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Heat and work keep public away from Buddhist celebrations

TNA, Feb 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The National Buddhism Office today hinted that celebrations to mark the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar next year could be moved away from Bangkok?s Sanam Luang and into local temples, after fierce heat and the demands of work kept worshippers away from merit-making events.

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Thai Airways charts Buddhist circuit course

The Nation/Asia News Network, Feb 23, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai Airways announced that their first-ever chartered flight, in 30 years of business, would be to the Buddhist Circuit of India. The trip would be made between 11-13 March. A personal initiative of President Mr Kanok Abhiradee, the flight is based on the airlines? aim to open out the holy circuit to thousands of Buddhist pilgrims around the world.

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Monk's sight saved after glue error

The Scotsman, Feb 23, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Doctors in Thailand have partially restored the sight of an 81-year-old Buddhist monk who accidentally stuck his eyes shut when he mistook a tube of glue for eye drops.

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Survey shows Bangkok residents retain religious traditions

TNA, Feb 22, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai society may in some ways be becoming increasingly westernized, but the majority of Bangkok residents are continuing to cling to religious traditions, with nearly 70 percent saying that they intend to engage in merit-making activities to mark the Makha Pucha Day tomorrow.

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Vietnam: Soc Trang Buddhists boost charity movements

Vietnam News Agency, Feb 22, 2005

Soc Trang, Vietnam -- The southern province of Soc Trang, home to 176 Buddhist pagodas, has launched a number of charity movements among Buddhists such as house building and providing medical care to the poor, said the provincial Sangha.

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Buddhist pagodas expect huge crowds for full moon

by Giao Huong, translated by Quynh Nhu, Than Hnien News, Feb 19, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Tourists and locals are expected to flock to pagodas and sanctuaries in Ho Chi Minh City next Tuesday, Feb. 22 to mark the first full moon day of the Lunar New Year.

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Govt urged to use Buddhism to solve violence in deep South

TNA, Feb 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai government has been urged to use Buddhist philosophy to solve the insurgency in the country?s southern border  provinces.

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Thailand: Make Makha Pucha as a day of Buddhist love

TNA, Feb 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The government has been urged to promote Buddhism to help create a peaceful and loving society. The Makha Pucha day should be promoted as a day of love in a Buddhist fashion to attract young Thais, the vice rector of the national Sangha university, Phra Thep Visuthi Kavee, told TNA.

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Festival opens at Perfume Pagoda

Vietnam News Service, Feb 15, 2005

HA NOI, Vietnam -- Cold weather and drizzling rain couldn?t stop the pilgrims from making their way to Viet Nam?s most famous shrine complex, the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Tay.

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Major pagoga expands to boost training

VNA, Feb 7, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Phap Van Pagoda in the southern business hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Feb. 6 inaugurated a dormitory and lecture-hall in the presence of senior clerics of the central and municipal Buddhist Sangha.

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