200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake
PTI, May 22, 2015
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed
when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities.
Happy Vesak 2015 / 2558 B.E.
This year, Vesak is observed the world over as follows:
May 2: Myanmar | May 3: Cambodia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka
May 4: India, Nepal | May 14: South Korea (a.k.a. Buddha's Birthday)
May 25: China | June 1: Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand
Monks and politics
by Ven Sujato, The Buddhist Channel, May 27, 2015
Perth, Australia -- In Thailand, the Sangha is governed by an act of Parliament. Frequently the monks have participated in street rallies, where the causes they are protesting was to ensure that the monks keep their privileges; I haven’t heard of Thai monks protesting on behalf of anyone else’s interests. More
Myanmar Buddhists plan anti-boatpeople rally
AFP, 26 May 2015
YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar Buddhist nationalists vowed to protest against international pressure on the country to help boat people, a prominent monk said Tuesday, as humanitarian efforts to rescue desperate migrants stir festering anti-Muslim animosity. More