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36m Tall 'Standing Buddha' Being Built In Kelantan by Bernama, August 9, 2006
BACHOK, Kelantan (Malaysia) -- A 36-metre tall "Standing Buddha" is being built at Wat Phithikyan Phutthaktham in Kampung Balai here.It costs RM2 mil (US$ 548,000) to build, mostly using funds donated by the public.
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Buddha statues blown up by Taleban may be put back together by RAHIM FAIEZ, The Scotsman, Aug 7, 2006
BAMIYAN, Afghanistan -- Five years after the Taleban blew them up, Afghan labourers are picking up the pieces of two once-towering Buddha statues, hoping they will rise again and breathe new life into the poverty-striken Bamiyan province.
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Big as Buddha by Nelofer Pazira, The Star, Aug. 6, 2006
Enormous ambition paid off for filmmaker Christian Frei when he showed 2,000 Afghanis their first movie - his documentary about their giant Buddhas, destroyed by the Taliban Bamiyan, Afghanistan -- They hadn't seen anything like it — a film about their own town projected onto a big screen. In the background yawned the infamous 52-metre-high empty niche where once the larger of two standing Buddhas in Bamiyan looked upon the valley. The Taliban destroyed the pair of statues five years ago.
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Renowned scholars to speak at Buddhist meet by ANTHONY CHEW, The Star, Aug 6, 2006
Penang, Malaysia -- Twenty four world-renowned professors and scholars will be making a beeline to Penang to speak at the 1st International Buddhist College Buddhist Studies Conference at Than Hsiang Temple from Aug 11 to Aug 13.
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Architects apprehensive over building spree around Shwedagon Pagoda by James Pitkin, The Myanmar Times
SOME local architects are worried that a spate of new buildings near Shwedagon Pagoda will forever change the neighbourhood around the famous religious site. Eight new buildings have sprung up in the past three years on Yae Tar Shae Old Street and Yae Tar Shae New Street, within a block of the pagoda’s east entrance.
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Buddhist monks protest alleged chopping of holy tree by India eNews, July 31, 2006
Patna, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched in this Bihar capital Monday to protest the alleged chopping of a branch of the holy Mahabodhi tree, grown from the original banyan tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago.
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Making sacred space for women by Bangkok Post, Outlook, Sunday July 30, 2006
There is a growing army of female Buddhist practitioners. From the age-old but often marginalised Mae Chi to establishment-defying revival of Bhikkhuni ordination, more and more women are asserting their rightful place in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. In between these two are initiatives to recruit and train women under specific regiments and with different labels. The Dharma-mata group at Suan Mokkh forest monastery in Chaiya is one such example. In England, the two branches of Wat Nong Pah Pong, at Amaravati and Chit-hurst (also called Cittaviveka), have set up the Order of Siladhara, which has been growing slowly but steadily over the last two decades.
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Expansion of University of Buddhism in Mandalay by Zaygwet Journal (Myanmar Language)
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Donation for Maha Sasana Vepula Monastery by Zaygwet (Market) Journal, Myanmar Language
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Monks question 'outsiders' control over Bodh Gaya temple by Indo-Asian News Service, July 30, 2006
Patna, India -- Buddhist monks have questioned the non-Buddhist control over the management of the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town. The monks have also accused non-Buddhists of chopping off a branch of the holy Mahabodhi tree and selling its leaves to an international mafia.
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