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Superstition has no place in Buddhism

The Nation January 14, 2016

With more temples shunning belief in amulets and the like, hope grows for an end to wayward monks

Bangkok, Thailand -- A Buddhist temple in the province of Kamphaeng Phet has erected signs advising visitors to look elsewhere if they seek "superstitious" help from its monks - amulets for sale, the anointing of cars, even the distribution of holy water. The abbot has said the monks are there to discuss religious matters with the faithful, not offer voodoo guarantees of good fortune.

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Thailand: Department of Special Investigation (DSI) told to speed up probe into supreme patriarch nominee's car

by King-oua Laohong, The Bangkok Post, Jan 18, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The justice minister is demanding progress in the long-running DSI investigation into a luxury car tax evasion case involving the supreme patriarch nominee.

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Conflict bars supreme patriarch appointment

by PATSARA JIKKHAM, The Bangkok Post, 13 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- It is clear who is in a position to become the supreme patriarch, but the nomination will continue to be postponed just as long as conflicts involving the appointment remain, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday.

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Supreme Patriarch row won't help clergy

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, 6 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Amid heated disputes over who will become the new supreme patriarch, one thing is certain: whoever that may be, there is no way he can tackle the ills plaguing monastic society.

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Buddhist Institute Plans to Re-launch Research Forums

by Tin Sokhavuth, Khmer Times, 4 January 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- After being dormant for 10 years, the Buddhist Institute is re-launching its monthly speakers’ program to bring the latest research to the public, an official at the institute said.

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Buddhist museum opens to public

Vietnam News, December, 25 2015

DA NANG, Vietnam -- The first Buddhist Culture Museum in the country was opened yesterday at the city's Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) Pagoda with an exhibition of over 500 Buddhist antiques.

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Extremism Loses Out in Myanmar Vote

By Oren Samet, Asia Sentinel, December 22, 2015

With the NLD’s landslide victory, have hardline monks lost their political power?

Yangon, Myanmar -- With the opposition National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in Myanmar’s Nov. 8 election, the enduring popularity of its leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was confirmed. The results also constituted a strong popular rebuke of military rule, as the former generals of the incumbent Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) suffered an embarrassing defeat.

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Thai crown prince and sister collect remains of supreme patriarch

by Supinda na Mahachai, The Nation / ANN, Dec 18, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- THE cremated remains of His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the late Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, were enshrined at Wat Bovoranives Vihara yesterday in a ceremony  on December 17.

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Thailand bids farewell to Supreme Patriarch

The Bangkok Post, Dec 16, 2015

Crown Prince presides over cremation rites

Bangkok, Thailand -- Hundreds of thousands of people bid a final farewell to the late Supreme Patriarch Wednesday at a royally sponsored cremation ceremony.

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