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Nationalist Protesters do not Represent Majority: Government

The government has announced that the protesting monks in Yangon and Mandalay represent neither the majority of the Sangha mass nor the people’s wishes. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture released the statement on August 3 concerning the week-long protest of about 100 nationalists including some monks against the government, alleging those in power […]

The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state. For centuries Yunnan has served as China’s gateway to Southeast Asia. Besides trade, an important component of this linkage is the exchange of religion and religious groups, in this case Theravada Buddhism. Since its 7th century arrival […]

Myanmar’s highest Buddhist authority bars radical nationalist group

Myanmar’s top Buddhist authority banned a hardline monks’ group on Tuesday, raising pressure on extremists after they barred a firebrand monk from public sermons and authorities arrested several Buddhist nationalists. The radical group known by its Burmese initials Ma Ba Tha was declared illegal and “no person or organization” is allowed to use its name, […]