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Global Buddhist monks call for tackling climate change

ANI, March 4, 2016

Ayutthaya, Thailand -- Buddhist monks from around the world gathered at Thailand's ancient Ayutthaya city on Thursday for the last day of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) during which they laid emphasis on actions to tackle climate change.

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Tense times for Thai junta, Buddhist clergy

by Tan Hui Yee, The Straits Times, Feb 25, 2016

Row over appointment of kingdom's most senior monk causing unrest

Bangkok, Thailand -- It is not often you see a monk performing a headlock, much less on a soldier. But that's exactly what happened last week, when soldiers confronted monks who had gathered in a Buddhist park to pressure the Thai military government to speed up their appointment of the most senior monk in the kingdom.

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Most want Supreme Patriarch appointment deferred

The Bangkok Post, Feb 28, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Most people believe the prime minister should defer a proposal for His Majesty the King to appoint the new Supreme Patriarch until conflicts in monastic circles are resolved, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration or Nida Poll.

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Thailand: Debate ordered for Buddhism row

The Bangkok Post, Feb 18, 2016

PM promises to ease tensions over top monk

Bangkok, Thailand -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised to hold a formal debate over the appointment of a new supreme patriarch to hose down the volatile situation.

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Thailand: Ex-official of Religion leads legal charge against Buddhist bodies

The Bangkok Post, 12 Feb 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Paiboon Nititawan, ex-chairman of the defunct National Reform Council committee on religious affairs, is pursuing legal action against the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC) and the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) after the two Buddhist bodies refused to defrock a controversial monk.

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Monks gather to demand Supreme Patriarch endorsement

The Bangkok Post, Feb 15, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Several thousands monks and their supporters have assembled at Phutthamonthon in Nakhon Pathom province to demand a prompt endorsement of the 20th Supreme Patriarch.

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Soldiers Tussle With Buddhist Monks Heading to Thai Rally

The Associated Press, Feb 15, 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai soldiers Monday tussled with monks seeking to support their candidate to lead the Buddhist hierarchy in Thailand, taking a politically-tinged religious power struggle to the streets.

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Buddhist groups and temple celebrate CNY with song and dance

The Star, 17 February 2016

Penang, Malaysia -- IN the spirit of Chinese New Year, Than Hsiang Temple together with 34 Buddhist organisations organised a grand celebration at SMJK Phor Tay in Jalan Sungai Dua, Penang.

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Thailand: Monks' top council protects Dhammachayo

The Bangkok Post, 10 Feb 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Sangha Supreme Council says controversial abbot Dhamachayo of Wat Phra Dhammakaya will not be defrocked because complaints against him were withdrawn before a hearing could begin.

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Khon Kaen abbot caught with forbidden fruit

by JAKKRAPAN NATHANRI, The Bangkok Post, 29 Jan 2016

KHON KAEN, Thailand -- A temple abbot caught in a locked hall at night with a woman follower explained to angry villagers he was not having sex with her - he merely hungered for jujubes and had asked her to bring him his favourite fruit.

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