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Clergy's monopoly over Buddhist teachings is over

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Feb 3, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- People who believed that the majority of monks do not follow the Buddha's path have increasingly turned to meditation retreats led by non-monk teachers outside temples. A religious group called Techo Vipassana is one of them.

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‘Thailand ready to develop Buddhist circuit’

by Santosh Patnaik, The Hindu, Feb 11, 2018

Consulate-General says it will attract global tourists to A.P.
Visakhapatnam, India
-- After announcing construction of a world-class Buddha temple at Amaravati, Thailand is ready to partner with Andhra Pradesh for development of a Buddhist circuit to promote international tourists from ASEAN member-countries, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries visiting the State.

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What’s behind the ‘Buddhist mentality’ among mainland China's youth?

by Chung Man, Hong Kong Economic Journal , Feb 9, 2018

Hong Kong, China -- The “Buddhist concept”, i.e., a laid-back outlook on life, has become all the rage among young people in the mainland; they have become too relaxed about everything and stopped being competitive.

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How China's states are stealing a march on India's, with Buddhist tourism push

by Ananth Krishnan, India Today, Jan 3, 2018

At least in promoting tourism, India should learn from China's example in giving Buddhist tourism a push.
Beijing, China
-- Datong in Shanxi province is known in China as the hub of coal-mining. But with a massive green makeover, it's Buddhism and not coal that it's city officials are now banking on.

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Ex-Buddhist chief among 9 charged with graft

by KING-OUA LAOHONG, The Bangkok Post, 9 Jan 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- In July 2015, Sathien Damrongkadeerat, who at the time served as the director of the Songkhla Provincial Office of Buddhism, contacted the three temples, saying he would earmark budgets for them on condition they repay a fixed amount to him, according to Mr Worawit.

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Chiang Mai temple seeks donation to help girls

The Nation, October 11, 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- A Chiang Mai temple which is taking care of about 700 abandoned children and orphans has appealed for urgent donations of sanitary napkins for girls.

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