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Buddhist Monastery Pressured to Sell after Gas Discovery

Narinjara News, May 1, 2006

Mrauk U, Myanmar -- The authority in Mrauk U has requested that the Abbot of Set Tha Wra Village sell the plot of land on which the monastery sits to the state after natural gas was discovered within the compound, said a monk from the monastery.


Connecting with defferent religions this Vesak

The Buddhist Channel, April 29, 2006

Singapore -- The Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) would jointly celebrate this Vesak with the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore, Jamiyah Singapore, Hindu Endowments Board and the Central Singapore Community Development Council.  It is also the first time that other religions would come together on this sacred day to promote inter-religious harmony. The two-day event which would open on 6 May 2006 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, would be graced by the President of Singapore, His Excellency S R Nathan.


In honour of spiritual teacher

by Shahrul Hafeez, The New Straits Times, Apr 28, 2006

IPOH, Perak (Malaysia) -- Nestled in lush greens and flanked by the limestone Tambun Hills stands a 24-metre statue built by an orchard owner to honour his late spiritual teacher.


Government must protect every religion, says Indonesian President

Antara News, April 21, 2006

Jakarta, Indonesia -- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government was under obligation to protect every religion and all their adherents in the contry from being tarnished by irresponsible elements.


Buddhist monk killed by drunken youths during Thingyan festivity

DVB, April 18, 2006

Chauk, Burma -- A Buddhist abbot was killed by two drunken youths during the Burmese water festival Thingyan at Chauk, Magwe Division in central Burma, after the motorcycle ridden by the latter ploughed with great speed into the motorcycle ridden by the monk.


Buddhist school built out of town

Jakarta Post, April 12, 2006

TANGERANG, Indonesia -- Construction workers have been kept busy at State Sriwijaya Institute for Buddhists in the remote Pager Haur in Pagedangan district, Tangerang regency. The second stage of the Rp 1 billion (US$ 111,700) project, financed by the Religious Affairs Ministry, is finished.


Cambodian police seek Buddhist monk who eloped with child bride

DPA, April 11, 2006

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Authorities were seeking a runaway Buddhist monk after he allegedly tossed aside his vows and eloped with a 12-year-old girl late last month, police said on Tuesday.


Former Khmer Rouge become monks, nuns

DPA, April 3, 2006

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Three hundred people, including members of the former ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, have entered a pagoda in the district of Pailin for 12 days of intensive Buddhist education to help them overcome problems within their communities, officials said Monday.


Female Monks Revive Buddhist Tradition After 1,000 Years

Radio Free Asia, March 25 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Women in the Buddhist monastic tradition known as bhikkhuni, or female monks, are gradually reviving the order which has lain dormant for almost a millennium, but their efforts are meeting with scant enthusiasm in Burma, Buddhist practitioners say.


Museum in need

by Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Bangkok Post, Macrh 22, 2006

Single-handedly, the founder and curator takes visitors around Wat Ket Karam and the gallery it houses. Eighty-five years old, he could do with some assistance

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The main lobby of Wat Ket Museum gives visitors a sense of serendipity. The area is adorned with Buddhist relics and statues dating back a century.


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