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Buddhists find voice to the United Nations via UNDV

The Buddhist Channel, May 29, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Some 5,000 delegates from over 80 countries are being gathered in Bangkok, Thailand to usher in the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) from May 28-30, 2015. This year's edition, the 12th in the series is being hosted by Thailand, after Vietnam which played host last year. This year's theme is "Buddhism and World Crisis".

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Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled abbot at controversial Thai temple: Doctor

AFP, May 25, 2015

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said on Monday.

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Hardliner tries to reform Thailand’s Buddhist monks behaving badly

by Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, May 15, 2015

Scandals involving drugs, financial impropriety and lavish lifestyles have tarnished the reputation of the country’s dominant religious order

Bangkok, Thailand -- Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions.

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PM Narendra Modi Visits Ancient Buddhist Temple in Xi'an

Indo-Asian News Service, May 14, 2015

Xi'an, China -- After a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi'an, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the Da Xingshan temple and offered prayers.

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Telangana to Develop Nagarjuna Sagar As Major Buddhist Place

Press Trust of India, May 4, 2015

Hyderabad, India -- The Telangana government would develop Nagarjuna Sagar, presently location of a massive irrigation project, as a prominent place of Buddhist significance, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said today.

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Hong Kong opens £193m luxury Buddhist monastery to public

by Caroline Davies, The Standard, 16 April 2015

Brainchild of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person, Tsz Shan complex features several grand halls, gardens and 250ft statue of goddess Guan Yin

Hong Kong, China -- Watched over by a 76-metre-high bronze goddess of mercy, Hong Kong’s newest Buddhist monastery – which features bulletproof VIP rooms – has opened to the public.

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