“Buddha” means “one who is awake.” The Buddha who lived 2,600 years ago was not a god. He was an ordinary person, named Siddhartha Gautama, whose profound insights inspired the world.
Memories of Myanmar
A group of young Buddhist monks walk in rain to collect offerings in the poor neighbourhood of Yangon. Hundreds of orphans and homeless children throughout the country get their Buddhism teaching from these monasteries. (Saeed Khan/afp/getty images)
A quiet campaign to grant female monks legal recognition began this summer. Advocates hope that the minimal fanfare will help the ‘Bhikkhunis’ evade conservative religious opposition.