(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) From ecumenical prayer beads to naughty Christmas sweaters, the Religion News Service Holiday Gift Guide 2013 has suggestions for everyone on your list, no matter their religion — or lack of religion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold strong views on the care they want — or don’t want — if they are faced with an incurable disease. A new survey from Pew Research finds that the number of those who would fight death to the bitter end is growing.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) Cambodian dance was nearly destroyed under the Khmer Rouge. Now a troupe of dancers is rededicating Cambodian temples in Boston, New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
(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.
Buddhist monks work hours to create the design, only to wipe the sand away and pour it into a nearby creek.
(RNS) Aaron Alexis practiced Buddhism, was learning to speak Thai and meditated often, friends say. But something in him had changed in recent months.
(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.