Buddhism

Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts.

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Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as Da Gui, or beating ghost, to celebrate the Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts

Thai Buddhist monks holding lotuses pray in front of Marble Temple during Asalha Bucha in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 22, 2013. Asalha Bucha is commemorating the Buddha's first sermon to followers after attaining enlightenment. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Thai Buddhist monks holding lotuses pray in front of the Marble Temple during Asalha Bucha in Bangkok on Monday. Asalha Bucha commemorates Buddha’s first sermon to followers after attaining enlightenment. Read more