Hannah Beech

  • Temple and State: Dreams of repelling Islam and ensuring the dominance of Buddhism animate the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sri Lanka’s most powerful Buddhist organisation whose name means Buddhist Strength Army. At the group’s annual convention in February, in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s ...

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  • His face as still and serene as a statue’s, the Buddhist monk, who has taken the title “the Burmese bin Laden”, begins his sermon. Hundreds of worshippers sit before him, palms pressed together, sweat trickling silently down their sticky backs. On cue, the crowd chants with the ...

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