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Monk returns home, one pagoda at a time

By Ben Stocking, Mercury News Vietnam Bureau, April 2, 2005

Famous Buddhist had been banned from Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam -- Live in the present. Focus on each breath. Find beauty in small things. Thich Nhat Hanh has spent 2 1/2 months visiting pagodas across his homeland, spreading the simple wisdom that has made him perhaps the world's most famous Buddhist monk after the Dalai Lama and a popular figure in the Bay Area.

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Exiled monk returns to a changed Vietnam

By Tini Tran, Deseret Morning News (Associated Press), 2 April 2005

HANOI, Vietnam -- The South Vietnamese government exiled him. Its communist successor wouldn't let him return. So for 39 years, Vietnam's best-known Buddhist monk has traveled the world and built a huge and faithful audience for his message of peace and forgiveness.

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Largest statue of Buddha inaugurated

Saigon Times Weekly, 2 April 2005

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Van Hanh Zen Monastery in Dalat City held a solemn ceremony to inaugurate its large Sakyamuni statue. This is thought to be the largest statue of Buddha in Vietnam. Building the statue started in April 2002 and it has had a total cost of VND1.2 billion. The money is mainly from Buddhists nationally.

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Sacred Buddha relics on show

The Malay Mail, April 4, 2005

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- An exhibition of relics from the Buddha and his chief disciples is the highlight of the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relics Tour showcases launched yesterday.

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Police find another stolen Buddha image in Chiang Mai

TNA, April 1, 2005

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- The scandal of a former temple abbot accused of stealing ancient Buddha images to fund his betting habit deepened yesterday when the police announced the capture of a second 600 year-old image.

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Thailand gets tough on alms

TNA, March 29, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The government yesterday pledged to get tough on the alms trade, warning traders who sell dirty or rotten food to members of the public wishing to donate it to monks that they could face prison sentences of up to two years.

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Customs officers seize Myanmar Buddha images

TNA, March 23, 2005

MAE HONG SON, Thailand -- Customs officers in Thailand's northern border province of Mae Hong Son today seized 13 Myanmar Buddha images, as they were being smuggled across the border, destined for export to a third country.

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Chang beer opponents thank SET board for listing postponement

TNA, March 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- More than 6,000 people from 128 non-governmental organizations gathered in front of the Stock Exchange of Thailand headquarters this early morning to thank its board for the indefinite postponement of the meeting on listing of Thai Beverage Co, a brewer of Chang-brand bear, on the bourse.

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Making merit through good deeds

By FOO YEE PING, The Star, March 11, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- MAKE merit (tham bun). These two words are a big part of the Thai vocabulary in this Buddhist kingdom. Everyone, from the cleaning lady to the Prime Minister, will always seek opportunities to make merit in his or her own way.

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Thai Bourse Postpones Decision On Thai Beverage Listing

Dow Jones Newswire, March 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand, or SET, said Monday it will postpone indefinitely a decision on whether or not to allow the listing of Thai Beverage PCL, the country's largest beer and liquor maker.

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