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Thailand: Abbot kicks monk out of Buddhist order for being too small

AsianCorrespondent.com, 19 August 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- THAILAND’S smallest monk was disrobed this week after a senior monk decided he was too small.

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Taking hint from Traditional Buddhist Architecture, Architect builds Buddhist Learning Centre in Maharashtra

Newsgram, August 19, 2016

Mumbai, India -- A Mumbai-based architecture firm Sameep Padora and Associates have recently completed building a Buddhist Learning Centre in Maharashtra. The architect wanted to renew the lost traditions that went into making Buddhist learning and meditation centres.

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Dhammkaya temple followers wanted

The Nation, August 6, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- POLICE yesterday vowed to hunt down ever person who blocked the arrest of Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo on June 16.

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Searching for Dalits: A yatra (procession) by Buddhist monks taking BJP to Dalits across UP

The Indian Express, Jul 30, 2016

Ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls, a yatra (Sanskrit: 'journey', 'procession') by Buddhist monks across the state is perhaps the party’s biggest Dalit outreach at a time when it battles a backlash
New Delhi, India
-- The Dhamma Chetna Yatra is on its way to Mathura. Suddenly, the first car of the convoy stops near Raya town. Former local BJP MLA Ajay Kumar Poiya steps down, signals the convoy to stop, and approaches a Buddhist monk in the car behind. “There’s an Ambedkar statue here. Let’s garland it,” Poiya says. Some 40 monks come out, pay tributes to the Dalit leader. Just three minutes, and the yatra moves on.

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Tibetan Buddhist abbot released from Chinese prison under surveillance

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- Free Tibet has confirmed that on 4 June, Tibetan abbot and teacher Khenpo Kartse (also known as Karma Tsewang – Khenpo is a religious title) was released from prison in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, after completing his two-and-a-half year prison term. Khenpo Kartse was arrested in December 2013 and reportedly convicted for harbouring fugitives. His case had been raised repeatedly by governments, lawmakers, Tibet NGOs and international human rights organisations.

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Beijing hands prestigious Buddhist ceremony in Tibet to “fake” Panchen Lama

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- In a move intended to bolster his profile and religious authority, the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu will conduct the Tibetan Buddhist ritual called Kalachakra (1) in Tibet between 21 and 24 July. The ceremony tomorrow will be the first time that Gyaltsen Norbu (Ch: Gyaincain Norbu) has conducted the Kalachakra ritual, one of the most important in all of Buddhism. It will also be the first time that it has been carried out inside the heavily-policed Tibet Autonomous Region for 50 years.

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