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Police stops young Buddhists from going on pilgrimage

AsiaNews/Eda, November 18, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities stopped and interrogated members of the Vietnamese Buddhist youth movement ?The Family? who were on their way to India on a pilgrimage. National security was given as the reason. They had agreed to meet in early November at Ho Chi Minh City?s International Airport and then go on a pilgrimage to the places where Buddhism was born.

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Middle path needed in Thailand's south, PM told

Bangkok Post, Nov 19, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- Peace advocates have asked the government to use ``extreme caution'' in dealing with violence in the South, warning that mishandling the problem will only sow hatred and widen the conflict.

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World Buddhist Summit: appeals to boycott Myanmar?s military regime

AsiaNews/AFP, Nov 18, 2004

Only 12 delegations have confirmed their presence at the summit. More than 300 Buddhist monks are in prison in Myanmar for ?supporting democracy?.

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A female monk takes on Thailand's clergy

The Advertiser, November 17, 2004

While the general public is more open to female ordination, the Thai clergy remains fiercely opposed. A lone female monk has riled the religious hierarchy by waging a fight for ordination of women, reports Connie Levett from Nakhon Prathom, Thailand.

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Relics of the Buddha reach journey's end

Story by CHOMPOO TRAKULLERTSATHIEN Photos by SOMKID CHAIJITVANIT, Bangkok Post, Nov 15, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The international tour of the relics of the Buddha finished last month at Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom province with a jubilant crowd of thousands paying homage to the sacred objects at the end of Buddhist Lent.

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Bid to reinvigorate Thai Buddhists

The Star (AFP), November 12, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Thai government plans to launch a Buddhism public relations offensive, officials said yesterday amid a rash of savvy commercials by evangelical Christians in the majority-Buddhist kingdom.

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Report on detained Buddhist Monks in Burma

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), November 9, 2004

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), a Thai-Burma based organization, will soon publish a report named "Burma: A Land Where Buddhist Monks Are Disrobed and Detained in Dungeons" that describes the arrest of Buddhist monks by the military regime in Burma.

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Burma junta invites another Japanese Buddhist group for Buddhist conference

Democratic Voice of Burma, November 9, 2004

Oslo, Norway -- Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) which recently insisted that it would go ahead with the fourth World Buddhist Summit in December after the main Japanese sponsor decided to pull out of the agreement to fund the conference, the junta is now actively seeking yet another Japanese Buddhist group as potential sponsor.

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First batch of Advisers appointed by the Buddhist Channel

By Pandita Ko, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 10, 2004

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Five prominent Buddhist individuals became the first persons to be appointed as members of the "International Advisory Panel (IAP)" today. Each of the panelists - coming from different countries and with expertise in various disciplines - is expected to play a critical role in establishing the Buddhist Channel as a truly global, web based media platform.

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A Second Birthing

Story by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, Bangkok Post, Nov 9, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- It's the classic trick question. Ask most people - even a devout Thai Buddhist - where the historical Buddha was born, and they will often, confusing it in their minds with the country where Buddhism is said to have originated, answer "India".

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