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Thailand: Monks' top council protects Dhammachayo

The Bangkok Post, 10 Feb 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The Sangha Supreme Council says controversial abbot Dhamachayo of Wat Phra Dhammakaya will not be defrocked because complaints against him were withdrawn before a hearing could begin.

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Khon Kaen abbot caught with forbidden fruit

by JAKKRAPAN NATHANRI, The Bangkok Post, 29 Jan 2016

KHON KAEN, Thailand -- A temple abbot caught in a locked hall at night with a woman follower explained to angry villagers he was not having sex with her - he merely hungered for jujubes and had asked her to bring him his favourite fruit.

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Temple puts up “No Ritual” performance notice amid child angel fever

Thai PBS, January 29, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- The popular Buakwan temple in Nonthaburi today put up a sign announcing the halting of the performance of Buddhism  ritual for the "child angels" after many people flocking the temple with their superstitious dolls for the rituals.

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No signs of foul play Wat Sa Ket ex-abbot's death

Bangkok Post, 28 Jan 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a former Sangha Supreme Council member, but say they have found nothing that points to foul play.

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Finally, Buddhist texts in Marathi

By Varsha Torgalkar, Pune Mirror, Feb 2, 2016

BARTI and govt-appointed committee will oversee translation of the Tripitaka as part of Dr Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary

Maharashtra, India -- In a much-delayed but nevertheless welcome initiative, the Maharashtra government has finally decided to translate the precious Buddhist scripture, Tripitaka, into Marathi to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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‘Buddhism thrived in Rajasthan also around the Ashokan era’

by Shoeb Khan, TNN, Jan 31, 2016

JAIPUR, India - Much before the forts and palaces came into existence here, Rajasthan ostensibly had well-defined Buddhist monasteries or complexes at four places - Bhairat in Alwar, Kholvi in Jhalawar, Bandarez in Dausa and Ramgoan in Tonk.

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