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'Trash donors' sought for charity

by Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post, Nov 30, 2004

Jakarta, Indonesia -- "Killing two birds with one stone" is not an empty proverb for low-cost apartment residents built by Taiwan-based Buddha Tzu Chi Foundation in Cengkareng Timur, West Jakarta.

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Buddhist monks and Burma?s junta

Democratic Voice of Burma, November 23, 2004

Rangoon, Burma -- When Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) declared that it is releasing around 4000 prisoners, the Buddhist communities in the country especially the monks were expecting that some of their religious brothers and sisters who were detained unjustly would be among them.

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Senior monk summoned by Viet Communist party

IBIB, Nov 23, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has informed the International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) that he received a summons this morning from the Phu Nhuan Ward People?s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City (the local Communist Party authorities) to come for a "working session" at 8.00am tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November 2004. The convocation stated that he is summoned to discuss ?appropriation of state secrets?.

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Monks disrobed for brothel hopping

DPA, November 24, 2004

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Three Cambodian Buddhist monks were arrested and disrobed after they were caught outside a local brothel and confessed to devoting their days to Buddha and their nights to beer and prostitutes, police said.

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Fifty Buddhist monks on a sit-in

AsiaNews/Agencies, November 22, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- About 50 monks belonging to the unofficial and banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam organised today a sit-in against the police which had prevented a Church delegation from visiting its sick leader in hospital.

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Dissident Vietnamese monk in tense stand-off with police

Brunei Bulletin (AFP), Nov 23, 2004

HANOI, Vietnam -- One of Vietnam's most prominent religious dissidents was prevented by police Monday from visiting the gravely ill patriarch of an outlawed Buddhist church, triggering a tense roadside stand-off.

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Buddhists "treated like 3rd class" in Thai south

By Nopporn Wong-Anan, Reuters, November 23, 2004

YALA, Thailand -- Buddhists in Thailand's Muslim-majority south say they are being treated like "third class citizens" as the government struggles to end ten months of ethnic and religious unrest which has claimed nearly 500 lives.

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Grand Puja of Healing in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 22, 2004

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- It is in the Mahayana that the Medicine Buddha first appeared, and veneration of this Lord of Healing became one of the most popular and widespread devotional groups.

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Thailand: Religious TV ads make an impact

BY FOO YEE PENG, The Sunday Star, November 21, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- A SERIES of TV commercials on a book called Palang Chiwit (Power for Living) that has stirred up much talk among Thais will soon be taken off the air after a month of screening. The advertisements feature five well-known faces in Thailand testifying how God has made a difference in their lives.

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Ven. Thich Quang Do prevented to visit UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang

INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST INFORMATION BUREAU, Nov 22, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) has received urgent information that Police have intercepted a mini-van with Venerable Thich Vien Dinh and nine other UBCV members at 5.30 am (Vietnam time) as they drove towards the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City. The monks were going to accompany Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) to visit the UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang, who is seriously ill in the Quy Nhon General Hospital. They had arranged to meet Thich Quang Do at 6.00 am.

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