Ian Johnson's new book provides an in-depth look at a country struggling to find its moral center.
Time-lapse footage captures the extraordinary process by which a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala comes into being.
Colorful prayer ribbons and medals adorn the Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia on July 15, 2013. (ansel.ma/Flickr)
"The thangka ... are means for the Buddhists to achieve their aim of spiritual development, and are not just material works of art,” says a noted Mumbai art conservator.
A Buddha sits on display during the annual Vesak Buddhist festival, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 24, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)