to have its controversial name changed after the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) urged the City Hall to revoke its licence.


Monks' luxurious lifestyle under fire

Bangkok Post, June 17, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- The lifestyle of some of Thailand's more "successful" monks is again drawing criticism. The National Office of Buddhism says it has received many complaints about monks riding in luxurious cars and using brand-name items even as they are supposed to live a life of restraint and simplicity.


Myanmar monks make clarification on Buddhist meeting

Elevenmyanmar.com, 15 June 2013

Hmawbi, Myanmar -- More than 200 Buddhist monks took part in a two-day event aimed at promoting the peace aspect of the religion amid a growing criticism from the international community about the role of the religion in the ongoing communal violence.


Myanmar Buddhist monks call for peace as they conclude meeting on religious tensions

Associated Press, June 14, 2013

HMAWBI, Myanmar -- A meeting of more than 200 Myanmar Buddhist monks on how to solve deadly communal conflicts that have pitted majority Buddhists against Muslims declared Friday they seek peace and accused the media of tarnishing their religion's image.


Buddhist monastery protects Muslim refugees in Myanmar

By Eko Armunanto, Digital Journam, Jun 13, 2013

Lashio, Myanmar -- More than a thousand Muslims are sheltering in a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar's northeastern town of Lashio after violence that killed one person and burned down Muslim properties.


Monks’ Convention in Burma Calls for Restricting Buddhist-Muslim Marriage


RANGOON, Burma -- About 200 senior Buddhist monks convening in Rangoon on Thursday have begun drafting a religious law that would put restrictions on
marriages Buddhist women and Muslim men.


Borobudur: A Reminder of Indonesia’s Buddhist Past

By Jonathan DeHart, The Diplomat, June 6, 2013

Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- In the misty jungles of Central Java’s Kedu Valley, builders in the 8th and 9th centuries hauled 2 million stones from rivers and streams to erect Borobudur, a dazzling, 95-foot-tall, 55,000-square-meter step pyramid and Buddhist temple complex. Today, it serves as a reminder that a Buddhist kingdom, the Syailendra Dynasty, thrived for around five centuries (until the 10th century) in the heart of what is now Indonesia.


Buddhists pray for end to Rohingya conflict

by Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post, May 26 2013

Magelang, Indonesia -- Thousands of Buddhists celebrating Waisak, or Buddha’s Day of Enlightenment, in the yard of Mendut Temple in Mungkid, Magelang, Central Java, on Saturday prayed for an end to the Rohingya ethnic conflict in Myanmar.


Malaysian Buddhists celebrate Wesak Day

By EDMUND NGO, BEH YUEN HUI and QISHIN TARIQ, The Star, May 24, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Visitors came as early as 7am to the Buddhist Maha Vihara here to commemorate Wesak Day on Friday.


Thai society faces a moral crisis

The Bangkok Post, 14 May 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- Today, as Buddhists around the country celebrate the Visakha Bucha Day to mark the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, it is worth reflecting on his teachings and recalling his advice on how best to continue his spiritual legacy.


Cambodia observes Buddha's Day

Xinhua, May 24, 2013

KANDAL, Cambodia -- Thousands of Buddhist monks and Buddhists marched on Friday morning around Preah Reach Trap Mountain, where the relics of Buddha are housed, to celebrate the Visak Bochea's Day, or Buddha's Day.


Ban Sukhawadee helps raise funds for massive Issan Buddhist center

by Thanachot Anuwan, Pattaya Mail, 24 May 2013

Pattaya, Thailand -- Saha Farms’ Ban Sukhawadee and the Phra Yai Chaiyaphum Foundation organized a merit-making ceremony to raise funds for a 20 billion baht Buddhism center in Thailand’s northeast.


Tzu Chi Buddhist followers mark 20th year

The Star, May 13, 2013

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia -- It was a triple celebration as thousands gathered to mark the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation's 20th anniversary, Mothers Day and Buddha Day.


A tour of Buddhist temples in Truong Sa

Nhan Dan, May 18, 2013

Truong Sa, Vietnam -- Since time immemorial, Vietnamese fishermen have built small shrines and temples on islands in the East Sea to pray for safety and good luck during their seafaring journeys. The following is a photo gallery of recently built and renovated Buddhist temples on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands


Buddhism won't be harmed by ex-drag queen

The Nation, May 18, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- Critics say that, by ordaining as a monk, a celebrity transvestite is using the religion for selfish reasons, but, like everyone else, he has the right to seek solace in the temple


Banned Vietnamese Buddhist Group's Pagoda Blockaded

Radio Free Asia, May 7, 2013

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Security forces in southern Vietnam surrounded the pagoda of a banned Buddhist group over the weekend and barred monks from leaving the monastery, in the latest crackdown on the group in the one-party communist state.


Malaysian Buddhists calls for peaceful elections

The Buddhist Channel, April 29, 2013

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Malaysia is facing a crucial general elections (GE) on May 5, 2013. The 13th GE promises to be the most heated to date, with home made bombs exploding at a few campaign sites. No injuries were reported.


Ajahn Brahm on South Malaysian tour

By CHUAH BEE KIM, The New Straits Times, Apr 12, 2013

JOHOR BARU, Malaysia -- BRAHMAVAMSO Mahathera, popularly known as Ajahn Brahm among the Buddhist community, will be in Johor Baru from April 29 to May 2.


Monk Arrested for Smuggling Rohingya in Buddhist Robes

Irrawaddy, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rangoon, Burma -- A Burmese monk has been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle a group of Rohingya Muslims disguised in Buddhist robes from western Arakan State to Rangoon, Radio Free Asia reported on Monday.


Stealing a generation: Cambodia's unfolding tragedy

by Lindsay Murdoch, The Age, April 7, 2013

Orphanages are often run as businesses, the children being the assets.

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- Dozens of orphanages in Cambodia, including some run by Australians, have been accused of exploiting children to attract donations.


Who can stem the tide of Buddhist supremacy in Myanmar?

by Myat Thu Pan, Mizzima, 1 April 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- The recent communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar seems to be a result of the conflict which took place in Rakhine State last year.


Fanatical Buddhist Monk Saydaw Wirathu Calling for Boycott of Myanmar Muslims

By Gianluca Mezzofiore, IB Times, March 26, 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- Buddhist Monk Saydaw Wirathu, the self-styled "Burmese bin Laden", has called for a national boycott of Muslim businesses in Myanmar in a controversial video that emerged on YouTube.


Crushing royal critics feels so un-Buddhist

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, 20 Mar 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- A decade or so ago, an official letter of warning from the Police Special Branch Division landed on my desk. It was about an article by a physician-turned-monk entitled "How the Buddha died" in the former Outlook section I was working on back then.


Armed Buddhists, including monks, clash with Muslims in Myanmar

By Phyo Wai Lin. Jethro Mullen and Kocha Olarn, CNN, March 23, 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- Buddhist monks and others armed with swords and machetes Friday stalked the streets of a city in central Myanmar, where sectarian violence that has left about 20 people dead has begun to spread to other areas, according to local officials.


Samadhi Vihara opens in the capital of Selangor

The Buddhist Channel, March 20, 2013

Opening made in conjunction of the Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia's (BMSM) 50th anniversary.

Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- The traditional Malay gong was hit three times by VIPs, an occasion witnessed by a host of monks, and a 200 strong audience. They had gathered inside the lotus sculptured hall, and together rejoiced at the official opening of the Samadhi Vihara in Bukit Raja, Shah Alam, Selangor.


Thai Buddhist leaders pray for poached elephants, call for end to ivory use

WWF, 9 March 2013

Bangkok, Thailand -- As world governments meet here to discuss global wildlife trade, revered Thai Buddhist leaders today held the first-ever Buddhist merit-making ceremony to pray for the tens of thousands of elephants poached annually. They also called on their congregations and other temples to reject the use and trade of ivory.


Buddhist monks say words against the Letpadaungtaung final report

ElevenMyanmar.com, 14 March 2013

Yangon, Myanmar -- Buddhist monks injured in the violent crackdown at the Letpadaungtaung copper mine protest expressed their disagreement over an official report that suggested that the project to continue.


Celebrating Buddhist culture

VietNamNet Bridge, Feb 26, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Much of Viet Nam’s most famous, traditional and valued cultural heritage has been provided or inspired by Buddhism, a religion which has for centuries been deeply embedded in the national psyche.


Cambodia’s Buddhist Monks Seek Peace

by Omar Havana, The Jakarta Post, February 20, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- At first glance, the life of a Cambodian Buddhist monk does not differ much from the life of an ordinary person. They sleep, eat, shower, talk, and laugh just like anyone else.


Thailand's female monks (cautiously) lobby for legal recognition

By Amy Lieberman, CSM, September 8, 2011

A quiet campaign to grant female monks legal recognition began this summer. Advocates hope that the minimal fanfare will help the 'Bhikkhunis' evade conservative religious opposition.

BANGKOK, THAILAND -- Dhammananda Bhikkhuni grips a wobbly stack of feminine hygiene products and sorts them on a long table. Her followers watch before mimicking her quick movements.


Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over 'Buddhist' Chinese New Year

AFP, 10 February, 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia -- As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims.


Buddhists Leaving Bangladesh Welcomed in West Burma

By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY| February 1, 2013

Arakan, Myanmar -- After a year that saw Buddhist and Muslim communities in Burma’s Arakan State engage in numerous bloody clashes, the state government has now taken the step of welcoming Buddhist Arakanese from neighboring Bangladesh. But it is resettling them in violence-wracked northern parts of the state.


The Crisis in Thai Buddhism


BANGKOK, Thailand -- If Thai Buddhism has been corrupted and lost its way, as critics are alleging, you would never know it by talking to Mod and her friends, whose devotion keeps them making merit and seeking solace at Wat Tha Mai, one of Bangkok’s scores of Buddhist temples, every weekend.


Bangladeshi Buddhist families resettle to Arakan state


Maungdaw, Myanmar -- Bangladeshi Buddhist families have resettled to Karayni Natala village in Maungdaw south, Arakan state, according to one Maungdaw officer.


Vietnam’s Buddhist response to disaster

IRIN, Jan 16, 2013

HANOI/HUE, Vietnam -- Buddhist monks, nuns and their followers have long contributed to Vietnam’s disaster relief efforts. Sometimes equipped with canoes filled with instant noodles, woollen hats and psychosocial counsellors, this local cadre may lack standard operating procedures, but it constitutes a largely undocumented and significant disaster relief system running parallel to governmental efforts.


A Buddhist ruin

The Asian Age, 7 Jan 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- Ta Prohm is the modern name for one of the temples of Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the Bayon style, largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university and was originally called Rajavihara.


Monk destined to collect Buddha idols

Thanh Nien News, January 1, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Thich Tu Nghiem, a Buddhist monk, came across museums and exhibitions of Buddha idols in many Asian countries he went to, and decided that Vietnam needs one as well.


Buddhist conference held in Yangon

by Cherry Thein, The Myanmar Times, Monday, 31 December 201

Yangon, Myanmar -- An international conference on Buddhist cultural heritage was held at Sitagu International Buddhist University in Yangon from December 15 to 17, with support from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.


Admire the unique beauty of a Khmer Buddhist temple

VietNamNet Bridge, Dec 30, 2012

Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam -- Being considered one of the most beautiful Khmer Theravada Buddhist temples in the Mekong Delta, Ghositaram pagoda in Bac Lieu province has unique decorations, reflecting unique Buddhism cultural identity of the Khmer.


Monks Lose Relevance as Thailand Grows Richer

By THOMAS FULLER, December 18, 2012

BAAN PA CHI, Thailand -- The monks of this northern Thai village no longer perform one of the defining rituals of Buddhism, the early-morning walk through the community to collect food. Instead, the temple’s abbot dials a local restaurant and has takeout delivered.


Chinese copper mine triggers nationwide protests led by Buddhist clergy

by Marc Howe, The Global Post, December 21, 2012

Yangon, Myanmar -- Protests against a China-backed copper mine have spread throughout the South-east Asian nation of Myanmar, with members of the Buddhist clergy at the fore of demonstrations.


Goodies for poor pupils, thanks to Buddhist members

Selangor Times, 14 Dec 2012

SUBANG JAYA, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Some 500 less-fortunate students from the area were presented with school bags, stationery and shoes donated by  Subang Jaya Buddhist Association members last Sunday.


Monks Stage Protest in Rangoon


RANGOON, Burma -- Buddhist monks took to the streets in Burma’s former capital on Saturday to show solidarity with fellow monks who were injured during a crackdown on protests late last month and to demand an apology from the country’s president.


New building for Buddhist College of Singapore

By Feng Zengkun, The Straits Times, Dec 06, 2012

Singapore -- THE Buddhist College of Singapore located at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Bishan will have a new building by 2014.


Chief monk survives ouster attempt

by Leven Woon, Free Malaysia Today, December 2, 2012

Ven. K Sri Dhammaratana found support from among the Buddhist temple committee members to defeat resolutions to remove him as the chief monk.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malayssia -- An attempt by several disgruntled members of the Sasana Abhiwurdi Wardhana Society to remove their chief monk failed today after they were defeated in their own extraordinary general meeting.


Thousands of Buddhists turn up at blessing ceremony in Malaysia

By WANI MUTHIAH , The Star, November 25, 2012

SHAH ALAM, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Chants and prayers filled the air at the Shah Alam Stadium as thousands of Buddhists took part in a mass blessing ceremony organised by the Malaysian chapter of the internationally-renowned Taiwan-based Mahayana Buddhist monastic order Fo Guang Shan.


Vietnam Buddhist Sangha holds 7th Congress

Saigon GP Daily, Nov 24, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The seventh Congress of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha themed "Inheritance-Stability-Development" opened in Hanoi on November 23 drawing more than 1,000 monks, nuns, and local and overseas dignitaries.


Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia organises "Contemporary Buddhist Seminar"

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 22, 2012

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- The 2012 Contemporary Buddhist Seminar will be organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) to discuss about various topics and issues that constantly concern Malaysian Buddhists. The seminar will invite prominent scholars and speakers from various countries, including the USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. The theme of this seminar is "The True Colours of Buddhism”. 


Obama gets taste of Thailand at Buddhist temple

by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press, November 18, 2012

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Leaving behind chants of "Obama, Obama" by adoring crowds on the streets, the president of the United States stepped into the serenity of Thailand's most famous temple compound to marvel at its centerpiece -- a gigantic, golden statue of a reclining Buddha propped up on one elbow before passing into nirvana.


Keo Pagoda designated special national relic

VietNamNet Bridge, Oct 28, 2012

Thai Binh, Vietnam -- The Keo Pagoda in Duy Nhat Commune, Vu Thu District, in northern Thai Binh Province, has been recognised as a special national relic for its unique historical, cultural, architectural and artistic values.


To Buddha’s delight

by B V PRAKASH, Deccan Herald, Oct 28, 2012

Yogyakarta, Indonesia -- The wave of Buddhism that spread from India to South East Asia around the first century AD lasted several centuries when many of the countries came under the Buddhist influence, with numerous temples and stupas springing up all over.


Singapore Buddhist Lodge gives out over S$345,000 in bursaries

By Dylan Loh, CNA, 28 October 2012

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore Buddhist Lodge Education Foundation gave out over S$345,000 in bursaries on Saturday.


Buddhists seek voice in strife-hit western Myanmar

by Amelie Bottollier-Depois, AFP, Oct 27, 2012

SITTWE, Myanmar -- Disgruntled by international support for Muslim Rohingya in unrest-hit western Myanmar, ethnic Rakhine Buddhists are demanding recognition of their own plight and venting a rage that veers into racism.


Tour operators target india boom

The Bangkok Post, Oct 21, 2012

Tourism sector leaders say the birthplace of Buddhism could attract many Thai pilgrims and tourists, but New Delhi needs to clean up its act first

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai tour operators view Buddhist tourism in India as a potential boom market if the country's Ministry of Tourism improves tourist facilities in destinations that are of interest to Thai-Buddhist tourists.


Buddhist monks march in Myanmar to thwart Islamic office plan

by Thu Rein Hlaing; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Alan Raybould, Reuters, October 15, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar -- Thousands of Buddhist monks marched in Myanmar's two biggest cities on Monday to protest against efforts by the world's biggest Islamic body to help Rohingya Muslims involved in deadly communal clashes four months ago.


Brainwashed into quitting medical school

By Kang Soon Chen, The Star/Asia News Network,Oct 6, 2012

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia -- A group of Universiti Sains Malaysia medical students has allegedly been brainwashed into leaving their studies by a Buddhist monk.


Monk protest in Bangkok against Bangladesh unrest

CNA, October 4, 2012

BANGKOK, Thailand -- About 300 Buddhist monks demonstrated in the Thai capital Bangkok on Wednesday against recent attacks by Muslim mobs targeting temples and houses in Bangladesh.


India: Visa on Arrival facility likely for Thailand, Malaysia

PTI, September 29, 2012

New Delhi, India -- Government is planning to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to nationals from countries having sizable Buddhist population such as Thailand and Malayasia.


Mass Myanmar monk rally backs anti-Rohingya plan

AFP, Sep 3, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched in Myanmar Sunday to support President Thein Sein's suggestion that Muslim Rohingya be deported or held in camps, in the biggest rally since the end of junta rule.


Cambodian Monk Pursuing Leadership Skills at Harvard

Khmer Radio / Hello VOA, 27 August 2012

Bhikkhu Hoeurn Somnieng receives a degree in business management from St. Ambrose University in Iowa, USA.

WASHINGTON DC, USA -- Because public management in Cambodia is still week, venerable monk Hoeurn Somnieng, is pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


World Buddhist Conference on Nov 3

NST, Aug 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Several Buddhist organisations in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are holding the World Buddhist Conference on Nov 3 and 4, at Istana Hotel, Jalan Raja Chulan, here.


Myanmar to examine Muslim-Buddhist violence

Al-Jazeera, Aug 18, 2012

Government forms 27-member commission to find causes of June clashes and suggest ways for for "peaceful coexistence".

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's government has formed a commission to investigate the causes of recent sectarian violence between Muslim Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, in which at least 78 people were killed.


Bo Da Pagoda preserves sacred Buddhist treasures

by Thanh Nga

Hanoi, Vietnam -- If you get the chance to visit the northern province of Bac Giang, you should not miss the opportunity to take in the sacred landscape around Bo Da Pagoda in Thuong Lat Hamlet, Tien Son Commune, Viet Yen District. There you can see Buddhist woodblocks and ancient architecture that has been preserved for hundreds of years.


In Thailand Today, Teen Monks Express the Spirit to a Rock

By JAMES HOOKWAY, WSJ, Aug 14, 2012

Thailand's Buddhists are a bit annoyed with today's young monks. As mobile phones and other devices grow more popular, it's becoming harder for religious leaders to control the images of Buddhism in the media and marketplace. WSJ's James Hookway reports.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Each year as monsoon rains sweep their way over Thailand, tens of thousands of teenage boys shave their heads and are ordained as Buddhist monks in a traditional rite of passage.


Thailand's Buddhist monks to get food lessons after study

by Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, August 2, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Buddhist monks of Thailand are not known to be an especially active bunch. Prayers, chanting and the collecting of alms take up much of their time.


Buddhist organization urges KPK leniency toward Hartati

The Jakarta Post, August 11 2012

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The Indonesian Buddhists Association (Walubi) has called on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be lenient with its chairwoman, Siti Hartati Murdaya, who is a suspect in a bribery case


Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Pleads For Ethnic Minority Rights

by Palash R. Ghosh, IB Times, July 25, 2012

Rangoon, Burma -- In her first speech before the Myanmar parliament, pro-democracy activist and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has pleaded for the country to respect the rights of its various ethnic minorities.


Famous Abbot Takes Up Monastery Dispute


Chiang Mai, Thailand -- Around a thousand Burmese migrants joined a Buddhist dhamma talk at Wat Sai Moon in the center of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, on Monday to discuss a Thai abbot taking charge of the Burmese monastery.


Thai society rediscovers the values of the Buddha to combat materialism and economic crisis

by Weena Kowitwanij, AsiaOne, July 3, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- In June, celebrations were held to commemorate 2600 years of illumination of the "Awakened One". In a conference, hundreds of faithful, monks and nuns discuss the value of faith and the challenges of modernity. The risks of globalization, promoting an education system capable of forming good citizens.


Buddhists march in Bangkok to speak out to the world to stop disrespecting Buddha

The Buddhist Channel, June 27, 2012

The Knowing Buddha Foundation is preparing a major march in Bangkok on 30 June, to show their respect for Buddha and to show how so many are disrespecting Buddha.

Bangkok, Thailand -- The KnowingBuddha Foundation is preparing a Buddhist March - the first time in history - on 30 June, in one of the Bangkok's most famous streets, Khao San Road, to speak out against the improper usage of Buddha's image in the modern world.


