President Ram Nath Kovind releases a publication during a virtual event organized by the International Buddhist Confederation on the occasion of the Dharma Chakra Diwas, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel (R) and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju (2nd from L) are also seen.
An exile Tibetan Buddhist monk uses a digital probe thermometer to measure the body temperature of a man sitting by roadside anticipating alms in Dharmsala. The monk has been walking around the town for the past one week checking people's temperature as part of community service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Buddhist monk beats a drum during a service for the victims who died after being infected with the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea says it'll expand its humanitarian shipments of masks to other countries amid waning domestic cases of the coronavirus.
Buddhist devotees clean a statue of Lord Buddha on the eve of 'Vesak', during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Agartala. Vesak or Buddha Jayanti commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.
An exile Tibetan Buddhist monk registers his name to receive free ration distributed by another Tibetan Buddhist monk as others wait in a queue during lockdown to curb the spread of new coronavirus in Dharamsala.
Stranded Thai monks wait to undergo routine checks before entering Gaya International airport to board a plane to their home country, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Gaya.
Stranded Thai nationals undergo routine check before entering Gaya International airport to board a plane to their home country, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Gaya.
An exile Tibetan doctor practicing traditional medicine checks the pulse of a Tibetan Buddhist monk through the window of a clinic in Dharamsala. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time.
Spread apart, visitors wait in line to receive a free meal at the Wat Arun Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The Wat Arun temple is providing two free meals a day for people in need whose livelihood has been affected due to the emergency regulations enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus.
Foreign devotees take pictures and pay their obeisance during exposition of the most sacred relics of Sakyamuni Buddha and his disciples Arahat Sariputta and Maha Moggllana, at Mahabodhi temple, on the occasion of 13th Anniversary of Jaya Shree Mahabodhi Temple (Srilankan Temple) in Bodh Gaya.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wears a ceremonial yellow hat of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism at the Kirti Monastery in Dharmsala. The Tibetan leader presided over a function marking the 25th founding anniversary of the monastery in exile.
Exile Tibetan Buddhist monks perform by clapping their hands as others are seated during a debate on Buddhist dialectics at the Kirti Monastery in Dharmsala. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama presided over a function marking the 25th founding anniversary of the monastery in exile.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is attended to by monks as he sits on his ceremonial chair during the last day of a three-day religious conference in Dharmsala. Representatives of Tibetan Buddhist schools and the ancient Bon religion attended the conference.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives to attend the last day of a three-day religious conference in Dharamsala. Representatives of Tibetan Buddhist schools and the ancient Bon religion attended the conference.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala. The three-day talk organised at the request of a Korean Buddhist group is scheduled to end Wednesday.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, leans against a railing as he listens to Tibetan-government-in-exile President Lobsang Sangay from a balcony at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamshala. The institute, which was established to preserve and promote Tibetan theatrical arts, celebrated its 60th founding anniversary on Tuesday.
Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India create a sand mandala in the atrium of the Colket Center at Roanoke College in Salem. The monks are on campus as part of their Mystical Arts of Tibet tour and have been hosted for a weeklong residency program through Roanoke College. Tenzin (from left) Geshe Jampa, and Thupstan, use cone-shaped tools called chak-phur to pour the sand. They have spent a week making the sacred art.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharsmsala. The three-day talk, which is organized at the request of a Southeast Asian Buddhist group, will end Friday.
The Tibetan state oracle Nechung, in traditional costume, goes into a trance in Dharmsala. Four oracles went into a trance and spoke to the the Dalai Lama during an event at the Tsuglakhang temple where exile Tibetans gathered to pray for the longevity of their spiritual leader.
Exile Tibetans wait to welcome their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama by the side of street decorated with Tibetan and Buddhist flags in Dharmsala. The Tibetan leader returned from New Delhi where he had undergone medical treatment for a chest infection.
A boy whose Buddhist name is Myung Bub reacts as a monk shaves his head during a service to celebrate Buddha's upcoming 2,563th birthday on May 12, at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. Myung Bub is one of the 10 children who entered the temple to have an experience of monks' life for three weeks.
A worker attaches a name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern for the upcoming celebration of Buddha's birthday on May 12 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea. Similar lanterns will be displayed in all Buddhist temples around South Korea for the public viewing.
A Tibetan living in Taiwan wears a mask painted the color of the Tibet national flag during a rally in Taipei, Taiwan to mark the 60th anniversary of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama touches to his forehead a book of Buddhist text offered to him at Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala. Hundreds of Tibetans and other devotees gathered to mark the auspicious 15th day of the Tibetan new year with prayers.
A woman holds incense and prays for health and fortune on the first day of the New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing. New Year's Eve isn't celebrated widely in mainland China, where the lunar New Year in February is a more important holiday. But countdown events were held in major cities, and some of the faithful headed to Buddhist temples for bell-ringing and prayers.
Monks drape a cloth over worshippers lying coffins at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand. Worshippers believe that the coffin ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year.