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Some came here for war, but India brought Buddhism here with message of peace: PM Modi in Vietnam

Newslaundry, Sep 5, 2016

Narendra Modi invited all the monks to visit India - the land of Buddha - and especially to Varanasi "which I represent in the Indian Parliament."
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
-- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the historic Pagoda temple in Hanoi and the stilt house where revered leader Ho Chi Minh lived, apart from enjoying fishing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Addressing Buddhist monks at the temple, Modi said Vietnam was an inspiration for everyone to shun violence and follow Buddha’s path of peace and harmony.


Nearly 200 ancient pagodas damaged in Burma quake

By Min Kyi Thein And Esther Htusan, The Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2016

Some of the structures, constructed from the 10th to the 14th centuries, were engulfed in huge clouds of dust when the tremor struck, while others lost their iconic tips.
-- Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Burma city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.


Thailand: Abbot kicks monk out of Buddhist order for being too small

AsianCorrespondent.com, 19 August 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- THAILAND’S smallest monk was disrobed this week after a senior monk decided he was too small.


Commission on Arakan State to be Formed With Buddhist and Muslim Members

By LAWI WENG, THE IRRAWADDY, August 17, 2016

RANGOON, Burma -- Plans are underway to form a new commission to resolve the communal and humanitarian crisis in Arakan State, which will include Muslim and Buddhist Arakanese representatives—but from Rangoon rather than Arakan State.


Dhammkaya temple followers wanted

The Nation, August 6, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- POLICE yesterday vowed to hunt down ever person who blocked the arrest of Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo on June 16.


Buddhist temples attacked in Sumatra

The Bangkok Post, Jul 30, 2016

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian authorities detained seven people in northern Sumatra island on Saturday on suspicion of attacking several Buddhist temples the previous night, officials said


Myanmar census data undercuts Buddhist hardliner claims

Channel News Asia, 21 Jul 2016

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar -- Muslims make up just over two per cent of Myanmar's population, government census figures showed on Thursday (Jul 21), undercutting claims by Buddhist hardliners that Islam poses a threat to the dominance of their faith.


Myanmar’s top monks parry claims of anti-muslim Buddhist hardliners

AFP, July 13, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- The body representing Myanmar’s top monks has distanced itself from Buddhist hardliners behind an incendiary anti-Muslim campaign blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country.


Thailand refuses to submit nomination of Somdet Chuang as Supreme Patriarch

by Anapat Deechuay and Sakda Samerpop, The Nation, July 12, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged not to submit the nomination of Somdet Chuang as the new supreme patriarch for royal endorsement for fear it would spark turmoil.


Thai PM warns monks they face arrest if staging a protest

ThaiPBS, July 13, 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday hit back at a senior monk who threatened to lead a mass protest of monks if the former does not submit the nomination of Somdet Chuang as the new supreme patriarch to His Majesty the King for endorsement within seven days.


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