South Asia

Bhutan’s Unique Buddhist Culture Has Tourism Potential

By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepthNews, 11 May 2023 (IDN/LCN)

SINGAPORE | THIMPHU -- A recent visit by a group of Vietnamese Buddhists to learn and experience the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism has alerted the Bhutan authorities to the potential of Buddhist cultural tourism to one of the world’s most scenic countries landlocked between India and China in the Himalayan mountains.


Dalai Lama attends the International Buddhist Summit hosted by India

The Buddhist Channel, in collaboration with Buddhistdoor and IDN, 21 April 2023

New Delhi, India - The Dalai Lama on April 21 participated in a global Buddhist conference hosted by India. The Tibetan spiritual leader attended the second day of the event here and addressed delegates from 30 countries which include monks, Buddhist scholars and practitioners and heads of Buddhist organisations from across the globe.


PM Modi inaugurates Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi

The Buddhist Channel, in collaboration with Buddhistdoor and IDN, 20 April 2023

New Delhi, India -- The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Global Buddhist Summit at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi on April 20, 2023. The two-day Summit is being hosted by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), and it is an effort towards engaging the global Buddhist Dhamma leadership and scholars on matters of Buddhist and universal concerns.


Global Buddhist Summit to address Contemporary Global Challenges

The Buddhist Channel, 11 April 2023

New Delhi, India -- The International Buddhist Confederation, (IBC) supported by the Indian Ministry of culture, will be hosting the Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) on 20-21 April at the Ashok Hotel. The aim of the conference is to focus on a Buddhist response for dealing with the most pressing challenges the world is facing.


Preaching on high

by Brot Coburn, Nepali Times, Published on the Buddhist Channel, 30 April 2022

A Christian evangelical group is converting Buddhists in holy Himalayan valleys
-- In 2014, a group called MountainChild signed a 5-year agreement with the Social Welfare Council to open schools in rural Nepal: the Sama Learning Centre in Nubri of North Gorkha is one of them.


Neighbourhoods save their shrines

by Sahina Shrestha, Nepali Times, March 16, 2022

It is not just the Valley's main temples that need to be protected, but also the small neighbourhood stupa
Kathmandu, Nepal
-- Kathmandu’s skyline used to be outlined by slanting tile roofs and gilded temple spires, the towns were surrounded by gold and green terrace fields.


Who blundered Vesak Poya day?

The Sunday Times, May 29, 2018

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As the world commemorates the thrice-blessed Vaisakya day this full moon Tuesday morn, how did Lanka get the date wrong?


A Buddhist’s pilgrimage to Pakistan

by Manoranjan Sharma, Daily Times, May 24, 2018

Taxila, Pakistan -- At Lumbini in Nepal, we have a connection with Buddhism like a baby has with the breast. It is religious and spiritual, yes, but far more. Since it is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a pilgrimage site, Buddhism – its sacraments and ceremonies – flows through the streets and sites of Lumbini like blood through veins. It is a part of our everyday life, like to a Muslim living in Mecca or a Christian in Vatican. So when I heard from my friends Bikram Pandey and Sarad Pradhan – who had been to Pakistan on the Buddha Circuit Tourism – about the country’s Hindu and Buddhist monuments, I decided to go and explore our heritage there.


Kandy monasteries reject state diktat on Vesak

By L. B. Senaratne, Sunday Times, April 29, 2018

Colombo,Sri Lanka -- The two main monasteries Malwatta and Asgiri will proceed with Upasampada rituals, or higher ordinations, from May 29, Vesak Day to June 27, the Poson Poya Day. The two viharayas do not accept April 29, as Vesak Day, which they claim is the work of a misguided astrologer.


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