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Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) inaugurates its new building while ushering in 25 years of service

The Buddhist Channel, March 10, 2015

Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia) -- A significant and historic moment in the Buddhist Gem Fellowship's 25 year journey of Dhammaduta Service to the Community was recorded on March 7, 2015, by way of the inauguration of it's headquarters located at PJU, Petaling Jaya. The event was attended by local and international Buddhist monks and nuns, leaders, organizations, members, donors and well wishers.

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Thai Buddhist governing body under fire for clearing monk in graft scandal

Channel News Asia, March 6, 2015

An abbot is under investigation for allegedly embezzling about US$24.6 million from donations since 1999.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand’s Buddhist governing body is in crisis after its decision to clear a controversial monk of any wrongdoing.

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Animal trances and tattoos at Thai Buddhist festival

AFP, March 6, 2015

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand -- It begins with moans, then screams and feverish dancing followed by mad dashes through a densely packed crowd.

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Muslim, Buddhist leaders denounce religious strife

by Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post, March 5 2015

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- Muslim and Buddhist leaders from South and Southeast Asia have issued the Yogyakarta Statement, which refuses the use of Islam and Buddha in the politics of discrimination and violence.

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Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters, Mar 1, 2015

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand -- Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernizing nation are corrupting monks.

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Southeast Asian Buddhist and Muslim leaders meet

The Jakarta Post, March 3 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia -- A high-level summit of Buddhist and Muslim leaders opened in Yogyakarta on Tuesday aimed at strengthening cooperation to combat religious extremism.

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Buddhist monk ordains trees to help the environment

BBC, 2 March 2015

A Buddhist monk from north-east Thailand is so worried about the environment that he has been ordaining trees for 25 years.

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Thai authorities hunt for 'Chinese tourist' filmed kicking sacred prayer bell at 14th century Buddhist temple... and threaten to give him etiquette classes

Daily Mail, Feb 24, 2015

Chiangmai, Thailand -- Police in northern Thailand are trying to locate a presumed Chinese tourist who was filmed kicking a prayer bell at a Buddhist temple.

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Thailand: NRC urges Dhammachayo defrocking

The Bangkok Post, Feb 19, 2015

Reformers want 16 year-old saga revived

Bangkok, Thailand -- The National Reform Council’s (NRC) committee on religious affairs has called for Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, to be defrocked.

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Famed ‘Tiger Temple’ doesn’t abuse tigers, say wildlife officials

The Rakyat Post, Feb 12, 2015

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Thai wildlife protection officers say they found no mistreatment of more than 100 tigers housed at a Buddhist temple that is a popular tourist attraction, though charges have been pressed for keeping rare birds there.

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