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Concern as Myanmar Buddhist Monk Builds Stupas at Christian, Muslim Sites

by Nay Rein Kyaw for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Kyaw Kyaw Aung. Written in English by Paul Eckert, Apr 27, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- A senior Myanmar official vowed on Wednesday to stop an influential Buddhist monk from building pagodas near churches and mosques as Christian and Muslim leaders appealed for calm in a country that has struggled with religious tensions.

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Last rites performed for the late Sayadaw U Pandita

The Buddhist Channel, April 21, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar --  The last rites ceremony for the late Sayadaw U Pandita who passed away in Bangkok on April 16, 2016 was carried out yesterday at the main Dhamma Hall of Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha.

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Is Thein Sein Myanmar's Angulimala?

by Our Special Correspondent, The Buddhist Channel, April 7, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's retired junta General Thein Sein has become a monk. He has been ordained as U Thandi Dhamma. According to reliable sources, it was the well known Dhamma teacher Dr. Ashin Nyanissara or better known as Sitagu Sayadaw who implored him to take up monkhood.

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Former Myanmar president Thein Sein 'becomes a monk': State media

The Straits Times, April 5, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- The retired junta general who steered Myanmar's last five years of reforms has temporarily become a monk, according to state media, days after he ceded power to a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party.

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Sula pagoda given a golden facelift

AFP, March 30, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- TEETERING on bamboo scaffolding, craftsmen are busy attaching blocks of gold to a Buddhist pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, burnishing one of the city’s major landmarks and racking up spiritual credit for devotees.

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