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Saturday 8 January 2005

Canadian Buddhists Sell Temple for Tsunami   

A Buddhist congregation in British Columbia will sell its temple to raise $1 million for the tsunami relief effort, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The abbot of the Vietnamese group, Thich Ngyuen Thao, said the temple has been on the market for the past year, and the highest bid has been $500,000 for the building on two acres. Thich said the act follows the teaching of the Buddha -- to do compassionate deeds and build a life of harmony between human beings and nature.

He said the money is also a thank-you to the people of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia for providing refuge to him and others in the congregation when they were refugee boat people in the 1970s.

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