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Buddhist monk promotes peace and inter-faith dialogue

by Weena Kowitwanij, AsiaNews.it, Jan 2, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a meeting with Thai youth, the monk Phrathamkosajarn talked about peace, understanding and sustainable development: “I believe that religious doctrine has a significant role to play in promoting sustainable development and peace in society.”

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80-Family of New Buddhist Settlers Brought into Northern Arakan

Kaladanpress Network, December 31, 2005

Maungdaw, Myanmar -- 80-family of new Buddhist settlers were brought into northern Arakan from Burma proper, in an act of on going ethnic cleansing policy of present ruling junta on Rohingya minority group in Arakan State, said an ex- village Chairman requesting not to be named.

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Quiet tsunami prayers mark Christmas in Thailand

By Darren Schuettler, The Star (Reuters), Dec 25, 2005

KHAO LAK, Thailand -- Simple Buddhist ceremonies marked Christmas Day in Thailand's tsunami zone on Sunday as relatives of victims remembered their loved ones on the eve of the Indian Ocean disaster's first anniversary.

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Buddha Dhamma in Aid of Tsunami Survivors

by Araya Payungpong and Mahaviriyo, Source: Sulak-Sivaraksa.org, Pub 3112, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 26, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- On 10-15 January 2005 a group of Buddhist Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, nuns, laymen and lay-women, all together numbering 10 volunteers from various regions throughout Siam, through the coordination of INEB and its local network, went to join our brothers and sisters who were affected by the Tsunami tidal wave in the southern Phang-Nga province. We all kept an open mind and the willingness to accept all that may happen.

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Christians lure Thai Buddhists with "gifts"

By Connie Levett, Sydney Morning Herald Correspondent, December 24, 2005

Nam Khem, Thailand -- THERE will be a new sound in Nam Khem on Sunday, as a swelling band of converts heads to church on Christmas Day for the first time.

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Villagers see amulets as tsunami shields

by WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM, Bangkok Post, Dec 23, 2005

Even foreigners ask for them when they come to the temple

Phuket, Thailand -- They might not be sophisticated or high-tech, but villagers are putting their faith in simple, hand-made amulets to shield them from the next killer tsunami.

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Temple nets RM211,000 (US$ 57,027) for CANCER fund

BY CHRISTINA TAN, The Star, December 19, 2005

Malacca, Malaysia -- THE Seck Kia Eenh temple in Malacca has collected more than RM211,000 (US$ 57,027) for its Cancer Fund from the sale of lotus shaped candles during its recent grand mass blessing ceremony.

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Buddhist Church of Thai Nguyen province holds first Congress

VNA, Dec 22, 2005

Thai Nguyen, Vietnam -- The Buddhist Church of northern Thai Nguyen province elected a 22-member executive board for the 2005-2010 term at its first congress in Thai Nguyen city on Dec. 22.

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Worship when you want

by Chatrarat Kaewmorakot, The Nation, Dec 18, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- One city temple’s flexi-hours have proved a big draw to the time-challenged, and authorities hope to see others follow suit. Bangkok’s Wat Suthat Thepwararam is one of the few city temples that is crowded most evenings, thanks to its flexi-hours that cater to residents who are pressed for time. From 7am to 9pm, it has become an increasingly popular place for those who come to pray, hear sermons and meditate after a stressful day at work.

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Amulets in Bangkok

By DANIELLE PERGAMENT, New York Times, December 18, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- You'll know you've arrived at the Ta Prachan market when before you unfurls a street lined with thousands of figurines, Buddhas and monks the size of Thumbelina, a child's army of religious icons.

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