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Beer and Buddhism, a Definite No - Cry Conservatives

by Sonny Inbaraj, IPS, March 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Beer business and Buddhism, in Thailand it seems, do not mix. And that will be the message the Stock Exchange of Thailand will have to heed when it meets Wednesday to decide whether to allow the public listing of Thai Beverages, brewer of the country's best-selling Beer Chang or ''Elephant Beer''.

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Largest statue of Buddha unveiled in Lam Dong

Vietnam News Agency, March 21, 2005

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A monastery in the tourist town of Da Lat of Lam Dong province held a solemn ceremony Friday, Mar. 18, to inaugurate the largest ever statue of Buddha in Vietnam.

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Monks protest public listing of brewery

The Star (Malaysia - AFP), March 19, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thousands of chanting Buddhist monks assembled outside Thailand's stock market headquarters yesterday to protest the planned public listing of the brewer of the country's best-selling beer.

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Funeral held for Most Venerable Thich Tam Tich

VNA, Mar 13, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- The funeral ceremony of Most Venerable Thich Tam Tich, Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), was held in Quan Su Pagoda, Ha Noi, on March 13.

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Quang Ninh takes pride in Buddhist roots

Voice of Vietnam, Mar 9, 2005

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The first Buddhism Congress of the northern province of Quang Ninh has been a success and a new executive boardhas been selected. The Quang Ninh Buddhist Shangha will serve as a spiritual mainstay for Buddhist functionaries in the province in line with the motto "For Dharma, the nation and socialism".

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Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha Chairman passes away

VNA, March 7, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- Most Venerable Thich Tam Tich, Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and former Chairman of the VBS Executive Board of Ha Noi, passed away in Ha Noi at 2.30pm on March 6 at the age of 91.

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Luangta Maha Bua calls rally of monks

Bangkok Post, March 4, 2005

Supreme Patriarch's panel decision sought

Bangkok, Thailand -- Revered monk Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno will gather thousands of monks to find ways to appeal to His Majesty the King to sack Somdej Phra Buddhajarn, who acts on behalf of the ailing Supreme Patriarch, and to stop Deputy Prime Minister Visanu Krue-ngarm from keeping any administrative post.

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Talk on Buddhism and ecology

Bangkok Post, Feb 28, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- The World Buddhist University is holding a Buddhist Forum from noon to 1:30pm this Sunday, March 6. The title of the forum is ``Buddhism, Consciousness and Ecology''; it will be held at the WBU Centre offices on the third floor of the WFB headquarters in Benjasiri Park, Sukhumvit 24.

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Construction of Buddhist Institute starts in Ha Noi's suburb

VNA, Feb 27, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- Work on construction of a Buddhist Institute started in Ha Noi's outlying district of Soc Son on Feb. 27. The institute is the third of its kind in Viet Nam, with one already open in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hue city.

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Southern province's Buddhists take final religious exams

VNA, Feb 22, 2005

Kien Giang, Vietnam -- As many as 400 Buddhists from 72 Khmer pagodas in the southern province of Kien Giang took final exams at the Rach Soi pagoda on Feb. 21.

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