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Malaysian Buddhist Monk Empowers Education of Muslim Children

By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepthNews, 27 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A grand Chinese temple on the hills of central Kuala Lumpur overlooking the Malaysian capital was the site of a unique event on November 27 where a Sri Lankan born Buddhist monk’s vision to empower the education of poor Malaysian children, most of them Muslims, was taking place without the glare of any television cameras or the national media.

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Anti-Buddhist Media and Myanmar: Complex Regional and Historical Dynamics

by Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker, Modern Tokyo Times, November 25, 2016

Buddhism is illegal in Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia (however the same Sunni Islamist nation is intent on spreading Salafi Islam into the heart of Buddhism with the connivance of local 'Buddhist' politicians who act oblivious to the rapidly declining plight of Buddhism in traditional Buddhist countries)
Yangon, Myanma
r -- The mass media in both the West and Islamic world needs to find space in order to simplify hatred. It matters not if turning a blind eye to Sunni Takfiri massacres in Syria and the nations that are endorsing this, nor that in Myanmar’s recent history more Christians than any other non-Buddhist faith group have been killed based on ethnic and religious tensions. Instead, the simple version – while negating the Christian angle – is that Muslims are killed and targeted by radical Buddhists.

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Thai police: Influential Buddhist abbot must surrender

By Arun Saronchai, Anadolu Agency, Nov 24, 2016

Abbot of wealthy Dhammakaya temple wanted on charges of illegally receiving money from scandal-ridden credit fund
BANGKOK, Thailand
-- Thai police said Thursday that an influential abbot of a wealthy Buddhist temple has until the end of the month to turn himself in and face money laundering charges.

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Buddhists pray for peace, tolerance in Indonesia

by Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, November 19, 2016

Sumatra, Indonesia -- Hundreds of Buddhists in Medan, North Sumatra, held a joint prayer for peace and tolerance in Indonesia, amid rising religious tensions across the country.

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Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s contributions celebrated at conference

VNS, November, 4, 2016

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) has contributed to enriching and developing the country’s culture, the rector of HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities said at conference held on Wednesday.

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Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat, October 15, 2016

Rama IX served as a revered symbol and also shielded his country from the worst consequences of its political instability.
Bangkok, Thailand
-- What makes an ideal king in the Buddhist tradition?

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Malaysian Buddhists to sponsor 1,900 student monks in Sri Lanka

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 18, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Maha Karuna Buddhist Society will be organizing the annual “Student Monks Education Dana” this year on 20th November, 2016. The event will be held at the village of Kirinda, in the district of Mathara, Sri Lanka. The venue was selected as it coincides with the 10th anniversary memorial of the late Ven. Dr K Sri Dhammananda, who hails from Kirinda.

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In Malaysia, Thai Buddhists remember late King Bhumibol

by Melissa Goh, Channel NewsAsia, 14 Oct 2016

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya in Selangor state, is the majestic Chetawan Thai Buddhist temple.

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Thailand's King Bhumibol takes final journey past grieving subjects

Channel News Asia, 14 Oct 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhist monks on Friday chanted prayers over the remains of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the riverside Grand Palace in Bangkok, ahead of a traditional royal cremation that will need months to prepare.

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Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

Japan Times, Oct 6, 2016

MANDALAY, Myanmar -- A Myanmar court on Thursday jailed a Dutch tourist for three months with hard labor for insulting religion after he unplugged an amplifier relaying a late-night Buddhist sermon.

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