When disaster strikes, the character of a culture is revealed, and in Japan, perceptions of disaster are deeply rooted in traditional religious culture.
The Dalai Lama leads one of the four schools, or denominations within Tibetan Buddhism. The 23-year-old Karmapa Lama leads another. His supporters believe he may one day succeed the older man as Buddhism's leading international voice.
They teach nonviolence, but their demonstrations against the Chinese have sometimes become violent.
In Myanmar in Southeast Asia, violent clashes between tens of thousands of protesting Buddhist monks and the Burmese military have drawn international attention.