Tibetans say the Dalai Lama should choose his successor

Asia Pacific / Politics Nov 28, 2019

Tibetans say the Dalai Lama should choose his successor

Senior religious figures representing four schools of Tibetan Buddhism on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the Dalai Lama's sole authority to choose his successor, guaranteeing legitimacy that a possible Chinese appointee would lack. Over 100 lamas, including nine high lamas, or senior Buddhist priests, representing all schools ...

National Nov 20, 2019

Pope heads to Asia in search of Buddhist ties and nuclear arms ban

Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. The pope's third trip to Asia, and his 32nd trip abroad, takes him to two countries with minority Catholic ...

Kyoto temple puts faith in robot priest

Business / Tech Aug 15, 2019

Kyoto temple puts faith in robot priest

by Alastair Himmer

A 400-year-old temple 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 ...