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Fiction and Buddhism: Striving to be a “Serious Mindful” Reader

Fiction and Buddhism: Striving to be a “Serious Mindful” Reader

Why should a Buddhist invest emotionally in any fictional character? We are atta...

Mahayana

The Precept-bestowing Assembly at Eihei-ji

The Precept-bestowing Assembly at Eihei-ji

This is the first of a series of articles on Japanese Buddhism written by Gereon...

Columnists

Developing the Virtue of Faith

Developing the Virtue of Faith

The Faith Approach and the Wisdom Approach Pure Land Buddhism is a teaching of d...

People and Personalities

"Beyond All Differences": Interview with Tina Turner and the Beyond Music Quartet

Moving “beyond” religious, cultural, and social differences, the Beyond project ...

People and Personalities

Celebrity Spotlight: Richard Gere—A Movie Star and Buddhist Spokesperson

Celebrity Spotlight: Richard Gere—A Movie Star and Buddhist Spokesperson

Julia Roberts’s enigmatic smile is perhaps one of the best highlights of t...

Theravada

Inspiration at Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

Inspiration at Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

This summer, I was fortunate to have made a short visit to Thailand, a country t...

Mahayana

Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim

Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim

I arrived in Songgwangsa (one of the oldest Seon, or Zen, temples in South Korea...

Arts & Culture

Stitching as Meditation in the Pieced-Silk Thangkas of Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Stitching as Meditation in the Pieced-Silk Thangkas of Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Just over 20 years ago, Leslie Freilich left southern California to work in Dhar...

Columnists

HH Penor Rinpoche Remembered

HH Penor Rinpoche Remembered

Following the passing into parinirvana of the beloved master, His Holiness Penor...

Vajrayana

Vodka With My Tantra: Life in Buddhist Russia, 2014

Vodka With My Tantra: Life in Buddhist Russia, 2014

Saint Petersburg’s only Vajrayana temple stands proudly by the northern ba...

Theravada

"Buddhist Voices from the Land of Rivers": In Conversation with Venerable Buddhadatta

This is the second article in our series “Buddhist Voices from the Land of...

Arts & Culture

Buddhist Film Foundation: Preserving and Promoting Buddhist Films

Buddhist Film Foundation: Preserving and Promoting Buddhist Films

Since its creation in 2000, the Buddhist Film Foundation (BFF) has been a corner...

Commentary

Palestine and Israel: Hate is a Sickness That Can Be Cured

Palestine and Israel: Hate is a Sickness That Can Be Cured

The Polish historian Isaac Deutscher offered a famous analogy for the creation o...

Women

A Glimpse of My Time at the Sakya College for Nuns

A Glimpse of My Time at the Sakya College for Nuns

I almost never woke up to the five o'clock gong—the first gong of the day in a l...

Practice / Daily Life

The Metta of Meals

The Metta of Meals

What would the practice of metta look like if we applied it to eating? The culti...

History / Art / Antiquities

Secrets of the Esoteric Empire: The Tangut Script

Secrets of the Esoteric Empire: The Tangut Script

Has there ever been a civilization that invented a script, only to deliberately ...