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Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak...Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world's most beautiful beaches into mass graves.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)      ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 2 OF 29 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI - 10 YEARS ON'    SEARCH 'DAMIR TSUNAMI' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand‘s Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into mass graves.

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

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.