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Buddhism as National Religion Would Fuel Extremism: Scholar, Author

By Pravit Rojanaphruk, Khasod English, March 20, 2018

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Buddhist scholar and foreign correspondent both warn in recent books of the rising specter of Buddhist nationalism in Thailand.

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Fire at sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple sparks suspicion about censorship

by Neil Connor, The Telegraph, 18 February 2018

Beijing, China -- A fire broke out at one of the most sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism, prompting concern and suspicion that information on the incident is being controlled by authorities.

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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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