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Thailand: Lanna legacy gets a face-lift

by KLOYKAMOL SIRIBHAKDI, Bangkok Post, Aug 14, 2006

Thailand's  Fine Arts Department is currently renovating some venerable old temples in the North and, in a break from past practices, is consulting local residents about how best to go about the work

Bangkok, Thailand -- To encourage young people to take pride in their culture and better appreciate the accomplishments of their ancestors, textbooks and lectures are simply no substitute for seeing structures and artefacts from the past with one's own eyes.

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Cambodia enlists Buddhist monks to prevent bird flu

AP, Aug 9, 2006

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Buddhist monks are being enlisted in Cambodia to help spread the word about preventing bird flu, which has killed six people in the country, an official said Wednesday.

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Buddhist monks mark Motherís Day with charity

Reported by Nguyen Thuy, translated by Thu Thuy, Thanh Nien Daily, Aug 9, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Buddhist dignitaries and monks from several pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday presented gifts, food and money to the poor in the city on the occasion of Vu Lan Festival (Mother’s Day in Vietnam).

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36m Tall 'Standing Buddha' Being Built In Kelantan

Bernama, August 9, 2006

BACHOK, Kelantan (Malaysia) -- A 36-metre tall "Standing Buddha" is being built at Wat Phithikyan Phutthaktham in Kampung Balai here.It costs RM2 mil (US$ 548,000) to build, mostly using funds donated by the public.

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Renowned scholars to speak at Buddhist meet

By ANTHONY CHEW, The Star, Aug 6, 2006

Penang, Malaysia -- Twenty four world-renowned professors and scholars will be making a beeline to Penang to speak at the 1st International Buddhist College Buddhist Studies Conference at Than Hsiang Temple from Aug 11 to Aug 13. 

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Duc Son pagoda lights hopes for disadvantaged children

VNA, Aug 5, 2006

Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam -- Hundreds of underprivileged children have enjoyed better living conditions and nurtured hope for a brighter future since they were cared by Buddhist nuns in Duc Son pagoda.

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Duc Son pagoda lights hopes for disadvantaged children

VNA, Aug 5, 2006

Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam -- Hundreds of underprivileged children have enjoyed better living conditions and nurtured hope for a brighter future since they were cared by Buddhist nuns in Duc Son pagoda.

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BCWEB2.0: Building Dharma inspired communities the Web 2.0 way

by Kooi Fong Lim, The Buddhist Channel, August 2, 2006

Buddhist Channel to utilize benefits of Web 2.0 technologies to reach out more effectively

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The re-launch of the Buddhist Channel on August 1, 2006 (BCWEB2.0) incorporates a unique system few would have noticed (except perhaps for the tech savvy).

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All hell breaks loose

By MAJORIE CHIEW, The Star, July 24, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Some faint-hearted Chinese shudder to think of the seventh lunar month, also called the Ghost Month. This year, many of them may be going to bed early (with bedroom lights on) as there are not one but two ghost months. Good news to the denizens of the underworld who are getting a 60-day holiday. Bad news for us, mortals (especially the night birds)!

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Mourners honor `Butcher' with Buddhist ceremony

AP, July 23, 2006

Anlong Veng, Cambodia -- Hundreds of mourners yesterday lit incense and monks chanted prayers as Ta Mok, one of the chief architects of the Khmer Rouge's brutal rule of Cambodia during the late 1970s, was given a traditional Buddhist funeral.

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