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Buddhist monks detained and restricted by Burma junta

Democratic Voice of Burma, Jan 28, 2005

Yangon, Myanmar -- The authorities of Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) detained the abbot of Payeik-chimyin who was venerated by the ousted ?Prime Minister? General Khin Nyunt, and imposed restrictions on two other renowned abbots.

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A Long Journey Home

BY KAY JOHNSON, Time Asia Magazine, Jan 16, 2005

HANOI, Vietnam -- It was a homecoming more fitting for royalty or a rock star than a monk. The 1,000 or more devotees who waited in the chilly dawn at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport clutched bouquets of flowers, sang songs, and jostled for a better view. For a bunch of Buddhists, they were pushy: when Thich Nhat Hanh finally stepped out of immigration, they surged forward with a force that crushed people against doors and tore sandals, hats and gloves off dozens of others. "I touched him! I touched him!" shouted one woman, who then burst into tears.

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Thich Nhat Hahn talks with Viet Buddhist Sangha

VNS, Jan 18, 2005

HANOI, Vietnam -- The Party and the State have created favourable conditions for religious followers to practise their religions and beliefs, Director of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Ngo Yen Thi told visiting Monk Thich Nhat Hanh during a reception yesterday.

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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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