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Exploiting Buddha? by Alana B. Elias Kornfeld & Valerie Reiss, Newsweek, Aug 14, 2006
A surge of swanky Buddha-themed bars and restaurants begs the question: WWBD (What Would Buddha Do)? New York, USA -- The lights are so dim at Tao Asian Bistro, a Manhattan restau­rant and bar, you can barely read the menu to see the ingredi­ents in your $12 Tao-tini cocktail. Above all the flirting, drinking, and spending, an illuminated 16-foot Buddha statue looms. In the past year, Buddhism-themed restaurants and bars have proliferated; there are now at least 20 in about 13 cities.
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Beijing Buddhist Receives 4-Year Sentence For Printing Scriptures by Xi Wang, Radio Free Asia, Aug 11, 2006
Beijing, China -- Lei Dayong, a lay Buddhist from the Tongzhou district of Beijing, was sentenced in February to four years in prison for printing Buddhist scriptures.
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Sri Lanka faces shortage of monks by Source: Sinhale News, The Buddhist Channel, Aug 11, 2006
Steps to protect and foster Buddhism needed Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Poson Poya which gave us the Buddha Sasana as well as Buddhist culture and civilisation is a good occasion to discuss steps that should be taken to protect and foster the Sasana here at home.
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Memorial to honor monks killed 15 years ago by Erin Zlomek, The Arizona Republic, Aug. 11, 2006 12:00 AM
When six Thai Buddhist monks wearing orange-yellow robes were shot to death in a West Valley temple, no one thought the place they died would become a destination for Buddhists, Thai and humanitarians worldwide.
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Bamyan Buddha statues in central Afghanistan may be rebuilt by 2009 by Xinhua News, Aug 9, 2006
Bamiyan, Afghanistan -- Some workers are clearing and sorting out the pieces of the two best-known disrupted Bamyan Buddha statues in central Afghanistan's Bamyan province, and an official told Xinhua a possible project of rebuilding the statues may be wrapped up by the end of 2009 if everything goes smoothly.
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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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