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Vu Lan: The Buddhist Mother's Day in Vietnam

TUOI TRE NEWS, Aug 29, 2015

Hanoi, Vietnam -- A large number of Vietnamese people on Friday flocked to pagodas across the country to observe the Buddhist “Vu Lan” Festival, where they expressed their gratefulness and appreciation toward their parents, especially their mothers.

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Anti-Muslim Buddhist group moves toward Myanmar's mainstream

By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw, Reuters , Sept 2, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar -- Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image.

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Mystery over the decomposed Buddhist monk body in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, July 27, 2015

Quang Ngai, Vietnam -- Vietnamese scientists were surprised to discover that the body of Venerable Thich Minh Duc was not decomposed after 26 years of burial.

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Monks promote Buddhist cultural exchange in Thailand

IANS, August 3, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Monks from China's Shaolin temple gave a performance of Kung Fu as part of their six-day visit to promote Buddhist cultural exchange in Thailand.

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Buddhist symposium in Chiangmai

by Patinya Srisupamas, The Nation, August 3, 2015

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The event is being held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in the northern province for the first time from August 1-4.

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Phuket two-day booze ban for Buddhist holidays to include hotels

by Supatra Sutham, ThaiVisa.com, July 27, 2015

Phuket, Thailand -- Bars and restaurants across the island will be forced to refrain from selling alcohol on Thursday and Friday (July 30-31) as the nation marks the Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent).

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From Thailand, in search of Buddhist link

by B. Kolappan, the Hindu, July 27, 2015

Chennai, India -- Even though Buddhism thrived in Poompuhar and Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, they do not figure in the list places to be visited by the pilgrims from South-East Asian countries. They tour North India and visit Buddhist pilgrim centres like Bodh Gaya.

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Safety measures for Buddhist monks in Thai Muslim south

By Max Constant, Anadolu Agency, 26 July 2015

Monks often targeted by insurgents who see them as symbols of Thai state, reminder of past attempts to forcefully convert Malay Muslims

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thailand’s military has officially asked local administrations in the insurgency-plagued Muslim south to implement a series of special safety measures for Buddhist monks, a day after a fatal attack during an alms gathering round.

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Understanding Buddhist-Muslim relations in Burma (Myanmar)

by Justin Whitaker, Patheos, June 16, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Is Myanmar approaching genocide?

This was the question, and in fact the headline haunting my google news feed for much of the month of May. Today the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar (or Burma as many still call it)* is far from certain, and the history which has brought us here is even more clouded.

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The Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women

by Pema Khandro, the Buddhist Channel, Jul 6, 2015

Yogyakarta, Indonesia -- The Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women met for one week in beautiful, humid, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Over a thousand people, from different countries and different Buddhist traditions, gathered to discuss the history, concerns and achievements of women in Buddhism.

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