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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.


How Buddhist monks are battling deforestation in Cambodia

by Ate Hoekstra, Deutch Welle, July 7, 2016

Cambodia has one of the world's highest deforestation rates. But a group of Buddhist monks are stepping up efforts to save forests by publicly revealing wrongdoings and mobilizing local villagers.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-- His memories often bring But Buntenh back to Cambodia thirty years ago. There were jungles as far as the eye could see. Centuries-old trees gave shade and provided shelter to birds and wild animals.


Buddhist institute seeks donations to expand facilities

by Jarod Lim, The Star, 11 July 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- THE Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields is organising a charity dinner to raise funds for an expansion project for the Buddhist Institute Sunday Dhamma School (BISDS).


Funeral fo the late Sayadaw U Pandita

Archive of Images of the funeral


Buddhist nationalist group threatens stability in Myanmar

by MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei Asian Review, June 29, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- An anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar is rapidly extending its influence, growing into a political force that could pose a serious challenge to the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.


Thousands of Buddhist monks march in anti-Muslim protests in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State

SCMP, 3 July, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar’s bitterly-divided Rakhine State saw mass protests on Sunday as thousands of Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the restive province, organisers said.


Buddhist Mob Destroys Mosque in Myanmar

AFP, June 25, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said Saturday.


Thai firms to construct five high-end hotels for Buddhist circuit

by Archis Mohan, Business Standard, June 18, 2016

India-Thailand to negotiate a new bilateral investment treaty
New Delhi, India
-- India and Thailand today agreed to negotiate a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and increase cooperation in areas of defence and maritime security.


The sad state of Thai Buddhism

The Nation, June 9, 2016

Even abbots must obey the secular law of the land, and certainly the faithful must report wrongdoing
Bangkok, Thailand
-- It would be going too far to say that predominantly Buddhist Thailand is suffering a crisis of faith, but the litany of "sins" being committed against the spirit of the Lord Buddha's teachings continues to grow, with several alarming instances recently making headlines and involving legal prosecution.


Buddhist temple linked to tiger trafficking denies its leader was involved

Associated Press, June 9, 2016

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- A Buddhist temple denied that its abbot was involved in illegal trafficking of tigers at a news conference Thursday that was its first detailed response since Thailand's wildlife authority removed scores of big cats from the popular tourist attraction and found dead cubs in jars and freezers.


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