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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.


Marking the centenary of a great teacher

The Nation, March 19, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- To mark the centenary of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's birth on May 27 - listed in the Unesco Calendar of Anniversaries of Great Personalities and Historic Events 2006 and 2007 - the government and various NGOs will hold activities including international seminars and translations of his books.


Buddhist Shangha chapter in central province holds congress

VNA, March 18, 2006

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam -- The Buddhist Shangha chapter in the central province of Khanh Hoa orgnised the fourth congress for the 2006-2010 period on Mar 17-18.


Bird flu puts element of peril into Buddhist rite

By Alan Sipress, The Washington Post, March 16, 2006

Animal experts warning against traditional release

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Over the centuries, Buddhists in Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia have released the sorrows born of sickness, hunger and war through the simple, cathartic act of buying caged birds and setting them free, sometimes with a kiss.


Thailand: Santi Asoke leader faces complaint

by AMPA SANTIMATANEDOL, Bangkok Post, March 9, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Representatives of a group of people calling themselves the Buddhist Network yesterday filed a police complaint against Santi Asoke sect leader Samana Photirak for imitating a Buddhist monk. Samana Photirak leads the sect whose supporters are in the front lines of the protests against caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.


One doctor's 'mental vaccination'

by Chatrarat Kaewmorakot, The Nation, March 7, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Applying her interest in Dhamma to treating her patients has finally made Dr Amara Malila, 67, one among 18 women contributors to Buddhism from various countries who are named on the United Nations' list of Outstanding Women in Buddhism for 2006.


Moralist monks turn on Thai prime minister

The Spectrum, MARCH 6, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Among all the angry protesters now trying to turf Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from office -- the students, the workers, the farmers and the artists -- it is an army of 10,000 celibate vegetarian Buddhists that may be the most dogged of his opponents.


Santi Asoke to camp out until Thai premier quits

ThaiDay, March 6, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- In the aftermath of last night’s march to Democracy Monument and Government House, ardent members of the Santi Asoke Buddhist sect were all that remained at Sanam Luang this morning, where they have vowed to stay until the caretaker prime minister steps down.


Famous Thai monk ordains hundred to monkhood

by Nai Chan Mon, IMNA, March 2, 2006

Bangkok, Thailand -- Phara Uttama a famous Mon monk in Thailand and the head of the monastic association ordained about hundred men to monk hood to spread Buddhism on his 96 th birthday ceremony.


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