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Japan Buddhist temples survive Covid-19 lockdown with online funerals, Zen apps(Photo by Lisanto and Markus Winkler on Unsplash)

Japan Buddhist temples survive Covid-19 lockdown with online funerals, Zen apps

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Zen meditation apps, memorial services held online including match-making services keep Japan's Buddhist temples afloat amid Covid-19 lockdown
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Excavated during a joint collaboration of the Bihar Heritage Development Society, a part of the department of art, culture and youth affairs and the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, this finding is believed to be a great centre of Mahayana Buddhism. (HT Photo)
Excavated during a joint collaboration of the Bihar Heritage Development Society, a part of the department of art, culture and youth affairs and the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, this finding is believed to be a great centre of Mahayana Buddhism. (HT Photo)

First hilltop Buddhist monastery found in Bihar’s Lakhisarai

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:31 PM IST
The state government has made elaborate conservation plans to preserve the monastic structure.
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Benoy K Behl’s photograph of the Ajanta painting of King Mahajanaka was taken in 1992. As the art fades within the caves, it is likely no one else will capture what he did. His image is now one of those preserved digitally at the AWA.(Photograph: Benoy K Behl; Copyright: Benoy K Behl / Sapio Analytics)
Benoy K Behl’s photograph of the Ajanta painting of King Mahajanaka was taken in 1992. As the art fades within the caves, it is likely no one else will capture what he did. His image is now one of those preserved digitally at the AWA.(Photograph: Benoy K Behl; Copyright: Benoy K Behl / Sapio Analytics)

Frozen assets: Paintings from Ajanta enter doomsday world archive

By Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:36 AM IST
A selection of photographs of the 2,000-year-old art in India’s Ajanta caves has been deposited in the Arctic World Archive. Meet the Indians who made that happen.
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Sheff is the author of A Beautiful Boy
Sheff is the author of A Beautiful Boy

We must change our understanding of people who’re addicted: David Sheff

By Navneet Vyasan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:35 PM IST
The Beautiful Boy author on the implications of pushing addicts into depths of seclusion, the need for better reform structures and his latest book The Buddhist on Death Row
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High street in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.(Poulomi Basu/The Washington Post via Getty Im)
High street in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.(Poulomi Basu/The Washington Post via Getty Im)

Review: The Tibetan Suitcase by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa

By Percy Bharucha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 04:37 PM IST
A novel that explores the relationship between culture and identity, and looks at the idea of home
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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s announcement came during a meeting with a delegation of the Maha Bodhi Society led by minister for public relations PC Sharma at the state secretariat.(HT PHOTO.)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s announcement came during a meeting with a delegation of the Maha Bodhi Society led by minister for public relations PC Sharma at the state secretariat.(HT PHOTO.)

Grand temple dedicated to Sita to be built in Sri Lanka: Kamal Nath

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 12:48 AM IST
The CM apprised the delegation that the president of Maha Bodhi Society and several companies of Japan and other countries as well as other institutions had offered financial assistance for the construction of various structures in Sanchi, the Buddhist tourism centre in Madhya Pradesh.
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While seeking balance, avoid its evil twin, ‘false balance’(Photo Imaging : Parth Garg)
While seeking balance, avoid its evil twin, ‘false balance’(Photo Imaging : Parth Garg)

Humour: In search of balance

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Looking for equanimity in Buddhist meditation and steamed spinach
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian values consider all religions equal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian values consider all religions equal.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Pakistan and America are theocratic nations, India is secular: Rajnath Singh

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2020 03:08 PM IST
Rajnath Singh underlined that India had never declared its religion would be Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist and people of all religions could live here.
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has questioned the need for India’s new citizenship law
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has questioned the need for India’s new citizenship law

CAA unnecessary, India’s internal matter: Bangladesh PM

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2020 12:02 AM IST
The CAA speeds up the process for granting citizenship to members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian minorities who fled Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan because of persecution before December 2014.
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A girl holds a placard as women continue their sit-in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.(Photo: Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
A girl holds a placard as women continue their sit-in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.(Photo: Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)

Who are the sons and daughters of India? | Opinion

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 06:08 AM IST
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, opposed partition on the grounds all Indians, including Muslims, were one people
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In today’s world, wellness has gained tremendous currency.(Unsplash)
In today’s world, wellness has gained tremendous currency.(Unsplash)

Blue mind, dopamine fasting and more: Top wellness trends so you’re beautiful inside out

