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Thailand monks: Wirapol Sukphol case highlights country's Buddhism crisis

By Jonathan Head BBC News, 22 July 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- It was a jarring image; a group of Buddhist monks, with shaven heads and orange robes, sitting back in the soft-leather seats of an executive jet, passing luxury accessories among themselves.

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Thailand to check monks' bad habits with 'smart ID cards'

AFP, July 14, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand’s Buddhist monks could soon be issued “smart ID cards” flagging any drug or criminal records, in the latest move by the junta to restore the tarnished image of the men in orange robes.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Appoints the 104th Gaden Tripa

The Buddhist Channel, July 6, 2017

BYLAKUPPE, Tibet -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.

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With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy

By AFP, 6 July 2017

Larung Gar, China -- The hills around revered Tibetan Buddhist academy Larung Gar were once a seamless carpet of vibrant red, dominated by the homes of thousands of monks, nuns and devotees who crowded the remote valley in southwest China to explore their faith.

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Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?

By IAN JOHNSON, The New York Times, June 24, 2017

YIXING, China - For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt hollow.

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Full disclosure on the menu for temples

The Bangkok Post, 16 Jun 2017

Bangkok, Thailand -- The government will propose a law to force its tens of thousands of Buddhist temples to declare their finances, the head of the National Office of Buddhism told Reuters.

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