Succession on the Tibetan Plateau: What’s at Stake in the Battle Over the Dalai Lama’s Reincarnation?

The Conversation

The Dalai Lama has declared on a number of occasions the Tibetan people will reject China’s choice. And Tibetan exiles plan to employ traditional methods to identify Tenzin Gyatso’s successor.


Rescued Thai Boys Contemplate the Monastic Life

The Conversation

Some of the 12 schoolboys rescued from a cave in Thailand are considering becoming monks. For them, this may be a way of showing gratitude to their rescuers.


Thailand's Caves Are Mythological Wonderlands

The Conversation

All 12 Thai schoolboys and their football coach have been rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex. Northern Thailand's caves are considered labyrinths of sacred spirit.


An Almighty Con? Taiwan’s ‘Purple Shirts’ and their Master

ZiQing Low

Former members of the massive religious group are speaking out about high fees, harassment, and the leader's spurious claims.

Spirals of incense in the temple

Using Religion Against Itself: State-Managed Buddhism and Chinese-Mongolian Relations

Jichang Lulu

Tibetan Buddhist soft power will likely continue to evolve as a tool of Chinese policy towards Mongolia, Russia, the Himalayas, the Tibetan diaspora, Western Buddhists and international Buddhist organizations.


The Thai Occult Taking Hong Kong by Storm

Sarah Karacs

The Thai amulet trade is growing in Hong Kong, making waves in China, and has factions in Singapore and Malaysia.


Is Ma Ba Tha Really in Decline?

Dinith Adikari

Despite suffering a series of grave blows, an ’emotional story’ keeps the controversial Buddhist group active and influential in Myanmar, Dinith Adikari writes.

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