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Thai authorities hunt for 'Chinese tourist' filmed kicking sacred prayer bell at 14th century Buddhist temple... and threaten to give him etiquette classes

Daily Mail, Feb 24, 2015

Chiangmai, Thailand -- Police in northern Thailand are trying to locate a presumed Chinese tourist who was filmed kicking a prayer bell at a Buddhist temple.

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Thailand: NRC urges Dhammachayo defrocking

The Bangkok Post, Feb 19, 2015

Reformers want 16 year-old saga revived

Bangkok, Thailand -- The National Reform Council’s (NRC) committee on religious affairs has called for Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, to be defrocked.

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Famed ‘Tiger Temple’ doesn’t abuse tigers, say wildlife officials

The Rakyat Post, Feb 12, 2015

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Thai wildlife protection officers say they found no mistreatment of more than 100 tigers housed at a Buddhist temple that is a popular tourist attraction, though charges have been pressed for keeping rare birds there.

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Vung Tau's Buddhist trail

By Pham Quynh Nhu, Thanh Nien News, February 11, 2015

VUNG TAU, Vietnam -- The best place to begin a Buddhist pilgrimage in Vung Tau is the Phuoc Hai Monastery - some 500 meters from Go Dau Industrial Zone on National Road 51.

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Structure Removed From Buddhist Institute Land

By Khuon Narim, Cambodia Daily, January 10, 2015

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- A temporary structure built on the Buddhist Institute’s land by Na­gaCorp, which added to swirling rumors late last year that the growing casino empire was planning to develop the land and prompted hundreds of monks to march in protest, has been removed.

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Cops detain man who damaged idols at Buddhist temple

The Malay Mail, January 4, 2015

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang -- Police have arrested a man believed to be of unsound mind on suspicion of having damaged idols and prayer equipment at the Wat Chanthraram Buddhist Temple in Tanah Liat here last Friday.

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Buddha Wearing Headphones Image Triggers Controversy in Myanmar

By Fiona MacGregor, NBC news, Jan 3, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- A clash of cultures fueled by simmering sectarian tensions and social media has left a Western bar manager and two local colleagues imprisoned in once-cloistered Myanmar.

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Buddhist group to build $20m monastery

By Melody Zaccheus, The Straits Times, Dec 23, 2014

Singapore -- A $20 million Buddhist monastery will rise up in the north of Singapore in 2017.

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Buddhist society holds special camp

by Adrian Chan, The Star, December 23, 2014

Serdang, Malaysia -- THE school holidays are nearly coming to a close and many children will be suffering from an overdose of cartoons and video games.

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