Buddhism

  • Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip August 31, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalise on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May. Modi is one of only three people that Abe follows on...
  • Rajgir declared polythene-free zone, violators to be fined upto Rs 500 December 4, 2013

    Rajgir, a Buddhist pilgrim town and a tourist destination in Bihar, has been declared a polythene-free zone after visitors complained of rampant littering and a dirty environment. "Rajgir is the first Buddhist historical city to be declared a polythene-free zone from December 2," an official of the tourism department said. Rajgir, nearly...
  • Iran: Government confiscates Buddha statues from shops February 17, 2013

    Tehran: An Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. Sunday's report by the independent 'Arman Daily' quotes Saeed Jaberi Ansari, an official for the protection of Iran's cultural heritage, as saying that...
  • Khurshid adopts religious diplomacy to woo Myanmar December 15, 2012

    Yangon: It was a day of religious diplomacy by India as External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday inaugurated a three-day international conference on Buddhism followed by unveiling of a 15-foot statue of Gautam Buddha. Khurshid, who is in Yangon on his first bilateral visit since assuming office, inaugurated the Buddhism...
  • Buddhist destination Kushinagar promises tranquillity October 1, 2012

    Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh): Welcome to the land of the Buddha. A breather from most other religious destinations, which, ironically, reel under chaos, Kushinagar - the place where Gautam Buddha breathed his last - is a place where you can pray in peace or simply soak in the beauty of the...
  • China suffers from 'moral crisis', says Dalai Lama May 15, 2012

    London: China is beset by a moral crisis, widespread corruption and lawlessness, leading millions of Chinese to seek solace in Buddhism, Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday. The Dalai Lama was in London to receive the $1.7 million Templeton prize for his work affirming the spiritual dimension...
  • Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize worth $ 1.7 mn March 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spiritual won the 2012 Templeton Prize on Thursday. For decades, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, the 14th Dalai Lama - a lineage believed by followers to be the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader who epitomized compassion – has vigorously focused on the...
  • Buddha relevant in modern world: Dalai Lama November 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Buddhism has a special role to play in the modern world because unlike many other religious traditions, Buddhism uniquely propounds the concept of independence which accords closely with the fundamental notions of modern science, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Sunday. Elaborating on the importance of Buddhism...
  • Jataka tales add to Buddhist books in Poland October 12, 2011

    Warsaw: Poland is essentially a Catholic country, but of late the interest in Buddhist literature has been growing for two reasons. One, there is the immense popularity of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and, two, the translation of Buddhist literature into Polish language - the latest being the Jataka...
  • 'The Dhamma Man' an easy yet captivating read October 12, 2011

    For a religion that spread from India to the rest of the world, I know precious little about Buddhism. The Dalai Lama, Bodh Gaya, the Bamiyan statues, Richard Gere, a hundred Hollywood movies - despite all that, I know very little about the man who attained Nirvana. There's this book called...
  • Australian PM refuses to meet Dalai Lama June 13, 2011

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will not meet with the visiting Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to avoid a diplomatic row with China. "The prime minister will not meet with the Dalai Lama on this visit to Australia," Gillard's spokesman said on Monday. "Australian prime ministers have not met the...
  • Dalai Lama offers to resign as political head March 14, 2011

    The Tibetan Parliament in exile will debate the proposal after the Dalai Lama pressed that his resignation be accepted as Tibet's political leader. ...
  • Dalai Lama refuses to continue as political head March 14, 2011

    Dharamsala: Turning down requests by his followers to continue, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday formally conveyed to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile his decision to devolve political authority to pave the way for putting in place a new democratic system to pursue the cause of Tibet. The Dalai Lama administered...
  • China says Dalai Lama has to reincarnate March 8, 2011

    Beijing: Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, does not have a right to choose his successor any way he wants and must follow the historical and religious tradition of reincarnation, a Chinese official said on Monday. It is unclear how the 76-year-old Dalai Lama, who lives in India and is...
  • Tibetans protest, say Karmapa not a spy February 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Tibetans across the country held protest rallies in support of their religious leader Karmapa Lama - a day after the Enforcement Directorate questioned him for almost seven hours. Thousands of followers and devotees of Karmapa gathered at monasteries on Tuesday across the country and carried out a candle light...
  • Karmapa: aides quizzed by ED February 1, 2011

    Dharamsala/Shimla: A high-level Enforcement Directorate (ED) team on Monday questioned aides of Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje who are managing the trust backed by him about foreign currency worth over Rs 7.5 crore seized during raids. Headed by Deputy Director (North) V Neerja, the ED team reached the Gyuto Monastery at Sidhbari...
  • Tibetan leader Karmapa linked to China January 29, 2011

