(RNS) — The line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste, experts in religious artwork say, can be blurry.
(RNS) — In her book, Thubten Chodron teaches the Five Contemplations, which are aimed at fostering mindful eating. They're short verses designed to inspire reflections.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) — In Malaysia, as it is across the Buddhist world, a holiday celebrating the Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment is celebrated with floats, burning joss sticks and lotus-shaped candles. The national holiday, also known as Buddha Day or Buddha's birthday, bring together Buddhist communities from many of the country's widely diverse ethnic and social groups.
This week’s gallery includes images from the start of Ramadan, protests over the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, and more.
Former editor for "The Chicago Tribune" compiles evidence to prove miracles. But is it effective to build a logical case for a mystical event?
(RNS) Twenty reverent and irreverent presents you won't see on every other gift guide.
(RNS) The “Prayer of St. Francis” was not written by St. Francis, and many other great religious quotes can’t be traced to the famous people whose names are memed with them.
(RNS) In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal toppled, destroyed and damaged a millennium of religious history. This 'Splainer looks at the damaged sites and their religious and historical significance.
(RNS) I have not become a Buddhist. I am too attached to several of my desires, unwilling to let them go. But I see the structure of life bending me toward this wisdom and applying some form of this discipline to me.
Jail time and hard labor for sharing an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is a shocking violation of free speech. In Myanmar, I’m far from shocked.
(RNS) The mummy inside the gold-painted papier-mache statue is believed to be that of Liuquan, a Buddhist master of the Chinese Meditation School who died around the year 1100.
Olivia Taters started life as an oracle Twitter bot designed to deliver absurd truths. Now she’s an emotionally erratic, highly opinionated teenager with some wild thoughts on religion.
(RNS) The debate over when the Buddha died is not just academic: Buddhist countries such as Thailand use a dating system pegged to the year of his death, and some of his prophecies imply no one will achieve enlightenment a certain number of years after his passing.
(RNS) For Ani Choying Drolma, nicknamed the “rock star nun,” singing and performing with top musicians is a way to take the essence of Buddha’s teachings to the world and help people in need.
(RNS) Next month, Nepal will circulate a new 100-rupee note with the imprint, “Lumbini: The Birthplace of Lord Buddha.” The note is part of the government’s most recent effort to correct the record.
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