Stories: Buddhism

  • Burmese Buddhist Monks Love Muslim-Hating Trump

    He has been called a “xenophobic fascist,” compared to Adolf Hitler, andaccused of stoking Islamophobia across America, but U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is finding admirers in an unlikely corner of the world, among Myanmar’s extremist Buddhist monks. “As long as the Quran exists there will be terrorists, and like...

  • Abbot of Ewam Garden in Arlee Says Tibetan, Native American Beliefs Similar

    A cave in these hills an hour south of Kathmandu reaches all the way through the Earth to Montana. "You feel something blessed inside," said Jemyeng Palmo, master teacher at the Turquoise Leaf Nunnery in Pharping. "You feel the blessings of Guru Rinpoche." The small cave barely has room for six people to stand, and soot from centuries of candles...

  • Amid Traffic and Flowers, Myanmar Lays Guru S.N. Goenka to Rest

    Downtown Yangon’s famously snarled traffic came to a halt Tuesday morning to let a truck wreathed with pink lilies pass. It was carrying the ashes of S.N. Goenka, the noted meditation guru who died last week in Mumbai, India, at the age of 90. Goenka, whose signature 10-day silent retreats drew tens of thousands of people each...

  • Displaced in Thailand

    In most of Thailand, the majority of people are Buddhists. But in the Southern-most provinces, the majority are Malay-speaking Muslims. Malay militants want to separate from the Thai state, saying it doesn’t respect Malay identity. Since the conflict escalated in 2004, around 5 thousand people have been killed, and more than 200,000 have had to leave their homes. The Malay militants...