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Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery

“If we are serious about becoming the masters of our minds and emotions, i...

Philosophy / Religion

Buddhist-Islamic Friendship: Embracing Tolerance

Buddhist-Islamic Friendship: Embracing Tolerance

When I read news about Gaza and Burma, among other places, I sometimes feel I mi...

Meditation / Spirituality

Thelma’s Grudge: A Lesson in Compassion

Thelma’s Grudge: A Lesson in Compassion

In the mid-1990s, I spent a year as a volunteer at Zen Hospice Project’s (...

Arts & Culture

Thailand's Incredible Treasure: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Thailand's Incredible Treasure: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

First-time travelers to Bangkok like myself surely won’t miss the opportunity to...

Practice / Daily Life

Religious Identity in Schools: Curiosity Over Coercion

Religious Identity in Schools: Curiosity Over Coercion

Sunday mornings are the same old grind for me: groggily hit the snooze button at...

Columnists

Searching for Meaning in Tibetan Wrathful Imagery

Searching for Meaning in Tibetan Wrathful Imagery

Tibetan Vajrayana imagery, for the most part, illustrates fantastical literary t...

Columnists

My Father Received by Amitabha Buddha

My Father Received by Amitabha Buddha

My Dad was Skeptical about Buddhism   My dad passed away in April 2012 at the ...

Commentary

Unattached Involvement: Expressing Socially Engaged Buddhism

Unattached Involvement: Expressing Socially Engaged Buddhism

The demonstrations in Hong Kong continue to drag on. Not long after they started...

Arts & Culture

Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science

Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science

Christopher Beckwith robustly argues in Warriors of the Cloisters that modern sc...

Columnists

The Norbulingka Institute: The Safekeeping of Tradition

The Norbulingka Institute: The Safekeeping of Tradition

Traditions handed down carefully from generation to generation connect people wi...

General Buddhism

The Online Neighborhood: Exploring Buddhism and Social Media

The Online Neighborhood: Exploring Buddhism and Social Media

Like. Share. Retweet. Pin it.   Social media has infiltrated the lives of just a...

Practice / Daily Life

“Giving Back”—What is that Anyway?

“Giving Back”—What is that Anyway?

“Here, take it!” I am looking at the arm of my elderly father, outstretched in m...

Mahayana

Printed Prayers: Japan’s First Woodblock-printed Buddhas

Printed Prayers: Japan’s First Woodblock-printed Buddhas

In the main hall of an elegant Pure Land Buddhist temple called Joruri-ji near t...

Mahayana

Medieval Artifacts, Modern Angst: Venerable Dae Bong on Korean Seon

Medieval Artifacts, Modern Angst: Venerable Dae Bong on Korean Seon

On 18 August, a team of researchers in Seoul thrilled the archeological communit...

Columnists

Eco-Dharma and the Eight Worldly Winds

Eco-Dharma and the Eight Worldly Winds

A massive and historical mobilization of communities on behalf of the environmen...

Commentary

Death, Immortality, and the Question of Suffering

Death, Immortality, and the Question of Suffering

The world of dew Is the world of dew And yet, and yet . . . — Issa (...