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Myanmar Earthquake Damages Celebrated Buddhist Temple Complex

Collapsed walls surround an ancient pagoda after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. (Soe Moe Ang/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 6.8-magnitude quake killed three and destroyed temples in Bagan, one of the Southeast Asian country's most important tourist areas.

From 'Degenerate' Fears to Cult Violence: How an Ancient Buddhist Belief Impacted Japan Across Eight Centuries

An Aum Shinrikyo follower meditates before portraits of leader Shoko Asahara and his two sons posted on an altar at a seminary of a Tokyo building on August 11, 1999. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
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A widely held belief in Kamakura era Japan of a sick and degenerating world was reinterpreted by a violent doomsday cult eight centuries later.

Interview: Bureaucracy, Bumpy Roads No Deterrent to Bringing Myanmar's Art to US

Plaque with image of seated Buddha; Pagan period, 11th–13th century; Gilded metal with polychrome; H. 7 x W. 61/4 x D. 1/4 in. (17.8 x 15.9 x 0.6 cm). Bagan Archaeological Museum. (Sean Dungan)
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Asia Society Museum's Adriana Proser recounts the long, complex back story behind the upcoming exhibition Buddhist Art of Myanmar, which includes many works that have never been seen outside of the country before.

Videos: 100 'Peaceful and Wrathful' Deities Emerge from Millions of Grains of Sand

The sand mandala constructed by Tibetan Buddhist monks at Asia Society Museum over five days in February 2014. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
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Time-lapse footage captures the extraordinary process by which a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala came into being at Asia Society Museum over the course of five days.

Photo of the Day: A Rainbow of Ribbons in Malaysia

Colorful prayer ribbons and medals adorn the Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia on July 15, 2013. (ansel.ma/Flickr)
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Colorful prayer ribbons and medals adorn the Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia on July 15, 2013. (ansel.ma/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: A Sea of Hands in Thailand

Grasping hands symbolize desire at the Wat Rong Khun Temple, also known as the White Temple, in Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 7, 2013. Construction is due to be completed in 2070. (Melissa Scott/Flickr)

Grasping hands symbolize desire at the Wat Rong Khun Temple, also known as the White Temple, in Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 7, 2013. Construction is due to be completed in 2070. (Melissa Scott/Flickr)

Interview: Art Conservation Guru Preserves Sacred Paintings' Spiritual, Material Sides

Anupam Sah (R) is the Head of Art Conservation at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya's Art Conservation Centre (L) in Mumbai. (Robert Cutts/Flickr)
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"The thangka ... are means for the Buddhists to achieve their aim of spiritual development, and are not just material works of art," says noted art conservator Anupam Sah. Join him at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre in Mumbai this Saturday, July 13.

Photo of the Day: Vesak Buddhist Festival in Sri Lanka

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)
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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)

Photo of the Day: An Act of Devotion in the Philippines

A buddhist monk takes a moment to pray in a monastery in Manila, the Philippines on November 18, 2012. (Andy*Enero/Flickr)
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A buddhist monk takes a moment to pray in a monastery in Manila, the Philippines on November 18, 2012. (Andy*Enero/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: An Offering for the Gods in Sri Lanka

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)
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A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)