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Narendra Modi takes softpower to Nepal: Temple run and MoUs on agenda for Lumbini visit
Politics

Narendra Modi takes softpower to Nepal: Temple run and MoUs on agenda for Lumbini visit

This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and his fifth to Nepal since coming to power in 2014. Besides the religious significance of the trip on Buddha Purnima, developmental issues in sectors related to culture, education and hydropower will also be discussed

Buddha Purnima 2022: Here are some wishes you can share on the auspicious day
India

Buddha Purnima 2022: Here are some wishes you can share on the auspicious day

It is believed that on this day Buddha achieved enlightenment and hence considered to be auspicious and celebrated by Buddhists across the globe

Can't resort to violence to banish Chinese out of Tibet, says Dalai Lama
India

Can't resort to violence to banish Chinese out of Tibet, says Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama reiterated his position on the issue while addressing participants of the 25th Shoton festival, a cultural event held in Dharamshala

Dharma Files | Why Constitution makers should have included ‘historical justice’ in Preamble
India

Dharma Files | Why Constitution makers should have included ‘historical justice’ in Preamble

By leaving out historical justice, as a form of justice which needs to be redressed, the historical experience of these traditions, especially Hinduism, is being ignored

Communist China’s ‘Final Solution’: No country for minorities in the Middle Kingdom
India

Communist China’s ‘Final Solution’: No country for minorities in the Middle Kingdom

Beijing’s policy is ‘fusing’ the minorities within the larger Chinese identity through state-incentivised intermarriage and massive settlement of unemployed migrant Chinese workers on minority lands

How Whoopi Goldberg and Munawar Faruqui remind that fight against Hinduphobia, anti-semitism and racism aren’t over
World

How Whoopi Goldberg and Munawar Faruqui remind that fight against Hinduphobia, anti-semitism and racism aren’t over

Emergence of new ‘religiophobia’, especially against Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, is a matter of serious concern and needs to be recognised, just like Christianophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism

Vietnam bids final goodbye to renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
World

Vietnam bids final goodbye to renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

Thousands of monks and disciples trailed a procession of pallbearers carrying Nhat Hanh's coffin from Tu Hieu Pagoda, where he spent his last days, to the cremation site.

The cloud, the wind and the rain never die: Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh
India

The cloud, the wind and the rain never die: Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, the man Martin Luther King, Jr. called ‘an apostle of peace and non-violence’, passed away peacefully in Vietnam last week at the age of 95

Book review: Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet feels less like a sermon, more like a piece of his heart
Arts & Culture

Book review: Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet feels less like a sermon, more like a piece of his heart

The book presents glimpses of how painful it was for Thich Nhat Hanh to be away from Vietnam. In doing so, it humanises a spiritual figure who might otherwise seem far removed from the concerns of ordinary folks caught up in the drama of life and its unceasing ups and downs.

Dharma Files | How India and Bharat are not just two names for the nation, they represent two competing visions
India

Dharma Files | How India and Bharat are not just two names for the nation, they represent two competing visions

It is not, it seems, so much a case of ‘India that is Bharat’ any more. It is rather becoming a case of India or Bharat

Buddhist monk-turned-peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who brought mindfulness to West, dies in Vietnam
World

Buddhist monk-turned-peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who brought mindfulness to West, dies in Vietnam

The Zen master, whose reach within Buddhism is seen as second only to the Dalai Lama, spent nearly four decades in exile after being banished from his homeland for calling for an end to the Vietnam-American War

How Swami Vivekananda, a modern monk with deep Vedantic roots, transformed India
India

How Swami Vivekananda, a modern monk with deep Vedantic roots, transformed India

Swami Vivekananda was as much the product of his time as he was ahead of it

‘Indians being non-violent, pacifist people is a myth; has a lot to do with centrality to ahimsa in Gandhi’s ideology’
India

‘Indians being non-violent, pacifist people is a myth; has a lot to do with centrality to ahimsa in Gandhi’s ideology’

Mahatma Gandhi played a major role in convincing the world at large that there is something inherently non-violent about India and Indians, says historian Upinder Singh

Buddha Purnima 2021: Festival marks birth anniversary of founder of Buddhism
India

Buddha Purnima 2021: Festival marks birth anniversary of founder of Buddhism

The celebration of Buddha Purnima is all about adopting the teachings of Buddhism – non-violence, peace, and harmony

In an illustrated biography, Tenzin Geyche Tethong looks at Dalai Lama's perilous journey from Tibet to India
long-reads

In an illustrated biography, Tenzin Geyche Tethong looks at Dalai Lama's perilous journey from Tibet to India

The 352-page-book titled His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography has been in the making for nearly five years and is written by Tenzin Geyche Tethong, one of the Dalai Lama's closest aid and trusted advisor of over 40 years. It includes nearly 400 photographs and documents, many of which have never been seen before or published.

TM Krishna's The Edict Project is a stunning endeavour that doesn't fully transcend its technical challenges
Arts & Culture

TM Krishna's The Edict Project is a stunning endeavour that doesn't fully transcend its technical challenges

In the stunning Edict Project, TM Krishna has sung the lines that Ashoka engraved in rock and pillar millennia ago.

Watch: TM Krishna's new project sets Ashoka's edicts to Carnatic music ragas
Arts & Culture

Watch: TM Krishna's new project sets Ashoka's edicts to Carnatic music ragas

The edicts are sung in the original Magadhi Prakrit by TM Krishna, in ragas drawn from the Carnatic music tradition.

From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts
Lifestyle

From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts

Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.

As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys
Lifestyle

As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys

In Lopburi, tourists and pilgrims have long enjoyed feeding monkeys. Now, as COVID-19 reduces visitors, they're getting hungry, and aggressive.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Lessons from the philosopher Epictetus, to cope with lockdown-induced helplessness
Lifestyle

Coronavirus Outbreak: Lessons from the philosopher Epictetus, to cope with lockdown-induced helplessness

Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus seems to have known that when things are bad – such as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown we're living through – we are forced to prioritise. We focus on what we can do, rather than on what we can’t.