‘Thithi’ to open Dharamshala International Film Festival 0

Dharamsala, Oct 6 (IANS): Raam Reddys critically acclaimed Kannada film “Thithi” will open the fifth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), while Vetrimarans Tamil drama “Visaranai” (Interrogation) will

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Gender Equality Gathers Momentum Among Asian Buddhists 0

  By Kalinga Seneviratne BANGKOK – The first ASEAN Buddhist Conference held on September 22-23 at Nakhonpathom Rajabhat University, about 100 km from Bangkok, brought together Buddhist Bhikkunis (nuns), Bhikkus (monks) and lay Buddhists from across Asia in a bid to

Vietnam ties Buddhism knot with India, not China 0

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury/NEW DELHI Indo-Vietnam cultural linkages are well known. Vietnam, a key strategic and economic player in South-East Asia, is now keen to trace back its Buddhist legacy to India, rather than China. Top Vietnamese monks have discovered

Kancheepuram may soon have a Buddhist temple 0

Though Kancheepuram was once a flourishing Buddhist centre, there is not a single Buddhist temple in the town today. But this could soon change as a 9th century Buddha statue found in a school playground in Kancheepuram is all set

Scientists in Nepal Show the Neurological Benefits of Meditation on Buddhist Monks 0

Scientists from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia in Canada have revealed new findings about the benefits of meditation after investigating its effect on the brains of Buddhist monks at Tengboche Monastery in northeastern Nepal’s Solukhumbu district.

Muslim Students Help to Rebuild Buddhist Temples in Indonesia 0

A video of Muslim students helping to rebuild damaged Buddhist temples has been widely circulated on social media in the wake of a spate of vandalism by violent mobs in Tanjungbalai, a city in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra.

Buddhist Priest Eyes Olympic Gold in Rio 0

As the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Brazil, slalom canoeist Kazuki Yazawa, who is representing Japan, may be unique among the hundreds of hopeful athletes competing at the games in the hope of bagging an Olympic medal in that

Tibetan Nun Commits Suicide at Buddhist Complex in China’s Sichuan Province 0

A Tibetan Buddhist nun has committed suicide because of a project by Chinese authorities to demolish a large religious institute where she studied in a Tibetan-populated county in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, RFA’s Tibetan Service has learned. Rinzin Dolma hanged

World’s first Arctic Buddhist stupa opens in Russia 0

Tibetan Monk Tangerang Lama Pema Lhundrup Gyatso Rinpoche came to the town to consecrate the “Enlightenment Stupa” on August 4, reports Russian TV channel TV-21. Construction of the stupa began in October 2014 on the initiative of local businessmen and


Shambhala is round but depicted as an eight-petalled lotus blossom, which is a symbol of the heart Chakra (represented in the picture above). Many ancient texts refer to ‘magical’ and ‘mythical’ lands, which is fascinating, particularly when you consider how

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