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Purging the Buddhist Clergy Away From Money

By Richard S. Ehrlich, Scoop, 15 August 2018



BANGKOK, Thailand
-- A defrocked Buddhist monk, extradited from the U.S., received a 114-year prison sentence for fraud and money laundering while police raided some of Thailand's most important Buddhist temples, jailing monks and officials allegedly involved in a separate case of money laundering and kickbacks totaling $10 million.  More






Buddhist monk master in China resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

by Lusha Zhang and Philip Wen, Reuters, Aug 15, 2018

BEIJING, China -- One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country's Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct.  More


Obesity among Thai Buddhist monks is a cause for concern

by Muktita Suhartono, The Hindu, Aug 14, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Buddha, in his laughing incarnation, is often depicted with a jolly smile and a giant, quivering belly. That model of plenitude seems ever more apt in Thailand, where the waistlines of the country’s Buddhist monks have expanded so much that health officials have issued a nationwide warning.  More




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