Buddhism http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19783/all en Shrine in Nepal reveals archaeological evidence of the founding of Buddhism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/131125/shrine-nepal-reveals-archaeological-evidence-the-founding-buddhism Researchers think they've found the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world at Nepla's Lumbini pilgramage center, dating back to 550 B.C — a revelation that could push the accepted birthdate of the Buddha back by a century. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/131125/shrine-nepal-reveals-archaeological-evidence-the-founding-buddhism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism history Want to Know World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Science Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:35:55 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5999801 at http://www.globalpost.com Indonesian Buddhist temple bombed over 'screams of the Rohingyas' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/130805/small-explosion-rocks-jakarta-buddhist-temple A small explosion rocked a Buddhist temple in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta late on Sunday, injuring one person and causing mild damage to the facility in an apparant effort to draw attention to the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/130805/small-explosion-rocks-jakarta-buddhist-temple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Need to Know Asia-Pacific Indonesia Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5902684 at http://www.globalpost.com Female Dalai Lama could be a possibility http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/world-religion/130613/female-dalai-lama-could-be-possibility Tibetan Buddhism's supreme leader, the Dalai Lama, reiterated Thusday in Australia that he believed a female Dalai Lama was entirely possible, although all previous holders of the title have been male. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/world-religion/130613/female-dalai-lama-could-be-possibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Need to Know Asia-Pacific World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:04:53 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5857161 at http://www.globalpost.com Sexual abuse allegations give pause to US Buddhist community http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sexual-abuse-allegations-buddhist-community <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 105-year-old Zen master is a recent, high-profile example of a long-suppressed problem. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Los Angeles-based Zen master Joshu Sasaki, now 105 years old, allegedly &quot;groped and sexually harassed female students for decades, taking advantage of their loyalty to a famously charismatic roshi, or master,&quot; reported the New York Times on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sexual-abuse-allegations-buddhist-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Belief Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:56:10 +0000 Kevin Douglas Grant 5754513 at http://www.globalpost.com Religious revolution: Buddhist and Hindu Congress members make history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/121108/religious-revolution-buddhist-and-hindu-congress-members-make-history The United States didn't elect its first Mormon president on Tuesday, but it did vote its first Buddhist into the Senate, and its first Hindu into Congress.Hawaiian Democrat and Japanese Buddhist Mazie Hirono was elevated from the House of Representatives to the Senate on Tuesday, beating Republican opponent Linda Lingle. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/121108/religious-revolution-buddhist-and-hindu-congress-members-make-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Hindu religion Elections Politics United States Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:37:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5725370 at http://www.globalpost.com Buddhist monks come out against Rohingya, Myanmar's beleaguered Muslim minority group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/120904/buddhist-monks-come-out-against-rohingya-myanmars- Buddhist monks in Myanmar have come out in droves to support President Thein Sein's proposal to deport all members of the Muslim Rohingya minority group from the country, in the wake of a summer of sectarian violence that has left 90 dead in Rakhine state. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/120904/buddhist-monks-come-out-against-rohingya-myanmars-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Asia-Pacific Myanmar World Religion Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:51:27 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5718132 at http://www.globalpost.com Photos: Tibetans in Sichuan http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5693017 <p> Though not part of China&#39;s officially designated Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan is an ethnically Tibetan part of the country. Most of the nearly two dozens Tibetan monks and nuns who have self-immolated since February 2009 were located in Sichuan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5693017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Asia-Pacific World Religion China Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:18 +0000 Janek Zdzarski 5693017 at http://www.globalpost.com Database of Tibetan self-immolations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/self-immolations-database-tibet-turmoil-part-5 Most are men, and many are young. All of them are Tibetan. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/self-immolations-database-tibet-turmoil-part-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy World Religion China Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:17 +0000 International Campaign for Tibet 5692999 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet: Timeline of troubles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/tibetan-timeline-tibet-turmoil-part-4 Experts say the current wave of unrest reverberating across the Tibetan plateau stems directly from China’s tightening of controls following the 2008 riots. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/tibetan-timeline-tibet-turmoil-part-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy World Religion China Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:25 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5692947 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet: Does China care what other countries have to say? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120222/tibet-policies-turmoil-part-3 BEIJING — Global outcry over self-immolations in Tibet appears more subdued than the world's rage over the 2008 crackdown in Lhasa.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120222/tibet-policies-turmoil-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Diplomacy World Religion China Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5692933 at http://www.globalpost.com China keeps a lid on Tibet's troubles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/tibetan-monastery-journalists-china-tibet-turmoil-part-2 Even when roadblocks and threats don’t keep journalists out, Tibetans are often too spooked to speak openly.