Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?
Devotees from many parts of the world are visiting the ailing 92-year-old monk, who has retired to a Buddhist temple. He taught how the practice of mindfulness could be combined with daily actions.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers' views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
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 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.
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.
In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness common to many religious traditions.
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.
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.
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.
The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.