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Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Feb 23, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do has spent most of his life advocating for religious freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam

DISSIDENT MONK. In this file photo, Vietnam's dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do sits inside the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City on July 27, 2007. Photo by Aude Genet/AFP

Thai new year splashes in with water fights, raves

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:14 PM

As the sun sets, tens of thousands of ravers from across Asia are expected to dance into Saturday night under massive water cannons and spectacular pyrotechnics

NEW YEAR. Revellers spray water on two men pretending to study during the annual Songkran, or Thai New Year, celebrations on Khaosan Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2019.  Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Meet the Japanese Buddhist monk who loves make-up

Nov 10, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'This is who I am,' Kodo Nishimura says. 'I am not going to try to be something else.'

In this photo taken on July 19, 2018 Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura (L) poses with model Yuri Hotta (R) during the talk session at the Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made-up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changes outfits three times during a presentation to starry-eyed fans. But at the Tokyo temple where his father is head monk and he assists in rituals, he appears transformed. His face is bare, and he wears the plain robes of a Buddhist cleric.  Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

Holy rap! 'Funky' Japan monk gets grannies in a spin

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Akinobu Tatsumi Tatsumi isn't your typical Buddhist monk. He has long hair, tied in a ponytail, and fancies himself as a human beatbox – a genre also steeped in hip hop culture.

DOUBLE LIFE. Akinobu Tatsumi leads a double life -- as a Buddhist monk who preaches about DJing. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Facebook blacklists Myanmar hardline Buddhist group

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Facebook bans the Buddhist nationalist movement Ma Ba Tha from its platform, as well as a pair of prominent monks known for stoking hatred towards the Rohingya

BANNED. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

The week in photos: April 28-May 4, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BIRTHDAY SUIT. A photo posted by TV host Troy Montero on his Instagram on May 2, 2018, shows him with long time partner Aubrey Miles enjoy the beach while posing naked in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Instagram.com/troymontero

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Menjadi seorang bhikkhu

May 30, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Apa yang membuat seseorang menjadi seorang bhikkhu dan bagaimana gaya hidupnya?

BHIKKHU. Bhante Ati bercerita tentang mengapa ia menjadi bhikkhu. Foto oleh Wirawan Perdana/Rappler

Non-Muslims caned in Indonesia under sharia law

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Two Buddhists were caned for the first time after they were accused of cockfighting in Aceh province

PUNISHMENT. One of the two ethnic Chinese and members of the Buddhist minority, gets whipped in front of a crowd in Jantho, Aceh province. AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Four years on, lives of Myanmar's Rohingya still on hold

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We eat when we get our quota If we do not get it we cannot eat says Myee Shay who is among tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya

In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, a group of minority Muslim Rohingya gather outside a store at the Aung Mingalar displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Jun 15, 2016 - 7:27 PM

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Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh – police

May 14, 2016 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED It is the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities and secular activists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh court rejects scrapping Islam as state religion

Mar 28, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Jamaat e Islami party calls the decision a victory of 160 million people but secular activists say it is a sad day for minorities

Bangladeshi Islamist leaders flash victory signs after the Bangladesh High Court rejected a petition challenging Islam as thr state religion in Dhaka on March 28, 2016.  Bangladesh's high court on March 28 rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam's status as the state religion in the wake of nationwide protests by hardline Islamist groups. / AFP / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'angry at being interviewed by Muslim'

Mar 26, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Peter Popham writes about the outburst in an article for The Independent published online Friday March 25 and says it was relayed to him by a reliable source

 Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after meeting with newly-appointed minister from National League of Democracy party at the parliament building in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 25, 2016. Photo by Hein Htet/EPA

Leading Buddhists call for agreement on climate change

Oct 30, 2015 - 3:20 PM

Fifteen Buddhist leaders from around the world sign the statement saying that our survival and that of other species is at stake

BUDDHISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gestures at a function in Dharamsala on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

EU slams Myanmar inter-marriage bill

Jul 10, 2015 - 4:18 AM

A draft of the bill published in December laid out a web of rules governing marriage between Buddhist women and men of other faiths

Military in rare clash with insurgents in west Myanmar

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:55 PM

State media reports of clashes since April 17 in Rakhine itself between the army and insurgents are believed to be the first time the rebels have fought troops in their home state

‘Facebook’ monk crowdsources for goodwill in Palawan

Apr 18, 2015 - 9:56 AM

In Puerto Princesa Palawan a Buddhist monk helps solve people’s problems by logging onto Facebook and finding connections

STUDENT AND MENTOR. Under Bhante’s guidance and encouragement, Rhodora would like to have a future wherein everyday, she is helping people who grew up in the same kind of poverty she did.