Ancestor worship goes hi-tech

By WINNIE YEOH, Photos by GOH GAIK LEE, All Malayisa, June 21, 2012

Penang, Malaysia -- Ancestor worship prayer has gone digital with a Buddhist temple in Bayan Lepas putting up two 50-inch LCD screens to display names of the deceased.


Myanmar is reminded of its ethnic realities

by Salil Tripathi, Livemint.com, June 15, 2012

Communal violence flares up even as the country tries to return to democracy

Arakan, Myanmar -- A week ago, a Buddhist woman was raped, allegedly by a Muslim man in the Rakhine province (once known as Arakan) in Myanmar, once known as Burma. Incensed Buddhists stopped a bus which had many Rohingyas, who are Muslim, and killed at least ten, injuring others.


Thai Buddhists mark Buddha Jayanti, Vesak Day

MCOT News, June 4, 2012

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist Thais nationwide marked Vesak Day on Monday which this year also was in commemoration of the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of the Lord Buddha, or Buddha Jayanti.


Thailand’s Grand Vesak Celebrations on the Occasion of Buddhajayanti, 2,600 Years of Buddha’s Enlightenment

NNT, June 4, 2012

Pattaya, Thailand -- On the full moon day of the sixth lunar month, Buddhists in Thailand celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It is this very same day that two other most important events in Buddhism are believed to have occurred—the birth of Buddha, 45 years before his enlightenment, and his passing away 35 years later.


Theravada Nuns Centre established in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, June 4, 2012

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A group of Malaysians under the loose organisation "Support Network for Women Renunciants in Malaysia and Singapore" has established Malaysia's first dedicated Theravada Nuns Centre with the official opening of Gotami Vihara in a suburb of its capital city Kuala Lumpur. 


The Buddhist Revival in Burma

by Arjanyai, insnare.com, Published on the Buddhist Channel, June 4, 2012

Rangoon, Burma -- Burma under British rule was not so much subject to religious suppression as Ceylon. Europeanization was not so great there as to affect much the cultural life of the Burmese, since the British administered Burma only as a part of India and the British colonial period there was much shorter than in Ceylon.


Malaysia: Respect the cultural features of all communities

The Sunday Star, May 27, 2012

Kota Bahru, Kelantan (Malaysia) -- POLITICAL life may never be free of controversy, but controversies that are unnecessary or avoidable should never be acceptable. Kelantanese are now undergoing one such learning experience.


Fewer animals released into wild on Vesak Day

Today, May 5, 2012

SINGAPORE -- An increase in awareness has led to fewer people releasing animals into the wild, according to the National Parks Board (NParks).


Devotees mark Wesak Day with offerings and float processions

The Star, May 6, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Buddhists throughout the country marked Wesak Day by thronging temples and offering prayers, as well as with colourful float processions.


Wesak a day to reflect on the teachings of Buddha

By CHRISTINA LOW, The Star, May 5, 2012

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- BUDDHISTS celebrate Wesak today by paying respect to Lord Buddha on his birthday, for attainment of enlightenment and to commemorate his death.


Buddhists to observe Waisak at Mendut, Borobudur temples

by Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post, May 3, 2012

Magelang, Indonesia -- Tens of thousands of Buddhists from across Indonesia and abroad are expected to observe Waisak (Buddhist Day of Enlightenment) 2556 this year at the two neighboring temples of Mendut and Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java, on Sunday.


Thai Buddhist temple to undergo facelift

By Jennani Durai, The Straits Times, May 5, 2012

$5.5m project will add space to Jalan Bukit Merah shrine

Singapore -- The oldest Thai Buddhist temple here will get a drastic facelift by next year.


Singapore: Public advised against releasing animals on Vesak Day

AsiaOne, May 3, 2012

Singapore -- The National Parks Board (NParks) is reminding the public not to release animals into the wild this Vesak Day.


Thailand’s young Buddhist nuns challenge social conventions

by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters, April 24, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- Beam Atchimapon is already three days late for the new school term in her native city, the Thai capital of Bangkok – but for a good cause.


Monks' city walk criticised, defended

The Bangkok Post, April 5, 2012

Criticised by a senator, the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple's mass thudong pilgrimage through downtown Bangkok has been defended by the Office of National Buddhism

Bangkok, Thailand -- Wat Phra Dhammakaya has defended the temple's mass thudong pilgrimage through downtown Bangkok, insisting the walk by 1,500 novices and monks does not violate their code of ethics.


Conference in Thailand to discuss "Buddhist Philosophy & Praxis"

The Buddhist Channel, Apr 2, 2012

Ayutthaya, Thailand -- On June 1st, 2012, the International Association of Buddhist Universities will be hosting its 2nd International Association of Buddhist Universities Academic Conference, on Buddhist Philosophy & Praxis.


Temple dilemma for Putra Heights Buddhists

By OLIVIA MIWIL, The New Straits Times, Mar 20, 2012

Putra Heights, Selangor (Malaysia) -- THE Putra Heights Buddhist Society is appealing to the local authorities to look into its request to acquire a vacant land in Jalan Putra Kayangan 4/1 for the construction of a Buddhist temple.


Thailand celebrates 2,600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment

NNT, 10 March 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- Vesak day generally commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Lord Buddha. However, Vesak 2012, which falls on June 4, holds a special significance as it will also mark the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment.


Buddhist festival celebrates a new freedom

by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press, February 24, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar -- Amid the towering golden spires of Myanmar's grandest Buddhist shrine there was talk of politics and hope for the future as thousands came last week for the return of an annual festival that was banned for more than 20 years by the former military regime.


Devotees celebrate Buddhism and hope at Myanmar shrine where festival was banned 20 years

Associated Press, February 22, 2012

Myanmar Marks 2600th Anniversary Of Shwedagon Pagoda

YANGON, Myanmar -- Amid the towering golden spires of Myanmar’s grandest Buddhist shrine there was talk of politics and hope for the future as thousands came Wednesday for the return of an annual festival that was banned for more than 20 years by the former military regime.


Buddhist-inspired flood relief project marks new wave of development work at Life and Hope Association

World Faiths Development Dialogue, January 13, 2012

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- This fall, Cambodia was hit by its worst floods in recent history, with over a million people displaced and countless crops ruined. In the aftermath of this natural disaster, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, cancelled the 2011 Water Festival, one of the most important holidays in Cambodia.


Yen Tu Buddhist Spring Festival Begins In Vietnam

Bernama, February 2, 2012

QUANG NINH, Vietnam -- The Yen Tu Pagoda Spring Festival has opened in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on the tenth day of the first lunar month, in the presence of Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, according to Vietnam news agency.


Centuries-old temple fully restored

By FARIK ZOLKEPLI, The Star, January 29, 2012

KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia -- Two years after it was damaged in a fire, the more-than-200-year-old Ho Ann Kiong temple in Kampung Cina has been restored to its former splendour.


A thousand Thai Buddhist monks on a march to bless flood-hit provinces

by Weena Kowitwanij, Asia News, Jan 26, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- More than a thousand Buddhist monks trekked across six provinces, going from temple to temple, to bring peace and harmony to the areas most affected by last year’s floods, the worst in 50 years. Government estimates put the death toll at over 800 people and the damages at US$ 40 billion. Venerable Phrathepyanmahamunee, abbot at the Dhammakaya Temple and president of the Dhammakaya Foundation, is behind the initiative.


Officials warn of ‘fake monks’ targeting Phuket tourists

Phuket Gazette, January 20, 2012

PHUKET, Thailand -- The 'monk police’ of Phuket are warning everyone on the island of con men who are impersonating Buddhist monks and tricking locals and tourists into giving them money.


Bringing things out in the open

The Bangkok Post, Jan 14, 2012

Gay monk debate helps reveal a more fundamental problem which is affecting the clergy

Bangkok, Thailand -- While a coyote-dancing monk who sparked public uproar has been suspended, the episode has led to a continuing debate over gay monks in the clergy.


Singapore Buddhist Lodge gives out more than S$670,000 to the needy

Channel News Asia, 7 January 2012

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore Buddhist Lodge (Welfare Foundation) has given out twenty per cent more red packets for the Lunar New Year this year.


Buddhist temple raises RM15,000 for charity

The Star, January 1, 2012

KUCHING, Sarawak (Malaysia) -- Fa Yuan Vihara, a Buddhist temple here for youths, raised what was surely one of the last large amount of cash for charity in 2011.


Growing numbers join in prayers for the New Year

by Pakamard Jaichalard, The Nation, January 2, 2012

Bangkok, Thailand -- The New Year 2012 opened with an auspicious tone as over one million people attended the "across the year" prayer at Buddhist temples nationwide on New Year's Eve, an official said yesterday.


Cambodia's 'Second Angkor' Temple Enshrouded in Mystery

Associated Press, January 04, 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- It's still entwined in mystery and jungle vines, but one of Cambodia's grandest monuments is slowly awakening after eight centuries of isolated slumber, having attracted a crack archaeological team and a trickle of tourists.


Lifting the veil of ignorance: Buddhism and justice

by Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, The Nation, December 16, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- The 20-year jail sentence handed down to Mr Amphon (last name withheld), aka Ah Kong (southern Chinese for "grandfather"), for sending four SMS messages deemed offensive to the monarchy, has stirred a debate on the Thai justice system.


Khmer Rouge did not ban Buddhism, says accused

AFP, Dec 16, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A top Khmer Rouge leader denied Thursday that the brutal 1970s regime persecuted Buddhists and outlawed religion, to the outrage of monks following his trial at Cambodia's UN-backed court.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama May Visit Holiest Buddhist Sites of Burma

The Tibet Post International , 16 December 2011

Dharamshala, India: -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his desire last week to visit Burma to pay homage at the country's holiest shrine of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, the capital of Burma.


Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day - 17 & 18 December 2011

The Buddhist Channel, Dec 15, 2011

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- The Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (ACRD)  is a special day devoted to one of the great contemporary Buddhist monks in Thailand, Venerable Ajahn Chah who is also known as Ajahn Chah Subhaddo.


Vietnam sentences 2 Buddhist activists to prison for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’

by Associated Press, December 13, 2011

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam sentenced two Buddhist activists to prison Tuesday for distributing anti-government leaflets and CDs, a relative and state media said.


Buddhist university prepares for new start

The Bangkok Post, Dec 12, 2011

Monks race to get campus up and running after it suffered damage estimated at B200m (US$ 7 mil)

Bangkok, Thailand -- Monks are hard at work cleaning and repairing Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University after the floods.


Battle on to reclaim Bhuddhamonthon Buddhist Park

THE NATION December 8, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- Occupying more than 2,500 rai of land, the park is seen as an icon of Thai Buddhism and attracts thousands of worshippers on holy days for candle-lit processions around the Giant Buddha Statue.


Vice-President of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Thich Thanh Tu passes away

VNS, Nov 29, 2011

HA NOI, Vietnam -- Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, vice president of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha's executive council, passed away in Ha Noi on Saturday at the age of 85.


Thai Monks Struggle to Keep a Flooded Temple Open

by JAMES HOOKWAY, WSJ, Nov 27, 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand -- At the Glass Lotus Temple in northeast Bangkok, the Buddhist monks know how the flood inundating their country affects everything in daily life—even death.


Tzu Chi aids Thai flood victims

Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 13, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- A team of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers has been carrying out relief work for the flood victims in Thailand, which is suffering its worst flooding in 50 years.


Healthcare relief for the poor

VNS, November, 14 2011

THUA THIEN-HUE, Vietnam -- Free health care for the poor by Buddhist monks and physicians in Tue Tinh Duong clinics in central Thua Thien-Hue Province is saving lives and boosting moral.


Archaeologists says statues unearthed at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat are biggest in 8 decades

The Associated Press, October 27, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Archaeologists at Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex say they have unearthed the largest Buddhist statues there in eight decades.


Myanmar to hold grand religious function to mark 2600th anniversary Shwedagon Pagoda

Xinhua, Oct 24, 2011

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar is making preparation to hold grand religious function to mark the 2600th anniversary of the world's famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the official daily New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.


Thailand monks save ancient Buddhist texts from floodwaters

CBS, Oct 16, 2011

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand -- Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, a monk university in Ayutthaya, Thailand was swamped by floodwaters.


Malaysian-Funded Solar Water For Monks In Ladakh

by P. Vijian, Bernama, Oct 9, 2011

LEH, Ladakh (India) -- A group of Malaysians have proven that charity is borderless and colour blind.


Troops outnumber monks at temples in Thai south

by Didier Lauras, AFP, Sept 20, 2011

PATTANI, Thailand -- With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in Thailand's strife-torn deep south looks more like a military outpost than a typical Buddhist temple.


7th Global Conference on Buddhism (GCB), Indonesia

The Buddhist Channel, Sept 17, 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia -- December 10 - 11, 2011 shall be marked as monumental days for the Indonesian Buddhist community as the 7th edition of the Global Conference on Buddhism (GCB) will be held in Indonesia for the first time.


Catch a drama concert with a twist

The Star, September 9, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- THE Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia will organise a musical sign language drama concert entitled “Purity, Great Love, Innumerable Meanings” at Stadium Badminton Cheras in Kuala Lumpur this weekend.


Filial Buddhists thank ancestors

The Star, September 5, 2011

Penang, Malaysia -- A BLESSING ceremony at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Merit Society on Macalister Road, Penang, drew some 300 devotees keen to express gratitude to ancestors and parents.


Invoking Buddha to Protect Forests

by Brendan Brady, TheWorld.org, Aug 30, 2011

A group of monks from remote Cambodia are protecting their local forests and fighting climate change with Buddhism, not science, as the inspiration

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Tha Soun and his fellow monks from nearby Samraong pagoda have presided over a 44-thousand acre forest known as Sorng Rukavorn, or simply Monk Forest, for a decade. These days it seems a serene garden, but it wasn't always so.


Gems of A Thousand Sadhus!

by Kooi F Lim, The Buddhist Channel, Aug 24, 2011

Buddhist Gems Fellowship announces fund raising campaign with signature "flash and dash"

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- If you are looking for entertainment within a Buddhist establishment, you won't go wrong if you happened to take a glance at Buddhist Gem Fellowship, or BGF in short.


Isan monks helping their communities

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post, Aug 18, 2011

Development monks help their poor communities with economic and educational needs, living examples of why monks still matter.

Bangkok, Thailand -- Fed up with rogue monks? Losing hope in ability of the lax and closed clergy to lead the way? Meet Luang Por Ang, Luang Por Chair, and Phra Kru Somsri. All Isan monks. All dedicated to lift the livelihood and spirituality of their villagers. All are living examples of why monks still matter. Probably more so now than ever.


Exploring the serene centre of Buddhism

VNS, Aug 8, 2011

Bac Ninh, Vietnam -- On a hot summer day, it took Nguyet Anh an hour by motorbike to get to the Dau and But Thap pagodas from Ha Noi. The destination of this newly graduated journalism student from Ha Noi Social Science and Humanities University and her friends was located in the northern province of Bac Ninh.


Wacana 2011 Conference goes live on July 31, 2011

The Buddhist Channel, Jul 30, 2011

Conference aims to discuss "The Buddha Word, its Social Relevance & Application Today".

Live coverage viewable at http://www.justin.tv/wacana2011

Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia) -- WACANA is a Buddhist Conference which aims to gather distinguished members of the Buddhist Sangha and laity to discuss pertinent issues affecting the Buddha-Sasana. Organized by Nalanda Institute Malaysia, this year's Wacana 2011 conference carries the theme “The Buddha Word, its Social Relevance & Application Today”.


Monks teach maleness to 'ladyboys'

Sapa-dpa, July 19, 2011

Chiang Khong, Thailand -- The 15-year-old aspiring "ladyboy" delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose - an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to "be a man".


Buddhists celebrate first day of Lent

The Nation/Asia News Network, Jul 17, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- In Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district, a major contest of 59 carved candle floats was expected to generate at least Bt100 million during the four-day-long holiday period. Chok Chai district's Wat Mai Saprathum won the Category A prize - a trophy donated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Bt100,000 cash - for the seventh year in a row.


Alcohol sale ban in Thailand from July 15-16

The Bangkok Post, July 14, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Public Health Ministry has ordered public health offices throughout the country to coordinate with police and other authorities to make sure the ban on thje sale of alcohol is strictly observed on July 15 and 16, an important Buddhist holiday.


Last letter from death row: Facing death

Malaysiakini, Jul 10, 11 9:40am

Malaysian Yong Vui Kong, 21, is on death row in Singapore for drug trafficking. Malaysiakini is publishing Yong's final letters to Yetian, a member of the Save Vui Kong Campaign, as he faces death.

Singapore -- Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone for reading this 12th letter. Time passes so quickly that this will be my last letter.


Record-breaking Buddhist scripture recitation

by Jamie Khoo, The Buddhist Channel, July 1, 2011

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Kechara House Buddhist Association in Malaysia will attempt to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records for a 24-hour recitation of the Lamrim Chenmo, a central text in Buddhist study, on July 2 – 3 2011.


Buddhist groups seek help from vigilantes to disrobe ring members

By R.S.N. MURALI, The Star, June 30, 2011

MALACCA, Malaysia --  Several Buddhist groups in Kuala Lumpur and Penang have sought the help of the “monk police” here to help eradicate bogus monks in their areas.


No peace at the temple

by Hafizah Hoze Rizal, The Star, June 28, 2011

40 robberies, six fires - and 31 ignored appeals for relocation

Setapak, Malaysia -- ROBBED more than 40 times. Experienced six fires. Electricity and water supply constantly interrupted.


Thais To Say No To Alcohol For Three-month-buddhist Lent

Bernama, June 29, 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Ministry of Public Health is campaigning nationwide for local people to refrain from alcohol during the forthcoming three-month Buddhist Lent, which starts on July 16.


Gere meditates at Indonesian Buddhist temple

AFP, Jun 27, 2011

BOROBUDUR, Indonesia -- HOLLYWOOD star Richard Gere meditated on Monday at Indonesia's Borobudur temple before touring the ninth-century Buddhist monument with his wife and son.


Actor Richard Gere, Drawn by Karma To Borobudur, Planning Temple Movie

by Hangga Brata & Arientha Primanita, Jakarta Globe, June 27, 2011

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- Hollywood star Richard Gere arrived at the eighth century Borobudur Temple on Sunday ahead of a Buddhist ritual today — in a trip that officials said would make the actor Indonesia’s “informal tourism ambassador.”


Buddhist vigilantes to ‘disrobe’ bogus monks who fleece the public

By R.S.N. MURALI, The Star, June 21, 2011

MALACCA, Malaysia -- A Buddhist group here has set up its own vigilante corp to stop those portraying themselves as monks from soliciting money from the public.


Indonesian Officials Gereing Up for Hollywood Star’s Borobudur Visit

Antara News, June 23, 2011

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- The management of Borobudur Temple Tourism Park says they are ready for Hollywood star Richard Gere when her arrives at the famous Buddhist temple on Sunday.


Thailand To Tattoo Tourists: Think Before You Ink

by Anthony Kuhn, NPR, June 20, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- Many of Thailand's tattoo tourists find their way to Bangkok's Khao San Road, where tattoo parlors are nestled among the Internet cafes, noodle stalls and other backpacker hangouts. A visitor along this road might pick up a tattoo, along with some beads and dreadlocks, and perhaps even a nose ring.


Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate founding anniversary

VOV News, June 19, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Celebrations of the Hoa Hao Buddhist sect’s 72nd founding anniversary have been held across Vietnam’s 15 provinces and cities with support of local authorities.


Richard Gere to visit Borobudur this month

The Jakarta Post, June 19, 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Hollywood star Richard Gere will visit one of the world’s most renowned and largest Buddhist temples, Borobudur, in Magelang, Central Java, on June 26, a Culture and Tourism Ministry official says.


Late Buddhist leader was "fundamental" in laying foundation for Buddhism in Singapore: PM Lee

Today, Jun 16, 2011

SINGAPORE - The late Venerable Long Gen, the former Chairman of the Singapore Buddhist Federation, was fundamental in laying the foundation for Buddhism in Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.


Thailand: Compromise reached in tattoo storm

The Phuket News, 10th Jun 2011

PHUKET, Thailand -- More than a hundred tattoo artists from all over Phuket met today with the Permanent Secretary of the Culture Ministry, Somchai Seanglai, and various other officials, to discuss the high-priority problem of foreigners being tattooed with Buddhist images.


Female Buddhist monasticism conference

by Satnisusa Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, June 9, 2011

An upcoming conference in Thailand will bring together female Buddhist monastics from around the world.

Bangkok, Thailand -- Has the clergy's stern frown on female ordination stopped women's determination to pursue a monastic life.


Historic Wesak Celebrations in Selangor

by Loka S K Ng, The Buddhist Channel, June 9, 2011

Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Local history was created on Sunday June 5, 2011 when more than 1,200 people gathered at the Auditorium Dewan Jubli Perak in Shah Alam to attend the first ever Selangor State Level Wesak Celebrations.


