Buddhism flourishes in Siberian republics

After giving up his job as a programmer and leaving his native village for the datsan (temple) at Ivolga, the spiritual heart of Russian Buddhism, Chingiz Shagdurov found peace at last.

China Keeps World Guessing on Game Plan for Tibet

Tourists and Buddhist pilgrims flow through a dim quarter of a Lhasa temple illuminated by manhole-size butter candles in brass urns. Some stop to tuck a banknote or two in glass barriers in front of towering Buddhist images, including the Great Fifth Dalai Lama

Old habits dying as future beckons

Until two years ago, farmer Nyima, 44, and her husband, Bazhu, 45, eked out a living on their little plot outside Tsedang, earning about 300 yuan (S$63) a month.