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Makha Bucha in the rain

TNA, Feb 13, 2006

Bangklok, Thailand -- Many Buddhists in the capital and other provinces braved unseasonal sporadic rainstorms to give alms to monks to mark Makha Bucha Day today (Monday), a national holiday which marks the first sermon of the Lord Buddha following his Enlightenment.


Thai youths value Makha Bucha Day more than Valentine's Day

TNA, Feb 13, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai young people give more importance to Makha Bucha Day than Valentine's Day, according to a new poll on the eve of the western holiday known for expressing affection with heart-shaped greeting cards, red roses and chocolates.


Buddhist patriarch highly estimates dialogue between religions in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Today, Feb 13, 2006

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Supreme Patriarch of Thailand H.H. Somdet Phra Buddhacharaya highly estimates the contribution of Kazakhstan into peace by means of organising the dialogue between religions and civilisations. He made such statement Saturday in a Thai Buddhist temple at a meeting with Bakhytbek Shabarbayev, charge d'affaires of RK in Thailand.


Lotus products have promising growth both locally and overseas

TNA, Feb 10, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Lotus is one kind of popular plants whose products have a room to expand in both local and export markets, according to the Kasikorn Research Center.


Thailand: Buddhist university boost for government

The Nation, Feb 11, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Mahamakut Buddhist University, in a rare move, yesterday issued a statement in support of the government and denouncing “certain groups of people that are inciting confusion in society”.


Thai PM Not Buddhist Enough Say Critics

by Marwaan Macan-Markar, IPS, Feb 7, 2006

BANGKOK , Thailand -- He may have enough votes to back his claim to be the legitimately elected head of government, but beleaguered Thai Prime Miniser Thaksin Shinawatra is now being charged by his critics with lacking in qualities that befit a Buddhist leader.


More than 400,000 faithful make pilgrimage to Perfume Pagoda

VNA/VNS, Feb 4, 2006

HA TAY, Vietnam -- More than 400,000 of pilgrims flocked to the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Tay’s My Duc district for Viet Nam’s largest annual religious festival, which started yesterday, the sixth day of the Lunar New Year.


A Buddhist lesson in pet care

by Eric Beauchemin, Radio Netherlands, February 3, 2006

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- It's estimated that there are between 60,000 and 100,000 stray dogs and cats in Chiang Mai, Thailand's second largest city. Many of them have been dumped by their owners because they are suffering from disease or the owners can no longer take care of them.


Thailand: Practice Dhamma on Valentine's Day

TNA, Feb 1, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand's Department of Religious Affairs is asking schools nationwide to lead students to practice Dhamma at temples on Makha Bucha Day to divert their attention from mainstream culture's celebration of Valentine's Day, Department Director-General Preecha Kanthiya said Wednesday.


Well known Arakanese monk visits Malaysia

Narinjara News, Feb 1, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A well known Arakanese monk, Maha Zaya Thikdi Adithan Saradaw started a two week tour to Malaysia yesterday after arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International airport, in the nation's capital city.


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