Category Archives: Buddhism

Printing the Ancient Way Keeps These Buddhist Texts Alive

The dozen or so Tibetan men wearing aprons sat in pairs in low chairs, facing each other. Each pair bent over a thin rectangular wooden block and worked by sunlight…

What Do We Really Know About the Historical Buddha?

What do we really know about Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha? And who are these other Buddhas we sometimes see and hear about? Barbara O’Brien answers your questions about the…

Monk Spreads Buddhist Thought With 140-Character Tweets

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim became Twitter-famous with his tweets about faith and mindfulness. His book, a compilation of tweets, went viral in South Korea, and the American edition is out…

Everything You Wanted to Know About Karma

Everything you wanted to know about karma but were afraid to ask Karma and rebirth are often treated as Buddhism’s cultural baggage: a set of Indian beliefs that—either because the…

The Fear of Being Unneeded

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical…

China’s Spiritually Adrift Turn to Buddhism

For centuries, Buddhists seeking enlightenment made the journey to Longquan Monastery, a lonesome temple on a hilltop in the hinterlands of northwest Beijing. Under the ginkgo and cypress trees, they…

Little Sisters: Contraception Fight Has Been Worth It

Two members of the Little Sisters of the Poor say they sometimes get a bit weary of answering questions about their role in the contraception mandates fight, but also that…

A Long-Banned Buddhist Rite Takes Place In Tibet

The Panchen Lama — the second highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama — is performing an important ritual that has not taken place in Tibet for half…

Pulling Mindfulness Up by Its (Buddhist) Roots

“Wisdom 2.0?” meditation teacher Kenneth Folk has famously pondered. “That’s a networking opportunity with a light dressing of Buddhism.”

The Dalai Lama on the Afterlife, Science, and China

The Dalai Lama captivated thousands of Utahns this week with his speech Tuesday at the Huntsman Center, emphasizing the power of individuals in bringing about change and pointing out that…