Crackdown ordered on religious tattoos in Phuket

by Kom Chad Luek, Phuket Gazette, June 2, 2011

PHUKET, Thailand -- The Culture Ministry has attacked the growing trend for tourists in Phuket and other parts of Thailand to have religious images tattooed on their bodies.


Khao Lak observes start of Buddhist Lent

The Buddhist Channel, June 5, 2011

Khao Lak, Thailand -- People staying in Khao Lak or anywhere in Thailand in July will embark on special ceremonies to mark the start of one of Buddhism’s most significant events.


Malaysian state government to host Wesak celebrations

The Buddhist Channel, June 2, 2011

Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- A historic and ground breaking event for the Malaysian Buddhist community will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2011 when Malaysia's richest, most advanced state of Selangor officially hosts the state level Wesak celebration.


Thailand: Buddhism embroiled in a volatile mix

By Seth Kane, Asia Times, May 26, 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's community of Buddhist monks, the Sangha, has traditionally occupied a ubiquitous and hallowed place in Thai society. However, globalization and decades of rapid economic development have challenged the Sangha's traditional position, seen in its dwindling membership, plethora of scandals and diminished role as educators and conflict resolvers.


Buddhists hope religion enlightens people

by Tarko Sudiarno and Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, May 18, 2011

Magelang/Bandung (Indonesia) -- Buddhists across Indonesia observed Waisak on Tuesday with a message that religion can be a vehicle to enlighten people and the world.


Saigonese take vegetarian food to wish for peace

VietnamNet, May 22, 2011

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Not only eating vegetarian food on the Vesak Day or Buddha’s birthday (May 16), many people in HCM City decide to take vegetarian in the entire fourth lunar month to wish for peace.


Prayers and good deeds for Wesak Day in Malaysia

The Star, May 18, 2011

GEORGE TOWN, Penang -- Buddhists from all walks of life flocked to temples and association premises to offer their prayers for Wesak Day.


Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day

by Seet Sok Hwee and Sabrina Chan, Today, May 18, 2011

SINGAPORE -- Thousands of Buddhists around the world celebrated Vesak Day yesterday, a festival that commemorates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and his entry into Nirvana.


Buddhist Faithful Mark Vesak

by Aidi Yursal & Vento Saudale, The Jakarta Globe, May 18, 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Buddhist faithful across Indonesia turned out in large numbers on Tuesday to mark Vesak, a celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.


Visakha Bucha Day marked across Thailand

The Nation, May 18, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhists across the country yesterday observed religious rites, giving alms to monks in the morning and saying prayers at temples later in the day to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day.


Cambodian Buddhists march to mark Buddha's day

Xinhua, May 18, 2011

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Thousands of Buddhists and Buddhist monks on Tuesday morning marched around Preah Reach Trap Mountain, where the relics of Buddha are housed, in order to mark Visak Bochea's day, or Buddha's day.


Vesak Day celebrated nationwide in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, May 18, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vesak Day, which fell on May 16, 2011, was celebrated throughout the country by Buddhists with various activities and events.


Security concerns in deep South after explosion kills two monks

THE NATION, May 17, 2011

Yala, Thailand -- The group was driving to a town to collect alms in Yala's Yaha district when a suspected home-made bomb was set off.


Thailand, Cambodia join 'Dhamma Yatra' call for peace

MCOT Online, May 16, 2011

SA KAEO, Thailand -- A Thai Buddhist group and its Cambodian counterpart joined with 'Dhamma Yatra' Buddhist pilgrims to urge their compatriots to use dhamma as a means to end the armed conflict between the two neighbouring countries.


Praying for peace in the shadow of Perkasa’s war cry

Fee Malaysia Today, May 16, 2011

Buddhist across Malaysia celebrate Wesak tomorrow in commemoration of the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia --  Buddhist nationwide celebrate Wesak tomorrow amidst unsubstantiated allegations of a “Christian Malaysia” plot and Perkasa’s “crusade against Christians”.


Float procession among the highlights for Wesak Day

By PRIYA MENON, The Star, May 14, 2011

SEVERAL activities have been planned for the Wesak Day celebration on Tuesday.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The joint Wesak Celebrations Committee (JWCC) said the main highlights at the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields would be the visit by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at 9.30am as well as the float procession in the evening.


Celebrating 2,600 years of Buddhism

The Buddhist Channel, May 10, 2011

Wesak 2011 marks the 2,600th year of the Buddha’s enlightenment and the preaching of His Dharma

Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Every year, on the full-moon day in May, Buddhists the world over celebrate Wesak to commemorate three significant events in the life of Lord Buddha – birth, enlightenment and passing away.  This year’s Wesak Day falls on the 17th of May.


Late Chief Monk of Thai Tradition for Malaysia cremated

The Buddhist Channel, May 10, 2011

Padang Sera, Kedah (Malaysia) -- The remains of the late Venerable Dr. Chao Khun Phra Thepmongkolayan, an influential Buddhist figure in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore was cremated here on May 1, 2011.


Wayward Buddhist nun is forgiven

The Bangkok Post, Apr 28, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Office of National Buddhism has forgiven a renowned Buddhist nun for telling her followers to rectify their sins through bizarre acts.


Handing over of YBAM-Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund

The Buddhist Channel, April 20, 2011

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- On 16th April 2011, the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) initiated a Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund to assist victims of the earthquake and tsunami at Japan. As at 16th April 2011, a total amount of RM236,720.00 was collected.


Vietnam preserves Buddhist heritages

VOVNews, Apr 10, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnam is a special nation in the preservation of Buddhist heritages, said the Deputy Head of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Yogeshwar Varma.


Metta Run 2011 to help Buddhist society building fund

The Buddhist Channel, April 4, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society (KMBS) is organising the Metta Run 2011 to help raise funds for the development of its new building.


Thailand: Interest falls in nun enrolments

The Bangkok Post, Apr 4, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- The country's first and only college for Buddhist nuns has suffered a discouraging setback, with only 20 prospective students applying to join the institution this academic year.


Sumatra Buddha Statue Must Go: Ministry

Jakarta Globe, April 3, 2011

North Sumatra, Indonesia -- The Religious Affairs Ministry has ordered a large Buddhist statue in North Sumatra to be taken down after it raised the ire of Muslims in the area.


The monks and I: Teaching and learning in Thailand

By Richard S. Ehrlich, CNNGo.com, 31 March, 2011

International volunteers pay to teach Buddhist monks in Chiang Mai and Ratchaburi. Journey to nirvana not guaranteed

Bangkok, Thailand -- Foreigners are being invited to teach English to Buddhist monks at two temples in Thailand -- at a cost of hundreds of dollars.


Thailand: Bogus monks exploit Buddhism

The Bangkok Post, March 26, 2011

While many saffron-robed foreigners are genuinely interested in studying religion, some are entering Thailand illegally to beg for money from the public

Bangkok, Thailand -- The presence of more than 300 foreign Buddhists at a Bangkok temple has raised concerns that some might be bogus monks begging for money and preying on people.


First patriarch of Vietnam Buddhism commemorated

VOVNews, March 20, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee (VBSCC) hosted a solemn ceremony in Hanoi on March 17 to commemorate the 1,000th death anniversary of Imperial Councillor Khuong Viet, the first supreme patriarch of Vietnamese Buddhism.


Foreign monks rounded up

The Nation, March 18, 2011

Phasi Charoen, Thailand -- Authorities yesterday inspected Talom Temple in Phasi Charoen district following reports that 400 foreign Buddhist monks there go out begging in the afternoon and make money selling the alms.


Phuket's Big Buddha to Gain Buddhism Museum

By Pathomporn Kaenkrachang, Phuketwan.com, March 12, 2011

Phuket, Thailand -- A BUDDHIST museum is to be built at the Big Buddha site atop a hill on Phuket amid claims and counter-claims about cash donations.


Pattani monks halt alms rounds

Bangkok Post, March 8, 2011

Pattani, Thailand -- The Sangha Council of Pattani province has decided that Buddhist monks in three high-risk districts should stop making their morning alms collection for one month, following the slaying of a monk and wounding of two others in Khok Pho district early this month.


Monk shot dead in Thai south

AFP, March 5, 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Gunmen killed a Buddhist monk and injured two others as they collected alms in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, according to police.


Gender and religion: Where nuns fear to tread

The Bangkok Post, March 6, 2011

A mae chi's takeover of a Thai Buddhist temple in India has brought the management of the facilities overseas and the role of female clergy to the fore

Bangkok, Thailand -- The controversy over a Thai Buddhist nun successfully petitioning an Indian court to gain control of a temple has raised broader questions surrounding the administration of temples overseas. It has also highlighted the ambiguous role nuns, or mae chi, face within the structure of Buddhism in Thailand.


Million mourners to pay respects to Luang Ta Maha Bua

The Bangkok Post, March 5, 2011

Queen will preside over revered monk's funeral

Udon Thani, Thailand -- Up to one million faithful are expected to pay their last respects to Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno (Ajahn Maha Boowa) at his cremation ceremony today.


Live Webcast of Luang Ta Maha Bua cremation

The Buddhist Channel, March 5, 2011

Luang Ta Maha Bua cremation is slated to held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1 pm bangkok Time (Malaysia - 2 pm, London - 6 am, San Francisco - 11 pm March 4).


Ajahn Maha Boowa's funeral to 'draw thousands'

The Bangkok Post, March 3, 2011

The cremation of Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno is a logistical challenge

Udon Thani, Thailand -- Wat Pa Ban Tad forest temple in Udon Thani is abuzz with activity. More than 1,500 kitchens are being set up to cater to more than 2,500 monks residing at the temple and thousands of visitors streaming in every day.


Luangta's ashes to be split into two portions

The Bangkok Post, March 3, 2011

Udon Thani, Thailand -- A conference of senior monks has agreed to divide Luangta Maha Bua's ashes into two.


Russian Businessman Worships Thai Monk and Becomes Buddhist

Pattaya Daily News, February 22, 2011

Pattaya, Thailand -- Mr. Anton Avdanin (42), a Russian businessman, had a premonition of seeing an image of a Thai Buddhist monk, leading him to fly to Thailand to research further. After meeting the monk, Mr. Avdanin first carefully observed the monk’s actions for 2 years.


Thais observe Macha Bucha Day

Pattaya People, Feb 20, 2011

Pattaya, Thailand -- On Friday morning at Tamsamakkee temple opposite the South Pattaya Junction on Sukhumvit Road, thousands of Buddhists gathered to conduct food offerings to the monks, with many of the worshippers wearing white outfits, to be in harmony with the purity that this day signifies.


Nun's devotion gives hope to orphan kids

VNS, Feb 22, 2011

Ben Tre, Vietnam -- Nearly 20 years have passed since the Pagoda's doors were opened to orphans under the guiding hand of nun Thich Ngo Mai, an orphan herself. Thu Trang report.


Yen Tu Buddhist spring festival opens

VNA, Feb 13, 2011

Quang Ninh, Vietnam -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan beat the drum, opening the Yen Tu Pagoda Spring Festival in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on February 12, the tenth day of the first lunar month.


300 perform special prayers aboard ferry

The Star, February 14, 2011

GEORGE TOWN, Penang (Malaysia) -- More than 300 Buddhist devotees offered special prayers during a ceremony which took place aboard a chartered ferry.


Honoring of a Buddhist by a Muslim is an occasion to celebrate

by Ajahn Sujato, The Buddhist Channel, Feb 11, 2011

"‘When ordinary people praise the Buddha, they do so only on the trivial and petty grounds of mere behavior.’
- The Buddha, Brahmajala Sutta, Digha Nikaya 1"

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In recent days there’s been considerable discussion among Buddhists, especially in Singapore and Malaysia, over the conferring of the respected title ‘Datuk’ to the senior monk Venerable Dhammaratana, abbot of the Brickfields Temple in KL. The controversy is not over the honor, but over the fact that the Venerable received it wearing a suit!


Man uses fake ‘monk certificate’ to work in Singapore

by Benson Ang, The New Paper, Feb 10, 2011

Using fake documents, a Chinese national managed to work in Singapore on the pretext of being a monk

Singapore -- For nine months, Mr Liu Bing worked as a monk at a Buddhist centre in Geylang.


Thousands of Thai Buddhists remember monk Luang Ta Maha Bua

by Weena Kowitwanij, Asia News, Feb 11, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- A crowd of sad mourners has flooded the Buddhist temple of Pabaantad, in northern Thailand, to pay their respect to Phra Dharmawisuthimongkol, a monk who passed away on 31 January at the age of 97 from intestinal obstruction and pulmonary infection.


Buddhist monk aided Thai central bank

by JAMES HOOKWAY, The Nation, February 09, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- When Bua Yannasampanno (Ajahn Maha Boowa), a hermit Buddhist monk, died in Thailand at the age of 98 on Sunday, his followers were convinced he had reached true spiritual enlightenment and wouldn’t be reborn.


Ajahn Brahm to give talks on Feb 16, 17 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The New Straits Times, Feb 8, 2011

Johor Baru, Malaysia -- BUDDHIST devotees should keep Feb 16 and 17 free as the Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera will be in Johor Baru.


Thousands of visitors throng Buddhist temple for Chinese New Year

The Star, February 5, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields was abuzz with visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year (CNY).


After attacks, monks in Narathiwat halt alms walks

By By Supitya Rattana, The Nation, February 8, 2011

Narathiwat, Thailand -- In the wake of insurgent attacks targetting Buddhists, monks residing at 13 temples in Narathiwat have stopped their routine morning alms walk for a month, starting today.


With Bold Determination and Strong Convictions, A Monk Develops Cambodia

by Michael Scharff, World Faiths Development Dialogue, February 19, 2010

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- The sun has just risen at Wat Nokorbachey, a Buddhist temple in rural northeastern Cambodia. I’m standing near the ruins of a temple building and the early morning mist creeps over the tumbled stones and statues creating a mystical sensation. I’ve come here today to meet with the Venerable Thorn Vandong, a monk who runs the faith inspired organization Buddhism and Society Development Association (BSDA).


Shedding light on decline in Buddhism in Singapore

by Yen Feng, The Straits Times, Jan 14, 2011

Reasons cited by faith leaders, experts include rise of churches here

Singapore -- The decline in Buddhism over the past decade may be traced to the rise of churches, more people wanting to choose their own faith or the lack of one, and greater clarity between Buddhism and Taoism, said scholars and faith leaders yesterday.


Burmese Junta's Proxy Forms New Buddhist Organization

By THE IRRAWADDY, January 13, 2011

Rangoon, Burma -- The Burmese junta’s proxy, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has formed a Buddhist organization to discourage Burmese from joining others religions, in a move that some observers called a misuse of religion for political purposes.


Remote Buddhist Villages Threatened by Rampant Robberies

Narinjara News, Jan 12, 2011

Buthidaung, Burma -- Some remote Buddhist villages in southern Buthidaung Township, 80 miles north of Sittwe, are under threat of damage due to the rampant Muslim robbers in the area, report local people widely.


Monks gather for congress in Cambodia

by Khouth Sophakchakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 4 January 2011

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- More than 800 monks from across the country gathered in Phnom Penh for the 19th National Monk Congress yesterday, where they received reminders of the importance of Buddhist morality following a year that saw frequent transgressions by wayward members of the monkhood.


Thai Buddhist council chides monks for BlackBerry chatting

M&C, Jan 3, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand's Buddhist council has warned monasteries nationwide to curb BlackBerry chatting among monks after receiving several complaints about the practice, media reports said Monday.


Thailand Revisits Abortion Laws After Grim Discovery

by Anthony Kuhn, NPR, December 27, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- In Thailand, at Bangkok's Wat Phai Ngern, or Silver Bamboo Temple, lottery ticket vendors line the path to a mortuary where bodies are usually stored for cremation. On a recent day, one of the vendors, Lawan Yutitham, explains that the hot-selling lottery ticket numbers that day are 02, 07 and 27.


New Year Merit making buddhist tradition in Thailand

Thailand Business News, December 23, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- Whether it’s the international New Year, the Chinese lunar New Year or the Thai solar New Year, the transition from one year to another offers an opportunity for Buddhists in Thailand to make merit by visiting sacred places.


Western-educated monks inject new blood into Thai Buddhism

By Peter Janssen, Monster & Critics, Dec 22, 2010

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- Sorayut Chayapanyo, the 32-year-old abbot of the Doi Pha Som forest temple, has found little use for his Stanford University economics degree in the hills of Chiang Mai.


Buddhist religious leaders bring cheer to elderly folk

The Star, December 18, 2010

GEORGE TOWN, Penang (Malaysa) -- A group of 40 Buddhist monks and novitiates displayed their spirit of giving and sharing by distributing food and provisions to elderly residents at Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged.


Inspiringly Tibetan, Truly Asia

by Jamie Khoo, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 17, 2010

A New Tibetan-Style Sanctuary Opens In The Heart of Suburbia

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- It is indeed a celebration of Malaysia as being “truly Asia” in its multi-cultural diversity with the opening of a new Tibetan-inspired sanctuary in the heart of SunwayMas Commercial Centre in Petaling Jaya.


Aung San Suu Kyi gives robes to monks, nuns in Buddhist rite

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 8, 2010

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday took part in public religious services for the first time since her release from house arrest.


More Moral Integrity Please

by Vajrakumara, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 6, 2010

Singapore -- A 'monk' who is an 'abbot' made grave mistakes. He has yet to express clear and open repentance for his multiple misgivings, even after being jailed. Most Buddhists are enraged at why the local Buddhist federation is not disciplining him - e.g. by defrocking him or demoting his monastic status.


Not all agree on panel to judge Ming Yi

AsiaOne, Dec 03, 2010

SINGAPORE - News of a panel to judge the Venerable Ming Yi has been met with split views by the Buddhist community.


Access to Drugs A Life Saver for People with HIV

By Irwin Loy, IPS, Nov 1, 2010

KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia -- The monsoon rains soaked the ground beneath Mon Hol’s home until it turned to ankle-deep mud. The aged thatched-leaf roof of his hut, badly in need of replacement, provided little protection.


Thailand foetus find breaks abortion taboo

By Rachel Harvey, BBC News, Nov 29, 2010

A shrine in the Buddhist temple in Bangkok Cartons of milk and children's toys are placed at the shrine in the Buddhist temple in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a quiet corner of a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, an impromptu shrine has been created.


Abortion reform is up against Buddhism in Thailand

by Andrew Chambers, The Guardian, 25 November 2010

The discovery of 2,000 foetuses has fuelled calls for a change in the law, but Buddhism plays a big role in the abortion debate

Bangkok, Thailand -- The discovery of more than 2,000 foetuses stored at a Bangkok temple has made front-page news across Thailand. As most abortion is illegal in Thailand, the case has shone a spotlight on a massive backstreet industry and sparked national debate about the country's current abortion laws, which date from the 1950s. With abortion routinely recognised as a "sin" in Theravada Buddhism, religion has played a significant social and political role in this debate.


Hanoi Houses Highest Buddhist Tower

Bernama, November 23, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) inaugurated the Bao An (Paying a Debt of Gratitude) tower, the highest ever in Vietnam, at the Bang A-Linh Tien tu pagoda in Hanoi, on Monday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.


The World's Oldest Buddhist Scriptures Displays in Thailand

by Pimjai Chaimongkol, ScandAsia, Nov 11, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- The World's oldest Buddhist Scriptures are exhibited for the first time in Thailand at the Phutthamonthon Buddhist Park in Nakhon Pathom province from 8 November 2010 to 5 February 2011.


Cambodia: Buddhist monks barred from water festival to prevent undignified behaviour

by The Associated Press, Nov 11, 2010

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Buddhist monks in Cambodia will be banned from taking part in a water festival this month to prevent undignified behaviour such as mingling with scantily clad women and seeing couples kissing, the country's chief monk said Wednesday.


Volcanic Ash Threatens Indonesian Buddhist Temple

NDTV, Nov 11, 2010

Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- One of the biggest Buddhist temples in Indonesia, Borobudur, has become a victim of the eruption of Mount Merapi.


Lord Buddha’s saris (robes) welcomed in Vietnam

VOV, Nov 11, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A procession of three precious saris, taken from Kushinagar relic site in India, arrived in the Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, on November 9.


Sumatra Hopes Pagoda Will Lift Harmony And Tourism

by Aidi Yursal, Antara News, November 1, 2010

Medan, Sumatra (Indonesia) -- A replica of Burma’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda was officially opened in North Sumatra on Sunday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of Buddhist monks from across Asia.


Singapore's Buddhist Conference – Creating Happiness in the Here and Now

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 1,.2010

Singapore -- 500 participants found happiness in the here and now at the Buddhist Conference 2554, held 23 October at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore. The conference was organised by Dharma In Action (DIA), an informal gathering of energetic and enthusiastic Buddhists working together to promote Buddhism as a lifestyle in Singapore.


