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Did a senior Tibetan Buddhist leader's funeral plans fall foul of Himalayan power politics?

by Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, July 14, 2014

New Delhi, India -- Two weeks ago, the remains of Shamar Rinpoche, a senior yet controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher, were flown from Delhi to a monastery in north-east India where his coffin was met by brightly-dressed monks playing trumpets and cymbals.

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Stop violence against Muslims: Dalai Lama to Buddhists

PressTV, Jul 6, 2014

Dharmsala, India -- The Dalai Lama has called on Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to stop violence against Muslims.

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The Indian preacher and the fake orphan scandal

The Telegraph, 1 July 201

An Indian missionary charity falsely portrayed young Buddhist girls from Nepal as "orphans" of murdered Christians in a global fund-raising operation involving British and American churches.

London, UK -- Parents paid a child-trafficker more than £100 to take their daughters to good schools in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, but instead they were taken more than 1,200 miles to Tamil Nadu, southern India.

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A message from Bodhinyana Monastery

The Buddhist Channel, July 1, 2014

Dear Respected Venerables and Friends,

Warm greetings from Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth.

You may have heard of the recent banning of Ajahn Brahm's paper on gender equality at the recent United Nation Day of Vesak in Vietnam. The paper had been approved by the appointed committee, but was then banned about 36 hours before it was to be presented. The paper was on gender equality in Buddhism, which was directly related to the conference theme of the UN Development Goals.

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Paper on gender equality by Ajahn Brahm blocked at UN Day of Vesak in Vietnam

BuddhistCouncil.org.au, May 25, 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women is No. 3 on the list of eight declared United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and is strongly supported by the FABC.

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