BANGKOK (RNS) In some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident and militant Buddhism is emerging.
(RNS) Many people think of the Dalai Lama as the personification of peace and love. But some Buddhist protesters say he’s a hypocritical “dictator.”
THIMPHU, Bhutan (RNS) Bhutan’s phallic worship is getting a second look. The age-old tradition is being reconsidered — to preserve its rich narratives, as artistic inspiration and as a tool for religious belief.
(RNS) Some of the brightest pro-business minds in the nation prodded the Dalai Lama to offer a warm endorsement of capitalism. They came up short.
(RNS) Authorities in Thailand are preparing to arrest and possibly defrock a senior Buddhist monk on charges of insurrection and breach of Buddhist discipline for leading anti-government protests.
Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment
(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.