18 June 2006 (MCOT News) – Thailand offers to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban regime. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist state.
Thailand offers to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra offered to reconstruct the ancient world heritage Buddha statues destroyed by Afghanistan’s former Taleban regime in 2001.
The former Afghan Islamic fundamentalist regime dynamited and used artillery to deface and destroy the priceless twin Buddha statues, carved into the heart of the Hindu Kush mountains in Bamiyan, claiming that all statues are idols and therefore their existence was contrary to Islamic belief.
15 June 2006 (ExpressIndia) – The state archaeologists of Uttar Pradesh announce their intention to trace and document sites along the route taken by Buddha’s disciples, through Southeast Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Trailing the footsteps of Buddhaâ€™s disciples
Which is why, the stateâ€™s archeology department has finally decided to track the route taken by Buddhaâ€™s disciplesâ€”Kumar Jeev, Kashyap and Matangâ€” to spread his message of peace and harmony. The department will not only follow the land route, but also document the spots that retain their footsteps.
The project, titled â€œThe Buddha Sandesh Yatraâ€, will span 11 countries. Beginning from Sarnath, the team will travel to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afganistan, Pakistan and Tibet.
The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (Suny Series in Religion) by D. K. Swearer
The Canon in Southeast Asian Literature: Literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Phillippines, Thailand and Vietnam by D. Smyth
Sacred Rocks and Buddhist Caves in Thailand by C. Munier