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Hardliner tries to reform Thailandís Buddhist monks behaving badly

by Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, May 15, 2015

Scandals involving drugs, financial impropriety and lavish lifestyles have tarnished the reputation of the country’s dominant religious order

Bangkok, Thailand -- Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions.

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PM Narendra Modi Visits Ancient Buddhist Temple in Xi'an

Indo-Asian News Service, May 14, 2015

Xi'an, China -- After a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi'an, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the Da Xingshan temple and offered prayers.

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Telangana to Develop Nagarjuna Sagar As Major Buddhist Place

Press Trust of India, May 4, 2015

Hyderabad, India -- The Telangana government would develop Nagarjuna Sagar, presently location of a massive irrigation project, as a prominent place of Buddhist significance, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said today.

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Hong Kong opens £193m luxury Buddhist monastery to public

by Caroline Davies, The Standard, 16 April 2015

Brainchild of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person, Tsz Shan complex features several grand halls, gardens and 250ft statue of goddess Guan Yin

Hong Kong, China -- Watched over by a 76-metre-high bronze goddess of mercy, Hong Kong’s newest Buddhist monastery – which features bulletproof VIP rooms – has opened to the public.

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The largest Buddhist settlement in the world is in China

By Becky Pemberton, The Daily Mail, 19 April 2015

Inside the village where 40,000 monks and nuns are segregated and televisions are banned... but iPhones are allowed

Larung Gar, China -- Among the green rolling hills in the Larung Gar Valley in China, the last thing you would expect to see in the countryside are thousands of red wooden huts that have been built in a massive cluster.

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China wants to turn Tibetís Buddhist monasteries into Communist Party propaganda centers

by Reinhard Krause, REUTERS, Apr. 3, 2015

Tibetan monks shield their eyes from the sun as they watch others dancing at the Kirti Monastery near the town of Langmusi, in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

BEIJING, China -- Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet must become propaganda centers for the ruling Communist Party, where monks and nuns learn to “revere” science and appreciate the party’s love, the troubled region’s top Chinese appointed official said.

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