Chinese demolitions at Larung Gar Buddhist institute draw fire

AFP, 26 July 2016

Sichuan, China
-- Rights groups on Tuesday called for Chinese authorities to stop forced demolitions at one of the world’s biggest Tibetan Buddhist institutes, saying the move was an attempt to “severely restrict” religious freedoms. 


A Buddhist Monk's 4-Year Quest For Awareness
By John Merfeld, WPR, July 21, 2016

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Left His Monastery And Survived Alone In A Cave

Bodhgaya, India
-- One morning in June 2011, residents of the Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, India, awoke to find that celebrated the master of Buddhist meditation, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, had vanished.  More

Searching for Dalits: A yatra (procession) by Buddhist monks taking BJP to Dalits across UP

The Indian Express, Jul 30, 2016

Ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls, a yatra (Sanskrit: 'journey', 'procession') by Buddhist monks across the state is perhaps the party’s biggest Dalit outreach at a time when it battles a backlash

New Delhi, India
-- The Dhamma Chetna Yatra is on its way to Mathura. Suddenly, the first car of the convoy stops near Raya town. Former local BJP MLA Ajay Kumar Poiya steps down, signals the convoy to stop, and approaches a Buddhist monk in the car behind. “There’s an Ambedkar statue here. Let’s garland it,” Poiya says. Some 40 monks come out, pay tributes to the Dalit leader. Just three minutes, and the yatra moves on.  More

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