Buddhist Statue Draws Islamists’ Ire

by Arientha Primanita, Bilhuda Haryanto & Aidi Yursal, The Jakarta Post, October 22, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Buddhists are the latest minority religious group to feel the heat, being at the center of a festering row over a large Buddha statue on the roof of a temple in the North Sumatran city of Tanjung Balai.


Singapore Buddhist Lodge gives S$475,600 worth of bursaries to students

Channel News Asia, 16 October 2010

SINGAPORE -- S$475,600 worth of bursaries from the Singapore Buddhist Lodge Education Foundation were given to 367 students from tertiary institutes on Saturday.


Thich Nhat Hahn emphasizes life, peace

by Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Oct 8, 2010

Magelang, Indonesia -- Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh led 500 Buddhists and monks from 15 countries in a series of meditations at the renowned Borobudur Temple complex in Magelang, Central Java, on Thursday.


Ven. Ming Yi is a free man

By Mavis Toh & Elena Chong, The Straits Times, Oct 8, 2010

Singapore -- CONVICTED Buddhist monk Ming Yi, 48, walked out of the Subordinate Courts a free man yesterday, ending the long-running saga of one of the largest charity scandals here.


Buddhism in Cambodia still recovering

By Cherry Thein, Myanmar Times, Volume 26, No. 521

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- AFTER joining a Sunday group meditation at Wat Langka on Sihanouk Boulevard Road in Phnom Penh, I was approached by a Buddhist monk who gave me a copied textbook written by Mahasi Sayadaw.


Buddhist Group to Tackle Judges Over Bar Ruling

by Ulma Haryanto, Jakarta Globe, September 22, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia -- A Buddhist group that backed the city in allowing the Buddha Bar to open will file a complaint against judges at the Central Jakarta District Court who ordered the bar closed and fined the owners Rp 1 billion ($112,000).


Christians and Buddhists issue joint call for a just economy

Ekklesia.com, Sept 22, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- A reform-oriented "common word on international economic practices" has been issued by Christians and Buddhists meeting in Thailand.


World Buddhist Conference in Malaysia

By Majorie Chiew, The Star, September 21, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- MALAYSIA will host one of the modern world’s most recognised Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Zen master, Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, and eight other acclaimed teachers and scholars of Buddhism at the World Buddhist Conference this weekend (Sept 25-26)at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.


Revered Phuket monk to turn 114

Phuket Daily News, Aug 18, 2010

PHUKET, Thailand -- Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to help revered Phuket monk Luang Pu Supha celebrate his 114th birthday next month.


Thailand: Huge donations received by famous monk queried

The Nation/Asia News Network , Sep 14, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- A WELL-KNOWN author and an avid Buddhist yesterday filed a report with the Department of Special Investigation, asking for an inquiry into more than Bt100 million (S$4.3 million) given to a monastery run by a famous monk.


Training course for Buddhists on HIV/AIDS

VNA, Sept 14, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A two-day training course is being held in Ho Chi Minh City for Buddhist monks, nuns and followers on how to prevent discrimination against people infected with HIV/AIDS.


Thailand: Marching 1,100 kilometres for peace between Buddhists and Muslims in the south

Asia News, September 7, 2010

More than 70 people march for 55 days to remind people that peace is everyone’s business. Since 2004, clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in south Thailand have killed 56,950 people and wounded 11.390.


New name, concept do not atone for Buddha Bar: FABB

The Jakarta Post, Sept 3, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The Anti-Buddha Bar Forum (FABB) is persisting in its demands that the Buddha Bar be shut down, even after the company changed its name to BB Restaurant and Lounge.


Court orders closure of Buddha Bar in Indonesia

AFP, Sept 1, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An Indonesian court Wednesday ordered the local branch of Paris-based Buddha Bar to close after convicting the licence holder of blasphemy, a lawyer said.


Buddhist society to help dead security guard’s family

By WANI MUTHIAH and A. RUBAN, The Star, August 30, 2010

KLANG, Selangor -- The plight of slain security guard S. Gunasilan’s family has caught the attention of the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society Malaysia which plans to visit them today to get details of their financial difficulties.


Buddhism, literature with Hanoi’s millennial growth

VOV News, Aug 31, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A recent symposium has provided an insight into Buddhism and literature’s immense contributions to the capital city of Hanoi during its 1,000-year process of development.


Malaysian in Singapore death row spends time reading Buddhist scriptures

The Borneo Post, August 27, 2010

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah (Malaysia) -- Sabahan Yong Vui Kong who is on death row in Singapore, is spending his time reading Buddhist scriptures as his appeal for clemency to the republic’s president to spare his life lies in a balance.


Prayers for four Malaysians who died in Ladakh

Bernama, August 25, 2010

LEH, Ladakh (India) -- Amidst chanting of prayers by monks and school children, a special event was rolled out to mark the first anniversary of four Malaysian women who died in a car mishap last year.


Vietnam Buddhist sect asks government to punish schismatic monks

Earth Times, 24 Aug 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The state-controlled governing body of Vietnam's Hoa Hao Buddhist sect has asked local authorities to punish two monks for allegedly proselytizing without permission, an official said Tuesday.


Divine rock formations

By FOONG THIM LENG, The Star, August 18, 2010

Bercham, Malaysia -- VISITORS to Meow Yuen Zen Buddhist Monastery will get the impression that they are in a garden where rock formations are sculptured by divine hands.


Registrar clears monastery

By LEE YUK PENG, The Star, August 11, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A monastery that has been mired in controversy for its closed-door practice has been found by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to have complied with its own constitution.


Buddhist missionary group launches border projects

By Cherry Thein, Myanmar Rimes, August 16 - 22, 2010

Yangon, Myanmar -- THE Buddhist Association for the Promotion of Theravada Buddhism in Border Regions earlier this month launched missionary projects in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin and Mon states, the group’s chairman said last week.


YBAM helping Buddhist students societies to get started

Sin Chew Daily, Aug 11, 2010

SEREMBAN, Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia) -- The Negeri Sembilan state liaison committee of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) is helping the Buddhist students societies of three schools to get started, following the cabinet decision to allow school heads to approve the formation of non-Muslim clubs and societies.


Over 10,000 Buddhist monks, followers attend Vu Lan festival

VOV News, Aug 11, 2010

Binh Duong, Vietnam -- More than 10,000 monks, nuns and Buddhist followers from 20 southern provinces are expected to attend the largest-ever religious ceremony at Lac Canh-Dai Nam-Van Hien Tourist Resort in Binh Duong province on August 14-15 for the Vu Lan Festival.


Mindful of the present

By MAJORIE CHIEW, The Star, August 10, 2010

Zen master and Nobel Prize nominee to talk on his philosophy in Malaysian tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- RENOWNED Vietnamese Buddhist monk and poet Thich Nhat Hanh, 84, leads retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living. He believes that we can learn to live in the present moment through “mindfulness”, rather than in the past and future. That is his key teaching.


Worship rooms provided for Buddhist inmates

The Jakarta Post, Aug 9, 2010

KUTA, Bali (Indonesia) -- Kerobokan Penitentiary in Kuta has recently provided worship rooms for Buddhist inmates, adding to the prison's existing worship facilities for Hindus, Muslims and Christians, a prison warden says.


Collecting Buddhist stamps

Translated by LIM LIY EE, Sin Chew Daily, July 31, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A Buddhist and stamps collector has been integrating his faith with his interest as he has a special preference for collecting stamps with Buddhism theme.


Grand Guan Yin parade in Penang

By CHRISTINA CHIN, The Star, August 2, 2010

Penang, Malaysia -- HANDS clasped in prayer, thousands of Avalokitesvara (Guan Yin) Bodhisattva devotees joined a Goddess of Mercy float procession which passed through Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas in Penang.


Buddhist week celebrates Hanoi’s 1000th year

Vietnam Plus, Jul 29, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A week of Buddhist celebrations to acknowledge the capital city’s millennial anniversary began at the Thang Long Citadel on July 28.


Hundreds protest against Buddha Bar in Indonesia

AFP, Jul 28, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Hundreds of people protested in Jakarta Wednesday against the local branch of the Buddha Bar chain, demanding its closure and saying it threatened interfaith relations.


Asarnha Bucha Worship Unites Hundreds at Pattaya Temple

Pattaya Daily News, Jul 27, 2010

Pattaya, Thailand -- The Asarnha Bucha (Asalha Puja) ceremonies held at the Chaimongkol Temple in South Pattaya brought hundreds of joyous worshippers together to celebrate the great Buddha’s first sermon.


Buddhist group appeals to state govt for land

The Star, July 22, 2010

Klang, Malaysia -- A GROUP of Buddhist residents staying in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, organised a gathering last weekend to appeal to the state government to grant a piece of land in Bukit Tinggi to erect a Buddhist temple.


Don’t give alms to ‘monks’ on the streets

The Star, July 20, 2010

Penang, Malaysia -- THOSE who give donation to monks on the streets are performing bad deeds indirectly, said Yayasan Belia Buddhist Malaysia (YBBM) director Datuk Ong Ka Chuan.


Great Buddhist Festival to mark 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi

VOV News, July 18, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- 1,247 Buddhist nuns and monks will gather for the Great Buddhist Festival to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi scheduled to take place in Hanoi from July 17 to August 2.


Buddhist family camp held in the south

VOV News, July 17, 2010

Can Tho, Vietnam -- A Buddhist family camp called “Chanh Tri Camp” is taking place in Long Quang Pagoda in the Mekong delta city Can Tho city from July 15-17, drawing the participation of over 700 Buddhist followers from southeast and southwest provinces.


Road to peace

The Bangkok Post, July 5, 2010

A group of Thai and Cambodian civic groups are working together to build peace between Thailand and Cambodia through cultural exchanges

Siem Reap, Cambodia -- A Cambodian song filled the air as some 10 Thai and Cambodians were playing a traditional Khmer folk game that resembles Thailand's all-time favourite mon son pha.


Thai temple offers Buddhist funerals for pets

Reuters, July 5, 2010

BANGKOK, Thailand -- An orange-robed monk chanted as a teary-eyed, black-clad family prayed quietly in front of a crematorium. A normal Buddhist funeral service in Thailand except for one thing — the deceased was canine.


Buddhist monk filmed naked women bathing in holy water at temple: cops

By Michael Sheridan, New York Daily News, June 30, 2010

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A Buddhist monk has been accused of being less than holy.


Buddhist Temple in Chonburi Built with Finnish Stainless Steel

ScanAsia, June 16 2010

Pattaya, Thailand -- Less than two hours’ drive from the teeming tourist beaches of Pattaya in Thailand, a largely undeveloped hillside in Chounbri province conceals a very different site – a sacred place home to a Buddhist temple.


World Cup Gambling Arrests Prompt Buddhist Rule Change

Pattaya Daily News, June 14, 2010

Pattaya, Thailand -- Police have arrested a man in South Pattaya found to be in possession of numerous football gambling slips, largely circulated to members of the public wishing to bet/gamble on football matches. The slips in question were found to be pertaining to the currently ongoing World Cup in South Africa.


Panel tries to rope in Buddhist groups

By LEE YUK PENG, The Star, June 14, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A committee seeking the reopening of a Kajang monastery has asked the Malay­sian Buddhist Association and Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia to help resolve problems which caused the place being closed to devotees for the past four years.


Meditaton centre built with public funds now a ‘country club’

By LEE YUK PENG, The Star, June 9, 2010

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia -- The bungalow, nestled in a secluded spot amidst dense greenery, is supposed to be a temple that was built on public donations.


Hoi Son Pagoda – An Architectural Relic

VOV News, Jun 3, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Hoi Son Pagoda, also called Khanh Long Pagoda, was established and named after Buddhist monk Dao Thanh Khanh Long who became famous in the late 18th century. It is located on Quit Hill in the present-day Long Binh Ward, District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City.


Tribute paid to Thich Quang Duc

Saigon Go Daily, Jun 3, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A commemoration service was held in Ho Chi Minh City June 2 for Thich Quang Duc, who self-immolated 47 years ago to protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the Ngo Dinh Diem administration of South Vietnam.


Thailand: Back to normal, are we?

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, May 31, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- Normal. How sweet the word sounds, after two weeks of excruciating political tension which culminated in the torching of central Bangkok.


Convicted Buddhist monk Ming Yi’s jail sentence reduced by 4 months

Temasek review, May 31, 2010

Singapore -- CONVICTED Buddhist monk Ming Yi’s track record of performing death-defying stunts to raise funds for Ren Ci Hospital has earned him a reduction in his jail term for his role in an unauthorised $50,000 loan to his former aide.


Hell's Kitchen chef to prepare vegetarian dishes for Wesak Day

By CHRISTINA LOW, The Star, May 26, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- British chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay will be in town on Friday to cook up a special vegetarian dish for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and thousands of people visiting the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Kuala Lumpur for the Wesak Day celebration.


Promoting Buddhism online

MySin Chiew, May 20, 2010

Ipoh, Malaysia -- We can hardly survive without computers in this technology age these days, as a matter of fact. And Buddhist monks here are beginning to turn to information technology in promoting their religion.


Thailand to investigate shootings inside Buddhist temple

By Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, 21 May 2010

Much of Bangkok left in ruins as government tries to find who was to blame for deadly violence

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai authorities are to launch an investigation into the circumstances of a firefight near a Buddhist temple inside which hundreds of people were seeking safety. Several people were killed outside the temple and bullets were fired into the compound, injuring others.


Hue hosts Buddhist festival

VNA, May 18, 2010

THUA THIEN-HUE, Vietnam -- A Buddhist Cultural Week held as part of Ha Noi's millenium anniversary celebrations scheduled later this year opened in Hue on Sunday in the presence of Japanese ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba and Buddhist clergy and faithfuls.


Thai monks pray for peace

AFP, May 17, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- At a monument to a conflict that took place decades ago, hundreds of Buddhist monks prayed for an end to the modern urban warfare being waged around them in the Thai capital.


Malaysian PM, Wife To Visit Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple On Wesak Day

Bernama, May 16, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to attend celebrations to mark this year's Wesak Day, which falls on May 28, at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields here.


Sumatra Residents Oppose Buddhist Monastery Construction

by NUROCHMAN ARRAZIE, TEMPO Interactive, 10 May, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Residents of a subdistrict in the provincial seat of Lampung have raised objection over plans by buddhist community in the area to build a monastery in a predominantly muslim customary land.


Malaysian Institution Bestowed World Renown Pali Tipitaka

The Buddhist Channel, May 12, 2010

Nalanda Institute appointed the custodian of the gift of wisdom and peace
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-- Nalanda Institute, Malaysia, a leading Buddhist education institution in Malaysia, is a proud recipient of the World Tipitaka, a gift of wisdom and peace, by the Dhamma Society of Thailand in honour of the late Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


Vietnam’s fourth largest pagoda construction to start in Lang Son

Saigon-gpdaily, May 9, 2010

Lang Son, Vietnam -- A groundbreaking ceremony of the country’s fourth largest pagoda named Phat Quang Son will take place in the northern province of Lang Son May 15-17, Hoang Van Pao, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said.


Hue to host Buddhist culture week this month

Nham Dan, May 5, 2010

Hue, Vietnam -- The Week of Buddhist Culture 2010 will be held in the ancient capital of Hue from May 16-22 in the lead up to the millennial anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


Vietnam detains senior monk, banned Buddhists say

AFP, May 2, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam -- A senior Vietnamese Buddhist monk, previously detained in an alleged plot to finance disorder against the communist regime, is in custody again, the spokesman for his banned church said late Friday.


Can saffron be red in Thailand?

by Bill Tarrant, Ethiopian Review, May 1, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- At the sprawling red shirt encampment in central bank, Buddhist monks clad in their distinctive saffron robes mingle with men wearing helmets walking around with sharpened bamboo sticks.


Thailand's orange-robed monks reveal shades of red

By Rachel O'Brien, AFP, Apr 29, 2010

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Dozens of Thai monks, clad in vivid orange robes, untangle their hands bound with sacred Buddhist thread after performing a chanting ceremony to protect the anti-government "Red Shirts".


Malaysia to host Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh

The Buddhist Channel, April 26, 2010

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Eight major Buddhist organizations in the Klang Valley have jointly invited Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, the internationally-acclaimed Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist to Malaysia in September 2010.


Buddhist Activism Tilting Thailand's Political Drama

by Yoichi Shimatsu, New America Media, Apr 24, 2010

BANGKOK, Thailand -- News footage from Thailand's capital, as dramatic as it appears, fails to capture the sheer dimensions of the Red Shirt rebellion.


Head to Penang for Vesak Day while visiting Langkawi

by Delia Jones, Response Source, 26 April 2010

Penang, Malaysia -- People who are staying in accommodation in Langkawi at the end of May could find that their visit to the island coincides with one of the biggest festivals in the Buddhist calendar.


Cambodia to Host Regional Buddhistic Tourism Forum

Xinhua, April 26, 2010

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Cambodia will host regional Buddhistic tourism forum on Tuesday, the first such forum to be held in Cambodia aimed at raising the interconnection between Buddhism and tourism in the region, a government official said Monday.


Vajarayana Buddhism in Perak caves

By Revathi Murugappan, The Star, April 24, 2010

Excitement has been brewing over a new discovery in a limestone cave in Ipoh

Ipoh, Perak (Malaysia) -- For centuries, caves or the underground have been used as people’s living quarters and hideouts, especially during wars. But in Asia, caves are often the sanctuary of choice for Buddhist monks, Hindu priests and yogis who want to worship and meditate.


Charity Art Auction & Exhibition to help Siem Reap children and Buddhist society building fund

The Buddhist Channel, April 24, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Three organizations have come together to organize the "2nd Charity Art Auction & Exhibition"  fund raising event in support of underprivileged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia and to help raise funds for Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society - Building Fund.


Staying neutral is hard for monks


BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist monk Ajahn Suthep has been showing up at the anti-government Red Shirts rally site in the city but says he is neutral.


Malaysian Buddhists raise RM 220,000 for Haiti Relief Fund

The Buddhist Channel, Apr 20, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck the town of Leogane in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas. It was estimated that 200,000 people perished in the disaster.


Thich Nhat Hanh to address "World Buddhist Conference" in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, Apr 18, 2010

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- World-renown Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, poet, and peace activist Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh will be addressing the "World Buddhist Conference" to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 25-26, 2010.


A labour of LOVE

By: Story YANAPON MUSIKET Photos YINGYONG UN-ANONGRAK, Bangkok Post, 21 April 2009

The restoration of a Tai Lue temple in Xishuangpanna has strengthened the bonds between the Tai Lue people in Thailand and China

Bangkok, Thailand -- I was the first time in his life that 26-year-old Arnat Suta had left his small village in northern Thailand on a trip abroad. But once he arrived at the destination, he immediately felt right at home.


Spiritual tourism area to be built in Quang Ninh

VietNamNet Bridge, April 14, 2010

Quang Ninh, Vietnam -- More than VND2.6 trillion (US$130 million) will be invested in a new Buddhist tourism area in the northern province of Quang Ninh, announced the investor, ATS Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company and the Management Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha on April 10.


Buddhists hold prayers for peace at Borobudur

The Jakarta Post, April 2, 2010

Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhist followers from around the world began the three-day Monlam mass prayer rite on Friday, requesting a peaceful world, in front of the Borobudur Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java.


Thai government concerned with monks' presence at Bangkok rallies

By Anasuya Sanyal, Channel NewsAsia, 31 March 2010

Thai government concerned with monks' presence at Bangkok rallies

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist monks are not allowed to get involved in Thai politics, but some monks have courted controversy by joining anti-government rallies in Bangkok.


Binh Duong inaugurates Buddhist cultural centre

VNA, Mar 31, 2010

Binh Duong, Vietnam -- The Buddhist Sangha in the southern province of Binh Duong inaugurated the province’s Buddhist Cultural Centre at the Hoi Khanh pagoda on March 30.


Buddhist prayer woodblocks submitted for UNESCO recognition

VNA, Mar 30, 2010

BacGiang, Vietnam -- The northern province of BacGiang is working with several state agencies to put forward a case for the treasure of Buddhist prayer woodblocks in Vinh Nghiem Pagoda to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Documentary Heritage.


So defrock us then

The Bangkok Post, Mac 23, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- Government scratches head as 100 monks put down sticks at UDD rally, acting as 'human shields' to protect protesters, Foreign Ministry denies pressuring UAE to toss out fugitive Thaksin, Environment Minister Suwit cuts short overseas travels to support Democrats.


Buddhist leaders attend Indonesia's Muslim congress opening

by Bagus BT Saragih , The Jakarta Post , Mac 23, 2010

Makassar, South Sulawesi (Indonesia) -- The opening ceremony of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) congress Tuesday represents the largest Islamic organization’s commitment to religious harmony.


