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A Lotus Sutra scroll praising the manifold mercies of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Universal Gateway chapter of the Lotus Sutra/Calligrapher: Sugawara Mitsushige/The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

The Lotus Sutra − an ancient Buddhist scripture from the 3rd century − continues to have relevance today

For many Buddhists today, both in East Asia and across the world, the Lotus Sutra offers religious support for various gender identities.
To address barriers that racialized women with non-native accents experience in the Canadian workplace, we need to understand what kinds of bias they face. (Shutterstock)

How ‘benevolent sexism’ undermines Asian women with foreign accents in the workplace

Recent research explores how women with non-native English accents — specifically Mandarin — fare in the Canadian job market.
Hindu devotees prepare to scatter ashes of the deceased into the sea as part of Ngaben, a mass cremation ceremony, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Juni Kriswanto/AFP via Getty Images

From India and Taiwan to Tibet, the living assist the dead in their passage

Across cultures, death rituals give mourners a chance to grieve. But they also offer one last opportunity to help the deceased as they transition to the next stage of existence.
Too few children means China needs to look outside the country for new blood. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

China needs immigrants

Chinese politicians have looked toward policies to encourage couples to have more children to offset population decline. It hasn’t worked.
The first specimen of Bipalium admarginatum was found by George Verdon in the jungle of a tropical island. George Verdon

Last seen 90 years ago, strange worm species is found crawling in Malaysia

A strange worm found in the jungle, then harvested and preserved in… gin, provides a better understanding of the evolution and genetics of flatworms.

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