By HT Correspondent | Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 10:59 AM IST
One chooses to compliment fitness with ‘wellness’ and ‘mindfulness’ to deal with the growing needs of people and the fast paced lifestyle.
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In the 21st century, travel between countries has become easier than it ever was before. You come and go from a foreign land very quickly; and you breeze through the sites you wish to see quickly too. Hence the sort of Japanese tourist we Indians see rushing through the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, the Victoria Memorial, Humayun’s Tomb, and a hundred other places(REUTERS)
In the 21st century, travel between countries has become easier than it ever was before. You come and go from a foreign land very quickly; and you breeze through the sites you wish to see quickly too. Hence the sort of Japanese tourist we Indians see rushing through the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, the Victoria Memorial, Humayun’s Tomb, and a hundred other places(REUTERS)

Tracing Japan’s engagement with modern India

UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 08:23 AM IST
There is a stock, stereotypical, image of the Japanese tourist, who rushes to and through a monument or shrine in a foreign country, clicking away. Things were once different in the 19th and early 20th centuries when these came as seekers and pilgrims, rather than pleasure-seekers
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The curfew imposed in parts of Shillong following violent protests was relaxed on Friday for 12 hours(PTI)
The curfew imposed in parts of Shillong following violent protests was relaxed on Friday for 12 hours(PTI)

Curfew relaxed in parts of Shillong for 12 hours amid protests over citizenship law

By Press Trust of India | Shillong
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2019 02:07 PM IST
The curfew was imposed on Thursday night in areas under Sadar and Lumdiengjri police station limits, which comprise at least 20 neighbourhoods of North Shillong and Mawprem.
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The judgment’s tenor, language and operative orders expanded the scope of the case from a title dispute to a battle about the “faith” of the Hindus and the Muslims, the petitioners claimed.(AP Photo)
The judgment’s tenor, language and operative orders expanded the scope of the case from a title dispute to a battle about the “faith” of the Hindus and the Muslims, the petitioners claimed.(AP Photo)

Babri masjid a fact, temple merely a belief: Petitioners

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2019 06:53 AM IST
The petitioners who are not original parties to the suit, submitted that they belong to various Indian faiths including Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist and Jain apart from people with atheist and agnostic convictions and they are deeply aggrieved by the judgment of the court.
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70-year-old Rajapaksa, who won a presidential election on Sunday, has vowed to drain the swamp of religious extremism(AP)
70-year-old Rajapaksa, who won a presidential election on Sunday, has vowed to drain the swamp of religious extremism(AP)

Sri Lanka’s new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a war hero and polarising figure

By Reuters | Colombo
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 04:05 PM IST
Rajapaksa is the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the two nationalists gave the military a free hand to crush the Tamil separatists and end a 26-year civil war that had left more than 100,000 people dead.
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The Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court of India has paved the way for the reconstruction of a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and, with it, a painful chapter in the turbulent history of Indian civilisation has reached closure.(HT Photo)
The Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court of India has paved the way for the reconstruction of a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and, with it, a painful chapter in the turbulent history of Indian civilisation has reached closure.(HT Photo)

Civilisational dispute settled through a reasoned debate

By Abhinav Prakash | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2019 12:42 PM IST
Irrespective of how the centuries-long coexistence between Hindus and Muslims gave rise to a unique composite culture, the initial centuries were violent and laid the foundations of the fault lines that still haunt the subcontinent today.
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Tibetan refugees at Missamari Camp in May 1959. Freda Bedi coordinated India’s measures to help the refugees.(The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty)
Tibetan refugees at Missamari Camp in May 1959. Freda Bedi coordinated India’s measures to help the refugees.(The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty)

Review: The Lives of Freda by Andrew Whitehead

By Kushalrani Gulab | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2019 08:27 PM IST
Freedom fighter, member of a militia, spy, and finally a Buddhist nun, Freda Bedi’s biography details her extraordinary life
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Indian tourist has been detained by the Royal Bhutan Police for allegedly desecrating a ‘chorten’ in the Buddhist kingdom.(Twitter /thebhutanese Photo)
Indian tourist has been detained by the Royal Bhutan Police for allegedly desecrating a ‘chorten’ in the Buddhist kingdom.(Twitter /thebhutanese Photo)

Indian tourist detained in Bhutan for desecrating Buddhist ‘chorten’

By Press Trust of India | Thimphu
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 09:35 AM IST
In photographs and videos published by The Bhutanese on Twitter, Hajare is seen standing on top of a ‘chorten’. A second man Jambay, who was repairing the ‘chortens’, is seen sitting on the ‘chorten’.
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There’s a lot more to explore in Thailand that makes it one of the world’s most popular destinations.(Unsplash)
There’s a lot more to explore in Thailand that makes it one of the world’s most popular destinations.(Unsplash)

