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Meet the Japanese Buddhist monk who loves make-up

Nov 10, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'This is who I am,' Kodo Nishimura says. 'I am not going to try to be something else.'

In this photo taken on July 19, 2018 Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura (L) poses with model Yuri Hotta (R) during the talk session at the Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made-up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changes outfits three times during a presentation to starry-eyed fans. But at the Tokyo temple where his father is head monk and he assists in rituals, he appears transformed. His face is bare, and he wears the plain robes of a Buddhist cleric.  Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

24 dead in clashes as sect evicted in India

Jun 03, 2016 - 2:00 PM

4th UPDATE In postings on social media Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah s followers describe themselves as political and social revolutionaries Their demands include the abolition of elections and cheaper fuel for everyone

#AnimatED: Cracks in the Iglesia ni Cristo

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The INC could weather its worst crisis but may emerge a weaker institution

Philippine Arena shows INC's 'global' stature

Jul 26, 2014 - 11:22 PM

They re not a religion in the Philippines They re a religion in the world

The rise of INC: 'Stricter religions grow stronger'

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:25 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo stresses obedience even if it goes against your personal wishes – a strictness that a sociologist sees as part of the reason for its success