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WFB General Congress to be held in Shaanxi, China

Xinhua, April 19, 2014

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) will be held in northwest China's Shaanxi Province in October, WFB secretary-general said here Friday.

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Commission says NGO staff did not disrespect Buddhist flag

Eleven Myanmar, 11 April 2014

Sittwe, Myanmar -- A government commission has said on Wednesday that a female aid worker for Malteser International did not intend to disrespect a Buddhist flag by removing it from her house.

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Ethnocentric Buddhism: A new theme in Burmese Buddhism

By DR PAUL FULLER, DVB, 5 April 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- A new alliance is beginning to take shape in South and Southeast Asia with the news that the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) has invited Wirathu, leader of the 969 movement in Burma, to visit them in Sri Lanka.

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Dalai Lama expresses sadness over Vietnamese Buddhist leader's demise

Phayul, April 4, 2014

DHARAMSHALA, Tibet (China) -- Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has on Tuesday expressed his sadness over the passing away of Vietnamese Patriarch Thich Tri Tinh. Thich Tri Tinh was the first Supreme Patriach.

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Concern as Buddhist mobs target foreign aid groups in Myanmar

By Paul Armstrong, CNN, March 28, 2014

Sittwe, Myanmar -- The United States has expressed "deep concern" about mob violence reportedly targeting international NGOs operating in Myanmar's restive west.

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MISSING MH370: Tzu Chi foundation provides emotional support

Bernama, Mar 9, 2013

BEIJING, China -- Fifty volunteers of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, among them 15 Malaysians, are ready to provide emotional support and care to families of passengers of a missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft.

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Former Malaysian PM lends support for families of missing airline MH370 passengers, as interfaith prayers held at airport

The Malaysian Insider, March 9, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has urged the families of passengers of the missing Malaysian Airline (MAS) flight MH370 to stay strong.

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In Myanmar, a Buddhist ‘siege mentality’ at work?

by Kyaw San Wai, Today, March 5, 2014

Singapore -- Since religious violence erupted in western Myanmar in 2012 and subsequently spread to other parts, there has been a litany of analyses on the plight of the Rohingya and the underlying causes of the conflict. Regarding the causes, much emphasis is placed on the actions of nationalists and a controversial group of chauvinistic monks called the 969 Movement.

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Thailand’s Bad Boy Monk Buddha Issara Keeps Getting Worse

by John Le Fevre, Establishment Post, Mar 4, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- With newspaper reports of errant monks being disrobed for drug, alcohol or sex offenses an almost weekly occurrence (See: Sex, Drugs and Graft Rock Sangha in Thailand), Buddhism in Thailand seems to be in a state of disarray when measured against the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

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Cambodia Recovers Stolen Buddhist Relics

Associated Press, February 7, 2014

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian police have recovered a precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body, an official said Friday.

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