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'Pained' by Una episode, many Dalits plan to embrace Buddhism

In the wake brutal thrashing of Dalits in Una, at least 1,000 people from the community in Banaskantha district have so far expressed their desire to convert to Buddhism, stating that there was not point in continuing with Hinduism, if they are not treated as equals.

China's Panchen Lama carries out religious rite in Tibet, first in 50 years

Although officially atheist, China selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 in a drive to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans.
 

Myanmar mob torches mosque as religious tensions spike: Report

Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed in recent years, with rising Buddhist nationalism posing a steep challenge to the new government.
 

Religious tensions bristle in Myanmar village after mosque destroyed

Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said on Saturday.

Thai PM offers prayers at Bodh Gaya

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha on Saturday visited Bodh Gaya and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhists` holiest shrine, officials said.

These are the places associated with the life of Gautama Buddha

These are the places associated with the life of Gautama Buddha

In this photo-feature, we will take a look at the four main places that are associated with the life of Gautama Buddha. 

Buddhism is the fastest growing religion among Scheduled Castes

Buddhism is the fastest growing religion among Scheduled Castes

The numbers of Scheduled Caste Buddhists have increased by 38% from 41.59 lakh in 2001 to 57.56 lakh in 2011.

Protesting against liquor shop, Dalits in Rajasthan claim they've converted to Buddhism

The residents of Sant Ravidas Colony in Bhadasia suburb of Jodhpur have been protesting for three weeks now against the liquor shop.

Rohith Vemula's family embraces Buddhism, says `we'll be free from daily humiliation`

Rohith Vemula's family embraces Buddhism, says `we'll be free from daily humiliation`

Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika and brother Naga Chaitanya Vemula were given 'deeksha' at a function in Dadar in Mumbai.

Rohith Vemula's brother, mother to embrace Buddhism in Mumbai today

Rohith Vemula's brother, mother to embrace Buddhism in Mumbai today

Today is the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution.

Rohith Vemula's mother, brother to embrace Buddhism today

Rohith Vemula's mother, brother to embrace Buddhism today

The family of Dalith research scholar Rohith Vemula, whose suicide at Hyderbad Central University in January created a firestorm of protest, would be converting to Buddhism here today Babasaheb Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar said here on Wednesday.

China official says Dalai Lama 'making a fool' of Buddhism

China official says Dalai Lama 'making a fool' of Buddhism

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is "making a fool" of Tibetan Buddhism with suggestions he may not reincarnate, or reincarnate as something inappropriate, and the faithful are not buying it, a Chinese official wrote on Monday.

Spirituality: Know the significance of 'Om' and how to pronounce it!

Spirituality: Know the significance of 'Om' and how to pronounce it!

Learn the correct way to pronounce sacred word 'Om'.

Bagan ban: Myanmar stops tourists scaling prized pagodas

Myanmar is eager to see Bagan designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site.

Two decades on, China says its Panchen Lama has won wide praise

Two decades on, China says its Panchen Lama has won wide praise

China has long maintained the Dalai Lama`s choice, Gendun Choekyi Nyima, now 26, is not the real Panchen Lama,

Non-religious views should be part of curriculum: UK court

Non-religious views should form part of the school curriculum for religious studies in the UK, Britain's High Court has ruled on a plea challenging the changes introduced by the government earlier this year to include faiths like Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism.

Push to make Buddhism Thailand's state religion

Several Buddhist groups are hoping that the drafters of a new constitution for the country will include Buddhism as Thailand's official state religion.

PM Modi to attend Hindu Buddha Conclave tomorrow

Delhi's Vivekananda foundation is all set to host Hindu Buddha Conclave starting from tomorrow. PM Modi will reportedly attend the conclave.

Pottery, beads retrace close links between India and Bali

Pottery, beads retrace close links between India and Bali

Remnants of ancient Indian pottery, beads and even Indian DNA found in human bones point to thriving trade and social contacts between India and Bali dating back to more than 2,000 years.

Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane, taken off flight

A Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text onboard a plane awaiting takeoff from Paris was mistaken for a terrorist by alarmed passengers and taken off the flight by police.