Religion

Life inside one of the world's biggest Buddhist monasteries

Yarchen Gar is home to over 10,000 devotees, making it one of the largest congregation of monks and nuns.

Life inside one of the world's biggest Buddhist monasteries

Buddhism

Top Chinese Buddhist monk accused of coercing nuns into sex fired

Prominent monk demanded sex from at least six nuns as 'part of Buddhist studies' and four of them gave in, report says.

Top Chinese Buddhist monk accused of coercing nuns into sex fired

India

'Parliament of religions': Kolkata's multi-faith street

From synagogues with Muslim caretakers to a Chinese temple with an Indian twist, this Kolkata area is a rich hub.

Tales from streets of mosques, synagogues, churches, temples

Opinion

Dalit conversions: An act of rebellion against caste supremacy

The mass conversion of Dalits to other religions continue to stir anxiety and anger among India's Hindu intelligentsia.

Rahul Sonpimple

by Rahul Sonpimple

Rahul Sonpimple

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