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Ivory Urn for Top Thai Buddhist's Remains Sparks Debate

by Steve Herman, VOA, August 5, 2014

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In Thailand, an urn has been carved from ivory to hold the remains of the country's top religious leader, who died last year. The production of the urn comes as Thailand faces international pressure to eradicate the world’s largest market for unregulated ivory.

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Mahasantisukha monks’ request to countersue Buddhist council rejected, again

By AYE NAI, DVB, 5 August 2014

Rangoon, Burma -- A second attempt by five Buddhist monks from the Mahasantisukha Monastery in Rangoon to countersue the government-backed Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee – the highest order of Buddhist monks in the country – has been rejected by a local court.

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: More than 100 attend memorial for victims at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist temple

By Lim Yan Liang, The Straits Times, Jul 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Both secular and religious groups have come together in Kuala Lumpur since Friday to mourn those who perished in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, just four months after the tragedy of Flight MH370.

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Myanmar-Nepal flight would facilitate Buddhist pilgrims

Eleven Myanmar, 20 July 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- The planned launch of direct flight between Myanmar and Nepal might become a new option to facilitate the Myanmar-India-Nepal pilgrimage route for Buddhist followers.

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Buddhist Thais and Malaysian in Betong give alms on Asanha Bucha day

NNT, July 10, 2014

YALA, Thailand -- Buddhist Thais and Malaysians in Betong district joined together for an alms giving ceremony on the occasion of Asanha Bucha day, under the strict guard of authorities to make sure everything went smoothly.

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Buddhist backlash against fear of 'love-jihad'

Dpa, 29 Jun 2014

YANGON, Myanmar -- Suzi's family has practiced freedom of religion for decades, including Muslims, Buddhists, and now even a Christian.

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Monks' bad behaviour hotline launched by Thai Buddhist authorities

Agence France-Presse, 19 June 2014

National Office of Buddhism says hotline idea emerged after Thai coup leader expressed concern about the religion's image

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts.

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Cambodia: Bad news for Buddhist institute

by Ezra Kyrill Erker, Phnom Penh Post, 21 June 2014

Surrounded by casino developments, the iconic Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh faces the prospect of relocation or even closure as the modern world starts to close in

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- One bookshop by the remaining entrance remains open, its religious, cultural, reference and historical texts undisturbed, collecting chalky construction dust.

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Myanmar's religious department prosecutes five Buddhist monks including London Sayadaw U Ottara

Eleven Myanmar, 21 June 2014 12:41

Yangon, Myanmar -- Five Buddhist monks, including London Sayadaw U Ottara [former Head of Buddhist Mission in UK], who were forcibly defrocked and remanded at Insein Prison were brought to trial at Tamwe Township Court in Yangon yesterday. The trial comes 10 days after their eviction from Maha Thanti Thukha monastery in Tamwe Township in a night raid on June 10.

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Five Buddhist monks defrocked and remanded for religious offence

Eleven Myanmar, 14 June 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- Five Buddhist monks from Maha Thandi Thukha monastery in Yangon were disrobed and remanded at Insein prison for offending the religious ruling committee, temple followers said.

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