Topic / Buddhism

Buddhist monk labels UN official ‘a whore’

Myanmar’s government is investigating a speech by a Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in which he called a UN rapporteur a ‘whore’. South Korean rapporteur Yanghee Lee – according to this report – was in Myanmar last week to highlight the plight of its Muslim minority. But at a protest against the visit, monk Wirathu told […]

Headphones Buddha ‘offends millions’

New Zealander Philip Blackwood, 32,below, is currently languishing in prison in Myanmar, formerly Burma, after he was  accused of “insulting religion” by posting a psychedelic image of the Buddha wearing headphones on Facebook to advertise his V Gastro Bar. Despite removing the image and replacing it with a statement apologizing for “embarrassing ignorance,” Blackwood was […]

NOB moves against criminal monks

THE National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has launched a 24-hour hotline in Thailand for the public to report unacceptable behaviour by delinquent Buddhist monks, according to this report. The move follows an epidemic of high-profile cases ranging from monks taking drugs and drinking to a case in May of five defrocked abbots charged with sexually […]

Halal industry: It’s a ‘minefield’

THE finest brains in the Muslim world are grappling with a vexing question: how does one create a universal halal standard? The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which calls itself the collective voice of the Muslim world, is trying to draft global halal guidelines with the backing of Dubai, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. This […]

Buddha’s bits nicked: monks are furious

A HANK of hair and a piece of bone? Well, actually no-one really knows what was in a golden urn – said to contain “holy” relics of Buddha – but Cambodian monks are pretty damn furious that someone nicked the urn from a multimillion-dollar monument last month, and they want swift government action to get […]

Fear of Islam sparks Buddhist violence

“OF all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?” This question was posed in […]

Sex pest: a Buddhist master, aged 105

THE ZEN Buddhist community in in the US are said to be shocked and distressed by revelations that a prominent teacher – Joshu Sasaki, 105 –  is being investigated for having groped and sexually harassed female students for decades. Since arriving in Los Angeles from Japan in 1962, Sasaki has taught thousands of Americans at […]

Buddhist kicks off over Keds

BUDDHISTS “all over the world” have had their “sentiments hurt” by a new range of “blasphemous” Keds sneakers bearing the image of the Dalai Lama. Now, we all imagine that Buddhists are a laidback, tolerant lot whose philosophy is in no way as red in tooth and claw as say, Islam, whose followers exist in […]

Buddhist anger over ‘blasphemous’ bar

A GROUP of angry Indonesian Buddhists symbolically sealed the upmarket Buddha Bar in Jakarta yesterday, urging authorities to immediately close the Paris-based entertainment franchise for “blasphemy”. About 150 mainly student protesters carrying joss sticks and flowers gathered outside the bar in a wealthy neighbourhood of the capital and denounced its decorative use of sacred symbols […]