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Coming alive with colour

by Grace Chen, The Star, Jan 28, 2006

Just how do monks and nuns celebrate Chinese New Year? GRACE CHEN visits Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen monastery.

Jenjarom, Selangor (Malaysia) -- THE Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen monastery in Jenjarom, near Banting, Selangor, is a landscape of lanterns and flowers. In the gardens, the trees bend under the weight of pink cherry blossoms, and the tea trees have been sculpted into Bodhisattvas. At seven metres, they are a majestic sight. 


Authority Denies Renovation of Reclining Buddha

Narinjara News, Jan 25, 2006

Arakan, Burma -- The Burmese Army authority has refused to grant permission for the renovation of an ancient reclining Buddha image in Minbya Township in Arakan even though the image has recently collapsed, said a monk from Minbya.


Malaysia: Woman born Muslim buried as Buddhist

The New Straits Times, June 24, 2006

SEREMBAN, Negri Sembilan (Malaysia) -- The Syariah High Court here today decided that Nyonya Tahir, 89, was not a Muslim when she died and that she could therefore be buried according to Buddhist rites.


Chiang Mai to be center of Lanna Buddhism

Thai News, Jan 22, 2006

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The Department of Religious Affair plans to make Chiang Mai the center of Lanna Buddhism study.


Empowering Asian Buddhist women

The Star, January 18, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Having been held in eight Asian countries, the Sakyadhita International Conference, aimed at improving the lives of Buddhist women while developing their potential, will be held in Malaysia for the first time.


Buddhist committee calls for a year of nation-wide growth

Vietnam News, Jan 5, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Central Committee of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha has resolved to enhance the workings of its local executive councils and representative boards this year.


Records on Vietnamese Buddhism

VietnamNet, Jan 4, 2006

Vietnam Record Book (VietBook) has announced ten Vietnamese Buddhist records.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- In VietBook, Dai Tong Tam Pagoda in Ba Ria – Vung Tau is recognized as having the biggest sanctum in Vietnam. Constructed in 2002, it comprises two floors, 91m long and 40m wide.


Burma offers Bangladeshi Buddhists to settle in northern Arakan

Narinjara News, Jan 3, 2006

Arakan, Burma -- Burmese junta in northern Arakan said to have offered Buddhists from Bangladesh to settle in “model” villages set up by the junta.


Buddhist monk promotes peace and inter-faith dialogue

by Weena Kowitwanij, AsiaNews.it, Jan 2, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- In a meeting with Thai youth, the monk Phrathamkosajarn talked about peace, understanding and sustainable development: “I believe that religious doctrine has a significant role to play in promoting sustainable development and peace in society.”


80-Family of New Buddhist Settlers Brought into Northern Arakan

Kaladanpress Network, December 31, 2005

Maungdaw, Myanmar -- 80-family of new Buddhist settlers were brought into northern Arakan from Burma proper, in an act of on going ethnic cleansing policy of present ruling junta on Rohingya minority group in Arakan State, said an ex- village Chairman requesting not to be named.


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