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Getting set for Wesak

by Yip Yoke Leng, The Star, 9 May 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The weeks leading up to Wesak Day this year have been a grand display of volunteerism and compassion as thousands of Buddhists prepare for the occasion tomorrow to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

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Show compassion to animals on Vesak Day

by Chin Kee Thou, Today Online, May 8, 2017

Singapore -- The report “NParks, PUB teaming up to warn against releasing pets into the wild” (May 3) comes at the right time.

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Tripitaka Buddhist book launch

by SUNTHORN PONGPAO, The Bangkok Post, 7 May 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- A total of 10,000 copies of a book said to be the world's first and formal international version of the Tripitaka Buddhist scriptures will be distributed to countries around the world, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University revealed on Saturday.

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Buddhist centre to be built in Malaysian administrative capital

by Gan Pei Ling, the Star, 8 May 2017

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- A national Buddhist centre and houses of worship of other major faiths will be built here as part of the Government’s plan to have a multi-religious enclave at the nation’s administrative capital.

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Vietnam President visits Supreme Buddhist Patriarch

VNS, May 5, 2017

Hanoi, Vietnam -- President Tran D?i Quang paid a visit yesterday to Most Venerable Thích Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on the occasion of the Buddha’s 2561st Birthday Festival 2017.

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Thai Junta Lifts Control on Influential Buddhist Temple

Reuters, April 11, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's junta lifted restrictions on movement at the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Tuesday, a month after police ended a siege of the complex whose former abbot is accused of money laundering.

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Thai authorities seek to defrock scandal-hit Buddhist abbot

by Oliver Holmes, The Guardian, 10 March 2017

Ruling junta has kept Dhammakaya temple under siege for nearly three weeks in bid to find monk wanted for money laundering
Bangkok, Thailand
-- Thailand’s highest religious body has begun a process that could defrock a Buddhist abbot wanted for money laundering, escalating a conflict between the military government and a hugely popular temple.

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Buddhist Authorities in Myanmar Warn Outspoken Monk to Adhere to Ban on Public Sermons

by Kyaw Thu, RFA’s Myanmar Service, March 20, 2017

Yangon, Myanmar -- Religious authorities in Myanmar’s Mandalay have warned the outspoken and controversial leader of an ultranationalist Buddhist movement to not give sermons under a one-year ban on making public speeches because of his repeated hate speech and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a religious official said Monday.

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Thai king strips fugitive Buddhist monk of his rank as followers continue to defy military government

South China Morning Post, 6 March, 2017

Phra Dhammachayo is accused of money laundering but has not turned himself in and police say his followers have hampered the search
Bangkok, Thailand
-- The former Buddhist abbot at the heart of a stand-off with authorities at Thailand’s biggest temple has been stripped of his monastic rank by the king, the military government said on Sunday.

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Making Thai Buddhism relevant again

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post, March 2, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- So the Dhammakaya Temple is a cult. So its leader reportedly claims to be a doomsday saviour who takes rich donors on a tour to heaven to see the Buddha. So it teaches its followers to buy premium spaces in heaven by donating to the temple. So its doctrine on the permanence of self is against Buddhism. So what?

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