Topic / Buddhism

Hindu swindler faces life imprisonment

Indian guru Annamalai Annamalai, above, who headed a temple in Georgia that went bust in 2009, is facing a life sentence for swindling his devotees out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Annamalai was convicted last August on 34 felony charges, including bank fraud and money laundering, and is now awaiting a prison sentence. At […]

Mynamar jails three men for blasphemy

Philip Blackwood, the Mynamar bar manager who outraged Buddhists last year by posting a picture online of The Fat Guy wearing a pair of headphones, has been jailed for two years. A  court in Yangon said the image, used to promote New Zealander Blackwood’s VGastro bar and restaurant, denigrated Buddhism and was a violation of […]

Dalai Lama: ‘I might not be reincarnated’

The Dalai Lama has been accused of offending Tibetan Buddhism by suggesting that he might not be reincarnated after he dies. According to this report, the head of Tibet’s regional congress, Padma Choling, said that the Dalai Lama has to return, just as he has done for generations. Whether [the Dalai Lama] wants to cease […]

This monk ain’t dead, he’s just meditating

Some Buddhists in Mongolia are insisting that a 200-year mummified monk is alive, but in a deep meditative state. The Telegraph reports that scientists in Mongolia are examining the preserved body of the monk, sitting in the cross-legged lotus position. He was discovered last week, covered in cattle skin, in the Songino Khairkhan district of […]

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 […]