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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

The rescued Thai boys are considering becoming monks — here’s why

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.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness? AlexLMX/Shutterstock.com

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

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. EPA-EFE

Myanmar and Buddhist extremism

There is a battle of Buddhisms taking place on the streets of Myanmar.
Julie Pimentel

Can yoga be Christian?

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.

All dogs go to heaven

In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor. Sergio Carvalho/Flickr

Could this Dalai Lama be the last?

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. EPA/STR

The truth about whether Islam is a religion of violence or peace

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? Saffron Blaze

British faith today: open to the spirit, closed to religion

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…

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