Buddhist groups calls on govt to ban Nak Prok movie

The Nation, Mar 16, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- Two Buddhist organizations Wednesday called on the government to ban the Nak Prok movie for fear that it would damage image of Buddhism.


The heart of Buddhism

by Nash Siamwalla, The Bangkok Post, March 5, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- At the moment of this writing, Thailand is celebrating Makha Bucha Day, one of the three most important Buddhist holidays in the Kingdom. Therefore, although much interesting news has happened within the last two weeks that the author would like to address in the light of Buddhism, it is more appropriate that we honour this important day properly.


Broken glass utilised in Da Lat pagoda

by Van Dat, VNS, Mar 9, 2010

Da Lat, Vietnam -- Tourists to the flower city of Da Lat are fond of the beauty of French-styled architecture of more than 2,000 villas, many of which nestle among the mountain pines. Huge numbers of pagodas located around the city presents tourists with a different oriental style of design.


More foreigners study Abhidhamma Buddhism in Myanmar

Xinhua News, March 9, 2010

YANGON, Myanmar -- More foreigners are studying Abhidhamma Buddhism at the International Institute of Abhidhamma ( IIA) in Myanmar after the religion-related English language course was introduced, sources with the institution said on Tuesday.


Fully restored Pagoda opens

Vietnam News, March 8, 2010

SOC TRANG, Vietnam -- Thousands of pilgrims from Mekong Delta provinces, mostly ethnic Khmer, flocked to the Chua Doi (Bat Pagoda) in Soc Trang City during weekend to celebrate the restoration of the famous monument.


Light a lamp of hope and relief by Malaysian Buddhists

The Buddhist Channel, Feb 28, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian Buddhist organizations are coming together in one united act of compassion to raise funds and alleviate the sufferings of Haitian earthquake victims.


Buddhist tattoos gain popularity in Singapore

By Philip Lim, AFP, 19 Feb 2010

Singapore -- When Ben Loke wanted to boost his financial prospects, he approached neither his banker nor his broker.


Singapore: Buddhist monk expressed skepticism over the usefulness of inter-faith dialogue to prevent another Rony Tan fiasco

Temasek Rewbiew, February 16, 2010

Singapore -- A Buddhist monk Venerable Dhammika has expressed his doubts about the effectiveness of inter-faith dialogue to prevent another Rony Tan fiasco from arising.


Thai monk walks million miles on barefoot

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Feb 10, 2010

TAIPING, PERAK (Malaysia) -- A Thai monk walks 20 kilometres on barefoot a day to remind those who pursue a material life to protect and concern about mother nature.


Singapore's Internal Secutiry calls up Christian pastor for insensitive comments

By Yen Feng, The Straits Times, February 9, 2010

Leader of independent church apologises to Buddhists and Taoists

Singapore -- The Government called up a Christian church leader yesterday after receiving complaints about online video clips that show him making insensitive comments about Buddhism.


World’s only stainless steel Buddhist chapel

MCOT, Feb 4, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand -- The glittering reflection of the sun on the shining chapel of Pak Lam Kha-Khaeng Temple in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, 130 kilometres west of Bangkok, makes the edifice stands out among other religious structures in the serene compound.


Indonesia asks Borobudur visitors to don a sarong

AFP, Feb 3, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Visitors flashing their knees at Indonesia's number-one tourist attraction, the ancient Borobudur temple, will have to wear government-issue sarongs under a new plan to protect the site's dignity.


Mystery of Japanese monk who never reached India

IANS, Feb 4, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A prince-turned-Buddhist monk from Japan set out on a pilgrimage to India over 1,000 years ago. It is a mystery how he ended up in Malaysia where his cemetery now lies.


Charity knows no bounds

By RACHAEL KAM, The Star, January 31, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Tzu-Chi Foundation which was founded by a nun in Taiwan has undergone a miraculous growth. It now has 10 million members in 47 countries who do charity work around the world and save the environment in the process.


Not just mandarin oranges and another Chinese New Year

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 25, 2010

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Kechara Soup Kitchen finds a different and meaningful way to celebrate the new year which goes far beyond the family’s reunion dinner dining table.


Thich Nhat Hahn pleads for religious freedom in Vietnam

AFP, Jann 25, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam -- One of the world's most influential Buddhist monks made a plea for religious freedom in Vietnam Monday after his followers were forced from two temples.


Thailand temples offer retreat and spiritual enlightenment

by Greg Jorgensen, The Toronto Star, Jan 18 2010

BANGKOK – A growing number of people are trying to tidy up the crowded façade of their cluttered lifestyle — they're tackling the congestion at its root by exploring a simpler yet richer path: studying Buddhist meditation and, in some cases, being fully ordained as a Buddhist monk or nun.


Vietnam plans biggest jade Buddha

UPI, Jan. 18, 2010

HAI DUONG, Vietnam -- A Vietnamese jewelry company said a team of 50 artisans will be employed to turn a 35-ton block into the world's largest jade statue of Buddha.


Hun Sen’s cops hunting Khmer Krom monks accused of distributing leaflets opposing 07 January

By Sok Serey, Radio Free Asia, Translated from Khmer by Socheata, 14 January 2009

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Five Khmer Kampuchea Krom monks are currently in hiding for their safety protection against the hunting by cops from the Ministry of Interior (MoI). The MoI accused these monks of distributing leaflets opposing the celebration of the 07 January considered as a victory day for the ruling CPP party.


Thich Nhat Hanh accuses Vietnam of evicting his followers

Associated Press, 11 January 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh says mobs were sent in to clear monasteries and calls on regime to restore religious freedom

Paris, France -- A famous Zen master has accused Vietnam's communist government of hiring mobs to forcibly evict his Buddhist followers from two monasteries.


The walk of austerity

The Star, January 9, 2010

Disciples to hold Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day in Malaysia on January 16, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Commonly practised in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka, Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called the Forest Tradition.


Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate their founder’s birth anniversary

VOVNews, Jan 9, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Thousands of Hoa Hao Buddhists flocked to An Hoa pagoda in the southern province of An Giang to celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of Huynh Phu So – the founder of their sect.


'Illegal' Vietnam Buddhists leave temple: abbot

AFP, Dec30, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Members of an "illegal" Buddhist group in communist Vietnam who took refuge in a temple for three months have left the pagoda in accordance with a deadline, the temple's head said on Wednesday.


Vietnam commemorates founder of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism

Thanh Nien News, Dec 30, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha celebrated last week the 701 st anniversary of the attainment of Nirvana of King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), the founder of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism.


Buddhist women discuss role in tackling global problems

VNS, Dec 28, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The role of Buddhist women in tackling emerging global issues is being discussed during a one-week international conference that opened yesterday in HCM City.


Message of Dhamma to be spread via social networking

The Bangkok Post, Dec 30, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monk Wor Wachiramethi has applied social networking to deliver Dhamma to a wide range of people.


Buddhism in Thailand - Time for monks to let go

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, December 18, 2009

"Thai society is monk-centric" - Santikaro Larson

Bangkok, Thailand -- Now that not many Thai men want to become Buddhist monks, isn't it strange that when women want to be ordained, the answer from the clergy is a fierce, firm "No"?


Vietnam's 'illegal' Buddhists seek French asylum

AFP, Dec 18, 2009

PARIS, France -- Several hundred followers of a banned Buddhist group in communist Vietnam on Friday asked for asylum in France, where their leader is based, claiming that they face persecution at home.


Buddhist prayers for Indian Ocean tsunami victims in Aceh

The Jakarta Post, Dec 20, 2009

Aceh, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhist residents on Sunday joined a prayer in front of a mass cemetery for people who died in the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that hit Aceh five years ago.


Vietnam orders abbot to evict unofficial Buddhist group

Earth Times, Dec 14, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities have ordered the abbot of a pagoda to evict some 190 members of an unofficial Buddhist group who had taken refuge there, the abbot said Monday.


Threatened Buddhists to leave Vietnam temple: Abbot

AFP, Dec 11, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- The head of a Buddhist pagoda in Central Vietnam said Friday that followers of an influential French-based monk can no longer seek shelter with him following three days of mob pressure.


Magnificent launch

By WINNIE YEOH and PRISCILLA DIELENBERG, The Star, December 7, 2009

Penang, Malaysia -- IT was a sea of brown, grey, yellow and saffron colours during the consecration of the 20-storey high pavilion over the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang.


Vietnam Buddhists complain of ongoing harassment

By BEN STOCKING, Associated Press, Dec 2, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Followers of a famed Buddhist monk say they are continuing to suffer police harassment two months after they were forcibly evicted from a monastery in southern Vietnam.


New Nalanda Centre to cater for 150,000 residents

The Buddhist Channel, Dec 5, 2009

New Buddhist Centre benefits communities in Seri Kembangan and beyond

Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Two weeks prior to the Officiating Ceremony of Nalanda Centre, Nalanda Buddhist Society conducted a premiere media tour to announce the completion of its much anticipated new education centre.


Thai Buddhism preaches respect for life, the government sentences to death

by Weena Kowitwanij, Asia News, Nov 27, 2009

For supporters it is a deterrent against crime. Those who fight for its repeal contend: it violates human rights and will not prevent serious crime. For the Thai prime minister, "the majority is in favour" and many call for "alternative sentences" such as life in prison.

Bangkok, Thailand -- The application of the death sentence is at the centre of a fierce debate in Thailand, a nation 95% of Buddhist faith the teachings of which prevent even the killing of a mosquito.


Week of Buddhist Culture starts in Nha Trang

VNA, November 30, 2009

Nha Trang, Vietnam -- Two photo exhibitions were opened in the central coastal city of Nha Trang , Khanh Hoa province, on November 29, starting a week of Buddhist Culture.


Buddhist residence launched in Thailand

The Bangkok Post, Nov 24, 2009

Nakhon Ratchasima community of faithful

Bangkok, Thailand -- Dharma Land Co is investing more than 200 million baht in a residential project for Buddhists in Nakhon Ratchasima province.


Handing over of Asia Pacific Regional Disaster Relief Funds

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 22, 2009

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- On October 5, 2009, the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) initiated an Asia Pacific Disaster Relief Fund to assist victims of typhoon and earthquake.


Buddhist group in Vietnam appeal for UN protection

AFP, Nov 19, 2009

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- Followers of the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh are being harassed in his native Vietnam, and they need the United Nations to step in to protect them, a representative said Wednesday.


Singapore celebrity monk sentenced to 10 months in jail for fraud

DPA, Nov 21, 2009

Singapore -- A Singapore court on Saturday sentenced a celebrity Buddhist monk who ran one of the city-state's most popular charities to 10 months in jail for fraud, a media report said.


Singapore PM Lee confident Buddhist community will help keep society harmonious

By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia, November 20, 2009

SINGAPORE -- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at the opening of the S$12 million new building of the Singapore Buddhist Federation on Friday, said he is confident that the Buddhist community here will help maintain a harmonious, cohesive and compassionate society.


Malaysian Buddhist Temple pavilion may get world recognition

By TAN SIN CHOW, November 9, 2009

GEORGE TOWN, Penang (Malaysia) -- The 20-storey high pavilion, built to shelter the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang may be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest in the world.


Monks, Nuns Gather Donations for Burmese Refugees

By KO HTWE, The Irrawaddy, November 16, 2009

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- More than 200 Buddhist monks and nuns asked for alms donations in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Monday to send to Burmese refugees who live in camps along the Thailand-Burma border.


Monk's sentencing postponed

By Carolyn Quek, The Straits Times, Nov 13, 2009

Singapore -- THE sentencing of convicted Buddhist monk Ming Yi and aide Raymond Yeung was postponed on Friday to next Saturday.


Group spreads Vipassana meditation

By Aye Sapay Phyu, The Myanmar Times, Nov 11, 2009

Yangon, Myanmar -- BUDDHAM Saranam Gacchami (I go for refuge to the Buddha). Dhamman Saranam Gacchami (I go for refuge to the Dhamma). Sangam Saranam Gacchami (I go for refuge to the Sangha).


Launching of "ABC of Buddhism" in Sign Language

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 8, 2009

Reaching out to the Hearing Impaired community

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Dharma for the Deaf Society is pleased to launch the first ever Dhamma VCD for the hearing impaired community with the support of the Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields.


Legacy of Ven. Ly Sang: The creation of Khmer language class in Phum Thom Temple

by Don Lam, Source: KhmerKromchildren.com, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 30, 2009

Binh Phuoc, Vietnam -- 13 Years ago, late venerable Ly Sang came to Phum Thom and established the Wat Phum Thom temple, resided there as the abbot and later went on to try to create the first Khmer language classroom in the province.


Vietnam: Buddhists offer free education for poor children

VietNamNet Bridge, Oct 29, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Lien Hoa pagoda in HCM City is the place, where hundreds of poor children from the ‘immigration village’ at Nhi Thien Duong bridge pier go to learn.


Kuala Lumpur's Buddhist Maha Vihara publishes first ever book in LUGANDA language

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 23, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur is pleased to launch its first ever Dhamma publication in Luganda, the language of the people of Uganda, in Africa.


Temple proves cleanliness is next to godliness

The Bangkok Post, Oct 22, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Once a little known Buddhist temple by the banks of the Chao Phraya River - as it flows through Ayutthaya - Wat Takarong has seen a steady influx of tourists since receiving the "Beautiful Garden, Clean Toilet" award from the Office of Tourism Development, which it has now won four years in a row.


Vietnam Buddhist case shows suppression: watchdog

By Ian Timberlake, AFP, Oct 19, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- The forced expulsion of more than 300 followers of one of the world's most influential Buddhists highlights Vietnam's suppression of religious freedom, Human Rights Watch said Monday.


Buddhists to take part in mammoth chanting event

The Star. October 18, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Buddhists from all over the country are expected to gather today at the Thean Hou Temple in Robson Heights here to pray for the wellbeing of Malaysians.


American-Thai enters monkhood

Pattaya People, Oct 13, 2009

Pattaya, Thailand -- A merit making ceremony was held at Tungklon Talman Temple on the afternoon of the 11th October when Mr. Scott Tanner was ordained into the Buddhist monkhood.


High-living Singaporean monk faces jail for fraud

AFP, Oct 9, 2009

SINGAPORE -- A high-living Buddhist monk who ran a multimillion-dollar medical charity in Singapore is facing up to seven years in jail after being convicted of fraud, court officials said Thursday.


Vietnamese Foreign Ministry denies report 400 people ‘forced’ to leave monastery

By B. Hang, Translated by Truc Thinh, Saigon-GPDaily, Oct 10, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga has rejected a recent report that the Government “forced” around 400 followers of the Plum Village Buddhist sect to leave Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong Province.


Vietnam’s not-so-simple eviction of Buddhist monks and nuns

by John Ruwitch, Reuters, October 5, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A government-backed mob in Vietnam about a week ago booted nearly 400 Buddhist monks and nuns out of a monastery in the centre of the country, bringing an apparent end to an ugly standoff with complicated origins.


Buddhist Monks: Vietnam Police Still Harassing Us

AFP, Oct. 6, 2009

Buddhists: Vietnamese Police Try To Oust Famed Monk's Followers From Second Temple

HANOI, Vietnam -- Followers of a world-famous Buddhist teacher who were forced out of a Vietnamese monastery over the weekend have taken refuge at a nearby pagoda, but they say they have once again been surrounded by police.


Landslides in southern Myanmar kill 3 Buddhist monks, damage monasteries


YANGON, Myanmar -- A state newspaper has reported that landslides triggered by heavy rains in southern Myanmar have killed three Buddhist monks and damaged monasteries and homes.


Religious tension mounts in Vietnam

by Nguyen Giang, BBC Vietnamese service, Sep 29, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Four years ago the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a monk who popularised Buddhism in the West, was invited by the Vietnamese government to return home after 39 years in exile.


Monks' morality important to Cambodia

By Chak Sopheap, UPI, September 30, 2009

Niigata, Japan -- In Cambodia Buddhism is the state religion, guaranteed by the Constitution, and about 95 percent of the people are Buddhists. However, in recent times, a gradual decline in moral standards among Buddhist monks and the political affiliations of some of their leaders have raised serious concerns.


Vietnam Buddhists flee amid threats: monks

AFP, Sep 28, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Followers of one of the world's most influential Buddhist monks said on Monday they had fled their Vietnamese monastery after threats from unidentified people armed with hammers and batons.


Earthquake damages Buddhist temples

New Civil Engineer, 23 September, 2009

Yangon, Myanmar -- Ancient Buddhist temples suffered damage after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled parts of the north-western Myanmar.


Pilgrims of Faith

Story and photos by PEERAWAT JARIYASOMBAT, The Bangkok Post, Sep 24, 2009

The end of Buddhist Lent is a time for colourful parade and pilgrimage to Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son, Thailand -- Late monsoon season every year devout Buddhists in Mae Hong Son province, a cosy town in north Thailand, mark the end of Buddhist Lent in very unique and colourful way - via the Chongpara Festival.


Buddhist monk wins song composing prize

VietNamNet Bridge, Sept 20, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Musician and Buddhist monk Thich Chan Quang has composed more than 60 songs, many of which have been performed in various national music programmes across the nation.


Buddhist clergy praised for traditional care for the poor

VNS, Sept 16, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong praised the Viet Nam Tinh do Cu si Buddhism Association’s active provision of traditional medication for the poor across the country, saying it had helped cure diseases while strengthening the nation’s benevolent heritage.


Students earn Buddhist degrees

VNS, Sept 9, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City -- Almost 550 students who completed their Buddhism studies at the Viet Nam Buddhist University received their degrees in the presence of Buddhist dignitaries from several countries at a convocation ceremony held at Pho Quang Pagoda in Tan Binh District yesterday.


Buddhists urged to do away with wasteful ways

Daily Express, September 08, 2009

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia -- The Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit Society has urged its members and supporters to review the manner they celebrate their religious rituals, in order to be more environment-friendly and not to be wasteful.


550 monks, nuns receive certificates for Buddhist studies

VOVNews, Sept 8, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Nearly 550 monks and nuns have graduated from the 6th training course of the Vietnam Buddhist Studies Institute, with 49 percent of them receiving excellent certificates.


Tragic end for Malaysian Buddhist aid volunteers

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 27, 2007

Trip to Ladakh, India to assist a Buddhist center ends with 3 deaths, 1 missing and 2 seriously injured

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In what was to be a visit to a meditation center in Ladakh, India turned out to be a tragic event for a group of devoted Buddhists from Malaysia.


Multi-coloured Buddhists

The Straits Times, August 24, 2009

Singapore -- FIRST, in gold; then red, and saffron, the monks sat in tight rows at the Wat Ananda Metyarama Buddhist Temple in Bukit Merah.


Thai Catholics and Buddhists debate biological will and right to life

by Weena Kowitwanij, Asia News, Aug 22, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- A constitutional revision on laws governing the end of life is being drafted in the country. The right to set limits to therapies must not undermine the supreme value of human dignity. A Buddhist monk’s call to accept "pain and sickness”; a Catholic priest stresses the importance of "spiritual care ".


Singapore's Bustling Buddhist Green Building: The Po Ern Shih Temple

By Chris Tobias, Celsias - Matter Network, Aug 10, 2009

Singapore -- One year after opening, and about two years after construction began, the Poh Ern Shih Temple (or Temple of Thanksgiving in English) is looking great. I'm dropping by to visit the temple and check out progress on this green Buddhist sanctuary.


Thai Airways Donates Air-miles to Norwegian Buddhists

By Sarah Mia Haagerup, ScandAsia, Aug 10, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai Airways has recently offered 3.9 million air-miles to HRH, the late Princess Galyani Vadhana's Tipitaka Endowment Project. The donated miles will be used to transport a 40-volume set of sacred Buddhist scriptures (The World Tipitaka Edition) to The Buddhist Federation of Norway.


Buddhist canon preserved on 9500 brass plates

By Cherry Thein, Myanmar Times, Aug 11, 2009

Yangon, Myanmar -- A MONK in Yangon has launched a project to inscribe the entire text of the Theravada Buddhist canon onto brass plates in the Myanmar language, following the completion of a seven-year effort to do the same in the Pali language.


How Thailand made Buddhism its own


Buddhism and Thai culture are so intertwined that they can be difficult to distinguish. Buddhism travelled across a continent and naturalised in the rich Thai culture. Since its arrival 2,500 years ago, the Thais have made it uniquely their own

Bangkok, Thailand -- In many instances we can see the original Buddhist ideas clearly, such as the barefoot monks making their alms rounds in the early morning, or the Pali chanting in the temples.


Buddhists outraged by actor's photo

Global Voices Online, August 7, 2009

Yangon, Myanmar -- A controversial photo of a Burmese actor and his friends wearing saffron robes had been posted on a popular Burmese blog, creating a severe outrage within the Burmese blogger community.


