Thai cave boys attend alms-giving ceremony | AFP

The ‘Wild Boars’ football team, who became trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for 18 days a year ago, attend an alms-giving ceremony for Buddhist monks. IMAGES

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Today in History for June 11th

Highlights of this day in history: Alabama Gov. George Wallace makes a symbolic stand against racial integration; A Buddhist monk immolates himself in South Vietnam; Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh executed; Actor John Wayne dies. (June 11)

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Arrest warrant issued for Myanmar firebrand monk Wirathu

Myanmar police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday evening for an ultra-nationalist monk known as the “Buddhist Bin Laden” for his vitriol against Islam and particularly the Rohingya Muslim community. Wirathu has long been the face of the country’s Buddhist nationalist movement, notorious for espousing hate against the Rohingya minority.

Hundreds gather at giant Buddha statue in Vietnam for Vesak day

Hundreds of Buddhist worshippers flock to a giant Buddha statue in Vietnam this weekend for Vesak Day to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. When it is completed in three to four years time, the monument will be the largest effigy of Buddha in all of Southeast Asia.

Decades of violent civil war in Sri Lanka – brief overview

Sri Lanka was dominated for decades by the sharp divide between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and the minority Tamil, who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.

The Tamil minority formed into a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and dedicated to the fight for Tamil independence. They were crushed in a 2009 government offensive.

After the civil war ended, a religious divide quickly took hold, with hard-line Buddhist monks rallying Sri Lankans against what they argue is a pernicious threat: Muslims, who make up roughly 10% of the country’s population.

In 2018, anti-Muslim violence flared across the hills of central Sri Lanka, fed by rumors spread over social media about attacks on Buddhists. Mobs of Buddhists swept through small towns, attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops.

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Former Buddhist monk becomes Tibet’s first ever transgender model

A former Buddhist monk is now a viral sensation after breaking down barriers by becoming #Tibet’s first ever #transgender model, as shown in footage filmed in New Delhi on Wednesday.
#Tenzin Mariko, whose birth name is Tenzin Ugen, was assigned ‘male’ at birth. She grew up with her six brothers in India, her parents having left the Chinese province of Tibet in the 1990s.

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