Buddhist

  • Sikkim: Monks vote to chose a lama as their MLA April 12, 2014

    Gangtok: Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim on Saturday voted to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly. The 'Sangha' seat is the only one of its kind in India which was created under Article 371 (F) of the Constitution to give...
  • Sikkim: Monks vote to chose lama as their MLA April 12, 2014

    Hundreds of monks from Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan state of Sikkim on Saturday voted to choose a Lama as their representative in the state assembly. The 'Sangha' seat is the only one of its kind in India which was created under Article 371 (F) of the Constitution to give monks...
  • LS polls: Sikkim Buddhists want their Karmapa back April 9, 2014

    As the lone Lok Sabha constituency in Sikkim goes to poll on April 12, the Buddhist minority wants their Karmapa to be enthroned in his seat in Rumtek monastery while the Nepali communities, which form almost half of the populace, seek tribal status. With less than 30 per cent of the...
  • After Nalanda, remains of another ancient university unearthed in Bihar January 15, 2014

    Archaeologists have traced the remains of another university at Telhara, about 40 km from the ancient Nalanda University, a reference to which was found in the account of Chinese travellers Hiuen Tsang and Ithsing. The remains of the university in Nalanda district were found during the course of an excavation at...
  • Noble laureate Amartya Sen visits excavation site at Telhara's Buddhist monastery January 10, 2014

    Noble laureate Amartya Sen had a first hand view of excavations at the ancient Buddhist monastery site of Telhara in Nalanda district of Bihar which finds mention in Chinese traveller Heuen Tsang's book. Sen, who is the Chancellor of the Nalanda International University, visited the excavation site, 33-km west of the famous...
  • India-Thailand road link by 2015 October 27, 2013

    The multi-billion 1,632-km India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, to be completed by 2015, would boost trade and business between the two Asian countries, Indian Ambassador to Thailand Anil Wadhwa said on Sunday. Speaking to agencies on the sidelines of a function to mark the arrival of the 10th international flight of SpiceJet from...
  • ASI to start excavation to find Buddhist stupas in Bhagalpur October 18, 2013

    The Archeology Survey of India (ASI) will soon start excavations to find Buddhist stupas of Pala dynasty believed to be existing near the ruins of the ancient Vikrashila university in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, an ASI official said on Friday. "We have asked the administration to send a photograph and details of...
  • Myanmar Muslims hide in forests amid deadly sectarian clashes October 3, 2013

    Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar a day after fleeing renewed sectarian violence that killed at least five people even as the President toured the divided region for the first time. The violence underscored the government's failure to stop the unrest from spreading since it erupted last year,...
  • Sri Lanka to approve setting up of foreign-funded casinos September 12, 2013

    Sri Lanka, on Thursday, approved the setting up of foreign-funded casinos that are expected to bring in one billion dollars in investments despite a threat of protests from influential Buddhist monks. Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is also the government spokesman, said the federal cabinet had decided to grant a tax...
  • Sinhalese Buddhist monks protest UN rights chief's visit August 26, 2013

    Sinhalese Buddhist monks on Monday protested the UN rights chief's fact-finding mission to the country over concerns about alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan military during the nearly three-decade-long conflict with the LTTE. Monks belonging to Ravana Balaya Buddhist, a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist group, staged a noisy demonstration outside UN...
  • Buddhists in Myanmar torch Muslim homes and shops August 25, 2013

    Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Myanmar following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, as the country was once again gripped by sectarian violence. The rioters, who sang the country's national...
  • Buddhist pilgrim offers to inlay Mahabodhi temple's dome with gold August 1, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine that was rocked by a string of bombings in July, will be inlaid with gold thanks to an offer made by a pilgrim, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday. "The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has accepted...
  • Watch: Serious security lapses across famous religious sites in India July 10, 2013

    CNN-IBN conducted checks across famous religious sites in India and found serious security lapses. In Panchkula, Punjab's Nada Sahib and Guwahati's Kamakhya temple there were security loopholes and CNN-IBN reporters could get inside the premises carrying mini cylinders and other hazardous materials. But security was much better in Bangalore's Iskcon...
  • Alleged IM tweet claiming responsibility for Mahabodhi blasts traced to Pakistan July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The IP address of the alleged Indian Mujahideen tweet that claimed responsibility for the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya's famous Mahabodhi temple has been traced to Pakistan. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had said in a press conference that the National Investigation Agency will verify the claims allegedly...
  • Will consider Nitish's request for CISF security at Bodh Gaya: Shinde July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the Mahabodhi temple blasts probe at the request of the Bihar government. Shinde, who visited Bodh Gaya on Wednesday along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, added that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's...
  • Watch: Members of Buddhist community hold peace march against Bodh Gaya blasts July 8, 2013

