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Thai temple reportedly gives award to radical anti-Muslim Burmese monk

Prachatai Engliah, March 16, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- A controversial Thai temple has reportedly given an award to a radical anti-Muslim Burmese monk on his visit to Thailand while a group of Thai monks openly showed him support.

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Buddha-bot: Chinese temple enlists mini monk robot to boost teachings

RT.com, 22 Apr, 2016

Beijing, China -- A Buddhist temple in China is embracing new technology in the form of a tiny monk robot to help spread its teachings across the land.

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Female monks blame sexism for burning down of temple dormitory in Rayong, Thailand

by NANCHANOK WONGSAMUTH, The Bangkok Post, April 17, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Female Buddhist monks at a temple in Rayong suspect the burning down of one of their dormitories was an attack by arsonists disgruntled with the role of women in the clergy.

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Thailand: Grim future for bhikkhuni under new constitution draft

by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Apr 20, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- A case of arson at a bhikkhuni centre in Rayong is shocking. Although it is yet to be determined what caused it -- land conflicts, gender discrimination, or both -- it is clear that it is not easy being a female monk. And the next charter -- if it passes the referendum -- will not make it any easier.

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Dalai Lama tells Tibetan school prefects to contribute to peaceful century

By Tenzin Dharpo, Phayul, April 18, 2016

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised a group of school prefects from Tibetan schools in India and Nepal to take the onus to change the new century for a more peaceful and compassionate existence.

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Men-at-alms

by PATHUM THANI, The Economist, Apr 2 2016

A squabble in the clergy widens Thailand’s dangerous divides

Bangkok, Thailand -- JUST north of Bangkok, the Thai capital, stands an enormous golden stupa designed to last 1,000 years. Its gleaming exterior is made not from smooth tiles but from 300,000 tightly-packed statues of the Buddha; 700,000 more are hidden inside.

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