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    BUDDHISM IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT RELIGIONS WITH SOME 400 MILLION FOLLOWERS. IN THAILAND,?

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    BUDDHISM IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT RELIGIONS WITH SOME 400 MILLION FOLLOWERS. IN THAILAND, MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION ARE BUDDHISTS. THERE ARE 152,000 MONKS AND 87,000 NOVICES AND ABOUT 24,000 BUDDHIST MONASTRIES. THE LATEST MONASTERY IS NAMED WAT VAJIRATHAMSATHIT AND IS SITUATED IN BANGKOK.

    THE MONASTRY IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED SHORTLY. IT WAS BUILT WITH FUNDS DONATED BY THE PEOPLE. RECENTLY THE STONE LAYING CEREMONY WAS OFFICIATED BY THE THAI KING. ALSO PRESENT WERE THE QUEEN AND PRINCESS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

    THE CROWD PASTED PIECES OF GOLD PAPER, IN THE FORM OF MONEY TO THE ROUND-SHAPED FOUNDATION STONE. THE KING LIKE LAID THE STONE. THE PICTURESQUE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE BLESSING OF A PAPER DRAGON BY THE KING QUEEN AND PRINCESS. THE DRAGON WAS TIED TO ATTACHED CORD WHICH WAS HOISTED BY THE KING TO THE ROOF-TOP OF THE MONASTRY.

    DONATED TILES WERE CONVEYED TO A WORKMAN ON THE ROOF BY MEANS OF TWO STATUES ATTACHED TO THE CONVEYOR BELT.

    AS THE CEREMONY WAS GOING ON, MORE PEOPLE CAME TO MAKE CASH DONATIONS. THE MONASTRY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN THE COUNTRY WHERE YOUNG MEN ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MONKS FOR AT LEAST SOME PERIOD OF THEIR LIFE.

    DURING THIS TIME, THEY LIVE UNDER RIGID MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO HELP ATTAIN NIRVANA, OR SUPREME PEACE. THEIR DAYS ARE SPENT IN MEDITATION, READING THE SCRIPTURES AND TEACHING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEEM7R81VP4G4171V6K7DXHKY
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEEM7R81VP4G4171V6K7DXHKY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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