Posts Tagged ‘Buddhism’

A robotic priest that preaches sermons

Monday, August 26th, 2019

A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion – despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster”. The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto. Read more Related Posts:’We Read more

Buddhist Temple with golden statue of David Beckham.

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

There’s a Buddhist temple in Bangkok that has a golden statue of David Beckham himself built into its altar If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t necessarily it because rather than being a free-standing sculpture like those of the Buddha, Beckham’s image is actually carved into the altar itself. Read more Watch video Read more

5 facts about Buddhists around the world

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Buddhists across Asia are preparing to celebrate the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Gautama Buddha and was the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha is believed to have been born roughly 2,500 years ago in what is today Nepal. Read five facts about Buddhists Related Posts:Benedict XVI turns 94 years oldLate Read more

Meticulous sand mandala in Christchurch scattered

Monday, September 4th, 2017

About 200 people packed into Christchurch’s Te Hapua: Halswell Centre on Saturday to witness a sand mandala dissolution ceremony, performed by visiting Tibetan monks. Crushed marble-coloured sand was sprinkled to form a “cosmogram”, representing a world in perfect harmony. Continue reading Related Posts:International donor giving $10 million to rebuild…Three former Christchurch bishops moved to temporary…Christchurch Read more

Thai official removed after pressure from Buddhist groups

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Thailand’s junta has removed the head of the national Buddhism office, after religious groups called on the government to sack him over his plans to clean up scandal-hit monasteries. But Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said it wasn’t a punishment. Pongporn Pramsaneh, who joined the National Office of Buddhism in February, had vowed to reform Thailand’s Read more

Interreligious dialogue with Mammon?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Shortly after my ordination and assignment to Japan, an elderly Japanese priest told me about an experience he had as a young man sometime before World War II. A European bishop was visiting Tokyo, and the then-young priest was assigned to be his tour guide for a day. In the morning, they went to the Read more

Philip Blackwood a victim of Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A Myanmar court has jailed a New Zealand bar manager, Philip Blackwood, and two Myanmar colleagues for two and a half years for insulting religion by using a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones to promote their bar. Myanmar’s semi-civilian government has lifted restrictions on freedom of speech, association and media, but reforms have been accompanied by Read more

Kiwi admits smashing Buddha statue in Cambodian temple

Friday, October 17th, 2014

A New Zealand woman accused of destroying a Buddha statue at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia has admitted doing it because it “didn’t belong” in the temple. Willemijn Vermaat was detained by authorities early last Friday morning but was later released. Cambodian authorities earlier said there was no direct evidence that Ms Read more

Buddhist charity helps rebuilds typhoon-hit church

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The world’s largest Buddhist charity is helping rebuild a Catholic Church in the Philippines that was badly damaged in Super-typhoon Haiyan last year. The Tzu Chi Foundation is donating US$670,000 for the reconstruction of the Santo Nino parish church in Tacloban City. This show of generosity has been warmly welcomed by the Church. As many Read more

Traing underway for Buddhist Chaplains

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The New Zealand Buddhist Council is concerned that Buddhists who are sick or dying in hospital often do not have access to appropriate spiritual support. To address this, the Council has started to provide advice to hospitals on how to contact Buddhist clergy in their area when they have a patient in need. In the Read more