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Buddhist monk arrested for stealing guns to buy building materials for his monastery

AP, September 21, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Buddhist monk has been arrested and defrocked for stealing guns from the house of one of his followers and selling them, purportedly to buy building materials for his monastery, Thai police said Wednesday.


Abbot shot dead in temple on holy day

by PAWARISA PHUMAS, Bangkok Post, Sept 19, 2005

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand -- A revered monk was shot dead in broad daylight by a lone gunman in the presence of over 100 people attending religious rites at a temple in Nakhon Chaisi district to mark yesterday's Buddhist holy day.


Dial N for nirvana, says monk

By Sebastien Berger, The Telegraph, Sept 9, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist sayings recorded by one of Thailand's leading monks are to be released as mobile phone ringtones.


Tsunami nations lend disaster advice to U.S.

By Ed Cropley, Reuters, Sept 5, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police in the United States must not rush to identify the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims too quickly or they will run the risk of countless mistakes, the head of Thailand's tsunami identification operations said on Monday.


Spiritual sanctuary

by KARNJARIYA SUKRUNG, Bangkok Post, Sept 1, 2005

The Dharma Mata Hermitage aims to give women the opportunity to enjoy the spiritual life - long the preserve of men

Bangkok, Thailand -- There were piles of dharma books. The words on the pages sounded nice, thoughtful, soothing. But Manasikul Ovatpesuch felt it was not enough. She needed some other answer to life's foibles.


342 Bachelors of Buddhism graduate

VNA, Sept 1, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The Viet Nam Buddhist Seminary in Ho Chi Minh City on August 28 held a graduation ceremony for 342 monks and nuns from pagodas in southern provinces.


Buddhist monks and novices brawl over woman

Mainichi Daily News, Aug 31, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Police in northeastern Thailand issued arrest warrants Wednesday against machete-wielding monks and novices who brawled over a woman and urged their abbot to preserve the reputation of Buddhism by disrobing them.


Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia initiates month long Independence Day celebrations

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 27, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) has initiated a month long program to usher in the 48th year of Independence of modern Malaysia. The celebrations - with this year's theme "Keranamu Malaysia; Peace, Patriotism, Virtue" - will last through September 18, 2005.


Thailand: Ministry to distribute Tipitaka to general public

The Nation, August 19, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Culture Ministry is planning to publish and distribute 500,000 volumes of the Tipitaka Buddhist canon to government agencies, private organisations, hotels and hospitals, as well as the general public, as part of its drive to revive faith in the religion. Yesterday, the ministry’s Religious Affairs Department held a seminar to discuss how to prevent people in Thailand from straying further from the Buddhist way of life.


Lucky charms "not Buddhist"

Story by WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM, Aug 22, 2005

Senior monk warns people against their use

Bangkok, Thailand -- Palat khik, while much sought after by many people, has nothing to do with Buddhism, says a senior monk. Phra Sripariyatimoli, deputy rector for foreign affairs of Mahachulalongkorn Ratchawithayalai Buddhist University, said the phallic symbol charms are not mentioned in the Tripitaka and worshipping them is not a Buddhist way of showing respect.


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