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Ancient Thai temples under flood threat

Bangkok Post, Oct 16, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Flood barriers have become nearly as common as temples in the central plains provinces of Thailand in efforts to hold back an overflowing Chao Phraya River.


Thailand: Religious Affairs Department warns of frauds during Buddhist Lent

ThaisNews, Oct 9, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Director-General of the Religious Affairs Department, Mr. Preecha Kanthiya, warns people of frauds using Religion Division name to collect money. Those who met these people are urged to call the police to file complaints against them.


Buddhist monk wounded in Narathiwat bombing

TNA, Oct 10, 2006

NARATHIWAT, Thailand -- A remote-controlled roadside bomb wounded a Thai Buddhist monk during his morning alms rounds near a market at Sungai Kolok district in this insurgency-affected province.


Monk burns himself to death

AAP, October 10, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A BUDDHIST monk in Cambodia burned himself to death as a sacrifice to Buddha, police said today.


Venerable Ratana installed as Maha Vihara chief monk

The Star, October 9, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Ven K. Dhammaratana Thera, better known as Rev Ratana, was installed as chief monk of the Maha Vihara temple in Brickfields yesterday.


Buddhist devotees back blood-donation drive

The Star, October 5, 2006

KUANTAN, Pahang (Malaysia) -- Some 160 devotees sacrificed their weekend break by turning up to support a blood donation campaign organised by the Pahang Buddhist Association (PBA) here.


Thailand: Living in a culture that fosters coups

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post, Sept 28, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- I had my first taste of a military coup when I was two, when strongman Sarit Thanarat toppled the fascist Pibul regime. Shortly after that my father and a score of his journalist friends were sent to jail just because they had been to China on a press trip. And also because the US-backed junta wanted to impress its big brother that they were serious about the commies. A lot has happened since then, leading many of us to believe coups had become obsolete in our country. That has proven to be a false hope.


Vietnamese monk fears ban on re-entry after award

Reuters, Sept 28, 2006

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Buddhist monk, who is confined by the Vietnamese government to his monastery, fears he would be prevented from returning to Vietnam if he travelled to Norway to receive a human rights award, his supporters said.


Vietnamese Buddhist patriarch hospitalized

Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, September 28, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The 86-year-old patriarch of a banned Buddhist sect in Vietnam has been hospitalized and was being transferred to a Ho Chi Minh City facility for heart and lung problems, his Paris-based supporters said Thursday.


Towards genuine inter-faith understanding

by SANTIKARO, Bangkok Post, Sept 24, 2006

An early exponent of Theravadins opening up to other Buddhist traditions, Buddhadasa Bhikku wasn't an activist in the sense of organising inter-religious conferences, but the interest he showed in other religions and his willingness to critique practices he saw as wayward influenced others to do just that

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was one of the most influential figures in Thai Buddhism during the last century. His progressive and reformist character, as well as his profound but extremely straightforward dharma teachings made a lasting impact on Theravada Buddhism. This year we mark the centenary of his birth and this is the second in a series of "Turning Wheel" articles written in his honour.


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