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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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Thailand celebrates Songkran with a splash

CCTV.com, Apr 13, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist New Year celebrations have begun in nations across South East Asia, with lively water-throwing festivities.

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First retreat for Vietnamese Community in Busan, Korea

by Dieu Thanh, The Buddhist Channel, April 8, 2015

Busan, Korea -- One of largest temples in South Korea, Sam Kwang Temple in Busan witnessed the hosting of the first Buddhist retreat for the Vietnamese community residing here. The event - organized by Chuyen Tu Monastery (Ba Ria–Vung Tau province, Vietnam) - was to enable participants to be engaged in Dharma practice.

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Offerings made to 1.000 monks to commemorate the passing of Ven Master Thich Thien Tanh

by Dieu Thanh , The Buddhist Channel, Apr 1, 2015

Vung Tau province, Vietnam -- To commemorate 49 days since the passing of Venerable Master Thich Thien Tanh, the late abbott of Chuyen Tu Monastery, his disciples organized a "One-Thousand-Monks Great Assembly" on the evening of March 14, 2015 at Tich Quang Tower.

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Charter must include Buddhist ideas of governance

by STEPHEN B YOUNG, The Bangkok Post, 28 Mar 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- I have recently hosted five round tables - one each in Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands and Madrid - where Thai Buddhist ideas on governance were presented to appreciative audiences.

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Over 3,000 turn up at memorial service by Buddhist group

By Isaac Neo, The Straits Times, Mar 27, 2015

Singapore -- Buddhists from all over Singapore met to remember Mr Lee Kuan Yew yesterday at a memorial service organised by the Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF).

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Buddhist abbots expelled from monkhood after drinking binge

By Kyle Lawrence Mullin, Asian Correspondent, Mar 23, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monks may have a reputation for being meek, mild mannered, and nothing less than well behaved. But two abbots defied that stereotype in Sikhiu district in Thailand on Sunday, after a bout of drunk driving led to a car accident and the pair’s subsequent expulsion from their monasteries.

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Time Thai Buddhism opened up to women

The Nation, March 11, 2015

The ban on the ordination of females is a violation of the Lord Buddha's teachings

Bangkok, Thailand -- Women's struggle to be afforded the same rights as men goes on, and the freedom to fulfil their spiritual aspirations is no exception. Buddhism, like other religions, still has mechanisms that prevent women from enjoying privileges given only to men.

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Buddhist monks sue Burma minister over 'use of chemicals on protesters'

The Guardian, March 16, 2015

Human rights group Justice Trust claims that 57 monks suffered severe burns after police broke up demonstration at a mine in 2012

Rangoon, Burma -- Buddhist monks have prepared a lawsuit against Burma’s interior minister that accuses police of using poisonous chemicals to break up a protest in 2012 and inflicting severe burns on demonstrators.

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Buddhist Gem Fellowship and Buddhist Business Network collaborates to offer “Buddhist Entrepreneurship Development Programme”

The Buddhist Channel, March 11, 2015

Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia) -- Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) and the Buddhist Business Network (BBN) are collaborating to offer the “Inaugural Master Classes” for entrepreneurs. The programme aims to increase entrepreneurial opportunities, covering the entire venture creation process, from generating ideas to building viable global business.

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