Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to ...

Jul 3, 2016

Myanmar mob torches mosque as religious tensions spike

A mob wielding weapons razed a mosque in northern Myanmar, state media reported Saturday, the second attack of its kind in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation. Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed ...

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

May 21, 2016

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

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A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands, has recently been attracting more non-Japanese visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds. Some of these pilgrims view the walk as a spiritual journey, while others want to make the pilgrimage for ...

Feb 1, 2016

China to execute two for killing British Tibetan monk

China has sentenced two men to death for stabbing to death a British monk in a financial dispute, state media said. The monk founded the first Tibetan monastery in Europe. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, co-founder of Scotland’s Samye Ling monastery, was found dead with multiple ...