Society to have "Dharma thru’ Drama" Competition

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 5, 2009

Six schools confirmed for Night of the Asoka Awards 2009

Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia) -- The Kajang Buddhist Centre (Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM), Kajang Branch)will be organising the inaugural “NIGHT OF THE ASOKA AWARDS 2009”, an Inter-Dhamma School Competition. The aim of the competition is to promote "Dharma Thru Drama".


Vietnam moves on outspoken sage

AP, Aug 4, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Communist Vietnam's sometimes edgy relationship with religious freedom is being tested in a dispute over a monastery inhabited by disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Zen master.


Vietnam says booting Buddhist monks not repression

By BEN STOCKING, AP, Aug 5, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Monks following a world-famous Buddhist teacher are being evicted from a Vietnamese monastery for failing to clear their activities with the government, an official said Tuesday, but he denied the dispute was about religious freedom.


Monk with the 5Cs

By CAROLYN QUEK, The Straits Times, August 2, 2009

Cash, credit card, car, country club membership and condo – the self-confessed modern-day monk has got them all

Singapore -- A BUDDHIST monk for 25 years, former Ren Ci chief Ming Yi also achieved the Singapore dream of the five Cs.


Wat Thamkrabok: The Temple Where You Go to Vomit

by Paul Garrigan, Associated Content, July 20, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- When I first heard about Wat Thamkrabok my life had reached a desperate state. An alcohol addition had almost destroyed me, and I wasn't sure how much longer I had to live.


Banned Buddhist official arrested in Vietnam

AFP, July 23, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese police arrested a senior official of a banned Buddhist church on Thursday and blocked others from attending a commemorative service for the country's leading dissident monk, the church's overseas spokesman said.


Foreign Buddhist monks pray for Indonesia at Borobudur

Antara News, July 24, 2009

Borobudur, Indonesia -- Tens of Buddhist monks from different countries gathered at the ancient Borobudur temple here Thursday and prayed for peace and a conducive situation in Indonesia.


Monk queried on missing sums

By Carolyn Quek, The Straits Times, July 22, 2009

DPP tries to show story about not having enough to pay off loan a charade

Singapore -- THE trial of Buddhist monk Ming Yi for misappropriation continued on Tuesday with the prosecution attempting to catch him out in court for lying.


Vietnam's Buddhists sign deal to promote religion overseas

VietNamNet Bridge, July 17, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (COV) have agreed on a joint programme designed to meet the demands of Vietnamese expats who wish to practise religion.


Ming Yi spent millions

By Carolyn Quek, The Straits Times, July 17, 2009

Some were bought even as charity hospital was struggling to find funds

Singapore -- IN 1998, FORMER Ren Ci CEO Ming Yi bought properties and assets in Perth, Australia, including a plot of land - where a house was built later - a BMW car, a country club membership and a horse.


"Walking Buddha" at the centre of the universe

By Thanong Khanthong, The Nation, July 10, 2009

A "Walking Buddha" presides over the vast religious site of Buddhamonthon, known as the "Land of the Buddha"

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhamonthon is a precinct attached to Nakhon Pathom (nakhon means city; pathom means first), a neighbouring province to Bangkok. And what could be a better site to build the Land of the Buddha than in the first city of Suvarnabhumi (the Golden Land), which embraced Buddhism from Sri Lanka more than a thousand years ago.


Thai Buddhist monks promote activities to attract the faithful to temples

by Weena Kowitwanij, AsiaNews, July 9, 2009

94% of Thais are Buddhist but only a small percentage attend places of worship. For the feast of Asalhabucha, which recalls the first sermon of Buddha, the religious leaders call for prayer, meditation and living the monastic experience for one day

Bangkok, Thailand -- Encouraging the practice of Buddhism among the faithful, under the slogan "Going to temple every Sunday, will make you happy." It is the spirit that marked celebrations for the feast of Asalhabucha - the day of the full moon of the eighth month of the lunar calendar - held July 7th in Thailand.


Respected Thai monk tells media to be neutral

By Pradit Ruangdit, The Bangkok Post, July 5, 2009

Phra Wor Wachiramethee says journalists should report the truth, even when it goes against their political beliefs

Bangkok, Thailand -- Leading preacher and writer Phra Wor Wachiramethee has warned media professionals to maintain neutrality or they would worsen the rifts in society.


The Angkor Wat of Malaysia

Translated by LIM LIY EE, Guang Ming Daily, July 4, 2009

Ulu Tiram, Johor (Malaysia) -- Large numbers of Singaporean faithfuls flock to Buddhist temples in Johor to pay homage, pray and make donations, and these donations have expedited the development of temples there.


Poignant ceremony in Pattaya offers support to monks in restive South Thailand

Pattaya Daily News, June 30, 2009

Pattaya, Thailand -- Sattahip Buddhists joined in a special ceremony on 27th June 2009 to donate offerings to 1500 Buddhist monks of the 226 temples in the Southern part of Thailand. The ceremony was a gesture of support to the region which has suffered from 4 years of violence.


Buddhist foundation donates artificial legs

Jakarta Post, June 24, 2009

JAMBI, Indonesia -- The Buddha Amithaba Foundation of Jambi has once again donated dozens of artificial legs to disabled people in several local regencies.


Thousands donate hair to fix pagoda road in remote Burma

The Telegraph,, June 22, 2009

Thousands of Burmese have donated 1,750 pounds of their hair in a campaign to repair the route to a sacred Buddhist pagoda, reports said on Sunday

Mandalay, Burma -- About 30,000 women and more than 100 men from the central city of Mandalay and nearby towns have donated the hair, Kumudra magazine quoted a Buddhist monk as saying.


Thailand: Alcohol-free days sought

The Bangkok Post, June 15, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- A network of monks has renewed calls for the government to declare the four most important days on the Buddhist calendar alcohol-free.


Buddhist Maha Vihara in Malaysia launches a fund for Sri Lankan IDP Orphans

by Sumanananda Premseri, Lanka Web, June 15, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur launched the Sri Lanka Aid fund to assist some 400 orphans in an Internal Displaced Camp in Northern Sri Lanka. These children are mentally affected by the conflict- traumatized, socially disoriented and psychologically vulnerable.


Two Buddhist Monks Attacked In S. Thailand, One Dead

Bernama, June 12, 2009

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unidentified gunmen on Friday morning opened fire at two Buddhist monks collecting alms, killing one and severely injuring another in restive southernmost province of Yala, Xinhua news agency said quoting a local media report.


Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate religion’s inception

VietNamNet Bridge, June 11, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Hoa Hao Buddhist Church on June 10 held a ceremony to mark the 70 th anniversary of the religion’s founding in Vietnam at An Hoa Tu pagoda in An Giang province’s Phu Tan district.


Shoddy work blamed for Myanmar pagoda collapse

Associated Press, June 3, 2009

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's government said Wednesday that the deadly collapse of an ancient pagoda under repair was the result of shoddy and rushed reconstruction work.


Swindlers in saffron robes cashing in on people’s generosity

by TAN KARR WEI, The Star, June 4, 2009

"Bogus monks" becoming a big menace in the streets of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- BOGUS monks are roaming the streets of the Klang Valley, cashing in on the generosity of the people to make money.


Kalibukbuk Buddhist `candi', a token of ancient religious harmony

by Alit Kertaraharja, The Jakarta Post, May 26, 2009

Buleleng, Indonesia -- Rehabilition work on a historic Buddhist candi (temple or monument) in Kalibukbuk village, Buleleng, was finished Sunday as a high-ranking government official and a noted archaeologist both praised it as a landmark of religious tolerance.


Hoa Hao Buddhists convene third congress

VNA, May 22, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Representatives from Hoa Hao Buddhist chapters nationwide gathered at An Hoa Tu Pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on May 21 for the sector’s third congress for the 2009-2014 term.


Internalize beliefs, don't just talk

by A. Gaffar Peang-Meth, GuamPDN.com, May 20, 2009

Guam, USA -- Senior researcher Lao Mong Hay, of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission, wrote "Khmer Rouge Trial: Time for soul searching," published several months ago in UPI Online. It's a thought-provoking piece, valuable for people of all faiths.


Singapore Buddhist temple gets mysterious cash every month

Earth Times, 18 May 2009

Singapore - A Singapore Buddhist temple has received about 1.5 million Singapore dollars (1 million US dollars) in cash from a mysterious donor, in stacks of 1,000-dollar notes found monthly in the temple's donation box, media reports said Monday.


Wesak Day celebrated on a grand scale

Stories and photos by CHEN PELF YEEN and SIMON KHOO, The Star, May 13, 2009

MALACCA, Malaysia -- More than 10,000 Buddhist devotees here took part in a 10km float and candlelight procession through the narrow streets in the heart of the historic city last Friday, the eve of Wesak.


Buddhists pray for safe and sound Indonesian presidential election

by Slamet Susanto and Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, May 10, 2009

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- Thousands of Buddhists who observed Waisak, the Buddhist Day of Enlightenment, on Saturday at Mendut Temple in Magelang, Central Java, offered special prayers for a safe presidential election on July 8.


Coming Together at Waisak

by Dalih Sembiring, Jakarta Globe, May 10, 2009

Mangelang, Indonesia -- By 10 o’clock on Saturday morning, the Borobudur subdistrict of Magelang, Central Java, was filled with cars and buses loaded with visitors coming to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.


Buddha's teachings are more important than ever

The Nation, May 8, 2009

Failure to appreciate and observe the most basic lessons have led us to the crises we are now faced with

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhists around the world celebrate Vesak Day, which reminds us of the message and teachings of the Lord Buddha to mankind, reflecting the noble truth about the cause of suffering and how to live with a peaceful mind - both of which are very much absent these days.


Procession of lights for Wesak

By Veena Babulal and Audrey Dermawan, The New Straits Times, May 10, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Thousands of Buddhist devotees thronged temples nationwide to celebrate Wesak Day.


Vietnamese Buddhism remains united, says Buddhist Sangha leader

By Hoai Nam, Translated by Quang Thinh, Saigon GP Daily, May 9, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Solidarity and harmony between Buddhist sects is one of the fine traditions of Vietnamese Buddhism, said the Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, vice chairman and general secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Central Executive Council.


Hundreds Buddhists Commemorate Moment of Vesak in Menteng

by Hindra Liu, Kompas, May 9, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightment and spiritual liberation of Buddha Gautama, Vesak Day 2553/2009 in Vihara Buddha Metta Arama in Central Jakarta, Saturday.


Wesak Day's message from the Prime Minister of Malaysia

by Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, http://www.1malaysia.com.my/, 8 May 2009

Putrajaya, Malaysia -- Tomorrow many here in Malaysia and all over the world are celebrating Wesak Day, the most holy time in the Buddhist calendar. It is a day when birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha is commemorated. It is also a day on which special efforts are made to bring happiness to others, especially the disadvantaged.


Activities mark Buddha’s 2553rd birthday in Vietnam

VOV News, May 8, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Celebrations to mark Buddha’s 2553rd birthday – the most important event in the Buddhist calendar, have been celebrated at many pagodas in Hanoi over the past few days.


Thailand celebrates Vesak, seeks responses to political and financial crises

by Weena Kowitwanij, Asia News, May 8, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Celebration calls for reflection to find ways to solve current problems in light of the Buddha’s principles. In his address during the closing ceremony Prime Minister Abhisit encourages the nation to build peace, promote sustainable development and defend human rights. Buddhist elder calls for transparency and good government for the good of the country.


Borobudur to hold Waisak Day commemoration

Jakarta Post, May 8, 2009

MAGELANG, Indonesia -- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to attend the Waisak Day commemoration at the Borobudur Temple in Magelang district, Central Java, on Saturday.


Buddha's unfinished business in Indonesia

by Craig Warren Smith, The Jakarta Post, May 8, 2009

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- On May 9 the moon over Jakarta will be full and the streets empty. Why? Because in 1950 the World Fellowship of Buddhists arbitrarily decided that the moon's fullest day in May would each year mark Buddha Day, what Indonesians call Waisak. The Republic of Indonesia, proving its religious correctness, added Buddhism to the long list of official religions that qualify for a national holiday.


Elaborate activities for Wesak celebration

by LIM CHIA YING, The Star, May 8, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- THOUSANDS of devotees are expected to converge at Buddhist temples throughout the country tomorrow to pay homage to Lord Buddha on his birthday and to celebrate his attainment of enlightenment as well as to commemorate his death.


Overcoming temple dread

Daily Xpress/Asia News Network, May 06, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Alarmed that more and more teenagers are sidelining Buddhism in favour of bad habits, celebrities and ordinary Thais are urging parents to encourage their kids into the temple on Visakha Bucha Day.


'Freed' animals face death

AsiaOne, May 7, 2009

Singapore -- Releasing animals into the nature reserves and reservoirs is a well-meaning act, but it may have adverse effects on the ecological balance in our nature reserves and parks, as well as the water quality of our reservoirs.


Indonesian President Yudhoyono to attend Buddhist Holy Day

TEMPO Interactive, May 5, 2009

Semarang, Indonesia -- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to attend the commemoration of the Buddhist holy day Waisak on May 9 at Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java.


Giant jade Buddhist statue to be welcomed in Bac Ninh

VOV News, May 5, 2009

Bac Ninh, Vietnam -- The world’s largest jade statue of Buddha will be on display at Phat Tich Pagoda in the Red River Delta province of Bac Ninh from May 16-22.


Three Malaysians to get gift of sight

by Tan Yi Liang, The Sun, May 4, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Three Malaysians will receive the gift of sight – thanks to corneas donated by the Sri Lankan government.


Buddhist novice numbers fall in Cambodia

Australian Network News, 28 Apr 2009

Muk Kampul, Cambodia -- Nearly 300 young Cambodian men and women have travelled to Muk Kampul district in Kandal province to be ordained as monks and nuns at a 10-day course on Buddhist teachings.


'Etiquette guide' for Thai monks

BBC, April 27, 2009

It is customary for Thai men to enter the monkhood for training at least once

Bangkok, Thailand -- A Buddhist preacher in Thailand has announced plans for new guidelines aimed at curbing the flamboyant behaviour of gay and transgender monks.


Ven Ming Yi recounts struggle to set up Ren Ci Hospital

The Electric New Paper, April 23, 2009

Singapore -- HIS parents disapproved of his becoming a monk. It took him six years to persuade his mother, former Ren Ci chief Ming Yi told the court yesterday.


Wat Kuk's macabre images invoke Buddhist hell

by Stephanie Mee, Phnom Penh Post, April 22, 2009

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Just outside Koh Kong city towards the Cambodian-Thai border stands Wat Mondul Seyma, a seemingly pleasant place of worship that harbours a macabre lesson to all those who stray off the Buddhist path.


Emotional Ming Yi breaks down on witness stand

By Claire Huang, 938LIVE, April 22, 2009

SINGAPORE -- The founder and former head of Ren Ci, Ming Yi, broke down in court on Tuesday as he recounted the struggles he faced in setting up the hospital.


Indonesian Buddha Bar drops name: management

AFP, Apr 22, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The first Asian branch of the chic Paris-based Buddha Bar has dropped its name amid complaints by Indonesian Buddhists that it denigrated their religion, the management said Tuesday.


Inspired by faith

By Patsinee Kranlert, The Bangkok Post, April 19, 2009

Buddha Monthon, the country's largest Buddhist sanctuary, was built to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the Buddhist era

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand's rich religious and spiritual culture is strongly evident in almost every nook and cranny of the country. Of all the distinctive artistic monuments to this tradition, none can match the enormity of Buddha Monthon, the country's largest Buddhist sanctuary on Buddha Monthon Soi 4 in Nakhon Pathom province.


More holidaymakers turn to Zen tourism to release stress

by Ha Nguyen, VNS, April 17, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Environmental project re-searcher Trinh Ngoc Hien looks healthier and has a lively gait after returning home from a weekend of relaxation and meditation (known as Zenrelax).


TRIAL OF REN CI FOUNDER: Ming Yi 'lied about loan'

By Carolyn Quek, The Straits Times, April 16, 2009

He admitted last year to police that he 'covered up' for former aide

Singapore -- REN Ci Hospital founder Ming Yi admitted to the police last year that he had lied to them about a $50,000 sum of money which he knew was an unauthorised loan from the charity's coffers to his former personal assistant.


Vietnamese Buddhists discuss Dharma propagation

VietNamNet Bridge, April 15, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- More than 500 Buddhist monks and nuns and nearly 1,000 followers from 53 provinces and cities gathered in Phap Lam pagoda in Da Nang city on April 14 to study and discuss the propagation of Buddhism.


Malaysian Buddhist community mourns the passing away of a great monk

The Buddhist Channel, April 14, 2009

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Noted Venerable and Chinese calligraphist Bo Yuan passed away peacefully at 9pm on 10th April 2009. He was 97.


Spreading dharma to the masses

by Shannon Dunlap, Phnom Penh Post, April 9, 2009

Vong Savuth's radio program makes Buddhist teaching more accessible to local communities

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- THE recording studio of Wat Bo's official radio station, 106.25 FM, is air-conditioned, sound-insulated and full of gadgetry.


An oasis of calm and unique Viharn

By Patsinee Kranlert, The Bangkok Post, April 5, 2009

Only a short stroll from Saphan Taksin BTS station is nestled Wat Yannawa, a splendid royal monastery that dates back to the Ayutthaya period

Bangkok, Thailand -- A vibrant and bustling business district with a skyscraper-studded skyline and traffic that never seems to end, the Sathorn area might remind you of anything but a tranquil getaway spot for unwinding from your daily burdens and calming your mind.


Dissident Vietnam monk joins opposition to mine

AFP, March 2, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam -- A dissident Buddhist monk has joined scientists and intellectuals in opposing a government plan to mine bauxite in Vietnam, according to a statement received from his overseas spokesman.


Not guilty, says monk

by Zul Othman, Today Online, Apr 3, 2009

Monk allegedly disguised $50,000 paid to aide asloan to cultural centre
-- NINE months after his arrest made headlines, Singapore’s most famous abbot, Shi Ming Yi (picture), walked into the Subordinate Courts yesterday for his long awaited trial.


How old is Buddhism in Thailand?

By PHOOWADON DUANGMEE, The Nation/ AsiaNews, March 29, 2009

Discoveries on either side of the Lao border suggest Buddhism has been in Thailand far longer than thought

Udon Thani, Thailand -- Anyone flying over the little Udon Thani district of Ban Phue can see the rice fields stretching endlessly in all directions, with occasional cattle gnawing on stalks left over from the harvest. Further north, along a canal snaking its way through the paddies, is Phu Phan, a sandstone ridge that reaches into Laos.


Buddha Bar asked to close down

4Hoteliers & Sources, March 27, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The Buddha-Bar management is asked to close down its Jakarta branch following protests from local Buddhists over the bar’s name and use of Buddhist icons.


Dying to live again the Buddhist way

by Tibor Krausz, Sydney Morning Herald, March 22, 2009

Thais are lining-up to 'die' so they can start a better life

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand -- I lower myself into the coffin, my curiosity tinged with uneasiness. As I lie there "dying" inside the spacious casket, a Buddhist monk beside it launches into a funereal chant.


Asia's first Buddha Bar under attack in Indonesia

AFP, March 22, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- It wants to set new standards in chic for the sons and daughters of Indonesia's elite, but instead Asia's first Buddha Bar has become embroiled in an ugly row over religion and alleged corruption.


Indonesia's Buddha Bar agrees to change name

ANTARA News, March 19, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Following protests from various Buddhist organizations Buddha Bar on Jalan Teuku Umar in Central Jakarta finally agreed to change its name.


The flipside of the Buddhist ‘fly, be free’ ritual

By Dang Ngoc Khoa, Thanh Nien News, March 18, 2009

Da Nang, Vietnam -- It is ironic that thousands of birds died after they were set free at a recent festival honoring Bodhisattva in Da Nang City.


Malaysia court upholds Muslim's return to Buddhism

The Associated Press, March 16, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A Malaysian court ruled Monday that a convert to Islam has the right to return to her original religion, Buddhism, upholding an earlier decision favoring religious minorities in this Muslim-majority country.


Da Nang hosts Buddhist festival

VOVNews, March 14, 2009

Da Nang, Vietnam -- More than 50,000 Buddhist monks, nuns and pilgrims took part in drumming, lion dances and religious rituals on March 13 at the opening of the Quan The Am (Goddess of Mercy) festival in the central city of Da Nang.


Indonesia: 'Buddha Bar' Pressured To Close

By ANTHONY DEUTSCH, AP, March 13, 2009

JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- The hip French lounge chain Buddha Bar is under pressure to close its only Asian branch amid corruption accusations and protests by Buddhists who say the use of their religious symbols are blasphemous.


