- Abbot Quyen Van Ho, the head of Tam Bao Temple in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was accused of recruiting nuns from Vietnam and engaging in sexual misconduct, including allegedly impregnating one of them.
- Temple members have called for Ho’s removal from the temple.
- Ho has denied the allegations against him.
- His attorneys argued that the plaintiffs had little to no evidence and that the government cannot interfere in the free exercise of religion due to First Amendment protections.
- At Monday’s hearing, the judge suggested that community members themselves should hold an internal election to determine Ho’s fate in the temple.
A Buddhist temple leader in Louisiana is facing a civil suit after being accused of recruiting nuns from Vietnam and engaging in sexual misconduct, including allegedly impregnating one of them.
Abbot Quyen Van Ho, the head of Tam Bao Temple in Baton Rouge, has caused irreparable damage by “violating his vows of Buddhism, including his vow of celibacy,” the suit reportedly claims.
A Buddhist temple in New Jersey has been burglarized for the second time in three months.
Alexander Khan, the director of Preah Buddha Rangsey Buddhist Temple in Voorhees Township, said the burglary caught on surveillance cameras happened at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
- Inside of a Buddhist temple in Japan resides a 6-foot-4-inch robot named “Mindar” modeled after the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon, to deliver Buddhist scriptures.
- Mindar is the result of a $1-million collaboration between Kodaiji Temple, located in Kyoto and a team led by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University’s Department of System Innovation in 2019.
- A camera lens embedded in Mindar’s left eye allows the robot to make eye contact with worshippers, and its hands and torso mimic human-like movement.
- Mindar was designed to “encourage people’s imagination” due to its gender- and age-neutral look.
Worshippers at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, are read sermons and Buddhist scriptures by a robot modeled after the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon.
Inside Kodaiji Temple is a 6-foot-4-inch and 132 pound robot named “Mindar” programmed to deliver a 25-minute sermon on Heart Sutra. Made of silicone skin and aluminum body parts, the robot features a camera embedded in its left eye to allow eye contact with worshippers during sermons and teachings. Mindar’s hands and torso were also designed to replicate human movement and interactions.
The Vietnamese community in Montreal Canada are lamenting the repeated attacks by unknown individuals on Buddhist temples in the city and statues at the local Chinatown neighborhood.
According to Louis Le, a volunteer at the Quan Am temple, a statue at the site was destroyed in the first attack about three weeks ago before the place got attacked again recently.
A Buddhist master from Taiwan became an online celebrity for throwing up on a carpet after spinning for four minutes straight during a blessing ritual.
Buddhist monks across Japan are now banding together online to show their support for a monk who was fined for driving while wearing their traditional robe last year.
A Tibetan spiritual leader admitted that he was aware of sexual abuse committed by Buddhist teachers and the allegations against them in Europe since the 1990s.
During his four-day visit in the Netherlands, the 83-year-old Dalai Lama told Dutch public television NOS on Saturday that the accusations were “nothing new.”
China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs is investigating Xuecheng, the abbot of Longquan Temple in Beijing after documents surfaced claiming that the high-ranking Buddhist monk coerced nuns into having sex.
The sexual misconduct allegation was outlined in a 95-page document prepared by two former monks at the monastery and posted on social media platform Weibo, according to Reuters via South China Morning Post.
A Buddhist guest house situated in an ancient temple in Mount Kōya, Japan has received critical reviews on Booking.com, with many commenting on the site’s “basic” amenities.
In response to the negative reviews, Daniel Kimura, a resident monk and an official Shingon priest at the Sekishoin Shukubo guest house, berated the tourists for not keeping their expectations in check prior to visiting Japanese temples.
A group of humanitarians released thousands of fish into a lake in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China in an act called fangsheng (放生) which means “releasing life.”
The religious practice, which involves saving animals from markets and then releasing them back into the wild, is often done by Buddhists to gain merits from the heavens.
Proceeding the successful rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach after being trapped in a Thailand cave for 18 days, a Stanford expert explains how Buddhist meditation may have been crucial to the group’s survival.
After almost three weeks of being trapped in a Northern Thailand cave, Thai Navy SEALs announced on Facebook that they weren’t sure if the extraordinary rescue of the boys was due to “miracle, a science, or what.”