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Buddhist monks and nuns graduate after 4th course

VNS, July 11, 2006

HA NOI, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Academy yesterday awarded certificates to 194 graduates from 30 municipal and provincial chapters of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha Congregation (VBSC) nationwide upon completion of the 4th study course for the 2002-06 period.


Buddhist rites for slain dogs

by NURADZIMMAH DAIM, The Malay Mail, July 11, 2006

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- THE 'Unlucky 13' were given their final rites yesterday.   The 13 dogs, shot dead by the Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) last month after their owner refused to comply with the council's order to relocate the canines, received prayers at a ceremony organised by animal lovers, last night.


Southern monks get protection for Lent

Bangkok Post, July 11, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Monks at temples across Thailand's southern border region will be well protected during the three-month Buddhist Lent, which will begin Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Gen. Chidchai Vanasatidya promised here on Monday.


Phuket's residents visit temples in commemoration of the Buddhist lent

Thaisnews, July 11, 2006

Phuket, Thailand -- As the seasonal monsoon rains descend over the kingdom, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist "rain retreat" and the Buddhist Lent, or "Phansa", during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples.


Buddhist Lent Candle Festival 2006

by Jacques Biermann, Pattaya Daily News, July 10, 2006

City rejoices in celebrating the Buddhist Lent, by creating an awe-inspiring Candle Festival 2006
Pattaya, Thailand
-- Pattaya City Under Deputy Wuttisak Rermkitchakarn, together with members from his cabinet MPs, officially declared the Buddhist Lent Candle Festival 2006. The event took place on the 27 June, 2006 at a meeting room of Pattaya City Hall.


Buddhist monks protest in Vietnam capital

ABC Asia Pacific TV / Radio Australia, July 7, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam -- More than 50 Buddhist monks have staged a rare demonstration in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.


Thailand's revered monk hospitalised

The Nation, June 28, 2006

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand -- Revered Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khoon Parisuttho was hospitalised Wednesday morning with a low blood sugar level, prompting doctors to prohibit people from visiting him or ask the monk not to visit his followers.


Thailand: Make merit, abstain from drinking for Buddhist Lent

The Nation, June 30, 2006

Campaigners say liquor takes heaviest toll among the poor

Bangkok, Thailand -- Alcoholic drinks cost Thailand up to Bt1 trillion (US$ 275 mil) a year in losses through accidents, crimes and health problems, Thai Health Promotion Foundation president Suchai Charoenratanakul said yesterday.


Thai province seeks cooperation from Buddhist forest monasteries for its reforestation

Thaisnews, June 28, 2006

Surin, Thailand -- Surin province in the Northeast is arranging for Buddhist monasteries located in the forests to help in its reforestation project.


Thailand: Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival

Hua Hin Today, June 25, 2006

Hua Hin, Thailand -- The Tak Bat Dok Mai is a Buddhist ceremony in which locals offer flowers to the monks as a way of making merit. The ceremony is unique to Saraburi province. In addition to the offerings of cooked rice, food, incense, candles and other conventional sacred items, the Tak Bat Dok Mai ritual includes offerings of Dok Khao Phansa flowers that only come into bloom during the Buddhist Lent.


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