Canadian Buddhist To Donate $600,000+ Poker Win To Charity

Canadian Buddhist and poker-player Scott Wellenbach will donate more than $600,000 to charity following his third-prize poker finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament in the Bahamas, reports the BBC. Wellenbach, who is known as the people’s hero in the poker community and elsewhere, plays regularly and frequently donates large winnings to good causes. His […]

Dalai Lama Says Sex Abuse By Buddhist Teachers ‘Nothing New’

While on a visit to the Netherlands, the Dalai Lama met with a group of citizens claiming sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers, according to Tribune India. The group had organized a petition to meet with His Holiness while in the Netherlands for four days on a trip through Europe. Their appeal was heartwrenching: “We found […]

Buddhist Leader Under Investigation For Sexual Assault Charges

In an effort to initiate “a healing process,” all nine members of the Kalapa Council, the highest leadership body in the Shambala Buddhist community, resigned Friday in the wake of charges of sexual assault and clergy sexual misconduct against its leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The council stated in a letter to the community that, “We […]

Richard Gere Descended From Mayflower Pilgrims, Divorce Finally Over Four Years After Marriage Breakdown

Richard Gere (born Richard Tiffany Gere in 1949) is an American actor and humanitarian activist and is also the former husband of models Cindy Crawford and Carey Lowell. “Everyone responds to kindness.”#Quote #RichardGere #BlissFuel — Blissfuel (@Blissfuel_) December 27, 2016 Many of this brilliant actor’s fans may not be aware that Richard Gere is […]

Chinese Mummified Monk Covered With Gold Leaf And Made Into Statue

The mummified body of a revered Buddhist monk who died in 2012 has been covered in gold leaf and made into a statue, which will serve as inspiration for followers of the religion. Fu Hou died at age 94 after spending most of his life at the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city […]

Katy Perry Converting To Buddhism After Struggles Over Convent Purchase

Katy Perry could be giving up her religion. The former Christian singer is rumored to have an interest in Buddhism due to her blossoming relationship with Orlando Bloom. The “Dark Horse” singer is considering converting to the religion, claims British tabloids. Katy Perry asked both her friends and her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, to join her […]

Thailand’s Monks Are So Fat The Government Has Stepped In To Put Them On A Strict Diet

It’s sounds like a “yo mamma” joke: Thailand’s monks are so fat they have to wear girdles. But it’s not a joke, it’s a real problem and costs Thai taxpayers millions a year in health expenses. Thailand’s fat monks are a product of their own religion. Every day in the early morning, Buddhist devotees bring […]

Radical Buddhist: Firebrand Ma Ba Tha Monk’s Anti-Muslim Campaign Growing Stronger In Myanmar

A sordid video from 2012, in Myanmar displays the brutal murder of a woman at the hands of Muslim assailants. The attackers raped the woman as well. ABC News reports that her death served a catalyst, of sorts, regarding the growing hostility between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar. For the most part, the relationship between […]

David Bowie’s Tryst With Religion — Was He Really A Buddhist?

David Bowie has asked for his ashes to be scattered in Bali, the 20-page will filed in 2004 has stated, reports Vanity Fair. What does that say about the religious and spiritual beliefs of the great musician? Was he a Buddhist as many reports have claimed? Bowie’s will stated that he wanted his body taken […]

Is The Dalai Lama Losing His Mind Ahead Of 80th Birthday Celebrations?

The Dalai Lama made reference to his prospects for future reincarnation last Friday. He was interviewed from his home, before he heads to celebrations ahead of his 80th birthday. He caused a bit of controversy when he stated that he might be a mischievous blonde woman in his next incarnation, or that he’ll no longer […]

Dalai Lama Speaks Out In Support Of People Of Nepal

The terrible devastation of the earthquake in Nepal and its after-effects have touched people around the world and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is no exception. The ravages throughout Nepal don’t seem to be showing any signs of abating — following the initial 7.8-magnitude quake came the aftershocks and bad weather that has […]

Dalai Lama Doesn’t Want To Be Reincarnated? The Spiritual Leader Goes Head-To-Head With China

Perhaps one of the most well-known religious leaders in the world (whose entire position depends upon reincarnation) is now saying he doesn’t want to be reincarnated. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled religious leader of Tibet (which is now considered part of China), was quoted by the Science Times as saying he believes […]

Buddhist Temple In Kyoto Allows Gay Marriages For Japan’s Same-Sex Couples

For most people who know about Japan, especially fans of anime and traditional video games, the country is considered to be at the forefront pertaining to forward-thinking. As a result, many who consider visiting Japan as one of the tasks on their bucket list do so because of the country’s forward stance on animation, video […]

Thich Nhat Hanh Recovery Possible

Well known Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, remains hospitalized after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage Tuesday. The 88-year-old Zen master who has been influencing people’s lives since the Vietnam War era is receiving around the clock care at a hospital in western France. Despite the severity of the brain hemorrhage and his advanced […]

Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Hospitalized For Severe Brain Hemorrhaging

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace movement activist Thich Nhat Hanh is currently in the hospital with “a severe brain hemorrhage,” according to a statement from his monastery Plum Village in southern France. Nhat Hạnh does not, however, appear to be dying, as some earlier reports indicated. Although he is “under 24-hour intensive care from […]

Buddhist Monk Nearly Beaten To Death By Intruders

An elderly Buddhist monk was attacked and nearly killed by two thieves who left him for dead on his rural farm. The horrific incident happened Friday afternoon in Spencer, Okla., in the Oklahoma City area. The intruders beat the devout monk, identified only as Tony by KFOR TV, with a pipe, robbed the house, and […]

Buddhist Extremist Described As ‘Burmese Bin Laden’ Says His Movement Is Rising

Buddhist extremism is growing in the Asian nation of Myanmar where an outspoken monk is leading an increasingly violent spiritual movement. Known as Ashin Wirathu, the Buddhist spiritual leader has been gaining a large, devout following in Myanmar, a nation historically known as Burma, over the past year. Advocating heavy handed tactics to dealing with […]

Zen Buddhist Master, 105, Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Mount Baldy, CA — Joshu Sasaki, a revered Buddhist master who has taught in the United States since 1965, has been accused of groping female students for decades during private training sessions. Sasaki, age 105, has been teaching Zen Buddhism primarily in the Los Angeles area since moving to America from Japan in 1962. According […]

And The Most Popular Alternative Religion In The UK? Jedi It Is

Census statistics published today revealed the fictional “Jedi” creed as the most popular alternative faith in Britain after traditional, legally recognized religions. The extraordinary findings were released as part of the UK’s 2011 National Census — a statistical snapshot of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (Scotland excluded itself), which breaks down the numbers for everything […]

Michael Roach: Mysterious Yoga Retreat Ends In Death Of Stanford Grad Ian Thorson

Michael Roach’s spiritual retreat in the middle of the Arizona desert was meant to be a place of quiet meditation, where followers used yoga and meditation in order to answer profound questions about life. The retreat, called Diamond Mountain University, is meant to help train people in the ways of Budha, and how those ways […]