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Buddhism: World religion founded by the Buddha
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies. It originated in ancient India as a Sramana tradition sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, spreading through much of Asia. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada and Mahayana.


On Thai Buddhist holy day, gunman's carnage shatters temple peace

Thai nun Amornrat Putta-ariyawong was washing dishes in preparation to host Buddhist devotees on a holy day when a military Humvee pulled up just inside the temple gates and the driver started shooting..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Buddhist shrine in Sarnath today

Security has been beefed up in the city ahead of his visit.
DNA - Published

Videos for Buddhism

Deeply in love: underwater wedding on Valentine's Day in Thailand [Video]Deeply in love: underwater wedding on Valentine's Day in Thailand

Newlywed couples also participate in Buddhist activities for luck and blessings on the day of love.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Twenty-nine dead in mass shooting in Thailand [Video]Twenty-nine dead in mass shooting in Thailand

A Thai soldier went on a shooting rampage over the weekend, killing 29 people in the country's deadliest ever mass shooting.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:19Published

Watch a friendly feline test a Buddhist monk's patience [Video]Watch a friendly feline test a Buddhist monk's patience

A Thai temple cat's bid for affection during solemn Buddhist prayers for the new year on Tuesday was enough to test the patience of a monk trying to maintain his concentration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

Cat vs chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk's patience [Video]Cat vs chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk's patience

A temple cat's insistent bid for affection during solemn Buddhist prayers for the new year. Video credit: Flash Nophayong Sookphan.

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 01:16Published


Bottles for blessings: Thai Buddhist temple recycles plastics into robes

At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud.
Reuters - Published

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet urges Centre to repeal CAA, amend NPR rules

Severe protests have erupted in various parts of the country ever since the central government passed the contentious act, which grants Indian citizenship to refugees belonging to the Hindu, Christian,..
DNA - Published

Dalai Lama asks devotees to chant mantra to contain spread of coronavirus

Responding to their concern, the Dalai Lama advised his followers and Buddhist monasteries across China to chant the 'Tara Mantra' as it would be "beneficial for effectively containing the spread of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Citizenship seekers may have to prove faith

Migrants or refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan need to prove they belong to one of six minority faiths — Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist or Parsi, said a government..
IndiaTimes - Published

Before CAA, string of government orders made it impossible for Muslim migrants to get Indian citizenship

The most significant GO is the October 22, 2018 amendment to the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950 and Foreigners Act, 1946, discriminating against Muslims and atheists for the grant of long-term..
IndiaTimes - Published

In forest monastery, Buddhist abbot faces bushfire with a smile

Buddhist monk Phra Mana helped build his bush monastery with his bare hands three decades ago, but when Australia's worst wildfires in generations threatened to destroy it he stood up to fate with a..
Reuters - Published

Lt Guv Murmu visits ancient Buddhist site, emphasises on preserving heritage

IndiaTimes - Published

How CAA is different from Citizenship Act 1955

The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to six minority communities — Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians — who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014 from..
IndiaTimes - Published

Each oppressed Pak refugee will get Indian citizenship: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the government "will not rest" until each oppressed Pakistani refugee is given Indian citizenship. "The Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian refugees from..
IndiaTimes - Published

CAA protests tracker

Several cities across the country are holding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act which seeks to grant citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities..
IndiaTimes - Published

SC dismisses plea challenging Centre's notification according minority status to 5 communities

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the validity of the Centre's 26-year-old notification according minority status to five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Muslim lawyers' body urges SC to declare citizenship law as 'unconstitutional'

"The Act violates Articles 14, 21 and 25 of the Constitution, as well as the Constitution's basic structure," said the Muslim Advocates Association (MAA) in its plea. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Congress challenges Citizenship Amendment Act in Supreme Court

The Act provides citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who faced religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and arrived in India before..
IndiaTimes - Published

What does India's new citizenship law mean?

A new Indian law that grants citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan prior to 2015 has led to..
Reuters - Published

West Bengal: After protests in Assam over CAB, BGP urges Centre to exclude Darjeeling Hills, Terai and Dooars from bill

The Bill aims to provide for Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of..
DNA - Published

Explainer: What does passage of India's controversial citizenship bill mean?

