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Concern as Myanmar Buddhist Monk Builds Stupas at Christian, Muslim Sites

by Nay Rein Kyaw for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Kyaw Kyaw Aung. Written in English by Paul Eckert, Apr 27, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- A senior Myanmar official vowed on Wednesday to stop an influential Buddhist monk from building pagodas near churches and mosques as Christian and Muslim leaders appealed for calm in a country that has struggled with religious tensions.

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2,000-year-old Buddhist texts on show in central Vietnam

TUOI TRE NEWS, Apr 28, 2016

Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam -- Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts dating back 2,000 years have been put on display at an exhibition in Vietnam’s central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

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Female monks blame sexism for burning down of temple dormitory in Rayong, Thailand

by NANCHANOK WONGSAMUTH, The Bangkok Post, April 17, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Female Buddhist monks at a temple in Rayong suspect the burning down of one of their dormitories was an attack by arsonists disgruntled with the role of women in the clergy.

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Thailand: Grim future for bhikkhuni under new constitution draft

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Apr 20, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- A case of arson at a bhikkhuni centre in Rayong is shocking. Although it is yet to be determined what caused it -- land conflicts, gender discrimination, or both -- it is clear that it is not easy being a female monk. And the next charter -- if it passes the referendum -- will not make it any easier.

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Last rites performed for the late Sayadaw U Pandita

The Buddhist Channel, April 21, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar --  The last rites ceremony for the late Sayadaw U Pandita who passed away in Bangkok on April 16, 2016 was carried out yesterday at the main Dhamma Hall of Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha.

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Men-at-alms

by PATHUM THANI, The Economist, Apr 2 2016

A squabble in the clergy widens Thailand’s dangerous divides

Bangkok, Thailand -- JUST north of Bangkok, the Thai capital, stands an enormous golden stupa designed to last 1,000 years. Its gleaming exterior is made not from smooth tiles but from 300,000 tightly-packed statues of the Buddha; 700,000 more are hidden inside.

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World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth President purged as Dhammakaya fallout takes hold

The Buddhist Channel, April 9, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The President of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY), Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong was unanimously voted out by the body's executive committee in an emergency meeting held at it's headquarters in Bangkok, on Monday, April 4, 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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