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Burmese Buddhist nun detained for religious reasons

DVB, June 29, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- A Buddhist nun was arrested on 27 May and has been detained for requesting the highest religious authorities in Burma to recognise her as a ?bikuni?, according to sources from her relatives.

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Thailand: `Zero protection' for defenders of rights

by ONNUCHA HUTASINGH, Bangkok Post, June 27, 2005

Suspicions over probe into monk's murder

Bangkok, Thailand -- The murder of Phra Supoj Suvacano, the abbot of the Mettadhamma Buddhist centre in Chiang Mai, is the latest proof of the government's failure to protect conservationists and human rights activists, while suspicions have been aroused over the investigation into the attack.

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One million candles to light up Borobudur

The Jakarta Post, June 27, 2005

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Indonesian Buddhayana Council (MBI) at Borobudur Temple on July 23, with one million candles due to be lit up during the event.

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Dhamma centre petitions House

by SUPAWADEE SUSANPOOLTHONG, Bangkok Post, June 23, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- The deputy abbot of Mettadhamma Buddhist centre in Chiang Mai, whose abbot and conservationist Phra Supoj Suwachana was stabbed savagely to death on Saturday, petitioned the House environment panel yesterday for justice.

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Environmentalist monks call for protection

TNA, June 22, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist monks from the Mettadhamma Forest Sanctuary in Fang district of Thailand's northern province of Chiang Mai today called for state protection following the brutal murder of one of their members last week.

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Monks calls for Buddhism to be made national religion

TNA, June 20, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Over 100 monks and 500 laypeople marched outside the parliament today, calling on the government to make Buddhism Thailand?s official national religion.

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Seminar on ?The Buddha as the Healer" to be held in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, June 22, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) will be organizing a seminar entitled ? The Buddha as the Healer? on August 13, 2005 at Holiday Villa, Subang, Selangor (Malaysia). The seminar is part of the YBAM's Contemporary Buddhist Seminar series. It is also organized in conjunction with association's 35th anniversary.

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Monk `slain over land dispute'

Bangkok Post, June 20, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- A Buddhist group and a network of people's organisations will meet Justice Minister Suwat Liptapanlop today to provide details of a land dispute in Chiang Mai's Fang district which led to the murder of a monk.

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?Coming clean? at Buddhist ceremony

By CHIN MUI YOON, The Star, June 10, 2005

Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia) -- ONE of Malaysia?s biggest Buddhist spiritual fire and smoke offerings was held over the weekend at Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih, Selangor.

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Buddhist text hidden since WWII unveiled

The Star, June 14, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A 92-year-old Buddhist text written with the blood of a monk was unveiled in an auspicious ceremony where at least 3,000 devotees prostrated for two hours at the Tai Kuk Wah Si Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

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