Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. Read more
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees celebrate Vesak Day in ancient Borobudur temple which is decorated with 72 Buddha statues in Magelang, Central Java province, on Thursday.
Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs welcome their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as he arrives at the Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, India. Read more
Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan monastery in south India make a sand mandala of compassion and kindness in Salisbury cathedral. The sand mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. The monks began the process on Monday and will finish on Friday when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so they spread as far as possible.
Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.
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About 150 Buddhist monks and believers on Wednesday wipe and sweep the 15m-tall Great Buddha statue that was built in 752 AD, at Todaiji Temple in Nara, western Japan. Monks and volunteers cleaned a year’s worth of grime from the Great Buddha for the annual sprucing up.
Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery, the site of an explosion, in Bodh Gaya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar, in the east of India, on Tuesday. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism’s holiest sites in Bodh Gaya.
Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year. Read more
Vladimir Putin, Russian president, walks with monks during his visit on April 11 2013 to Ivolginsky “datsan”, a Buddhist monastery near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village in the Republic of Buryatia