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Buddhist monks march through Myanmar for peace

By Vishal Gulati , IANS, Jan 26, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- After once trudging through war-torn Sri Lanka, their first outside India, Buddhist monks of the prominent Drukpa Lineage are now undertaking a similar foot journey for peace in Myanmar, which has witnessed decades of ethnic turbulence. The Drukpa monks are mainly based in India's Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir and have a long history of promoting inter-faith peace and celebrating diversity.

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Buddhist Peace Conference Kicks Off With Presidential Cameo

By ZARNI MANN, THE IRRAWADDY, January 22, 2016

MANDALAY, Myanmar -- A diverse crowd of religious figures from around the world convened in central Burma on Friday for the start of the World Buddhist Peace Conference, an ambitious event with the stated aim of bridging religious differences in Burma and abroad.

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Big Buddhist park project upsets southern Thai Muslims

By Max Constant, AA.com, Jan 18, 2016

Locals in majority Muslim region express displeasure that authorities would propose $5.5 million, 80-acre project without consulting residents

Pattani, Thailand -- An 80-acre Buddhist park project planned in Thailand’s Muslim majority south is upsetting local Muslims and could trigger a wave of protests, local media reported Monday.

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Officials Bring Buddhists to Prison, Hope for Change

by Tin Sokhavuth, Khmer Times, 18 January 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Prisoners in Pailin’s Salakrao district received an unusual visit this Saturday, as a group of government officials and spiritual leaders dropped in to spread Buddhist teachings in an attempt to better prepare them for life outside bars.

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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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