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Lighting up temple with 2,550 candles

By ONG YEE TING, The Star, May 13, 2006

Penang, Malaysia -- THE flickering 2,550 yellow lotus candles lit up the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple on Kampar Road, Penang, in conjunction with the Wesak Day celebration.


Whistle Blower exposes monk's corruption

The Buddhist Channel, May 18, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A whistle blower has succeeded in exposing the illegal deeds and acts of corruption by Dr. Dodamgoda Rewatha Thero a Sri Lankan national and Buddhist monk who embezzled funds belonging to the Maha Bodhi Society of India (MBSI), considered to be the head quarters of the Buddhist movement.


Beware of conmen in monk’s robes

The Star, May 11, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- People who put on saffron robes and ask for donations could be conmen, said Chempaka Buddhist Lodge vice-president Tan Eng Chye. 


Buddhism library opened at Buddhamonthon

The Nation, May 11, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a bid to become the world's Buddhism hub, Thailand's Office of National Buddhism has opened a Buddhism library at Nakhon Pathom's Buddhamonthon, to mark World Visakha Puja Day and His Majesty the King's 60th year on the throne.


Buddhist leaders call for greater practice in Buddhist teachings to create world peace

ThaisNews, May 10, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist leaders from around the world today called upon laymen worldwide to apply more Buddhist principles in daily life in order to create global peace.


Thailand hosts World Buddhism conference

Bangkok Post, May 8, 2006

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand -- Thailand is hosting an international Buddhism conference, marking the World Visakha Puja Day and the auspicious occasion of the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension to the throne this year.


Lam Dong province presents gifts to Buddhist monks and nuns

VNA, May 8, 2006

Lam Dong, Vietnam -- The authorities and mass organisations in Central Highlands Lam Dong province from May 7-8 sent many delegations to visit and present gifts to monks and nuns at Buddhist pagodas in the province on the occasion of Buddha's 2630th birth anniversary and the 2550-year Buddhist calendar.


Buddhist celebrations boom nationwide

VNA, May 5, 2006

Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam -- Crowds of Buddhist clerics gathered in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on May 4 to mark the Buddha's 2630th birth day.


Buddhists in Ho Chi Minh City enjoy Grand Ceremony

VNA, May 5, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A number of major programmes in celebration of Buddha's birth anniversary kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on May 5 and will last until May 12, when the full moon rises.


Cambodian king elevates first Buddhist monk to return after Pol Pot

ANTARA News, May 3, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Cambodia's first Buddhist monk to re-enter the religion after the fall of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime has been elevated to the kingdom's highest position in the religion by King Norodom Sihamoni, according to letters released Wednesday.


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