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Visakha Bucha Buddhist holiday brings alcohol ban to Phuket

The Phuket News, 26 May 2018

PHUKET, Thailand -- The major Buddhist holiday Visakha Bucha Day will be honoured on May 29 with most government offices closed.

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Thai Buddhist monks' health suffering from sugary drinks

by Liam Cochrane and Supattra Vimonsuknopparat, ABC, May 28, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- The daily afternoon fasting of Thai Buddhist monks is making them fat, thanks largely to modern sugary drinks, says a leading nutritionist.

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For China's Buddhist Monks, an IPO Too Far

by Adam Minter, Bloomberg, April 25, 2018

Entrepreneurs hoped to list a sacred mountain on a Chinese stock exchange. Trouble ensued.
Beijing, China
-- In China, religion is big business. The famed Shaolin Temple owns dozens of companies and its abbot is popularly known as the "CEO monk." Two of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains are publicly listed. So management at Mount Putuo Tourism Development Co., which oversees a third holy mountain, probably thought that their own initial public offering would cause little controversy.

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Buddhism as National Religion Would Fuel Extremism: Scholar, Author

By Pravit Rojanaphruk, Khasod English, March 20, 2018

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Buddhist scholar and foreign correspondent both warn in recent books of the rising specter of Buddhist nationalism in Thailand.

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Fire at sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple sparks suspicion about censorship

by Neil Connor, The Telegraph, 18 February 2018

Beijing, China -- A fire broke out at one of the most sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism, prompting concern and suspicion that information on the incident is being controlled by authorities.

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Clergy's monopoly over Buddhist teachings is over

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Feb 3, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- People who believed that the majority of monks do not follow the Buddha's path have increasingly turned to meditation retreats led by non-monk teachers outside temples. A religious group called Techo Vipassana is one of them.

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