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/tibetan-monastery-journalists-china-tibet-turmoil-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy World Religion China Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5692930 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet: How the trouble started http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/china-crackdown-self-immolations-tibet-turmoil-part-1 XINING — Monks are under lockdown as negotiations hit a stalemate. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120222/china-crackdown-self-immolations-tibet-turmoil-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy World Religion China Political Risk Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5692921 at http://www.globalpost.com Tense times continue in Tibet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/china/tibet-tensions-self-immolations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Details are scarce, but given China's security crackdown, it's clear the situation is serious. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The tense situation on the Tibetan plateau is not getting any better in the days leading up to when Tibetans traditionally celebrate the new year.</p> <p> Tibetan rights groups outside of China report that another nun set herself on fire this weekend to protest Chinese rule in the region, where unrest has spread far beyond the borders of what China defines as Tibet.</p> <p> The official Chinese news agency Xinhua confirmed the incident, which took place in Aba, a heavily Tibetan part of Sichuan province.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111028/tibet-china-buddhist-monks-self-immolations-kirti-monastery">Tibet is burning</a></strong></p> <p> Though China hasn&#39;t confirmed all of the self-immolations, Tibetan activists say this case marks the 23rd in two years. Both <a href="http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/teenage-tibetan-girl-self-immolates-0">Free Tibet</a> and Xinhua say the 18-year-old nun has died of her injuries.</p> <p> The number of deaths and scale of protests, along with the scope of the security response, are all particularly hard to pin down. China has gone to extreme lengths to bar all but official government-run media from reporting in the Tibetan region, making confirmation of the incidents nearly impossible.</p> <p> But given the massive security response and China&#39;s efforts to stymy foreign journalists from entering the area, it&#39;s clear that serious problems remain.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111121/tibet-self-immolation-video-purports-show-nun-fire">Video of Tibet self-immolation (GRAPHIC)</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/china/tibet-tensions-self-immolations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Diplomacy World Religion China On China The Rice Bowl Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:33:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5691585 at http://www.globalpost.com Welcome to Thailand: The penis shrine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/thailand-penis-shrine-fertility <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tucked behind the Swissotel Hotel in Bangkok is a fertility shrine with hundreds of phallus carvings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&rsquo;s been a while since I got anywhere near a seven-foot penis.</p> <p> The last time that happened I was in Bhutan, where I reported on the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/101227/penis-travel-bhutan ">Buddhism-inspired phallic imagery</a> locals there paint on their houses to ward off evil spirits.</p> <p> You&#39;ll find similar phallic warship rituals in Japan, too, as reported by GlobalPost&nbsp;in a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/100315/japan-penis-japanese-vaginas ">story and photo essay on penis and vagina festivals</a>.</p> <p> Since it&rsquo;s almost springtime, it was about time I made another pilgrimage to pay my respects to the penis.</p> <p> After all, if it weren&rsquo;t for a global fascination with the phallus, I would have to find another way to make a living.</p> <p> So today I went to the &ldquo;penis shrine,&rdquo; as the <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/bangkok/sights/shrine/lingam-shrine-saan ">Lingam Fertility Shrine</a> in Bangkok is colloquially called.</p> <p> It&#39;s a small wooden structure tucked behind a giant glass building of the <a href="http://www.swissotel.com/EN/Destinations/Thailand/Swissotel+Nai+Lert+Park/Hotel+Home/Hotel+Description">Swissotel Hotel</a>. I found myself in this secluded spot, in the shadow of banyan trees, surrounded by some three hundred wooden phalluses ranging from lifesize to seven feet long.</p> <p> The Lingam Fertility Shrine, if the name isn&#39;t obvious, is the place locals come to pray so that they can conceive children.</p> <p> The setting is surreal. If I was a marketing director for Swissotel, I would capitalize on the hotel&rsquo;s location and design a special &ldquo;penis shrine view room.&rdquo; You could set up couples with champagne and charge them as much as an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_fertilisation" target="_blank">average IVF cycle</a>.</p> <p> The shrine was originally dedicated to Chao Mae Tuptim, a female animist spirit who &mdash; locals believe &mdash; has been residing in the banyan tree next to the shrine for centuries. One day, the story goes, a woman came to the shrine asking for help from Chao Mae Tuptim because she couldn&rsquo;t get pregnant. Nine months after visiting the temple, she gave birth to a healthy child. She was so grateful, she came back and left a giant wooden carving of penis as a way to thank the universe.</p> <p> Over the years, others have followed in her footsteps. If you visit today, you will see hundreds of phallus-shaped objects, made mostly from wood and stone.</p> <p> Some have bows tied around them for protection, others are dyed bright red, blue or green. All of them, however, are here with the same premise: You offer up a penis, and you, too, may undergo the miracle of conception.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/thailand-penis-shrine-fertility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bangkok Buddhism fertility penis Phallus Thailand Travel/Tourism Offbeat Thailand Wanderlust Thu, 09 Feb 2012 13:53:00 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5691050 at http://www.globalpost.com China vs. India: the battle for Buddha http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120118/nepal-buddhism-dalai-lama-china-tibet LUMBINI, Nepal — For the past several months, a curious mystery has unfolded around Lumbini, the latest beachhead in the quiet battle for Buddha. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120118/nepal-buddhism-dalai-lama-china-tibet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Nepal Tibet World Religion China India Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:32:04 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5687998 at http://www.globalpost.com