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Female monks blame sexism for burning down of temple dormitory in Rayong, Thailand

by NANCHANOK WONGSAMUTH, The Bangkok Post, April 17, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Female Buddhist monks at a temple in Rayong suspect the burning down of one of their dormitories was an attack by arsonists disgruntled with the role of women in the clergy.

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Thailand: Grim future for bhikkhuni under new constitution draft

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Apr 20, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- A case of arson at a bhikkhuni centre in Rayong is shocking. Although it is yet to be determined what caused it -- land conflicts, gender discrimination, or both -- it is clear that it is not easy being a female monk. And the next charter -- if it passes the referendum -- will not make it any easier.

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Dalai Lama tells Tibetan school prefects to contribute to peaceful century

By Tenzin Dharpo, Phayul, April 18, 2016

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised a group of school prefects from Tibetan schools in India and Nepal to take the onus to change the new century for a more peaceful and compassionate existence.

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Men-at-alms

by PATHUM THANI, The Economist, Apr 2 2016

A squabble in the clergy widens Thailand’s dangerous divides

Bangkok, Thailand -- JUST north of Bangkok, the Thai capital, stands an enormous golden stupa designed to last 1,000 years. Its gleaming exterior is made not from smooth tiles but from 300,000 tightly-packed statues of the Buddha; 700,000 more are hidden inside.

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World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth President purged as Dhammakaya fallout takes hold

The Buddhist Channel, April 9, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The President of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY), Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong was unanimously voted out by the body's executive committee in an emergency meeting held at it's headquarters in Bangkok, on Monday, April 4, 2016.

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Chinese Authorities Slap New Constraints on Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries

Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2016

Lhasa, Tibet -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have imposed new restrictions on monasteries in a county in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, intensifying an existing ban on displaying photos of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said.

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