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Temple replica changes sought

Bangkok Post, Jan 20, 2005

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- A local administrative organisation in Lampang has demanded that a five-star hotel in Chiang Mai make changes to its replica of a temple in its compound which has drawn firece protests from local people.

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Beware of bogus Thai monks seeking alms

The New Straits Times, Jan 14, 2005

JOHOR BARU, Malaysia -- Malaysians have been told to be wary of Thai monks who walk the streets asking for alms. The reason: some of the men in saffron robes are bogus monks, preying on the generosity of locals.

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Viet Nam Buddhist Church welcomes visit from monk

HA NOI, Vietnam -- A private Buddhist delegation headed by a Vietnamese-French monk is set to arrive in Viet Nam today and the Viet Nam Buddhist Church (VNBC) has promised to facilitate the visit and help the visitors get first-hand knowledge of the renewal process and Buddhism in the country.

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Viet Nam Buddhist Church welcomes visit by Monk Thich Nhat Hanh

VNA, Jan 10, 2005

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Church (VNBC) will do all it can to facilitate the visit by Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and the international delegation of Buddhist monks and nuns, and to help them see with their own eyes the renewal process in Viet Nam and the growth of the Buddhist Church in the country.

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Monks ward off Thailand's evil spirits

Michael Mathes, AFP, Jan 8, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Three monks enter the tsunami-damaged Cat Bar, sit on the floor and start chanting for the living and the dead - an ancient Buddhist ritual to address Thailand's most incomprehensible modern tragedy.

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Violence doesn't spare even peace-loving Buddhist monks

by WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM, Bangkok Post, Jan 4, 2005

Pattani, Thailand  -- Violence in the deep South intensified over the past year, with even the clergy not being spared.

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Religions evolve for self-perpetuation

by Huu Ngoc, Vietnam News Agency, Jan 5, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Similar to the Japanese, Buddhists in Viet Nam practice Mahayana Buddhism, the doctrine of the Greater Vehicle that recommends the liberation of all before oneself. It is different from Hinayama, or the Little Vehicle, that upholds individual liberation. In all Vietnamese pagodas, the Hall of the Patriarchs (nha to) always features a statue of a bearded Indian man, Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect in China. In Japan, Bodhidharma is honoured in a special hall where an oil lamp burns continuously.

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Tsunami Disaster: First account report from Malaysia

by Tan So Hoon, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 27, 2004

Kuala Muda, Malaysia -- This is the situation report from Kuala Muda, about 25km from Sungai Petani, Kedah. Yesterday was one of surreal high drama. In Sg.Petani, streams of ambulances were carrying the injured to the hospital in town. About 11 are confirmed dead up till last night near Sg.Petani.

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Thailand's Nessie

BY FOONG THIM LENG, The Star (Malaysia), December 25, 2004

Nong Khai, Thailand -- The story of Paya Naga, a legendary, serpentine monster, is often told in Nong Khai, Thailand. It is the local equivalent of Scotland?s Loch Ness monster, and every year, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Mekong in Nong Khai, north-eastern Thailand, as well as across the river in Laos, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Paya Naga.

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Buddhist leader's 11th death anniversary marked

VNA, Dec 23, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The 11th death anniversary of the Most Venerable Thich Duc Nhuan, first leader of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), was marked at the Quang Duc Buddhist Institute in HCM City on Wednesday.

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