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Buddhist novice film ban 12 Oct 2015

The Bangkok Post, Oct 13, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- The film censorship board of the Culture Ministry has banned the screening of Abat, a horror film about a Buddhist novice, less than a day before its premiere and media screening on Tuesday.


Myanmar's Ma Ba Tha monks flex their political muscle

By Jonah Fisher, BBC News, 8 October 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- The most powerful political force in Myanmar's election has no candidates and will win no seats. But when the monks of the Ma Ba Tha speak, politicians listen.


Borobudur Planned to be Mecca for Buddhists

Tempo, 4 October, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli said that he would make the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, to become the main tour destination for Buddhists from around the world.


United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) for 2016 scaled down

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 5, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- The International Association of Buddhist Universities has announced the dates for the 13th Annual United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) Celebrations. Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (Wangnoi, Ayutthaya) will again be the event host, which will take place from 17-18 May, 2016.


Buddhist Group Comes Under Fire From Myanmar Politicians, Activists

Radio Free Asia, Sept 25, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Politicians and activists in Myanmar have criticized an influential Buddhist national group for holding large public gatherings across the country to celebrate the passage of a set of four controversial laws, fearing the intermingling of religion with politics ahead of the Nov. 8 general elections in a country that has suffered major inter-religious violence in recent years.


‘Rebel’ female Buddhist monks challenge Thailand’s religious status quo

AP, Sep 14, 2015

NAKHON PATHOM, THAILAND -- On a rural road just after daybreak, villagers young and old kneel reverently before a single file of ochre-robed women, filling their bowls with rice, curries, fruits and sweets. In Thailand, it is a rare sight.


Three senior citizens, including 2 monks, perish in Malaysian temple blaze

The Star, September 5, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Three female senior citizens, including two monks, perished in a 3am fire at a Chinese temple in Kampung Baru Air Panas, Setapak here early Saturday.


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.


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.


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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