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Advice to tourists: Don’t sport your Buddha tattoo in a Buddhist country

By Rachel Premack, The Washington Post, July 19, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- The skyline of Bagan, Burma (also known as Myanmar), is dotted with more than 2,200 Buddhist temples. Built largely in the 13th and 14th centuries, they’re beautiful - a dusty red sandstone or a glinting gold - with massive Buddha statues inside.
People flock from Thailand, China, Japan, the United States and Europe to see the ancient city and often to practice Buddhism.

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Chinese demolitions at Larung Gar Buddhist institute draw fire

AFP, 26 July 2016

Sichuan, China -- Rights groups on Tuesday called for Chinese authorities to stop forced demolitions at one of the world’s biggest Tibetan Buddhist institutes, saying the move was an attempt to “severely restrict” religious freedoms.

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China threatens Tibet’s largest monastery with demolition

The Buddhist Channel, June 20, 2016

Latest attack on religious freedom takes place as campaign launched against Beijing’s plan to appoint Dalai Lama
Gangzi, China
-- The Chinese government has demanded the removal of more than 5,000 monks and nuns from Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in eastern Tibet - currently the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world.

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Death of the Mekong, River of Buddhism

by Khanh T. Tran, The Buddhist Channel, June 20, 2016

Hanoi, Vietnam -- From its origin in the high plateau of Tibet, the Mekong river is 4500 km long and the 12th longest river in the world, flowing through six countries that include China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Dalai Lama leads silent prayer for Orlando mass shooting victims

by Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, June 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Dalai Lama led a silent prayer for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando as he promoted non-violent conflict resolution here Monday.

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