Indonesian Minister calls for closure of Buddha Bar

The Jakarta Post, March 12, 2009

JAMBI, Indonesia -- Religious Affairs Minister M. Maftuh Basyuni has urged authorities to shut down the French Buddha-Bar franchise in Jakarta and other similar clubs using names linked with religion, saying it could offend religious followers.


Buddhist nun devotes her life to charity work

Saigon GP Daily, Mar 10, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Under the porch of Phung Thanh Temple, sitting on an old mat behind a large scrap heap of linen is 86 year old Buddhist nun Thich Dam Anh. She is sewing scraps together to create big sheets of fabric. From such sheets, blankets will be made and given to poor people to help them survive chilly winter nights in the north.


Giant jade Buddha to start world tour in Vietnam

by Giao Huong, Thanh Nien News, March 7, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The world’s largest jade statue of the Buddha will be displayed around Vietnam from March to May to begin its world tour.


Village of fake Buddhist monks

by Vuong Tran, VietNamNet Bridge, March 7, 2009

Nghe An Province, Vietnam – Impersonating Buddhist monks is a “hereditary occupation” in Village 5, Nghia Dong commune, Tan Ky district, in the central province of Nghe An. Village 5 is called the village of “fake monks”.


Tibetan monks conduct pujas to dispel obstacles

By SIMON KHOO, The Star, March 9, 2009

Kuantan, Malaysia -- THE advent of technology had resulted in many people getting too attached with material gains, a Rinpoche (precious one) from India said.


Buddhist students seal Buddha-Bar

The Jakarta Post, March 6, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Dozens of Buddhist college students have on Thursday sealed an exclusive lounge and restaurant-type bar located on Jl Teuku Umar, Central Jakarta, after negotiating with the bar's management.


Hundreds of Buddhists to rally, pray to protest Buddha Bar

The Jakarta Post, March 5, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhists plan to hold a prayer service in front of Buddha Bar in Central Jakarta on Thursday morning to protest the French franchise bar's management they regard has been inconsiderate in displaying Buddhist religious attributes.


Vietnamese Buddhists pray for HIV/AIDS patients

SGGP, March 2, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Vietnam Buddhist Shangha’s Management Board held an event to show how to live with and prevent the spread HIV/AIDS and light candles to pray for infected victims at the Buddhist Culture Tradition House on March 1.


Buddha Bar Not to Buddhists Liking

by Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta Globe City, March 2, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The exclusive Buddha Bar in Central Jakarta, part-owned by the daughter of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, has been labelled sacrilegious by the Indonesian Buddhist Student


Buddhist cultural centre inaugurated in Hue city

VNA, February 27, 2009

Hue, Vietnam -- A Buddhist cultural centre, built at a cost of VND 5 billion, was inaugurated in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on February 26.


International Theravada Buddhist universities conference to be held in Myanmar

Xinhua, Feb 23, 2009

YANGON, Myanmar -- An International Theravada Buddhist universities conference will be held at the Sitagu International Buddhists Academy in Sagaing, northwestern division of Myanmar, executive secretary of the Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities (ATBU) Vulnerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami told the press Monday.


Bihar govt offers 2 plots of land to Singapore Buddhist Lodge for Pilgrim Centre

By Tan Lek Hwa, Channel NewsAsia, February 21, 2009

SINGAPORE -- The 5th Nalanda Mentor Group meeting in Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar has been concluded.


Borobudur at the crossroads

by Sunita Sue Leng, Jakarta Post, Feb 22, 2009

Borobudur, Central Java (Indonesia) -- The best time to visit Borobudur Temple is at dawn. That is when Central Java's magnificent World Heritage monument is enveloped in cool mist and peace.


Buddhist temple built out of one million beer bottles

The Telegraph, Feb 18, 2009

Khun Han, Thailand -- A temple has been built by monks in northeast Thailand who used over a million recycled beer bottles to make the walls and roof.


Thailand urged to ban sales of alcohol on Songkran Day

By Pongphon Sarnsamak, The Nation, Feb 16, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Some 200 members of the Alcohol Watch Network and its allies rallied outside the Public Health Ministry Monday, demanding Health Minister Wittaya Kaewparadai ban alcohol sales on Buddhist holidays and major festivals such as Songkran and the New Year celebrations.


Buddhist conference opens in Singapore

By Yen Feng, The Straits Times, Feb 16, 2009

Singapore -- The first largest conference of Buddhist scholars in the region started here on Monday morning not with a bang but with an apology.


Buddhism on TV should be approved: Cambodian PM

AFP, Feb 10, 2009

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Sunday called for television shows related to Buddhism to be approved by clergy after the country's first rock opera was deemed insulting to the religion.


Beckhams in hot water with monks

Stuff, February 9, 2009

David and Victoria Beckham have upset Buddhist monks in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand -- The monks are upset about a state-of-the-art mosquito exterminator installed at the couple's recently renovated new home on the Thai island of Koh Samui.


Beginning the day with a sermon has merit: street wise

By Achara Deboonme, The Nation, February 9, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- If you're an early bird - or, for that matter, the type who likes to stay up very late - (and you speak Thai), you are invited to enjoy the Buddhist sermons broadcast every morning at 5am on FM102.5.


Sanam Luang crowded with Buddhists

The Bangkok Post, Feb 9, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- Many Buddhists on Monday travelled to Sanam Luang to give food offerings to monks and make merit on the occasion of Makha Bucha Day.


Conference on Buddhism in Singapore

By Yen Feng, The Straits Times, Feb 6, 2009

Singapore -- AN UPCOMING conference here on Buddhism will gather some of the world's most eminent scholars on the religion to discuss its growing relevance amid religious strifes in the world today.


Yen Tu Spring Festival opens

Nhan Dan Online, Feb 5, 2009

The Yen Tu Spring Festival 2009 opened at the Yen Tu beauty spot and relic site on February 4.

Uong Bi, Vietnam -- The opening ceremony was held by the People’s Committee of the Uong Bi town (Quang Ninh province) and the Executive Council of the Quang Ninh Buddhist Sangha.


Temples crowded in first days of Lunar New Year

by Phuong Lan, Saigon GP Daily, Feb 2, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Going to temples for New Year’s Eve to pray for a happy and prosperous new year is a tradition for  Vietnamese people. This Lunar New Year was no exception, as all small and large temples nationwide were crowed with people.


Buddhist architecture tainted

by Do Trong Hoi, VNS, Feb 2, 2009

THUA THIEN HUE, Vietnam -- Hue Buddhism has its roots in a remote past, far back to the Tran dynasty of the 14th century, or possibly even earlier. Age-old traditions and culture that have been nurtured during such a long period have yielded a distinct architectural style represented by numerous pagodas.


Seven killed, about 100 hurt in Thai temple grenade attack

AFP, February 1, 2009

BANGKOK, Thailand -- At least seven people were killed and about 100 injured when a man lobbed a hand grenade into a busy Buddhist temple compound in northeastern Thailand during a celebration, police said on Sunday.


Devotees upset over temple

By Yen Feng, The Straits Times, Feb 1, 2009

Singapore -- THERE were tears and protests when over 100 people turned up to claim their ancestral tablets from the San Bao Jing She temple yesterday.


Shwepawkyun abbot prosecuted in assault case

by Ko Wine, Mizzima, Jan 26, 2009

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- Abbot U Kumara of the famous 'Shwepawkyun' Buddhist missionary is facing trial in Meiktila court for beating a woman.


Singapore Buddhist Lodge hosts reunion feast for the less fortunate

By Channel NewsAsia, January 25, 2009

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore Buddhist Lodge started it's Lunar New Year celebrations by helping the less fortunate.


Indonesian Buddhists want Buddha Bar closed

Monster and Critics, Jan 22, 2009

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Indonesian Buddhists on Thursday urged authorities in Jakarta to close a newly opened Buddha Bar restaurant, saying the name was sacrilegious.


Royal trip to a Buddhist paradise

by Julio A Jeldres, The Phnom Penh Post, January 19, 2009

Kato, Japan -- Ambassador Julio Jeldres accompanied Cambodia's King Father Norodom Sihanouk to the Fifth Buddhist Summit, held in Kato City, Hyogo prefecture, on Japan's Honshu Island .


Thai PM visits Buddhist temple in Pattani

The Nation, Jan 18, 2009

Pattani, Thailand -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva led a special committee of ministers to visit a Buddhist temple in this southern border province Saturday.


Understanding Death and Beyond

By Saccesaka, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 18, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The much-awaited Closer-to-Reality Conference (C2RC) 2008 with its intriguing theme, “Understanding Death and Beyond”, was held at Thean Hou Temple from 27 to 29 December. It was organised by Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) as an attempt to “connect real life experiences with Buddhist scriptural understanding”.


Water and oil don't mix, neither do politics and religion

By Pornpimol Kanchanalak, The Nation, January 15, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand -- LAST WEEKEND, a Buddhist temple opened its doors once again to hold a red-shirt political rally. The key speaker used the occasion and the venue to do what he does best - to vilify those he took to be enemies.


Foreign Buddhist association funds delta housing project

by Cherry Thein, Yadana Htun and Shwe Yinn Mar Oo, The Myanmar Times, Jan 13, 2009

Kungyangon, Myanmar -- CONSTRUCTION started last month on a project to build more than 1000 new houses in Kungyangon township, Yangon Division, for survivors of cyclone Nargis.


Hanoi Buddhists raise VND1 billion for charitable activities

VOV News, Jan 8, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Hanoi Buddhist monks, nuns and followers have joined in a number of social activities and raised more than VND1 billion for charitable activities, said the Management Board of the Hanoi Buddhist Shangha at a meeting in Hanoi on January 7.


2008 a successful year of Vietnamese Buddhism

VietNamNet Bridge, Dec 30, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Buddhist dignitaries have appreciated 2008 as a successful year of the Vietnamese Buddhism with valuable and practical support from the Party and State.


Singapore's Ming Yi goes on trial in April for fraud

By Elena Chong, The Straits Times, Jan 6, 2009

Singapore -- A JUDGE yesterday ordered high-profile Buddhist monk Shi Ming Yi and his former personal assistant to stand trial in April on allegations that they falsified the financial records of Ren Ci Hospital.


Cambodian monks force nation's first rock opera off air

AFP, Jan 2, 2009

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian monks have persuaded authorities to ban the country's first rock opera, which features actors dressed as clergy who break into song and dance, saying it insults Buddhism.


A Pagoda built from ceramic debris

VietNamNet Bridge, Jan 1, 2009

Trai Mat, Vietnam -- Taking the train to Trai Mat to visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda in the chilly cold of the central highlands city of Dalat is an exciting adventure for those who seek the sanctuary of a worshipping place and the unique architecture of Asian pagodas.


Kung fu kids – out of Africa

By WANI MUTHIAH, The Star, December 28, 2008

KLANG, Malaysia -- Enock Belo is every inch a Shaolin kung fu exponent. He throws flying kicks, jumps over obstacles and delivers his strikes smoothly. Belo is 10 years old. And he’s African.


Giant Lying Buddha installed in Dong Thap

by Giao Huong, Thanh Nien News, Dec 21, 2008

Dong Thap, Vietnam -- The biggest Lying Buddha statue in the Mekong Delta will be installed today in Dong Thap Province.


Buddhist council motor hunt to raise funds

The Sun, Dec 22, 2008

Ipoh, Perak (Malaysia) -- THE Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia (VBCM) held its inaugural "Gift of Life" charity motor treasure hunt on July 26 to raise funds for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and the House of Peace, an orphanage in Canning Gardens, Ipoh.


Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate founder’s birthday

VOVNews.vn, Dec 21, 2008

An Giang, Vietnam -- Thousands of followers of the Hoa Hao Buddhist sect celebrated the 89th birthday of the sect’s founder, Venerable Prophet Huynh Phu So, at An Hoa pagoda in the Mekong delta province of An Giang on Dec. 21.


Tigers at Thai Temple Drugged Up or Loved Up?

By CLARISSA WARD, ABC News, Dec 17, 2008

Monks Deny Conservationists' Claim That Animals Are Drugged

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Deep in the heart of Western Thailand, where the River Kwai weaves through the rich green jungle, the monks of the Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua Temple are beginning their day.


Clergy in crisis? 17th monk congress starts in Cambodia

by Chhay Channyda, Phnom Penh Post, December18, 2008

Lack of rules in the face of rapid expansion has left the robes of monkhood open to abuse by fraudsters and criminals: officials

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A RAPIDLY expanding and largely unregulated Buddhist clergy is giving the Kingdom's religion a bad name, officials say, forcing elders to address embarrassing crimes at the opening Wednesday of the 17th annual monk congress in Phnom Penh.


Singapore Buddhist Lodge ups charity efforts in dire times

By Joy Fang, AsiaOne, Dec 11, 2008

Singapore -- These may be financially dire times, but some organisations are not slowing down their efforts to help those in need.


Research centre on Buddhism in Singapore

By Yen Feng, The Straits Times, Dec 10, 2008

Singapore -- SCHOLARS of Buddhism will find themselves in good company next year. The Institute of South East Asian Studies (Iseas) on Wednesday received $1 million from the Singapore Buddhist Lodge to set up a research centre to study the religion.


Thailand plans Buddhist rites at reclaimed Government House

TNA, Dec 8, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's caretaker government will sponsor a major Buddhist rite, and publish a memoir on the seizure of Government House by anti-government protesters for more than three months, the first time such an incident has ever happened in Thailand.


Con Son Mountain views

VNR, Dec 7, 2008

Hai Duong, Vietnam -- The Zen spirit and fairytale setting of Con Son mountain in the northern province of Hai Duong leaves Duc Hanh in a happy daze.


Insight into Buddhism

The Star, November 26, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- RENOWNED spiritual master of Tibetan Buddhism, Venerable Dagpo Lama Rinpoche will be in Malaysia to give two “exceptional” teachings, organised by Persatuan Kadam Tashi Choe Ling Malaysia (KTCL), as well as an evening talk at the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF).


U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison

by Than Htike Oo, Mizzima news, November 21, 2008

Yangon, Myanmar -- The Burmese military junta's vendetta against monks came to the fore with U Gambira, a monk leader being sentenced to another 56 years in prison, totaling 68 years, by a Special Court sitting in session inside Insein
prison today.


Buddhist monk arrested for rape of British tourist at mountain-top shrine

By Richard Shears, The Daily Mail (UK), November 19, 2008

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A young Buddhist monk is being held by police in Cambodia for allegedly raping a British tourist he was guiding to mountain-top temples.


Is one of Thailand’s triple gem losing their gleam?

By Frank G. Anderson, UPI Asia, November 14, 2008

Nakhonratchasima, Thailand — Thailand’s highest Buddhist organization, the Supreme Sangha, is one of the three jewels described in Buddhism. The three – the Lord Buddha himself, the Dharma doctrine, and the Sangha clergy – are the three pillars that practicing Buddhists found their faith upon.


Monastery built for her brother

The Bangkok Post, Nov 15, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- Wat Pa Siriwattanawisuth, a Buddhist monastery under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, is located on a 96-rai plot of land on Khok Phen mountain in Nakhon Sawan's Tha Tako district.


Spiritual spaces on offer in Nha Trang

by Minh Thu, VNA, Nov 14, 2008

Nha Trang, Vietnam -- Travelling to Nha Trang city offers tourists not only a beautiful view of the coast, but pagodas dedicated to preserving the country’s ancient Buddhist traditions.


Ephemeral traces

Thanh Nien News, Nov 14, 2008

An Giang, Vietnam -- The special technique of inscribing Buddhist texts on palm leaves is vanishing due to the lack of inter-generational knowledge transfer.


Malaysian temple to get Thai royal award

The New Straits Times, Nov 10, 2008

KOTA BARU, Malayia -- Wat Pikulthong in Tumpat is set to be the first Buddhist temple in Malaysia to be honoured with the prestigious Royal Kathin award from Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


Buddhist monks receive royal robe

by Le Thanh Van, Thanh Nien News, Nov 11, 2008

Dong Nai, Vietnam -- A judge from the Court of Thailand Sunday presented King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s robe to local monks at a ceremony held in Phuoc Son Monastery in southern Dong Nai Province.


Buddhist Free Clinic turns 39

By Tania Tan, The Straits Times, Nov 10, 2008

Singapore -- TUCKED away in the red light district of Geylang is a building that seems almost out of place amid the vice of Singapore's most notorious quarter.


Sri Lankan Buddhist coordinates delta construction project

By Ye Lwin, MMTimes, Nov 11, 2008

Yangon, Myanmar -- A NEW modern village is to arise from the destruction wrought by cyclone Nargis, thanks to the generosity of Buddhist well-wishers coordinated by a religious advisor from Sri Lanka.


Converting The Addicts: Transformed By Buddhism

By GAOBAOLI, Photo by HUANG LINGLING/Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Guang Ming Daily, My SinChew, Nov 7, 2008

Kuantan, Malaysia -- Perhaps you are wondering how to bring Buddhist teachings to the inmates at Geha Bodhi. Very easy, that is by instilling the teachings of Buddhism in their day-to-day living and to make Buddhism a part of their life.


The eye of the tiger

by ANCHALEE KONGRUT, The Bangkok Post, Oct 30, 2008

Determined abbot maintains popularity of his Tiger Temple amid controversy

Kanchanaburi, Thailand -- A journey to Buddhist temples in Thailand does not necessarily have to be only for merit making or dharma practice. At Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno Forest Monastry in Kanchanaburi province, visitors feel like they are in an open zoo.


Buddhist leadership joins fight against HIV/AIDS

Vietnam News, Oct 27, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- More than 100 Buddhist dignitaries from 40 provinces and cities nationwide gathered in HCM City last Friday for a conference on the Buddhist Leadership Initiative, convened by the Viet Nam Fatherland Front.


Protesters protest planned listing of Beer Chang

By The Nation, Oct 27, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- Hundreds of people, including youth, demonstrated outside Thailand's Stock Exchange of Thailand on Monday to protest plans by Beer Chang company to list its shares on the market.


Buddhist Leadership Gets Revisit at WACANA 2008

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 24, 2008

Annual Buddhist Conference to address Buddhist leadership in Malaysia: Vision, Values and Vitality

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara, Nalanda Institute and the Buddhist Gem Fellowship plan to revisit the development, directions, principles and dynamics of Buddhist leadership in the country through WACANA 2008.


Pure charity

By CATHERINE SIOW, The Star, October 22, 2008

Service at Pure Lotus Hospice in Penang goes beyond the call of duty as the ailing and destitute find solace and peace

Penang, Malaysia -- AH HEOH was her name but she was referred to as “angel” because she had a smile for whoever came her way. The petite 34-year-old had two children, aged four and three. Her husband left her when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.


Buddhist association’s fund-raising efforts for disaster victims pays off

by CHARLES FERNANDEZ, The Star, October 20, 2008

Kajang, Malaysia -- THE Young Buddhist Association Malaysia’s (YBAM) Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Relief Fund (MCDRF) and China Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund (CEDRF) initiated in May this year has received good support.


Buddhist temple builds refuge from refuse

by Chaiwat Subprasom, Reuters, Oct 20, 2008

SISAKET, Thailand -- A Thai Buddhist temple has found an environmentally friendly way to reach nirvana, using discarded bottles to build everything on the premises from a crematorium to toilets.


The whys and wheres of wats

by Patricia Maunder, Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 18, 2008

Buddhist temples may be beautiful but they can be mystifying for tourists

Bangkok, Thailand -- For tourists without the insight that comes from faith or scholarship, Buddhist temples can be beautiful but superficial experiences. What are the stories behind those images and statues? Possibly even more daunting is knowing the etiquette; being respectful may not be enough.


Officials scratch off gold from Buddha statues

by Aye Nai, Democratic Voice of Burma, Oct. 14, 2008

Magwe, Myanmar -- A pagoda treasurer and local village authorities have scratched off gold coating worth five billion kyat from historical Buddha statues in a village in Magwe division's Yaynanchaung township, according to villagers.


Pagodas ready for pilgrimage season

By Cherry Thein, Myanmar Times & Business Reviews, Oct 13-19, 2008

Yangon, Myanmar -- A MYANMAR Buddhist goes to the pagoda not only to take refuge in the Buddha and his teachings, but also to spread goodwill and loving kindness to fellow beings who are on different planes of existence.


Buddhist foundation recruits more than 4,000 members

By SIMON KHOO, The Star, October 17, 2008

KUANTAN, Malaysia -- Despite making its presence felt here only seven years ago, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia has managed to recruit over 4,000 members.


The Full Moon Day of Thadingyut or Lighting Festival of Burma

by Ashin Mettacara, OpEdNews, October 14, 2008

Rangoon, Burma -- Today is the Full Moon Day of Thagingyut, the seventh month in the Burmese calendar and the end of Lent (waso) for Buddhist monks. The Full Moon Day of Thadingyut is the Lighting Festival of Burma. The Lighting Festival falls over a period of three days; the day before full moon, full moon day itself and the day after.


