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.
There is a long tradition in China of associating monkeys with the mind – symbolism that has helped the novel’s most memorable character, the Monkey King, find universal resonance.
A scholar of digital religion explains why the use of AI isn’t necessarily displacing religious leadership: It is the clergy who are helping with the programming, critical for its deployment.
New research shows how LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia struggle to come out, feel pressure to lie about their sexuality and experience discrimination.
The Catholic community that Pope Francis will visit later this month has a complex history that goes back to the 13th century, when the Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan.
The merging of technology and faith is sparking a transformative shift in redefining spirituality and religious practices.
Being minimally Buddhist requires a practitioner to abstain from destroying any breathing beings. So how is it ok for some Buddhists to eat meat? Two philosophers explain.
Milton Moon’s work produced over six decades is on show in a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Buddha’s birthday has not always been a major holiday for Buddhists, but is now celebrated in diverse ways throughout Asia.
The lines between family life and Buddhist monasticism are not so ‘either/or’ as they might seem.
Mother figures from faith traditions around the world reflect many different ways of thinking about the divine.
Beijing is eager for more control over the selection of Tibetan Buddhist leaders like the Dalai Lama.
Mindfulness is everywhere in pop culture today, but that doesn’t mean people agree on what it means.
The use of AI and robotic technology in worship is raising profound questions about its long-term consequences. Will it lead to the betterment of society or replace practitioners?
Compassionate listening is an overlooked practice, but urgently needed in both interpersonal and political communications.
The Seven Lucky Gods usher in good fortune in the new year in Japan. Among them, Hotei plays the most prominent role, for he is considered not just a lucky god, but also a buddha.
Traditional ordination into a Buddhist monastic life requires meeting guidelines based on male and female genders.
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.
Shinto and Buddhist ideas about interconnectedness have deeply influenced Japan, shaping centuries-old rituals and stories whose impact continues today.
Rosaries are meant to be used wherever, whenever – and each one tells a story.