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Taiwan: Soldier’s Brutal Killing of Dog Creates Uproar

FeedDogLotus News Analysis – 29 June 2016

The brutal killing of a stray dog by soldiers has sparked an uproar in predominantly Buddhist Taiwan, forcing the Defence minister to issue multiple public apologies and President Tsai Ing-wen to express concern in the midst of her first official overseas trip.

 

Thailand: Famous Buddhist Temple Massages Its Way Into Modern Healthcare Industry

Reclining Buddha

Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Bangkok: Wat Po temple in Bangkok is better known for the huge reclining Buddha statue, which attracts millions of tourists each year. Some also quietly walk into the air-conditioned massage clinic inside the monastery premises to try out an “authentic” Thai massage wondering what has the temple and Buddhism got to do with massage?

Myanmar: Is Thein Sein Myanmar's Angulimala?

A Special feature from  Buddhist Channel

ThienYangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's retired junta General Thein Sein has become a monk. He has been ordained as U Thandi Dhamma. According to reliable sources, it was the well known Dhamma teacher Dr. Ashin Nyanissara or better known as Sitagu Sayadaw who implored him to take up monkhood.

Singapore: Buddhists Take The “Gospel” Music Path To Attract Youth

SadhuGroupA Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: Buddhist ideas and wisdom are being increasingly adopted by the West as part of a 21st century modern lifestyle, but in the East, youth are increasingly distancing themselves from their Buddhist heritage becoming “free thinkers” or even embracing Christianity from the West. A group of young Buddhist musicians from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have now come together to reverse this trend by using music to attract youth.

Mekong River: China’s Release of Water Reflects A Greater Environmental Crisis

VietRiceBargeA Lotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: China would like to project its release of Mekong River waters from its dams this month to “assist” drought-stricken farmers and fisheries further downstream, especially in Vietnam, as a magnanimous gesture from a friendly neighbour, but, behind it is a reflection of a greater environmental and political crisis that is brewing in the region.

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