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Is Thein Sein Myanmar's Angulimala?

by Our Special Correspondent, The Buddhist Channel, April 7, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's retired junta General Thein Sein has become a monk. He has been ordained as U Thandi Dhamma. According to reliable sources, it was the well known Dhamma teacher Dr. Ashin Nyanissara or better known as Sitagu Sayadaw who implored him to take up monkhood.


Former Myanmar president Thein Sein 'becomes a monk': State media

The Straits Times, April 5, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- The retired junta general who steered Myanmar's last five years of reforms has temporarily become a monk, according to state media, days after he ceded power to a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party.


Top Thai Buddhist monk investigated over vintage Mercedes-Benz

by Oliver Holmes, The Guardian, 29 March 2016

Supporters of Somdet Chuang, frontrunner for the post of supreme patriarch, say tax evasion claims are politically driven

Bangkok, Thailand -- A 90-year-old monk is under investigation for tax evasion in Thailand and will be summoned by police after he refused to answer their questions about his classic Mercedes-Benz.


Sula pagoda given a golden facelift

AFP, March 30, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- TEETERING on bamboo scaffolding, craftsmen are busy attaching blocks of gold to a Buddhist pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, burnishing one of the city’s major landmarks and racking up spiritual credit for devotees.


Buddhist Nationalist Monks to Protest Christian VP-Elect


YANGON, Myanmar -- A group of nationalist Buddhist monks and supporters are preparing to protest the National League for Democracy (NLD) for appointing a Christian vice president-elect this month.


Thailand’s monks are put on diet and fitness regime amid ‘obesity time bomb’

by Philip Sherwell, The Telegraph, March 16, 2016

They are renowned for meditation and moderation, but more than half the country’s Buddhist monks are obese, according to new research

Bangkok, Thailand -- The early morning alms round by saffron-clad monks holding their donations bowls to collect food and drink is a familiar daily ritual in Thailand.


Dhammakaya saga threatens to deepen feud in Thai Buddhism

By Panu Wongcha-um, Channel NewsAsia, 7 Mar 2016

The abbot and founder of the Dhammakaya sect, Dhammachayo, is currently under investigation for allegedly embezzling the temple’s donation money.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Dhammakaya, the world’s fastest growing group within Buddhism, has more than 4,000 monks and claims to have millions of followers in Thailand and abroad. In recent months however, the sect has come under increasing scrutiny over a raft of issues.


Myanmar: Dhamma schools lack funds

By Nay Aung, Myanmar Times, 3 February 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- The Dhamma School Foundation says it aims to establish more than 9000 Buddhist Sunday schools over the next five years, nearly quadrupling the current number.


Pailin monks launch prison outreach plan

by Khouth Sophak Chakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 19 January 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Pailin province’s chief monk, along with other monks, yesterday visited the Pailin Provincial Prison to “educate” the prisoners through dialogue.


In Phuket, Thailand, a Buddhist temple can be more relaxing than the beach

by Rosemary McClure, Los Anegeles Times, March 5, 2016

Phuket, Thailand -- A funny thing happened on my way to a beach in Phuket (poo-KET). I came upon the annual Vegetarian Festival, a nine-day Chinese celebration thought to bestow good fortune.


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