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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...

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...

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...

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...

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, outst...

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...

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 (...

Mahayana

The Variety of Practice in Soto Zen Buddhism

The Variety of Practice in Soto Zen Buddhism

Dogen’s (1200–53) Soto Zen is known for its emphasis on shikantaza—“sitting only...

Columnists

Look for a Butterfly

Look for a Butterfly

Some years after my grandmother died, my mother went to see a psychic to “...

Columnists

Buddha-invocation: pristine Pure Land and Other Schools

Buddha-invocation: pristine Pure Land and Other Schools

Buddha-invocation (Ch. nianfo; J. nembutsu) in its various forms is the most com...

Theravada

"Buddhist Voices from the Land of Rivers": Moanoghar, Beacon of Hope

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

Columnists

Attending the Kalachakra

Attending the Kalachakra

It was 3 July 2014. I was in transit at Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi when ...

Columnists

Is Pure Land Buddhism “Religious”?

Is Pure Land Buddhism “Religious”?

Wisdom and Faith: Two Sides of the Same Coin For years, I have been searchin...

Commentary

Art and Conservation Form a Critical Part of Buddhist Studies

Art and Conservation Form a Critical Part of Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation a...

Theravada

Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Personal Standpoint

Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Personal Standpoint

I sat on a hardened cushion inhaling the vapor of burning incense in the main pr...

Arts & Culture

Celebrity Buddhists: The Unique Buddhist Songstress

Celebrity Buddhists: The Unique Buddhist Songstress

Forty-three-year-old singer Ani Choying Drolma is known worldwide for her mellif...