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Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok 

A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh...A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh October 28, 2014. Cambodians mark the 10th anniversary of Sihamoni's coronation from October 28-29. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: RELIGION ROYALS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh. 

Franciscan wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter's square on October 8, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Franciscan monks wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter’s Square on Wednesday at the Vatican

Buddhist monks and volunteers c...TOPSHOTS Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15-metre-tall great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji Temple in Japan's ancient capital Nara, western Japan on August 7, 2014. People visited the temple as they believe that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

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Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. 

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.

the Dalai Lama...Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs stand in a line to welcome their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, fourth left, as he arrives at the Jhonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, India, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tenzin Choejor)

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Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs welcome their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as he arrives at the Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, India

Tibetan monks at Salisbury Cathedral...Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, making a Chenrezig Sand Mandala of Compassion and Kindness in the Chapter House of Salisbury Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 3, 2013. The Sand Mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. It is a symbolic picture of the universe representing an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. The monks, whose exiled monastery is in south India, began the process on Monday and will finish tomorrow when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so that they spread as far as possible. Photo credit should read:

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Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan monastery in south India make a sand mandala of compassion and kindness in Salisbury cathedral. The sand mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. The monks began the process on Monday and will finish on Friday when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so they spread as far as possible.

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.

Some 150 Buddhist monks and believers in white costumes wipe and sweep the 15-meter-tall Great Buddha statue

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About 150 Buddhist monks and believers on Wednesday wipe and sweep the 15m-tall Great Buddha statue that was built in 752 AD, at Todaiji Temple in Nara, western Japan. Monks and volunteers cleaned a year’s worth of grime from the Great Buddha for the annual sprucing up.

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.