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Shantideva and Shariputra: Can Buddhists Use Satire?

Shantideva and Shariputra: Can Buddhists Use Satire?

Murder is abhorrent. Whatever one’s opinion of the Charlie Hebdo satirists...

People and Personalities

Investing in Sukhavati: An Interview with Senior Financier Andrew Fung on His Pure Land Practice

Investing in Sukhavati: An Interview with Senior Financier Andrew Fung on His Pure Land Practice

One of my aspirations as a journalist of religion is to explore how to better re...

Columnists

Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands

Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands

Detail of the Buddha Amitabha with hands in the meditation gesture, Kotoku-in, K...

Columnists

Wise Resolutions for the New Year

Wise Resolutions for the New Year

The New Year is a time when many of us naturally reflect on our hopes and intent...

Columnists

What Do Pure Land Practitioners Believe?

What Do Pure Land Practitioners Believe?

One day my daughter asked me, “Dad, I know ‘Western’ religion ...

Columnists

On Pilgrimage: A Journey through Tibet (part 1)

On Pilgrimage: A Journey through Tibet (part 1)

Pilgrimage is a mysterious thing. It has a very simple outer level that is sheer...

Mahayana

My Chan Story

My Chan Story

I was born into a middle-class family in North London in 1955. I have mild dysle...

Practice / Daily Life

Dealing with Pleasure

Dealing with Pleasure

There are many statements in Buddhist literature that make pleasure sound like s...

Mahayana

Expressing the Pure Land through Art and Architecture—Chi Lin Nunnery

Expressing the Pure Land through Art and Architecture—Chi Lin Nunnery

Four years ago, one of my best friends visited Hong Kong. The first cultural lan...

People and Personalities

The Silent One: Leonard Cohen’s Pursuit of Spirituality

The Silent One: Leonard Cohen’s Pursuit of Spirituality

“It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift ...

Commentary

Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Bhikkhunis

Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Bhikkhunis

On 29 November, 8 bhikkhunis and 47 novices were ordained at Thippayasathandhamm...

People and Personalities

Modern Education and the Future of Buddhism: An Interview with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Modern Education and the Future of Buddhism: An Interview with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is a well-known teacher in the Vajrayana tradition of...

Columnists

Perseverance in Enlightenment and Faith upon Hearing the Teachings of Pristine Pure Land Buddhism

Perseverance in Enlightenment and Faith upon Hearing the Teachings of Pristine Pure Land Buddhism

The Two Other Kinds of Perseverance It is joyful to read the books written by ...

Columnists

Learning to Receive

Learning to Receive

Generosity is a fundamental trait that is celebrated by all of the world’s...

Columnists

Two Roads to an Awakened Heart

Two Roads to an Awakened Heart

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just becau...

Theravada

“Buddhist Voices from the Land of Rivers”: Let Hope Rise from the Ashes

“Buddhist Voices from the Land of Rivers”: Let Hope Rise from the Ashes

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