In latest Thai fad, a taste of death brings hope for better life

AFP, Oct 11, 2008

NAKHON NAYOK, Thailand -- The coffin ceremony is the latest religious trend to sweep Thailand, and the saffron-clad monks at Wat Prommanee promise to deliver money, love and a host of other requirements


Finding peace among the hillside Buddhas

by Simon Marcus Gower, Jakarta Post, Oct 11, 2008

Bandung, Indonesia -- Something glistens and gleams in the distance. At first it is little more than a glimpse of something that is white, something that catches the eye. But then it comes slightly more into focus.


Ex-Ren Ci chief back in court

By Sujin Thomas, The Straits Times, Oct 9, 2008

Singapore -- FORMER Ren Ci Hospital chief Shi Ming Yi, who is facing criminal charges in connection with the charity's finances, was back in court on Thursday morning.


Zopa Rinpoche to visit Penang, Malaysia

By ANTHONY CHEW, The Star, October 7, 2008

Penang, Malaysia -- THE Buddhist fraternity can look forward to the four-day visit of Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup (pic), the abbot of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, to Penang from Oct 19, 2008.


Khmer Theravada Buddhist branch convenes third conference

VietnamNet, Oct 7, 2008

Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam -- More than 200 Khmer Theravada Buddhists from the Mekong delta provinces and several southeastern provinces gathered for the branch’s third conference in Bac Lieu Province on Oct. 5-6.


Monks, authorities in budget clash

by Cheang Sokha, Phnom Penh Post, October 6, 2008

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- NEARLY 200 monks from Sihanoukville's Entagnean pagoda have filed a complaint against the chief of the pagoda commission, claiming she stole pagoda money and used her office for personal gain.


Learning to live

by PICHAYA SVASTI, Photos by YINGYONG UN-ANONGRAK, The Bangkok Post, Sept 30, 2008

Master's degree students at Savika-Sikkalai, a new Buddhist university, are learning how to cope with life's stresses - and be of service to others

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a pavilion at the Sathira-Dhammasathan Buddhist centre, a group of some 30 people, mostly lay women and nuns, are lying perfectly still on the floor, their eyes closed - like dead bodies.


Death and rebirth for paying customers of Thai temple

By Seth Mydans, IHT, September 29, 2008

NAKHON NAYOK, Thailand -- It is the ultimate in second chances: A Buddhist temple here offers, for a small fee, an opportunity to die, rise up again newborn and make a fresh start in life.


Thai monks give Irish addicts €2-a-day detox

by John Mooney, The Sunday Times, September 28, 2008

Drug abusers from Ireland are flocking to Tham Krabok monastery in Thailand for treatment

Saraburi, Thailand -- THE clinic has what might be the most radical drugs detox treatment centre in the world. Reforming addicts pay just €2 a day, and are encouraged to swallow vile potions by Buddhist monks and engage in ritual vomiting to the beat of rhythmic drumming.


A Khmer pagoda stores unique leaf prayer books

VietNamNet Bridge, Sept 23, 2008

An Giang Province, Vietnam -- Xvayton Pagoda, the Khmer pagoda in the center of Tri Ton Town of Mekong Delta's An Giang Province, is recorded as the place with the most leaf prayer books in Vietnam in the Records Books, with about 150 series of prayer books on leaves.


Cambodia celebrates P'Chum Ben

by Sophan Seng, The Phnom Penh Post, September 23, 2008

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Among Cambodian annual festivities, P'Chum Ben is considered very significant.


Buddhist society goes beyond religion, race

By OH ING YEEN, The Star, September 16, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- DHARMA Master Cheng Yen founded the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Found-ation in 1966 with a compassionate vow, said Tan Chee Wei, the administration department head of the foundation’s Kuala Lumpur branch.


Atop a mountain, a smile radiates peace

VietnamNet, Sept 16, 2008

Ta Cu Mountain, Vietnam -- The Ta Cu Mountain is imposing as it rises out of a 25,000-hectare primary forest, but the spectacular view, fresh sea breeze and beatific smile of the dying Buddha sets the stage for an inward journey.


Good for the spirit

by Chadamas Chinmaneevong, The Bangkok Post, Sept 12, 2008

Possibly the only tourism business not hit hard by protests, dhamma tours are not just for the elderly these days, writes Chadamas Chinmaneevong

Bangkok, Thailand -- The political deadlock (in Thailand) and its consequences have hurt many businesses and the losses can lead to depression and suffering that many have to bear.


The mindfulness cure (for Thailand's political division)

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Sept 12, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- Take a deep breath. Watch it leave the nostrils. Watch it come back in. Feel the sensation. See the difference. Watch the constant change. Try do it for at least 10 minutes to let the calm set in.


Lessons drawn from life

by VANNIYA SRIANGURA, The Bangkok Post, Sept 12, 2008

A growing number of parents, not all of them Buddhist, are realising the benefits of a mind-centred, Buddhist-approach to education

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a society where success is measured in material terms, most parents hope that the educational system will set their children on the path to a prosperous future.


Prominent Buddhist-approach schools in Thailand

The Bangkok Post, Sept 12, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- There are more than 20,000 schools nationwide are registered with the Ministry of Education as Buddhist-approach institutes.


India, Asean discuss joint Buddhist pilgrimage tourism

Press Trust Of India, September 3, 2008

Yangon, Myanmar -- In an effort to broaden the prospect of spiritual tourism, representatives of India and Asean have discussed ways to develop joint Buddhist pilgrimage tours in the region.


Aussie finds spiritual enlightenment with Cambodia's poor

ABC News, Aug 24, 2008

Kampot, Cambodia -- The dirt poor nation of Cambodia is providing spiritual richness to an Australian man. Paget Sayers was in the import-export business, until he retired a few decades ago.


Vietnam's Sangha pledges humanitarian tradition

VNA, Aug 22, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A top monk of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has called on followers to further live with the religion’s humanitarian, kind-hearted and devoted spirit while contributing to the national unity and socialism.


A gift of sight for five

By CHRISTINA LOW, The Star, August 20, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- GETTING a chance to regain her sight was definitely a dream come true for Sumithra Ragavan. The 28-year-old was one of the three cornea recipients under the Buddhist Maha Vihara’s (BMV’s) A Gift of Sight, A Gift for Love project last year.


Vu Lan festival – a solemn sharing

by Diem Thu, Thanh Nien News, Aug 18, 2008

Once a year Vietnamese children honor their parents and try to help the lost souls of their ancestors find their way back to earth

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Vu Lan (Ullambana) festival, also known as the Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits, is held during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, which is believed to be the spirit month.


Vietnam dissident Buddhist church appoints new leader

AFP, Aug 17, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- Dissident monk Thich Quang Do became the new leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) Sunday, pledging to keep up the peaceful struggle for religious and political freedom.


Vietnamese Buddhists to promote dharma throughout Europe

VNA, August 14, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- A delegation from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Central Committee will make a trip to France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia to promote Buddhism in Europe from August 20 until September 10.


Singapore: Many seekers drawn to Buddhism

By April Chong, The Straits Times, Aug 9, 2008

Singapore -- BUDDHISM, at 2,500 years old, is still the top choice among those in search of spirituality in this urban nation. Census figures in 1980 and 2000 indicate that Buddhists are growing fastest in number as well.


Ren Ci gets back its tax-deduction status

The Straits Times, Aug 5, 2008

Singapore -- REN CI Hospital and Medicare Centre got its Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status back from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday.


Photo exhibit captures Buddhist philosophy

VietNamNet Bridge, Aug 4, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Some photographers strive to capture the beauty of nature and human life, but 12 professional photographers and monks in the Ha Noi-based Que Huong Photography Club are out to show the Buddhist philosophy of everyday life.


Thai seminars explore religious perspectives on the death penalty

WorldCoalition.org, Aug 4, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai human rights activists led by the Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) have been organising a series of seminars with religious leaders throughout Thailand to raise their awareness and discuss their perspectives on the abolition of capital punishment.


Awesome Ayutthaya

by NG SU-ANN, The Star, August 2, 2008

Ayutthaya, Thailand -- Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, is a place steeped in history. Ask any local what the major attractions in Ayutthaya are and the answer would be the ancient ruins, the Buddha images and the stunning bell-shaped chedis (pagodas) rising skyward from the ground.


Start the New Year by attending a talk

By TAN KARR WEI, The Star, July 30, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- BUDDHIST devotees can celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at a Dharma Talk and Sharing of Merit Blessing ceremony by Venerable Hui Lu at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.


Buddhism In Bali

by Ven. Shravasti Dhammika, Lanka Web, July 31, 2008

Singapore -- Much attention has been given to how far west Buddhism extended in ancient times. The most westerly Buddhist monument that can be is the foundations of a large stupa in the south east corner of the ancient citadel of Khiva in Turkmenistan.


Preserving the past

by ROJANA MANOWALAILAO, The Bangkok Post, July 29, 2008

Monks and locals join forces to safeguard Nan's cultural heritage

Nan, Thailand -- Exquisite wooden Buddhist statues have been traded for a lone drum that was used for temple activities.


Cambodia's Forgotten Temples Fall Prey to Looters

The Guardian, July 28, 2008

Guards now patrol Angkor Wat but other cultural sites are being plundered daily

Angkor Wat, Cambodia -- The three freshly dug holes under the two arching palm trees measured a metre by about half a meter, and about half a meter deep.


Buddhist monks bring religion outside

VNS, July 28, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Monks from the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha’s Giac Ngo newspaper have taken students from around the country on an annual camping trip.


Buddhist Cultural and Art Festival held in Indonesia

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), July 27, 2008

Surabaya, Indonesia -- The second Buddhist Cultural and Art Festival was held in Surabaya from June 25 to 30. Buddhist organisations from Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia participated in the festival co-ordinated by the Buddhist Education Centre, Surabaya.


Feeding the heart of the city

By JAMIE KHOO, The Star, July 27, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Have you ever walked past a homeless person and wondered what you could do to help? If so, join the Kechara Soup Kitchen which actively goes out to the streets to find them, feed them and befriend them.


Big Buddha cost to top 100 million baht (US$ 3.3 mil)

Phuket Gazette, July 21, 2008

CHALONG, Thailand --  The total cost of Phuket’s Big Buddha image on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Kata-Karon and Chalong is predicted to surpass 100 million baht, said Suporn Vanichkul, President of the Mingmongkol Faith 45 committee, which is raising funds for the project.


Two ancient statues of Buddha found in Mandalay

By Ashin Mettacara, OpEd News, Jul 20, 2008

Mandalay, Myanmar -- In Mandalay, the second city Myanmar, three very ancient Buddha statues have been found. According to a local resident source, the Buddha statues appeared in the Irrawaddy river two days ago.


Residents accept Buddhist project

The Buddhist Channel, July 24, 2008

Bodhi Park project to proceed as planned after protesting residents accept explanation from City Council

SHAH ALAM, Selangor (Malaysia) -- The soft, meandering chants of monks from different traditions enveloped the surrounding of a barren 1.7 acre piece land on July 20, 2008 at Section U12, Shah Alam. The monks were present to bless the spot where a new Buddhist centre will be built, to be called "Bodhi Park".


Religious setback

By Bronwyn Sloan, DPA, July 21, 2008

"I feel very sad about weapons at a pagoda. I am a Buddhist, too," Thai Colonel Chay An Huay Sooner said. "But I am a soldier, so I follow orders, although I don't know who gave them."

Preah Vihear, Cambodia/Thailand -- Preah Vihear local Sor Sarom went to the pagoda on the first day of Buddhist Lent as she always does, and found herself being held at gunpoint by a man dressed in black.


Cambodian monks debate right to vote in election next week

AFP, July 21, 2008

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- The austere existence of Buddhist monks is supposed to show Cambodians how to live. One thing monks have been forbidden to do, however, is show them how to vote.


Ho Chi Minh City Buddhists continue health and education charity

VNA, July 18, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Sangha says it plans to continue developing its health network of Tue Tinh Duong Free Clinics for the poor as well as set up schools for orphans and disabled children, a Buddhist dignitary said on July 17.


Thailand: Merit-makers turn out in force

Bangkok Post, July 18, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- Locals and tourists rush to give alms to monks riding elephants at a special event marking Asarnha Bucha Day in Surin province yesterday.


Thailand: Off the booze for Buddhist Lent

by Supoj Wancharoen, The Bangkok Post, July 18, 2008

Bangkok City Hall is campaigning to cut down on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on national holidays

Bangkok, Thailand -- Measures to turn people away from selling and drinking alcohol are expected to yield tangible results over Buddhist Lent period, which begins today and will end on Oct 14.


Ren Ci board tightens checks and balances to strengthen governance

The Straits Times, Jul 17, 2008

Singapore -- THE new board of Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare Centre has put in place stricter checks and balances and a more transparent system for approving financial transactions to strengthen governance of the charity, which came under probe by the Commercial Affairs Department earlier this year.


Ming Yi first religious leader to be suspended

By Theresa Tan, The Straits Times, July 16, 2008

Singapore -- HIGH-PROFILE Buddhist monk Ming Yi has become the first religious leader to be suspended from management roles in religious groups here by the authorities.


The Life and Times of Thich Huyen Quang


Hanoi, Vietnam -- Thich Huyen Quang, 87, patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, died in Vietnam on July 5 at the Nguyen Thieu Monastery in Binh Dinh.


Head of Ren Ci Hospital, Venerable Shi Ming Yi charged in court

CNA, July 15, 2008

SINGAPORE -- Head of Ren Ci Hospital, the Venerable Shi Ming Yi has been charged with alleged forgery, conspiracy and misuse of funds.


Thousands mourn Vietnam's top dissident Buddhist monk

AFP, July 11, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- Thousands of followers on Friday mourned the death of Vietnam's top dissident Buddhist monk Thich Huyen Quang at a funeral at his pagoda in central Vietnam, supporters, a witness and an official said.


Putting Compassion into Action

By KYAW ZWA MOE, The Irrawaddy, JULY, 2008 - VOLUME 16 NO.7

Do Burmese people really understand the meaning of compassion? Not according to a prominent Buddhist monk who has taken a leading role in Cyclone Nargis relief efforts

MAE SOT, Thailand ­ -- “HOW did you feel when you heard that people were homeless, that monks had lost their monasteries and had nowhere to stay? Over 130,000 people were killed and 2.4 million suffered badly. How did you feel?”


Zentourism finds its way in Vietnam

VNA, Jul 9, 2008

Hanoi, Vietnam -- As Vietnam boasts a 2,000-year Buddhist history with more than 10 million followers, it is regarded as an ideal place for a new type of entertainment called zentourism or “du lich thien” in the Vietnamese language.


Followers pay last respects to outlawed Vietnamese Buddhist monk

DPA , Jul 7, 2008

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Followers of an outlawed Buddhist group in Vietnam were permitted to pay their respects on Monday to their former leader who died over the weekend while under house arrest, according to Vietnamese authorities.


Vietnam: Don’t Interfere in Buddhist Patriarch’s Funeral

Human Rights Watch, July 9, 2008

Government Attempt to Take Over Funeral Risks Confrontation

New York, USA -- Members of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) should be allowed to organize and attend funeral services for their patriarch without government interference, Human Rights Watch said today.


Kinrara Metta organises dinner to raise funds

The Star, July 8, 2008

Puchong, Selangor (Malaysia) -- THE Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society (KMBS) is raising funds to build its own centre as the temporary premises is inadequate to cater to the overwhelming demand for its Sunday Dhamma School and other youth and community-based activities.


Dissident Patriarch of Vietnam Buddhist Group Dies

Reuters, July 6, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- The patriarch of a Vietnamese Buddhist group that has peacefully campaigned against successive governments and Communist Party controls on religion, died in his monastery at the age of 87 on Saturday, the organization said.


Khmer Krom: Sakhorn’s Whereabouts Unknown

UNPO, July 4, 2008

After officially releasing Khmer Krom activist Tim Sakhorn from prison, Vietnamese authorities have continued to detain him in an unknown location.


Rights group urges Vietnam to free Buddhist monk

AFP, July 3, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- Human Rights Watch called on communist Vietnam Thursday to lift any restrictions on the liberty of an activist Buddhist monk who disappeared on the day he was released from prison last week.


Visiting Dai Tong Lam Pagoda

VietNamNet Bridge, July 1, 2008

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam -- Along National Highway 51 on the way to the coastal city of Vung Tau, Dai Tong Lam Pagoda is located in Tan Thanh District in the coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, 70km east of HCM City.


Indonesian court jails museum curator over theft of ancient Buddhist statues

The Bangkok Post, June 30, 2008

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The curator of a museum in central Indonesia was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail for helping steal six ancient Buddhist statues and replacing them with replicas to cover up the crime, a judge said.


Rogue monk defrocks self

Phuket Gazette, June 26, 2008

NONG KHAI, Thailand -- As every good clergyman knows, improper sexual conduct is a quick way to get defrocked – cast out of the Buddhist clergy.


Peace in Vietnamese city

Thanh Nien news, June 26, 2008

Bat Buu Phat Dai, Vietnam -- Bat Buu Phat Dai in Binh Chanh District, 30 kilometers southwest of Ho Chi Minh City center, is a historical place of refuge for Buddhists.


Vietnam's Buddha treasure

Thanh Nien News, June 20, 2008

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A visit to the sanctuary of Van Phat Quang Dai Tong Lam Pagoda in the southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province gives travelers a glimpse of the solemn architecture of Asian Buddhism and eases the distress of bustling city life.


Buddhist intermediate school set up in Mekong delta province

VNA, June 22, 2008

Chau Doc Town, Vietnam -- A Buddhist intermediate school has been set up at Vien Quang Pagoda in Chau Doc town, Mekong Delta An Giang province.


Statement by the All Burma Monks’ Alliance

Burmanet News, June 18, 2008

Rangoon, Burma -- UN Security Council and the Council of the European Union Should Take Responsibility to Protect the People of Burma When They Meet on June 19 in New York and Brussels, on the 63rd Birthday of the Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi


Hoa Hao Buddhists prepare for sect’s founding anniversary

VNA, June 18, 2008

Hanoi, Vietnam -- As many as 276 places of worship of the Hoa Hao Buddhism sect in 14 central and southern provinces and cities will organise grand ceremonies to celebrate the sect’s 69th founding anniversary falling on the 18th day of the fifth lunar month (June 21).


Malay woman buried as a Buddhist

Bernama, June 17, 2008

KANGAR, Perlis (Malaysia) -- A Malay woman who died in Kampung Guar Musang on June 12 was buried in the village according to Buddhist rites.


Cambodian sex workers gather at Buddhist temple to protest against crackdown

The Associated Press, June 16, 2008

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian sex workers gathered at a Buddhist temple Monday in the latest protest against a police crackdown on prostitution.


Wat a controversy!

The Bangkok Post, June 9, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Democrat party has urged the government not to rush to support Cambodia's attempt to register Preah Vihear temple as a new World Heritage Site.


Singapore's poor turn to temples to fill bellies

By Melanie Lee, Reuters, June 10, 2008

Singapore -- Wearing a pair of worn grey slippers and dirty Bermuda shorts, Quek hungrily chews mouthfuls of free vegetarian noodles on the second-level canteen of a Singapore temple.


Nun uses martial art to get closer to Buddha

VNS, June 8, 2008

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Defying initial prejudice, a nun studying at the National Buddhism Academy is teaching shaolin to her fellow bonzes. Hoai Nam reports.


Largest Cambodian Buddha resurrected in Siem Reap

Xinhua, June 4, 2008

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- The largest reclining Buddha in Cambodia, part of the Baphuon Temple at Angkor in Siem Reap province, has just opened to the public, the Mekong Times newspaper said Wednesday.


New Viet book shows off local Buddhist records

VNA, May 31, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Ho Chi Minh City-based joint-stock company Vietbooks and its partner Viet Nam News Agency’s Publishing House published a collection of various Guinness world records made by Vietnamese.


Ayutthaya: Glimpses of past glory


Highlights of a town that was once a metropolis

Ayutthaya, Thailand -- Ayutthaya, the original "Venice of the East", has a richly textured past that is impressively chronicled at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum in that province's Muang district. Named after the man who became Borommaracha II, the seventh ruler of Ayutthaya, it houses the most extensive collection in the country of artefacts from this great civilisation. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong, it was to hold sway over much of central Thailand, and beyond, for the next four centuries.


Novices pass uni exams, but still need help

by Sumeth Wannapruek, The Bangkok Post, May 30, 2008

KHON KAEN, Thailand -- Dozens of Buddhist novices in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen have passed university entrance examinations this year and are badly in need of funding to pursue a higher education.


Precious Buddhist statues on display in Ho Chi Minh City

VietNamNet Bridge, May 29, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A collection of 18 precious Buddhist statues dating back to the 17th and the 19th centuries are on display at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum.