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The Dalai Lama and China’s Quest for Buddhist Soft Power
October 29, 2018

The Dalai Lama and China’s Quest for Buddhist Soft Power

By Rinzin Dorjee
China is trying to woo Buddhists around the world to support the Belt and Road -- and, eventually, a CCP-approved Dalai Lama.

Was Buddha a Feminist?
April 11, 2018

Was Buddha a Feminist?

By Ana Salvá
The first fully ordained Thai female monk in the Theravada tradition caused a controversy that continues 15 years later.
The Dangerous Buddhist Card in Thailand’s New Constitution
January 30, 2018

The Dangerous Buddhist Card in Thailand’s New Constitution

By Khemthong Tongsakulrungruang
The ruling junta’s use of religion to boost its legitimacy brings risks for the country.

Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
October 29, 2017

Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Demography and history explain troubled attitudes toward Islam in Buddhist-majority Asian regions today.

The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal
October 16, 2017

The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal

By Ahmer Khan
The Druk Gawa Khilwa (DGK) nunnery in Katmandu teaches its nuns a mixture of martial arts and meditation.

Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
August 19, 2017

Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists

By David Hutt
A look at the ongoing persecution of a minority group that continues to be under assault in some parts of the region.

The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism
August 15, 2017

The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

By Zi Yang
Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state.
A Temple Under Siege: Wat Phra Dhammakaya
March 23, 2017

A Temple Under Siege: Wat Phra Dhammakaya

By George Styllis and Patthiya Tongfueng
The fate of a notorious Thai cult hangs in the balance.

Russia's Buddhist Republic
January 04, 2017

Russia's Buddhist Republic

By Bradley Jardine
In Russia’s Republic of Kalmykia, the remnants of Buddhism sit in the Soviet Union’s lingering shadow.

Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
October 15, 2016

Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Rama IX served as a revered symbol and also shielded his country from the worst consequences of its political instability.

India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
September 18, 2016

India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Geographic proximity meant that the histories of India and Sri Lanka were intertwined.
The Mountain Monks of Japan
September 13, 2016

The Mountain Monks of Japan

By Jonathan DeHart
Meet the Yamabushi, a group of alpine ascetics who are opting out of the rat race and reconnecting with nature.

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