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Despite presence of guards, monk prays for his safety

by WASSANA NANUAM, Bangkok Post, July 25, 2005

Narathiwat, Thailand -- Even with the protection of armed troops, a Buddhist monk confesses he prays for his own safety during his daily round of alms-taking.


Buddhists 'Asadha' to be observed

The Jakarta Post, July 22, 2005

MAGELANG, Central Java (Indonesia) -- Commemorating the Buddhist celebration of Asadha, the Buddhist community is to hold the Sejuta Pelita Sejuta Harapan procession at Borobudur Temple on Saturday.


Thousands march against liquor firm listing

by PLOY CHITSOMBOON, Bangkok Post, July 21, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- About 10,000 Buddhist monks, nuns, students, and social activists yesterday took part in a mass protest, calling on the government not to allow listing of Thai Beverage Plc on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.


5,000 Buddhists protest against listing breweries on Thai exchange

Today Online (Singapore), July 20, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Some 5,000 Buddhist monks, nuns and students have rallied outside the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission to demand that regulators revoke a decision to allow breweries to list on the stock exchange.


Wat Kamala to be ?blitzed?

Phuket Gazette, July 19, 2005

KAMALA, Phuket (Thailand) -- Popular Australian TV gardening program Backyard Blitz is to spring a Buddhist Lent surprise on tsunami-hit Wat Kamala ? in the shape of a newly-landscaped garden. The program specializes in renovating viewers? gardens along themed lines and is a popular Sunday evening show. This is the first time an episode has been recorded overseas.


Buddhist college opens

BY IAN MCINTRYE, The Star, July 18, 2005

SADAO, Thailand -- The Asean region?s sole private Buddhist college was officially opened to meet the growing needs for quality Buddhism-based education. The International Buddhist College (IBC) is located at Thung Mo District in Amphoe Sadao, Songkhla province, 37km from the Bukit Kayu Hitam border.


Quake shakes historic Myanmar temples

AP, July 17, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's main archaeological site in the ancient capital of Bagan today, an official said. No damage was reported.


Marking the start of Buddhist Lent with flowers

by NILUBOL PORNPITAGPAN, Bangkok Post, July 14, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist Lent, the three-month retreat into monkhood every rainy season, is just around the corner. It signals a time when monks remain in monasteries to concentrate on Buddha's teachings. But for laymen and adventure travellers, it's time to explore the lush wild greenery across the country brought about by monsoon rain. It's also that time of the year when flowers are in full bloom.


Discrimination haunts the monkhood

by Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, The Nation, July 11, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Prejudiced interpretation of the Tripitaka, the Buddhist canon, hurt gays, lesbians and transgenders, according to a paper presented yesterday to the first International Conference of Asian Queer Studies.


Chances poor of finding monk's killers


Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The June 18 slaying of activist monk Phra Supoj Suvacano was a loss for pro-democracy movements and a gain for state figures intolerant of dissent as well as influential land encroachers, observers say.


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