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Japanese Buddhist sponsor boycotts Burma junta

DVB, November 7, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- The main sponsor of the fourth World Buddhist Summit to be held in Burma in December, has boycotted Burma?s military junta by declaring on 6 November that it won?t be funding the conference.

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Nervous Buddhists in Thai south plan to leave

By Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times Thailand Correspondent, Nov 9, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- MR PREECHA, from Betong in Yala province, lives in Bangkok where he works as a website developer for a finance company. In regular conversations with his family in Betong, which borders Malaysia, the 24-year-old hears the buzz on the ground in the south: local Buddhists are scouting for relocation options.

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Special Buddhist school underway

VNS, Nov 8, 2004

HA NOI, Vietnam -- The foundation stone for the VND42 billion Viet Nam Buddhist Institute was laid on Saturday at Ha Noi?s outlying Soc Son District. The stones were specially brought for the ceremony from the Nalanda Buddhist College in India and from Nepal.

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Buddhism developing across the country

VNA, Nov 6, 2004

Ha Noi, Vietnam -- "Vietnamese Buddhism is developing strongly," Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhism Sangha (VBS) asserted, while talking with a Viet Nam News Agency reporter at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Viet Nam Buddhist Institute in Ha Noi's outlying district of Soc Son on Saturday.

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Measuring Happiness

Stories by KARNJARIYA SUKRUNG & Photos by SOMKID CHAIJITVANIT, Bangkok Post, Nov 5, 2004

Some say Gross Domestic Product can't quantify a nation's contentment - and there is an alternative

Bangkok, Thailand -- If you asked villagers in Mooban Kampla-lai, Ubon Ratana district, Khon Kaen, what good quality of life is, they would promptly give you an interesting, succinct list. Closer and stronger family and community bonds.

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The Temple Of The Tigers

by Jan McGirk, The Independent, Nov 4, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- The bass rattle beneath the monotony of the Buddhist chanting at the Luangta Bua temple is a deep feline purr. Pacing on all fours alongside the shaven-headed monks are the temple's tigers, their tawny fur mingling with the flowing saffron robes as the big cats are led through the grounds on a lead by their unlikely guardians.

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The Spiritual Side of the Olympic Games 2004

By Mettanando Bhikkhu, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 5, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- Most people could hardly imagine any connection between religion and the Olympic Games, with its grandiose opening, highly commercialized services and advertisements, and humiliating scandals over doping of international athletes, and extremely tight security for the protection of any possible terrorist attack.

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Thai forensic expert performs rites for victims

The Nation, October 29, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand -- Khunying Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, the first forensic doctor to examine the bodies of the 78 Tak Bai protesters who died while in the back of Army trucks, yesterday performed Buddhist rites dedicated to the victims.

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We're back!

by Lim Kooi Fong, Managing Editor, The Buddhist Channel, October 25, 2004

Rebirth of "The Buddhist Channel" heralds the beginning of  professional Buddhist web media.

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Govt doctor advocates meditation

TNA, Oct 13, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A prominent doctor attached to the Department for the Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine today called on Thais to use traditional Buddhist meditation practices as a mean of controlling both physical and mental illness.

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