By Kalinga Seneviratne, Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, 9 December 2019
BANGKOK, Thailand -- On a Saturday morning a couple drives into the Santi Asoke community in the north-eastern outskirts of Bangkok, and walks into a large warehouse stacked with clothes, shoes, books, electrical goods, mobile phones, washing machines, furniture and other household items. The couple inspects a stack of clothes scattered on a mat, picks some up and puts it in a basket. It is then taken to a volunteer cashier, who weighs it and quotes a price.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A significant milestone was reached in the Malaysian Vajrayana scene when all 18 centres and groups from the Gelugpa Tradition came together to jointly organize an event to commemorate the 600th year of Lama Tsongkapa.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The United Nations (UN) Day of Vesak has kicked off in Vietnam’s northern Ha Nam province, with the participation of more than 1,650 international delegates from over 100 countries and regions.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- An exhibition dedicated to the life of Ven. Dr K Sri Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera is currently open for public viewing from 31st August to 2nd September 2018 at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Kuala Lumpur. Entrance is free.
Bangkok, Thailand -- The Buddha, in his laughing incarnation, is often depicted with a jolly smile and a giant, quivering belly. That model of plenitude seems ever more apt in Thailand, where the waistlines of the country’s Buddhist monks have expanded so much that health officials have issued a nationwide warning.
Bangkok, Thailand -- Eleven boys from the “Wild Boars” soccer team - rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district in a drama that gripped global audiences - took their first steps on Tuesday to be ordained as Buddhist novices in a ceremony steeped in tradition.
Jogjakarta, Indonesia -- Sixteen Buddhist monks and journalists from Thailand and Vietnam are among the participants of the Vesak Day 2562 familiarization trip (famtrip) to Yogyakarta and Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java initiated by the Tourism Ministry from May 27 to June 1.