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Why Thailand is putting its Buddhist monks on a diet

Behind the gates of the Wat Yannawa Temple, barefoot monks appear, whose saffron robes have a touch of color in the early morning light. From the youngest to the oldest, they practice the same routine every day: Collect alms or offerings from the Buddhist devotees for the temple. They pray with the person who offers it and then return home …

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Gandhara scroll: Rare 2,000-year-old Buddhist text made public

The scroll originated in Gandhara, an ancient Buddhist region in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only a few hundred Gandharan manuscripts are known to be scholars worldwide, and each is vital to understanding the early development of Buddhist literature. The Gandhara text is narrated by Shakyamuni Buddha, the religious leader also known as Siddhartha Gautama, and tells the story of the …

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Thai Buddhist monks killed in temple shooting

<img class = "js-image-replace" alt = "Buddhist monks pass through an armed Thai police officer charged with securing the Rattanaupap temple complex in Narathiwat province on January 19, 2019. Temple in the province Narathiwat Two Buddhist monks were fatally shot and injured in a temple in southern Thailand. Witnesses reported that black-clad gunmen arrive on motorcycles before storming the Rattanaupap …

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Thailand's rescued cave boys complete their time as Buddhist novices

MAE SAI, Thailand – With bowed heads and orange robes, the members of the Young Football Team managed to complete their time as novices of Buddhist monks for almost three weeks captive in a cave in northern Thailand on Saturday , About 300 people gathered on a rainy morning when the boys had to leave the temple to return to …

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High-ranking Buddhist monk charged with sexual abuse in China

In a 95-page document submitted to the Chinese authorities in July, two male monks at the Beijing Longquan Temple accused Shi Xuecheng of having sexually harassed and assaulted several female nuns. At a time when women in China are pushing back hard against widespread sexual abuse, in a similar way to the #Metoo movement in Western countries. Xuecheng, abbot of …

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