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China threatens Tibet’s largest monastery with demolition

The Buddhist Channel, June 20, 2016

Latest attack on religious freedom takes place as campaign launched against Beijing’s plan to appoint Dalai Lama
Gangzi, China
-- The Chinese government has demanded the removal of more than 5,000 monks and nuns from Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in eastern Tibet - currently the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world.

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Death of the Mekong, River of Buddhism

by Khanh T. Tran, The Buddhist Channel, June 20, 2016

Hanoi, Vietnam -- From its origin in the high plateau of Tibet, the Mekong river is 4500 km long and the 12th longest river in the world, flowing through six countries that include China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Dalai Lama leads silent prayer for Orlando mass shooting victims

by Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, June 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Dalai Lama led a silent prayer for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando as he promoted non-violent conflict resolution here Monday.

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Dalai Lama Urges Suu Kyi to Address Buddhist-Muslim Tensions

By David Brunnstrom, Reuters, June 14, 2016

Washington, USA -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tensions between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday.

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China: Larung Gar Monastery Faces Demolition

HRW, June 9, 2016

Respect Religious Freedom, Allow New Monasteries
Beijing, China
-- China’s authorities should suspend plans to demolish residences at a historic Buddhist monastery in Sichuan province and negotiate with the community’s leadership, Human Rights Watch said today. The government plans to eliminate quarters for all but 5,000 monks, nuns, and laypeople at the Academy of Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest monastic institutions, by September 2017, cutting numbers there by at least half.

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