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Singapore Buddhist Federation says Rakhine violence of 'grave concern'

Channel News Asia, Sept 8, 2017

Singapore -- The Singapore Buddhist Federation has weighed in on the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, saying that the escalation of violence there is of "grave concern".

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Week-long Buddhist rite to save beings in the lower realms

The Star, 25 August 2017

Penang, Malaysia -- A SACRED week-long Buddhist ceremony will be held in Butterworth, Penang, this year-end.

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Indian monks brought Buddhism to Vietnam

VNA, Aug 27, 2017

Danang, Vietnam -- As Vietnam and Indian developed ties in the third century, Buddhist monks played a major role in cementing the relationship.

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Myanmar Commission Slams UN for “Smear Campaigning”

By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepthNews, 10 August 2017

YANGON, Myanmar -- A Myanmar government commission that investigated allegations made by an international human rights organisation and the media about the country’s security forces abusing the human rights of Muslims known as Rohingyas in Rakhine State has found these allegations to be “unproven” and slammed its critics, including the United Nations, for carrying out an international “smear campaign” against the country.

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Thailand monks: Wirapol Sukphol case highlights country's Buddhism crisis

By Jonathan Head BBC News, 22 July 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- It was a jarring image; a group of Buddhist monks, with shaven heads and orange robes, sitting back in the soft-leather seats of an executive jet, passing luxury accessories among themselves.

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Myanmar State Buddhist Authority Stands its Ground

By Htun Htun & Pe Thet Htet Khin, the Irrawaddy, 18 July 2017

YANGON, Myanmar -- The State Buddhist Sangha authority - also known by its Myanmar acronym Ma Ha Na - will not issue further instructions regarding the signboards of Buddhist ultranationalist association Ma Ba Tha, said Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pandavabhivamsa, a Ma Ha Na member.

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Thailand to check monks' bad habits with 'smart ID cards'

AFP, July 14, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand’s Buddhist monks could soon be issued “smart ID cards” flagging any drug or criminal records, in the latest move by the junta to restore the tarnished image of the men in orange robes.

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Religion minister refuses to resign, pledges to ‘purify’ Buddhism

Coconuts Yangon, Jun. 29, 2017

Yangon, Myanmar -- Religious and cultural affairs minister Thura U Aung Ko told reporters in Naypyidaw yesterday that he will not give in to demands to resign, saying: “I was not appointed by [nationalist protesters], but by the leader democratically elected by the people.”

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Full disclosure on the menu for temples

The Bangkok Post, 16 Jun 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- The government will propose a law to force its tens of thousands of Buddhist temples to declare their finances, the head of the National Office of Buddhism told Reuters.

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Rakhine Protesters Demand UN Protect Buddhist Chakma in Bangladesh

By Moe Myint, The Irrawaddy, 15 June 2017

YANGON, Myanmar -- The Arakan National Party (ANP) led 300 people, including Buddhist monks and local Arakanese, in a protest outside the UN offices in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State on Wednesday, urging the agency to protect the Buddhist minority Chakma in Bangladesh.

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