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Title: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: t on November 13, 2013, 04:40:30 am
(http://bstdc.bih.nic.in/IMAGES/bodhinight.jpg)

The spire of the heritage Mahabodhi Mahavihara will soon be covered in gold.
Devotees from Thailand will donate 100kg of the yellow metal to Buddhism’s holiest shrine,
which was rocked by a series of explosions last month.
At today’s prices, the cost of the gold needed would be approximately Rs 33 crore.

More here (http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130827/jsp/bihar/story_17275572.jsp#.UoNh0CpXjIU)
Title: Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on November 14, 2013, 12:43:56 pm
Just as well it's Thailand and not the UK.
They'd soon have it away..

with Metta
Title: Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: t on November 14, 2013, 10:29:06 pm
A matter of time before we get the news on a missing gold stupa dome...
There is also some discrepancies between news agencies on whether it's 100, 200 or 300kg...
Being the wet blanket as always, I would think the funds gone for this should have been given for the social and economic uplifting of Bodhgaya, especially the massive poor in that area and its surroundings... a basic water pump or a community social program would have meant a lot for a poor village for instance than gilding a stupa's dome...
Title: Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on November 15, 2013, 01:57:34 pm
Flash! Flash! sheka-pow Boom! ... :D
Title: Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: t on November 15, 2013, 05:47:32 pm
Looks like some have gone ahead of myself... here (https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/For_the_gold_donated_by_the_Kind_of_Thailand_to_be_used_for_the_welfare_of_those_in_need/)
Title: Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 16, 2013, 09:27:32 am
This issue is not limited to Thailand.  Here in Concord, NH, USA our capital dome is coated in gold, which reflects that one of New Hampshire's sons was elected President:  Franklin Pierce.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/70/New_Hampshire_State_House_5.JPG/330px-New_Hampshire_State_House_5.JPG)

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_State_House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_State_House)

It is due for a refurbishment and both state and federal representatives are finding it difficult to justify given > 7.4% unemployment rate in The US.

(http://www.bls.gov/ilc/chart1.gif)

Now compare this to Thailand:

(http://www.tradingeconomics.com/charts/thailand-unemployment-rate.png?s=thlmuert)
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