India's parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that will allow citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh..
Reuters - Published

Amit Shah moves Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in RS, says Indian Muslims are and will remain Indians

No one will harass members of the community, the minister stressed as he moved the bill that provides Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who illegally..
IndiaTimes - Published

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 tabled in Rajya Sabha

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Newer refugees can apply for citizenship the day bill turns law

The bill, in its previous avatar, had cut the minimum stay clause from 11 to six years. With another year now shaved off, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi refugees who came in as..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pope Francis meeting Thai king, Buddhist patriarch in visit

Pope Francis was set to meet Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch, prime minister and king at the start of an official visit on Thursday, before celebrating a mass with tens of thousands of Thai..
Reuters - Published

Blessed by Buddhist monks, Sri Lanka's new president prioritises security

The winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa made national security his top priority after being sworn in on Monday at an ancient temple in the north-central city of Anuradhapura..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka government pledges to hold off signing U.S. pact until after election

Sri Lanka's government said on Wednesday a decision on agreeing a $480 million infrastructure grant from the United States, which has been criticized by some lawyers, Buddhist monks and opposition..
Reuters - Published

Indian tourist detained in Bhutan for desecrating Buddhist 'chorten'

IndiaTimes - Published

BJP takes dig at Mayawati after she says she will covert to Buddhism at appropriate time

IndiaTimes - Published

Special provisions within CAB expected for NE people: Manipur CM

Union home minister Amit Shah had said on October 1 that Parliament will pass the CAB which will grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh..
IndiaTimes - Published

Judge shoots himself in court in Thailand

A judge in southern Thailand shot himself in court after delivering a not guilty verdict in the case of five Muslim suspects charged with murder in the predominantly Buddhist country's restive south.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka's ruling party nominates deputy leader as presidential candidate

Sri Lanka's ruling party on Thursday nominated its deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa, to run in a presidential election on Nov. 16, a move that appeared intended to win over Buddhist-majority voters.
Reuters - Published

Stop sale of chicken and milk from same outlets: BJP MLA to MP CM

"Milk holds a special place in rituals of Hinduism, Jainism, Sanatan Dharma and Buddhism. Milk, a symbol of purity, is offered to god and also widely consumed in fasts. Keeping the sensibilities of..
DNA - Published

'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand prompts police complaint

A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character..
Reuters - Published

U.S. voices concern over Myanmar army's lawsuit against religious leader

The United States said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about the Myanmar army's filing of a lawsuit against a religious leader who told President Donald Trump the military oppressed Christians in..
Reuters - Published

Myanmar army sues religious leader who told Trump the military 'tortured' Christians

A Myanmar religious leader is facing a legal complaint from an army officer after telling U.S President Donald Trump the military was oppressing and torturing Christians in the Buddhist-majority..
Reuters - Published

Revered Buddhist leaders of Sri Lanka welcome creation of Ladakh as Union Territory

Two of the most revered Buddhist religious leaders of Sri Lanka have welcomed India's move to carve out Buddhist-majority Ladakh as a Union Territory. The Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya..
IndiaTimes - Published

India's Ladakh Buddhist enclave jubilant at new status but China angered

The Buddhist enclave of Ladakh cheered India's move to hive it off from Jammu and Kashmir state, a change that could spur tourism and help New Delhi counter China's influence in the contested western..
Reuters - Published

'Ladakh will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority': Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan PM says Ladakh is worth a visit.
DNA - Published

Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam

Thousands are flocking to see a Buddhist temple in central Thailand exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.
Reuters - Published

Out of Kashmir’s shadow, Ladakh finds own footing

Though Article 370 was intended to “protect” Jammu and Kashmir’s separate identity, the three regions in the state got along poorly and the decision to grant Ladakh Union Territory status is a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Myanmar holds repatriation talks with Rohingya refugees; key official hints at ministerial level meeting on sidelines of General Assembly

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya to be 'Bengalis' from Bangladesh even though their families have lived in the country for generations.
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilizing Buddhist women

A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilized over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country..
Reuters - Published

Government empowering minorities without appeasement: Naqvi

Naqvi said the minorities meant six centrally notified minority communities-- Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Parsi, Muslim and Christian and not Muslims alone.
DNA - Published

Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of..
Reuters - Published

Hardline Sri Lanka monk calls for Buddhist Sinhalese government

Sri Lanka's most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

Police lined the streets of the Sri Lankan highland town of Kandy on Sunday and the army was on standby as hardline Buddhist monks gathered for their first big assembly since Easter attacks by Islamist..
Reuters - Published

Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.
Reuters - Published

Muslims in Sri Lankan highlands to down shutters as hardline Buddhists meet

Shops owned by Muslim traders in the Sri Lankan central highlands district of Kandy will remain closed on Sunday as thousands of hardline Buddhist monks gather to decide who to back in the country's..
Reuters - Published

Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom's ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of..
Reuters - Published

A year later, Thailand's rescued 'cave boys' honor diver who died

A Thai soccer team trapped in a cave last year for 17 days returned there on Monday to perform Buddhist rituals honoring a former navy diver killed in the dramatic effort to rescue them that captivated..
Reuters - Published

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