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Mishima: the aesthetics of action

It has been more than four decades since Yukio Mishima — Japanese playwright, modern samurai, nationalist, bodybuilder, and all round enigma — sent a shock wave through Japan by committing…

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Buddhist faces beheading for prayer in Saudi Arabia

A Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia has been arrested by the Umulmahami Police for worshipping before a picture of the Buddha. Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Ministry, Bodu Bala Sena,…

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Hindus and Buddhists increase number in US

Hinduism and Buddhism are increasing in the US, according to a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, largely due to the growth of the Asian…

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T’ai Chi: New World Consciousness

Bill Douglas is the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong and the founder of World T’ai Chi Day. We talked to him about mind-body arts, and…

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Tibetans continue protests against China despite crackdowns

On July 17, Lobsang Lobzin, an 18-year-old Tibetan monk set himself on fire inside Tsodun Kirti Monastery in Barkham County, eastern Tibet. This was his protest against China’s occupation of…

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Up to 90,000 Rohingya Muslims now refugees

Between 50 and 90,000 Muslims Rohingya have been displaced by communal violence in Myanmar, according to human rights organization Amnesty International. The majority have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, although 16…

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Olympic Zen: the athletic body in 2012

They were first held in around 700 BC, in honor of the Greek god Zeus. Women and non-Greeks were banned. But, today, the Olympics is a global event, pitting the…

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Continuing Syrian crisis increases likelihood of violence spreading

Although backed by the US, a UN Security Council resolution that would have hit the Syrian government with sanctions was rejected by Russian and China on Thursday, undoing four months…

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Asia’s unwanted Muslims

Denied citizenship in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have been streaming out of the country to seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Yet, the future of Asia’s unwanted Muslims, and, consequently, of the…