Road tripping in Thailand: Weekend getaways to beat the crowds

By Associated Press | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 11:02 AM IST
For a Thai road less travelled, try one of these getaways outside Bangkok, far from the overly Instagrammed backpacker hotspots or the party scene of Phuket or Pattaya.
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At the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.(Fatih Dogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
At the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.(Fatih Dogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Review: Upon a Sleepless Isle by Andrew Fidel Fernando

By Pradhuman Sodha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 07:07 PM IST
Andrew Fidel Fernando’s debut has him travelling through his native island on buses, trains and trishaws
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The Chinese Islamic, Buddhist, and Daoist associations also held prayer meetings for the country. (Image used for representation).(Reuters Photo.)
The Chinese Islamic, Buddhist, and Daoist associations also held prayer meetings for the country. (Image used for representation).(Reuters Photo.)

Chinese flag raised in churches, prayer meetings in religious places ahead of National Day

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindusan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 03:52 PM IST
Beijing has been aggressively – and officially—pursuing the “sinicisation” of religions in China which could be broadly defined as an effort to mould religions practised in the country in line with the CPC’s objectives and the culture of the majority Han community.
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The new criminal code is due to be adopted in the next week after parliament and the government agreed a final draft on Wednesday, four parliamentarians told Reuters.(HT image)
The new criminal code is due to be adopted in the next week after parliament and the government agreed a final draft on Wednesday, four parliamentarians told Reuters.(HT image)

Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage

By Reuters | JAKARTA
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:27 PM IST
Lawmakers told Reuters that the new penal code, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, was a long overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity.
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Carnival of Buddhist spirituality to begin soon in Leh

By Indo Asian News Service | Leh
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 07:17 PM IST
A carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition, and a grand congregation of Drukpa masters, will begin from Monday at the 17th century Hemis monastery.
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This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)
This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:01 PM IST
This week’s good reads include a counter narrative from Kerala, a novel about today’s India, and a cancer diary.
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Paintings of Japanese superhero ‘Ultraman’ with Thai-style Buddha's head are seen in Bangkok.(REUTERS)
Paintings of Japanese superhero ‘Ultraman’ with Thai-style Buddha's head are seen in Bangkok.(REUTERS)

‘Ultraman Buddha’ art in Thailand prompts police complaint

By Reuters | Reuters, Bangkok
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 01:53 PM IST
The complaint over four paintings, displayed last week at a shopping mall in northeastern Thailand, highlights the emboldenment of ultra-conservative Buddhist groups that seek to go farther than establishment religious authorities in combating perceived threats to their faith.
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A Ladakh-based Buddhist association on Tuesday demanded district status for Zanskar, the sub-division which falls in Kargil.(Photo: Isaac Tsetan Gergan)
A Ladakh-based Buddhist association on Tuesday demanded district status for Zanskar, the sub-division which falls in Kargil.(Photo: Isaac Tsetan Gergan)

Ladakh-based Buddhist association demands district status for Zanskar

By Press Trust of India | Jammu
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2019 08:47 PM IST
Ladakh Buddhist Association Zanskar (LBAZ) president Psewang Chostar said the people of Zanskar, which is 240 kms from the district headquarters, has been demanding the district status for the past over seven decades.
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The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.(YouTube)
The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.(YouTube)

Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest

By Agence France-Presse | Kyoto, Japan
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 10:54 AM IST
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.
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The state minority welfare department, through the Maharashtra State Skill Development Corporation, will impart skill-based courses to enable women from minority communities to earn a livelihood.(PTI (Representative Image))
The state minority welfare department, through the Maharashtra State Skill Development Corporation, will impart skill-based courses to enable women from minority communities to earn a livelihood.(PTI (Representative Image))

Maharashtra to impart skill training to women from minority groups

By Swapnil Rawal | Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 04:52 AM IST
The government on Wednesday issued a resolution, directing the Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVM) to form self-help groups (SHG) in 14 districts in Marathwada and Vidarbha.
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Here’s a list of five iconic biographies that will inspire you
Here’s a list of five iconic biographies that will inspire you

CelebsPick: 5 authors pick their favourite biographies

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2019 08:51 PM IST
Add these to your reading list and get inspired
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Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation(Getty Images)
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation(Getty Images)

Travel: Confessions of a Vipassanā novice

By Gayatri Jayaraman | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 12:12 PM IST
The 10-day course of Buddhist meditation in complete silence is painfully emotional, but ultimately cleansing and healing.
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