    Members of the Buddhist community held a peace march in Agra against the Bodh Gaya serial blasts that shook the holy town and injured two monks. Several Buddhist leaders, including the Dalai Lama and the Karmappa, have appealed for calm and peace after the attacks. ...
  • Nitish seeks CISF security for Mahabodhi temple July 8, 2013

    Patna: Condemning the terror attack that struck the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya on Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said his government has taken the incident "very seriously and will make sure that the culprit is brought to justice". Kumar said though it was the first serial blast that...
  • Security tightened across country following Mahabodhi temple blasts July 8, 2013

    A day after nine blasts took place in and around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, security has been tightened across the nation. The government had issued an advisory on Sunday asking the state government to step up security at Buddhist shrines and sites. ...
  • Live: Mahabodhi temple reopens for public a day after blasts July 8, 2013

    Bodh Gaya/New Delhi: 6:58 pm: The Mahabodhi temple has now reopened for public after a special prayer was performed. 5:17 pm: The special prayer has begun at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after which the temple will be reopened for public. 5:09 pm: Sources say it is possible that...
  • Watch: CCTV footage of the Mahabodhi temple blasts July 8, 2013

    Bihar Police has released the CCTV footage of one of the nine blasts which took place in and around the famous Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya on Sunday. Two foreign monks were injured in the attack, which the government has confirmed as a terror attack. ...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: 1 detained, IM's role suspected July 8, 2013

    Bodh Gaya: Investigation has begun and police have detained one person in Kolkata for questioning in connection with the Sunday's terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. The person is suspected to have links with the Indian Mujahideen. Following an advisory by the government, security of all...
  • Step up security at Buddhist shrines: Centre July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The central government has asked the states to heighten security at Buddhist places of worship and Tibetan settlements in view of the serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, officials said on Sunday. Official sources said that the home ministry had sent an advisory to states that...
  • Sonia Gandhi condemns Mahabodhi temple blasts July 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming the incident as cowardly, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condemned the Mahabodhi temple blasts that shook the holy city of Bodh Gaya in the hourly hours of the day. She said "an attack on the sanctum sanctorum of peace was unfortunate to say the least." She...
  • Mahabodhi blasts have put Bihar in the list of vulnerable states July 7, 2013

    Serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple has far reaching repercussion. It is the first terror attack in Bihar where the target was carefully chosen and the operation was meticulously planned. Apart from injuring two monks, these blasts have also placed Bihar in the list of vulnerable states. ...
  • We should not consider Mahabodhi temple blasts as something serious: Dalai Lama July 7, 2013

    Terror struck the world renowned religious site of Bodh Gaya, Bihar in the early hours on Sunday as a series of nine explosions in and around the famous Mahabodhi temple left two monks injured. ...
  • Mahabodhi temple blasts: Police detain one person for questioning July 7, 2013

    Bodh Gaya: Taking the investigations forward in the Mahabodhi temple serial blasts that shook the nation on Sunday morning, police on Sunday night detained one person from Bodh Gaya, Bihar for questioning. The person is suspected to be involved in these terror attacks and is now presently being quizzed by...
  • Bodh Gaya: Multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple leave two monks injured July 7, 2013

    Bodh Gaya: Terror struck the world renowned religious site of Bodh Gaya, Bihar in the early hours on Sunday as a series of nine explosions in and around the famous Mahabodhi temple left two monks injured. The government, which confirmed the explosions as an act of terror, issued advisory to...
  • Prayers continue at Mahabodhi temple despite terror attack, visitors barred for now July 7, 2013

    Bodh Gaya: Mahabodhi temple, the target of serial blasts, has been closed for general public but the prayers will continue to be held as usual, Bihar police chief Abhayanand said on Sunday. The DGP said no harm has come to the sanctum sanctorum of the famous Buddhist temple, but some peripheral...
  • Watch: Where and when the bombs went off in Bodh Gaya July 7, 2013

    Nine serial blasts ripped through the holy Bodh Gaya temple complex on Sunday morning, injuring two monks. CNN-IBN's Parikshit Luthra explains where exactly the bombs went off. ...
  • Will go through CCTV footage of Mahabodhi temple thoroughly: Police July 7, 2013

    A series of nine explosions took place early on Sunday morning in the Buddhist city of Bodh Gaya in Bihar, leaving two monks injured. The Bihar Police said the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) has requested it to step security in the temple. DGP Abhayanand told reporters that the police...