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Bangkok Vesak Conference held with theme "The Buddhist Path to World Peace"

by Dr. Lalit Kishore, Merinews, 19 May, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Under the auspices of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, a two-day 13th Annual United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) Celebration was held recently with the theme "The Buddhist Path to World Peace". The opening day, a short seminar on "Buddhist Education for Peace" was held.

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Thailand observes Vesak Day

NNT, 20 May, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Civil servants and residents of all provinces are participating in alms giving and merit-making activities on the occasion of Vesak Day.

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Thailand issues arrest warrant for Buddhist abbot in graft investigation

Reuters, May 18, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai authorities issued an arrest warrant for an influential Buddhist abbot on charges of money-laundering and receiving illegal donations, justice ministry officials said on Tuesday.

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Gold leaves for statues

By Majorie Chiew, The Star, 17 May 2016

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- SOME 200 devotees at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, held a ceremony to apply gold leaves on five Buddha statues at the chief abbot’s premises.

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5 places to celebrate Wesak Day in Malaysia

By MING TEOH, The Star, May 21, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- It was almost dusk. The sky had turned a deep blue and the street lamps which had come on grew brighter in the increasing darkness. Despite a light drizzle, a crowd had gathered – families with children, elderly folk, young people, and Caucasians – to watch the Wesak Day procession from Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

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Tensions flare between powerful Thai Buddhist sect and police

Channel News Asia, 18 May 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Tensions between Thai police and a powerful Buddhist sect have spiked this week after an arrest warrant was issued for an abbot at the centre of an alleged multi-million dollar scandal.

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Parents of slain Buddhist monk want case to be reopened; DSI defends original inquiry

The Nation May 13, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The parents of a Buddhist monk, environmentalist Phra Supoj Suwajo, who was killed on June 17, 2005 at Suan Metta Dharm forest monastery in Chiang Mai’s Fang district, yesterday filed a petition with the Justice Ministry asking the reopening of their son’s murder case.

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Myanmar Religious Officials Decry Buddhist Monk’s Pagoda-Building Spree

RFA, May 11, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- Religious officials in Myanmar have condemned the actions of an influential Buddhist monk and his followers who are erecting Buddhist pagodas on the grounds of churches and mosques in eastern Myanmar’s Karen State.

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Buddhist bookstore Sukhi Hotu to close

by Adrian Chan, The Star, 26 April 2016

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- A BUDDHIST bookstore in Petaling Jaya will be closing its doors at the end of this month, after having served the community for nearly two decades.

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Thai temple reportedly gives award to radical anti-Muslim Burmese monk

Prachatai Engliah, March 16, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- A controversial Thai temple has reportedly given an award to a radical anti-Muslim Burmese monk on his visit to Thailand while a group of Thai monks openly showed him support.

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