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What a Buddhist Monk Taught Xi Jinping

By IAN JOHNSON, The New York Times, March 24, 2017

ZHENGDING, China -- In 1982, two men arrived in this dusty provincial town. One was Shi Youming, a Buddhist monk who was taking up a post in the ruins of one of Zhengding’s legendary temples. The other was Xi Jinping, the 29-year-old son of a top Communist Party official putting in a mandatory stint in the provinces as a bureaucrat in the government he would eventually lead.

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"WFBY" meeting in Seoul not recognized by the World Fellowship of Buddhists

The Buddhist Channel, March 3, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) has issued a statement which categorily rejects a meeting held by a rival "WFBY" in Seoul, South Korea some time in February, 2017.

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China plans to destroy an ancient Buddhist city to get the copper buried there

by Mariam Amini, CNBC, 1 Feb 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary

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Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate speech

By Desmond Ng, CNA, 9 Feb 2017

“The politics of fear overrules wisdom or compassion” in Buddhist-majority countries where anger against minorities is rising, note panellists on the programme Between The Lines.
BANGKOK, Thailand
-- The rise of hate speech in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is of grave concern and something that states should tackle, according to a noted Thai Buddhist intellectual, because of the danger it poses.

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A Buddhist Tradition to Save Animals Has Taken an Ugly Turn

By Jani Actman, National Geographic News, January 23, 2017

What began as a quest to protect wildlife is now killing animals and harming ecosystems.
Hong Kong, China
-- Claudia He Yun recently witnessed an incident outside a Buddhist temple in the Tiantai Mountains, in eastern China, that disturbed her: a group of people about to place a laptop-size turtle in a shallow moat surrounding the property. A monk stood with them reciting something, possibly a blessing for the turtle.

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