    New Delhi: One of the most revered places for Tibetans and Buddhists across the world now caught in a criss-crossing web of Hawala, Benami land deal and worse still of furthering Chinese interest on Indian soil. The 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee stands accused of being a Chinese plant. Central government...
  • Buddhist monk into fashion, music and tweets January 18, 2011

    Beijing: A Buddhist monk has become popular for performing pop music, using latest gadgets and wearing fashionable gowns while travelling in China to spread his religion. Unlike traditional Buddhist monks, Shi Daoxin, formerly an abbot at a temple in eastern Jiangxi province, is a fan of Harry Potter and uses the...
  • Coming: Deepak Chopra's Graphic novel on Buddha December 6, 2010

    Washington: New age guru Deepak Chopra is all set to publish a graphic adaptation of his New York Times bestselling novel "Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment" in collaboration with Liquid Comics and Dynamite Entertainment. The 160-page, hardcover graphic novel will be available in bookstores across the US Dec 14 with a...
  • Dalai Lama pitches for female successor October 25, 2010

    Toronto: The Dalai Lama, who wound up his three-day visit here by leading prayers at the newly opened Tibetan cultural centre, doesn't rule out a female successor. The purpose of the Dalal Lama's reincarnation is to serve the Buddha, the 14th Dalai Lama told a week-end audience of more than 15,000...
  • Nepal living goddess eyes a banking career April 7, 2010

    Patan, (Nepal): Even a "living goddess" is sometimes faced with tough decisions. Chanira Bajracharya, 15, has been the Kumari or "living goddess" of Patan, an ancient town south of Kathmandu, for nine years, blessing devotees at the temple and riding in decorated chariots 18 times a year during Hindu and...
  • China effect? Centre asks Dalai Lama to amend schedule November 12, 2009

    New Delhi: Has India finally bowed to China's objections to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh? The Tibetan spiritual leader has reportedly been asked to amend his programme by the state government. The Dalai Lama was asked to convert his public address to a religious discourse on the eve of...
  • Singing monk rehearsing chants for Dalai Lama's visit November 7, 2009

    Bomdilla (Arunachal Pradesh): Buddhist singing monk Ngawang Tashi Bapu, nominated for a Grammy award in 2006, is a busy man - rehearsing hymns to welcome Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The unassuming 41-year-old tribal monk said he was not sure whether the Dalai Lama, who arrives in Arunachal Pradesh...
  • Etiquette course launched for Thai monks April 27, 2009

    Bangkok: Disturbed by reports that Thai monks have taken to wearing make-up, carrying pinks purses and other forms of public "homosexual expression", a leading preacher plans to launch a "good manners" course for novices, a news report said on Monday. Senior monk Maha Wudhijaya Vajiramedhi is to introduce Thailand's first etiquette...
  • I may be the last Dalai Lama: Tibetan leader November 23, 2008

    Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday kept everyone guessing about his successor, saying the issue was open on whether a new head was required, and added that it could be a young boy or a girl. "There are various ways of doing it (having a successor). The point...
  • Buddhism and its place in Tibetan protests May 3, 2008

    Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh): Buddhism is often seen as a religion that does not have place for politics. A faith that many believe shuns the power play of everyday life. But do these notions about Buddhism hold true in contemporary India? How are Buddhism and its followers changing? To understand the issues...
  • US gives visa to Tibetan monk China hates April 9, 2008

    New Delhi: The United States has for the first time granted visa to exiled Tibetan leader Karmapa Lama, who was groomed by China to be the spiritual head of Tibetans but fled to India in 2000 when he was 14. Sources told CNN-IBN in New Delhi that the 17th Karmapa Lama,...
  • Inside Myanmar: Buddhism holds activists together December 5, 2007

    Myanmar: When Nyamyo walked through the porous India- Myanmar border 12 years ago, he was just a 14-year-old, who dreamt of a better life and of future studies. He was relieved to have left a country, where opportunities were non-existent. However, soon that relief became a burden. His thoughts were with thousands...
  • Incredible India: Beggars rule, tourists cornered November 21, 2007

    Bodh Gaya: The best profession in Bodh Gaya, Buddhism’s holiest shrine, involves a lot of pleading but the perks make up for it: flexible working hours and tips in foreign currencies. Begging has almost become an industry here and it threatens to harm the city’s main business: tourism. The earnings...
  • Orissa town boasts of 3,000 rare Buddhist relics October 28, 2007

    Jajpur: For the past 25 years, villagers in Uttarpratap in Orissa's northern district of Jajpur have been worshiping an ancient idol after they discovered it in the village pond. Little did they know that it's a figure of Bodhisattva or follower of Buddha belonging to the 7th century. For 57-year-old Nrusingha...