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A woman and her daughter pray after offering alms to Buddhist monks near a railway track in Phnom Penh...A woman and her daughter pray after offering alms to Buddhist monks near a railway track in Phnom Penh December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A mother and her daughter pray after offering alms to Buddhist monks near a railway track in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A Nepalese Buddhist devotee leaves after offering prayers at the Golden Temple near Patan Durbar square in Lalitpur, about five kilometers south-east of Kathmandu on November 3, 2014. The Golden Temple was founded during the 12th Century near Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statues.

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A Nepalese Buddhist leaves after prayers at the Golden Temple near Patan Durbar square in Lalitpur, near Kathmandu, on Monday. The temple, a Unesco world heritage site, was founded during the 12th Century and is famous for ancient art and carvings.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, talks to a Buddhist devotee as he arrives at the Tibetan children's village school near Leh, India, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Buddhist devotees from across the globe are expected to arrive in this Himalayan region of Ladakh to attend the  Kalachakra  or Wheel of Time initiations by the Dalai Lama beginning Thursday.

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, talks to a Buddhist devotee as he arrives at the Tibetan children’s village school near Leh, India. Buddhist devotees from across the globe are expected to arrive in this Himalayan region of Ladakh to attend the Kalachakra or Wheel of Time initiations by the Dalai Lama beginning Thursday

Sri Lankan muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-muslim riots in Sri Lankas tourist region of Alutgama, demonstrate against radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)at a makeshift camp in Beruwala, about 58 kms south of capital Colombo on June 18, 2014.  The Buddhist Force, or BBS, is widely accused of leading the violence. The main Muslim party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), demanded a UN probe into one of the worst religious riots as President Mahinda Rajapakse toured the violence-hit resort region.

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Sri Lankan Muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-Muslim riots in the tourist region of Alutgama, protest against the radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena at a makeshift camp in Beruwala, about 58 km south of the capital Colombo on Wednesday

A worker goes down a ladder after adjusting a display of paper lanterns at Sensoji temple at Asakusa traditional shopping district in Tokyo, Monday, May 19, 2014. The lanterns carry the names of Buddhist temple parishioners and other supporters who donated money to the temple. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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A worker adjusts a display of paper lanterns at Sensoji Buddhist temple, Tokyo, Japan. The lanterns carry the names of supporters that have donated money to the temple. 

Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees celebrate Vesak Day

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Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees celebrate Vesak Day in ancient Borobudur temple which is decorated with 72 Buddha statues in Magelang, Central Java province, on Thursday.

A Buddhist monk walks in front of a Buddha statue damaged in the earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand...A Buddhist monk walks in front of a Buddha statue damaged in the earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand May 6, 2014. An earthquake of 6 magnitude struck northern Thailand on Monday causing some damage to buildings and roads and knocking goods off shelves in shops but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

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A Buddhist monk walks in front of a Buddha statue damaged in the earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand on Tuesday.

Buddhist monks who are supporters of the CNRP react as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh...Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh September 16, 2013. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

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Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

Masked devotees rest along the street while participating in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur August 23, 2013. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival which marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

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Masked devotees rest along the street while participating in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Friday. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival that marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

A girl looks at a passing devotee as she returns home from school during the Pancha Dan (giving away of five elements) festival in Lalitpur August 14, 2013. The festival is celebrated by the Newar and Buddhist community by giving away five elements, which include wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit. Traditional collections of religious artifacts are also displayed in monasteries and households on this occasion.

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A girl looks at a passing devotee as she returns home from school during the Pancha Dan festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated by the Buddhist communities, who give five gifts, of wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit, to monks. Collections of religious artifacts are also displayed in monasteries and households.

Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery, the site of an explosion, in Bodh Gaya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues Monday into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism's holiest sites in Bodhgaya.

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Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery, the site of an explosion, in Bodh Gaya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar, in the east of India, on Tuesday. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism’s holiest sites in Bodh Gaya.

Thai Buddhist monks set lights at the dome at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok to participate in Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies Friday, May 24, 2013. On this day devout Buddhist and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha, his birth, his enlightenment and his death. Visakha Bucha Day is recognized as the most important day in Buddhism.(

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Buddhist monks in Thailand set lights at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok as part of the Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies on Friday. On this day devout Buddhists and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha; his birth, his enlightenment and his death. The day is recognised as the most important in Buddhist calender 

A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for iternally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 17, 2013.  Bangladesh and Myanmar cleaned up on May 17 after a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

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A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for internally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar, on Friday. After a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, Bangladesh and Myanmar were relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha's birthday at the Jogye Temple in Seoul May 17, 2013. Buddha's birthday falls on Friday in South Korea.    REUTERS/Yang Dong-Wook/News1   (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

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Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul on Friday. Buddha’s birthday falls on Friday in South Korea. 

A South Korean worker attaches a name card with a wish by Buddhist followers to a lotus lantern

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A South Korean worker attaches a name card with a wish by Buddhist followers to a lotus lantern at Chogye Temple ahead of Buddha’s birthday in central Seoul.

Children Become Buddhist Monks...SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 03:  Children attend the 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks' ceremony forthcoming buddha's birthday at a Chogye temple on May 3, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The children will stay at the temple to learn about Buddhism for 14 days. Buddha was born approximately 2,557 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha's official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which is on May 17 this year.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year.