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Doug Saunder
Doug Saunder
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DOUG SAUNDERS

How Buddhist fundamentalism became an international threat

If you typed “Buddhist” into a search engine a few years ago, you’d have seen stories about meditation, peaceful protest and Hollywood celebrities.

Today you’ll get a stream of breaking news stories about excesses and abuses committed by Buddhist governments and religious leaders in the three Asian countries that might be called the “Buddhist crescent” – a rise of violent Buddhist fundamentalism driven by extremist monks that has some observers warning that it’s as dangerous as Christian, Muslim and Hindu fundamentalism have been in other regions.