The Mahāyāna branch of Buddhism likely emerged around the first centuries A.D. and was most readily carried through the Silk Road and maritime trade routes.
A look at whether modern Buddhists adhere to the faith’s original religious principles or simply guilty of a cherrypicking cultural appropriation that turns religion into a fad.
A new study provides the first glimpse into what happens in children’s brains as they meditate.
As the US gets less religious, some thinkers warn that it may get more selfish as people engage less with their communities. A team of scholars decided to investigate that concern.
Rituals of rest and contemplation are woven into many religious traditions around the world.
Research suggests that alternative treatments for migraine, including physical therapy, massage and vitamin supplements, can make a difference.
Mindfulness can have benefits, but it shouldn’t replace first-line treatment, and it shouldn’t claim to be able to.
A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
Research highlights the importance of daily meditation, exercise and sleep for improving executive functioning, a component of attention that helps people focus.
‘Stresslaxation’ may be a new term, but many people can relate to feeling stressed and anxious when trying to unwind.
From visiting the ghats in Varanasi to walking the Camino de Santiago, travelling can be a deeply spiritual experience.
People don’t just go on retreat to discover themselves. They also go hoping to find magical connections with others.
The late Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh popularized the contemplative practice around the world.
A scholar studying the relationship of Buddhism and medicine explains how the popular media has misrepresented mindfulness.
Don’t expect meditation to provide Christmas miracles. But if you start learning how to meditate now, your holidays may be a bit less stressful and perhaps a little more meaningful.
A scholar of Christian spirituality argues that prayers are meant to bring together a faith community – something apps aren’t likely to achieve.
The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment.
Mouse brains produce random, strong bursts of dopamine and are able to control them. This may challenge many long-held ideas about learning and motivation.
A brief daily practice of mindfulness meditation not only contributes to a better mood, but it also helps protect against the negative mental health impact of news about COVID-19.
It’s easy to assume that the practice has few, if any, downsides. But a new study explored some of its social repercussions.