China builds 'living Buddha' database to stop impostors

Register contains details of 870 people considered incarnations of Buddha, a move Beijing hopes will stop fraud.


Myanmar's punk rockers challenge anti-Muslim rhetoric

Ahead of crucial election, musicians rail against government-sanctioned repression of persecuted Rohingya minority.

Asia Pacific

Thailand bans film over depictions of Buddhist monks

Buddhist body says Arbat could destroy the religion with its intimate scenes and depiction of monk taking drugs.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama warns China on interfering in succession

Tibetan Buddhist leader says China is trying to interfere in his succession and split Tibetan Buddhism.


Buddhist nationalists stoke hatred in Myanmar

Myanmar's proposed 'race and religion laws' fuel hatred and fear.

by Richard Bennett

101 East

Thailand's tainted robes

As scandals involving misbehaving monks rock the nation, 101 East examines if Thailand can save its moral soul.


Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government

JHU accuses President Rajapaksa of refusing to curb powers and carry out democratic reforms before fresh elections.


Buddhist monk to fight 'jihad threat'

Ashin Wirathu, of Myanmar's 969 group, tells Sri Lankan group BBS he will help combat "Muslim extremists".

Human Rights

Police aim to subdue Myanmar violence

Police deployed and curfew imposed in the city of Mandalay after Buddhist-Muslim clashes left two dead.

Al Jazeera Correspondent

Mustang: A Kingdom on the Edge

Al Jazeera's Steve Chao follows the struggle of the Tibetan people to preserve an ancient culture.