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Buddhist Women As Agents of Change: Case Studies from Thailand and Indonesia

by Lai Suat Yan, Kyoto Review, Issue 16, Sept 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- While in Thailand the majority of its population are adherents of the Theravada Buddhist ‘tradition’, in Indonesia, Buddhism is a minority religion with the Theravada Buddhist ‘tradition’ embraced by the majority of Buddhists. However, the development of the Theravada tradition in Indonesia is much influenced by its counterparts in Thailand.

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Time to Stamp out Hate-Speech

By THE IRRAWADDY, January 22, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Wirathu is in the news again. But this time, even some of his followers feel that the nationalist Buddhist monk went too far when he called a visiting UN rights envoy a “whore” and a “bitch” in a recent public speech.

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Charlie Hebdo Incident: Can Buddhist Right Speech Stop such Conflict?

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 15, 2015

Singapore -- We can expect extreme actions and results to follow when peoples of two extreme view clashes as can be seen from the Charlie Hebdo incident. One wonders, can such incident be prevented from ever happening again?

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Buddhism and freedom of speech

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, 14 Jan 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- How to be truthful in a hostile environment? How to say things that need to be said to avoid coercion and violence from low tolerance of criticism? What should we respect more in an open society where different cultural norms often compete and clash - freedom of expression or cultural sensitivity?

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"Je suis la parole juste" (I am right speech)

by Kooi F Lim, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 13, 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Someone asked me a pretty straight question just a few days ago: Are you Charlie?

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