The elephant negotiates the Chi River to carry the monk-to-be to the ordination hall. (Photo by Thanissorn Luckchai)

Magnificence on elephant back

Lots of colour, smiles, elaborate costumes, fanfare and, of course, a herd of elephants will enchant visitors to Surin in Northeast Thailand, as the country’s oldest mahout community celebrates the…

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Soldiers with a local senior Buddhist monk lecturing students at an Islamic elementary school in Narathiwat on issues of patriotism and history of Thai national flag last Sunday. (Picture from the Special Warfare Command’s Facebook)

Buddhist abbot’s visit to Islamic school sparks uproar

A recent visit to an Islamic education centre in Narathiwat by a local senior Buddhist monk, accompanied by a group of soldiers, has triggered uproar in the Muslim community in…

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3 journalists face axe over an investigation into senior monk in Thailand

One broadcast journalist was fired and two others from separate organisations have been suspended pending investigation over their allegedly inappropriate conduct during their investigative news coverage of a respected 98-year…

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Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist and master of mindfulness, dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died on Saturday aged 95…

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