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Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled abbot at controversial Thai temple: Doctor

AFP, May 25, 2015

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said on Monday.

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Myanmar Buddhists plan anti-boatpeople rally

AFP, 26 May 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar Buddhist nationalists vowed to protest against international pressure on the country to help boat people, a prominent monk said Tuesday, as humanitarian efforts to rescue desperate migrants stir festering anti-Muslim animosity.

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India reaches out to Indonesia's Buddhist community

Zee News, May 25, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia -- India has reached out to the large Buddhist community in Indonesia, which has the world`s largest Muslim population, by organising an exhibition on the Buddha.

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Hardliner tries to reform Thailand’s Buddhist monks behaving badly

by Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, May 15, 2015

Scandals involving drugs, financial impropriety and lavish lifestyles have tarnished the reputation of the country’s dominant religious order

Bangkok, Thailand -- Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions.

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Buddhist community sets tone of tolerance and acceptance of other faiths: Singapore PM

By Olivia Siong, Channel NewsAsia, 15 May 2015

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls on Singaporeans to reflect on the values that brought the country to where it is and that will keep it going.

SINGAPORE -- The Buddhist community is the largest religious group in Singapore, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (May 15) said he was grateful the group has set the tone of tolerance and acceptance of other faiths.

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Buddhist monk Ming Yi says news report inspired him to donate kidney to stranger

By Chew Hui Min, The Straits Times, May 5, 2015

SINGAPORE -- Venerable Ming Yi, who donated his kidney to a stranger last week, said he was inspired to do so by a TV news report about kidney patients here.

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Wesak in Malaysia: A morning at Thai Wat Chetawan

by Kooi F Lim, The Buddhist Channel, May 4, 2015

Malaysia is only one of three countries (apart from Cambodia and Sri Lanka) which is observing Wesak (or Vesak) on May 3, 2015. Kooi F Lim opts to spend the morning at one of Petaling Jaya's most beautiful temple, the Thai Wat Chetawan. Here are his observations.

Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia) -- It was just after dawn, but the crowd has started to teem into the massive Wat Chetawan compound, the most beautiful Thai temple in all of Petaling Jaya, and one of the most gorgeous outside of Thailand. The day was already bright, and the low sunlight breaks through the fog produced by smoky incense like light steaming through a comb.

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Buddha's 2,500-year-old relics find new home

The Star/Asia News Network, Apr 27, 2015

GEORGE TOWN, Penang -- The historical moment marking the arrival of Buddha's 2,500-year-old relics was greeted with much pomp and grandeur at the iconic Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam here.

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Buddhist Monk Spends Life Saving Rare Bamboo Species

Bernama, Apr 16, 2015

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Buddhist bikku (monk) Thich The Tuong has been working hard to turn his one hectare farm into a bamboo conservatory on the Son Tra Mountain, which is the home for over 110 bamboo species including the four considered on the verge of extinction in Viet Nam.

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New Buddhist monastery to be built in Woodlands

CNA, Apr 7, 2015

SINGAPORE -- A new Buddhist monastery is set to be built in Woodlands, with construction expected to be completed by the end of next year. It will be located at the junction of Woodlands Drive 16 and Woodlands Avenue 6.

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