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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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‘Thailand ready to develop Buddhist circuit’

by Santosh Patnaik, The Hindu, Feb 11, 2018

Consulate-General says it will attract global tourists to A.P.
Visakhapatnam, India
-- After announcing construction of a world-class Buddha temple at Amaravati, Thailand is ready to partner with Andhra Pradesh for development of a Buddhist circuit to promote international tourists from ASEAN member-countries, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries visiting the State.

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What’s behind the ‘Buddhist mentality’ among mainland China's youth?

by Chung Man, Hong Kong Economic Journal , Feb 9, 2018

Hong Kong, China -- The “Buddhist concept”, i.e., a laid-back outlook on life, has become all the rage among young people in the mainland; they have become too relaxed about everything and stopped being competitive.

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