There is still no generally agreed figure on the human cost of September’s crackdown in Myanmar on Buddhist monks and others protesting dictatorial rule. The military government says ten people were killed and nearly 3,000 detained, of whom most have been let go. But diplomats and other observers say the death toll is much higher. We have a report today from Lucky Severson on Myanmar refugees in Thailand describing what happened to them and what the likely consequences may be of the persecution of the monks. More
In Myanmar in Southeast Asia, violent clashes between tens of thousands of protesting Buddhist monks and the Burmese military have drawn international attention.
Read analysis and commentary on the Buddhist protests in Burma by Patrick Pranke and Donald Mitchell.
A segment about the Chinese Buddhist tradition of honoring deceased family members at the place where their ashes are interred. Harry Leong of New York City was our guide as he and his mother remembered his late father at the Chuang Yen monastery in Carmel, New York.
Buddhist meditation techniques are widely popular, and one such method is called Shambhala meditation, a simplified version of Tibetan practice. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author and meditation leader, told a group of beginners to relax, note their breathing, set aside their thoughts, and just be — quietly — who they are. More
He insists he is a monk, not a politician. But as this renowned Vietnamese Buddhist leader toured the U.S. he spoke not only of Buddhist practices but also of American policies in the Middle East.
Read more of Bob Abernethy's interview with Thich Naht Hanh.