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Malaysia: Home Affairs Ministry Directs Arrest, Deportation Of Bogus Monks

Bernama, June 18, 2006

PENANG, Malaysia -- The Home Affairs Ministry has directed the police and immigration authorities to detain and deport bogus monks from abroad who seek donations illegally and tarnish the image of Buddhism, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said Sunday.

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Seeking a Buddhist Mother Teresa

BY NG SI HOOI, The Star, June 18, 2006

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia -- Someone like Mother Teresa could emerge among Buddhist women, to contribute to the people’s wellbeing and to be a source of inspiration to men and women of all faiths, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

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Thailand: Rules for monks who love football

Bangkok Post, June 15, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand's Buddhist monks are allowed to watch the current World Cup matches on television but they should strictly observe serenity--no cheering and, most importantly, no betting, Religious Affairs Department director-general Preecha Gunteeya said here Tuesday.

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Buddha image commemorating HM the King's 60 years on throne to be placed in US

TNA, June 11, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Buddha image in gold-plated bronze will be placed in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States, where His Majesty the King was born, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Hoa Hao Buddhism founding anniversary celebrated

by Tan Duc, Translated by Thu Thuy, Thanh Nien Daily, June 12, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Hoa Hao Buddhist Central Administrative Committee will hold a solemn ceremony in southern An Giang province Tuesday to mark the 67th anniversary of the religion on the 18th day of fifth lunar month.

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Cambodian monks may watch World Cup, but calmly

Xinhua, June 9, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Cambodian monks may be allow to watch the football World Cup, but asked to be calm, local media reported on Friday.

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Thailand's Cabinet Secretary-General resigns to enter Buddhist monkhood

TNA, june 6, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Borvornsak Uwanno, who resigned as Cabinet secretary general Tuesday, is regarded as a senior government official well versed with legal affairs and adept at coordinative skills.

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Sitting with “Red”

By Kooi Fong Lim, The Buddhist Channel, June 7, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- There is this story about a monk and his disciple taking a stroll back to their hut just after dana (receiving offerings of food). By a creek along their path was an old willow tree and nearby, a banyan shrub resting on the slope of a mound. It was an unusually windy morning. The monk asked the disciple: "What's common between that old willow tree and the banyan shrub?"

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Bronze Pagoda restoration begins

VNA, June 5, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A VND 20bil project to restore the Dong (Bronze) Pagoda on Yen Tu Mountain, a scenic and historic site associated with the Truc Lam meditation sect, was officially launched on Saturday.

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Indonesia tsunami victims help earthquake victims

Source: Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, May 29, 2006

Tzu Chi volunteers inspire previous recipients to become benefactors

Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- South Asia Tsunami victims showed their benevolent actions to the Central Java Earthquake victims when volunteers of Taiwan Compassion Relief Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Indonesia Branch appealed for their goodwill.

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