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:25 PM

The resolution urges the government to protect the rights of all inhabitants of Rakhine state and allow equal access to full citizenship for the Rohingya minority

GRANT CITIZENSHIP. Bangali (also known as Rohingya) people gather near a tent at a temporary school at Gaung Dokka Muslim refugee camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, November 13, 2014. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to discrimination against the Rohingya ethnic Muslim minority. File photo by Nyunt Win/EPA

Manila invites monks to pray for killed Luneta hostages

Aug 07, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Buddhist monks will pray at the Quirino Grandstand – the site of the hostage drama – for 12 hours on August 9 for the victims and for the greater good of the Philippines

Mob burns school in riot-hit Myanmar city

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Radical monks have been accused of whipping up religious tensions with fiery warnings that the country s main religion is under threat from Islam

DESTROYED. A general view shows a destroyed building at a cemetery after a riot on the outskirts of Mandalay, central Myanmar on July 5, 2014. Photo by AFP /Soe Than Win

Sri Lanka grills firebrand monk over anti-Muslim riots

Jul 03, 2014 - 12:12 AM

The riots raise concerns of a flare up in violence as Sri Lanka emerges from a decades long separatist war waged by ethnic Tamils which ended in May 2009

RIOTS. Muslims, made homeless after two days of anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka’s tourist region of Alutgama, demonstrate against radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) at a makeshift camp in Beruwala on June 18. File photo by AFP/ Ishara S. Kodikara

Sri Lanka religious riots spark international concern

Jun 17, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Local community leaders accuse authorities of doing little to prevent Sunday night s carnage that made hundreds of Muslims homeless after attacks on their homes shops factories mosques and even a nursery

RELIGIOUS RIOTS. An interior view of the heavily damaged and burnt residence following sectarian clashes in Sri Lanka. Clashes broke out on June 15 in Aluthgama when a group led by Buddhist monks protested a previous attack by a Muslim group on a monk in the area. Photo by M.A.Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Yogyakarta's secret treasures

Jun 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Get off the beaten track in Yogyakarta to experience what the city really has to offer

Tensions as Myanmar embarks on first census in 30 years

Mar 30, 2014 - 2:08 PM

A main point of contention is that Muslims will not be able to register as Rohingya viewed by UN as among the world s most persecuted minorities

Dozens of Rohingya missing after boat sinks off Myanmar: police

Nov 03, 2013 - 9:04 PM

UPDATED The boat was believed to be carrying the Rohingya from Myanmar s western state of Rakhine to Malaysia where thousands of members of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary since violent clashes with Buddhists erupted last year

Thailand's top Buddhist leader dies aged 100

Oct 25, 2013 - 12:04 AM

The revered Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara died of a blood infection following recent surgery for an intestinal infection

REVERED. Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja turned 100 on October 3 and is considered the longest living Supreme Patriarch in Thai history. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/Agence France-Presse

Meditation made fast and simple

Jul 10, 2013 - 9:41 AM

Don’t have time to meditate? Here s what you can do

MEDITATIVE MIND. Meditation need not be difficult

Ganjuran: Javanese Catholic church in Jogja

Jun 27, 2013 - 3:34 PM

Ganjuran Church is considered off the beaten path in Jogja s tourist trail

FIT FOR A SULTAN. Ganjuran Church's interiors will easily fit into the Sultan's palace

Time magazine 'Buddhist Terror' headline irks Myanmar

Jun 24, 2013 - 6:37 PM

Myanmar slams a Time report saying it creates a misunderstanding of Buddhism

‘MISUNDERSTANDING BUDDHISM.’ Myanmar reacted angrily to a Time magazine cover story on a prominent radical monk accused of fuelling anti-Muslim violence, accompanied by the headline "The Face of Buddhist Terror". AFP/Christophe Archambault

Thich Nhat Hanh: 'Peace is every breath'

May 15, 2013 - 11:32 AM

Our spiritual practice can be there at any moment as we cultivate the energy of mindfulness and concentration

PEACE IS EVERY BREATH. Thich Nhat Hanh's meditative calligraphy. Image courtesy of Rina Angela Corpus

The practice of mindful eating

May 15, 2013 - 11:05 AM

Many things are lost in distracted meal times Only the stomach is satisfied but the soul is not enriched by the physical nourishment our bodies receive

TEA CEREMONY. A demonstration of the ritual of making tea. Photos by Ime Morales

Mariko Jacinto: Picturing parties

Apr 19, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Mariko gifts us with an understated spiritual eyesight amidst the delusions behind social shindigs in all their short lived luster

HIGHLIFE. Glimpses of high society parties are depicted in Mariko Jacinto's artwork. All photos from Mariko Jacinto's Facebook page

Crossing cultural borders to Siem Reap

Oct 26, 2012 - 2:10 AM

A Bangkok based Pinoy expat tells us about his day trip in Cambodia and his visit to Siem Reap’s Angkor temples

CARVING OF YAMA, THE Hindu god of death, at the Terrace of the Leper King in Angkor Thom, Siem Reap. All photos by Nico Marco

Passage to Yogyakarta

Sep 22, 2012 - 7:33 PM

If you re thinking of a pilgrimage site to visit next Yogyakarta in Indonesia may just be the place for you

INDONESIAN KIDS PREPARING FOR the cultural show at Prambanan Temple. All photos by Gael Hilotin

From the heart: The calligraphy of Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Aug 21, 2012 - 10:05 AM

The 100 piece exhibit is on display at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Manila

SOME OF THE 100-PIECE calligraphy artworks by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. All photos by Ime Morales

Know your stars: How to beat Mercury in retrograde

Aug 01, 2012 - 8:41 PM

In this period of Ramadan we discuss Arabic astrologers plus an astronomical anomaly that has been causing major trouble

THE CRESCENT AND STAR atop the dome of a mosque at the border of Pasay and Paranaque. This mosque is named after Rajah Sulayman as a tribute to the Muslim leader who bravely resisted colonization in the 16th century. Photo by Resti H. Santiago

Myanmar beefs up security as new unrest hits west

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:13 PM

Buddhist villagers flee their homes amid renewed sectarian violence in western Myanmar