Thai monks pray during a cleansing ceremony and memorial service for Saman Gunan, the Thai SEAL diver who died while trying to rescue the boys trapped in the cave.
AP Photo/Vincent Thian
In Theravada Buddhism, ordaining to be a monk and donating the merit thus gained is one of the greatest honors that a person can give to another - in this case to the Navy SEAL officer, who died.
The aftermath of anti-Muslim violence in Kandy.
EPA/M. A. Pushpa Kumara
Fed by colonialism, civil war and online hate speech, Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka has been on the march for decades.
It is no accident that practices of meditation and mindfulness have become so ubiquitous in our neoliberal times.
Sakya monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, Washington.
Only a few parts of Buddhism's much larger practice were transplanted into American soil in the late 19th century. Here's how Buddhism changed when it migrated.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness?
Researchers' views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
Interreligious gathering of prayer for peace ceremony, October 2017.
There is a battle of Buddhisms taking place on the streets of Myanmar.
Employees increasingly want jobs that they care about and find fulfilling. Buddhism can help companies make this a reality.
The 2016 Census showed major changes in the ranking order of religious groups in Australia.
The changing pattern of the diversity of religious identities is one indicator of a society’s degree of multicultural composition. On this measure, Australia is among the most diverse.
Kiep Bac temple, Vietnam, where people worship the hero Saint Tran.
One of the many roles of Vietnam’s fascinating “cult of heroes” is to ensure government control over religious feeling, channeling it into nationalism.
A scholar explains how yoga is being Christianized in different parts of the world. But some Hindus and Christians argue that yoga is fundamentally Hindu.
Lolabelle, the artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s dog being taught how to play the piano.
In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness common to many religious traditions.
Antony Osler - from ‘Mzansi Zen’.
A new book on Buddhism in South Africa is more than a beautiful coffee table book. If Zen ever finds a foothold in Africa, the truths the book reveals could be seen as monumental.
Digital literacy remains relatively low in Indonesia.
Messages on social media reportedly fuelled the burning of Buddhist temples in Indonesia last month. Laws against hate speech are widely ignored and weakly policed.
Magical movements (trul khor) Lukhang mural detail, Tibet, 17th century.
© Thomas Laird
The Wellcome's show looks into complexity of the ideas behind the do-it-yourself of the mindfulness movement.
Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Dylann Roof be forgiven — and should they? Forgiveness is not an isolated, one-time act but a longer commitment to acceptance back into a community.
Meditation fire by Shutterstock
The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
An Iraqi man prays at the Al-Noori Al-Kabeer mosque – now draped with the Islamic State flag – in Mosul, northern Iraq.
Islam has a history of violence. Muslims can be violent. Denying this is not at all different to denying that Islam is peaceful and that all Muslims are pacifists. The dichotomy is simply false. The Qur’an…
Is religion a relic of the past?
All sorts of claims about religious decline are flying around at the moment, from George Carey’s comment that the Church of England is “one generation away from extinction” to Richard Dawkins’ comments…