BANGKOK (RNS) In some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident and militant Buddhism is emerging.
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(RNS) Authorities in Thailand are preparing to arrest and possibly defrock a senior Buddhist monk on charges of insurrection and breach of Buddhist discipline for leading anti-government protests.
(RNS) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his residence.
(RNS) After its parliament voted to limit a husband’s right to have non-consensual sex with his wife, the president of the Maldives vetoed the bill calling it “un-Islamic.”
NEW DELHI (RNS) Organized jointly by confederations of churches and Muslim groups in India, the demonstrators demanded affirmative action for Dalits (formerly “untouchables”) who have converted to Christianity or Islam.
(RNS) India’s school policy considers yoga an integral component of physical education. But the court has expressed caution, and is considering arguments that yoga has a religious component.
(RNS) For Ani Choying Drolma, nicknamed the “rock star nun,” singing and performing with top musicians is a way to take the essence of Buddha’s teachings to the world and help people in need.
(RNS) A Christian nun elected the first woman bishop of South Asia’s Anglican community said her appointment has so far silenced critics who believe only men can play leadership roles in the church.
(RNS) Next month, Nepal will circulate a new 100-rupee note with the imprint, “Lumbini: The Birthplace of Lord Buddha.” The note is part of the government’s most recent effort to correct the record.