Asia

Sri Lanka: Buddhism to remain paramount in new charter

Prime Minister assured Buddhist monks that the new constitution will not take away the primary status given to Buddhism.

Sri Lanka: Buddhism to remain paramount in new charter

Asia Pacific

Myanmar arrests Buddhists accused of targeting Muslims

Arrests follow scuffles in Muslim-dominated areas in Yangon and forcible closures of two Islamic schools by Buddhists.

Myanmar arrests Buddhists accused of targeting Muslims

Myanmar

Myanmar restricts Buddhist monk over hate speech

'Face of Buddhist terror' ordered into silence by top religious body as deepening anti-Muslim tensions rise.

Wirathu silenced by Myanmar's top Buddhist body

Buddhism

Thai police blocked during hunt for monk

Followers of Buddhist Dhammakaya Temple defy orders to evacuate premise amid search for monk wanted for corruption.

Thousands of Thais obstruct search for wanted monk

Myanmar

Myanmar jails Dutch man for disrupting Buddhist sermon

Klaas Haytema sentenced to three months in jail after unplugging Buddhist centre loudspeaker because he wanted to sleep.

Myanmar jails Dutch man for disrupting Buddhist sermon

Asia

Buddhist monks serve iftar for Muslims in Bangladesh

Monastery has been serving iftar meals to underprivileged Muslims during Ramadan for the past six years.

Buddhist monks serve iftar for Muslims in Bangladesh

Opinion

A second disaster awaits Nepal's heritage

Kathmandu's heritage sites may soon be placed on the UNESCO danger list due to mishandled post-earthquake restoration.

Thomas Bell

by Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

China

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.

China builds 'living Buddha' database to stop impostors

Rohingya

Myanmar's punk rockers challenge anti-Muslim rhetoric

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

Myanmar's punk rockers challenge anti-Muslim rhetoric

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.

Thailand bans film over depictions of Buddhist monks

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.

Dalai Lama warns China on interfering in succession

Opinion

Buddhist nationalists stoke hatred in Myanmar

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

Richard Bennett

by Richard Bennett

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.

Asia

Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government

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

Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government

Sri Lanka

Buddhist monk to fight 'jihad threat'

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

Buddhist monk to fight 'jihad threat'