Families claim their dead as Thais mourn 29 killed in mass shooting | AFP

Grieving relatives of 29 people murdered by a rogue soldier in Thailand held Buddhist prayer ceremonies Monday, as questions multiply over how and why the unprecedented shooting spree happened. Holding portraits of their relatives and dabbing away tears, families of the victims arrived at a city morgue in Nakhon Ratchasima, better known as Korat, to carry home coffins bearing their dead.

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Elephants take centre stage in Sri Lankan Buddhist festival | AFP

Elephants adorned in glittering costumes, fire dancers and drummers perform as part of a procession in the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to mark a Buddhist festival. Elephants have been a part of religious processions for decades in the country, although last year 17 people were injured in Sri Lanka when two elephants ran amok at a religious festival.

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Pope Francis arrives at Tokyo-Haneda Airport | AFP

Pope Francis lands in Japan for a visit that will take him to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pray for peace. He is on the second and final leg of an Asia tour that began in Thailand, where he warned of the pitfalls of modern technology and promoted religious tolerance, including by meeting the country’s senior Buddhist leadership. IMAGES

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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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Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at funeral

The elaborate funeral of Leicester City’s Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha takes place at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, as members of Thailand’s business and political elite pay tribute to the well-connected billionaire.

Thai Cave Boys End Time As Novice Buddhist Monks

(4 Aug 2018) Twelve Thai boys who were rescued last month from a flooded cave in the country took part on Saturday in a prayer ceremony to mark the end of their short period as novice Buddhist monks. (Aug. 4)

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Thai Soccer Boys Becoming Novice Buddhist Monks

(24 Jul 2018) The Thai soccer team and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave had their heads shaved in a ceremony Tuesday as they prepared to be ordained as Buddhist novices. The adult coach is becoming a Buddhist monk. (July 24)

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Boys rescued from Thai cave become Buddhist novices

Eleven of the boys who were trapped in a Thai cave & their coach attended a Buddhist ceremony on Tuesday as they prepare to be ordained to become Buddhist novices & monks. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/99pe

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