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Was Buddha a Feminist?
April 11, 2018
Was Buddha a Feminist?
The first fully ordained Thai female monk in the Theravada tradition caused a controversy that continues 15 years later.
Was Buddha a Feminist?
The Dangerous Buddhist Card in Thailand’s New Constitution
January 30, 2018
The Dangerous Buddhist Card in Thailand’s New Constitution
The ruling junta’s use of religion to boost its legitimacy brings risks for the country.
The Dangerous Buddhist Card in Thailand’s New Constitution
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
October 29, 2017
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Demography and history explain troubled attitudes toward Islam in Buddhist-majority Asian regions today.
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal
October 16, 2017
The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal
The Druk Gawa Khilwa (DGK) nunnery in Katmandu teaches its nuns a mixture of martial arts and meditation.
The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
August 19, 2017
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
A look at the ongoing persecution of a minority group that continues to be under assault in some parts of the region.
Beware the War Against ASEAN’s Atheists
The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism
August 15, 2017
The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism
Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state.
The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism
A Temple Under Siege: Wat Phra Dhammakaya
March 23, 2017
A Temple Under Siege: Wat Phra Dhammakaya
The fate of a notorious Thai cult hangs in the balance.
A Temple Under Siege: Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Russia's Buddhist Republic
January 04, 2017
Russia's Buddhist Republic
In Russia’s Republic of Kalmykia, the remnants of Buddhism sit in the Soviet Union’s lingering shadow.
Russia's Buddhist Republic
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
October 15, 2016
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
Rama IX served as a revered symbol and also shielded his country from the worst consequences of its political instability.
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
September 18, 2016
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
Geographic proximity meant that the histories of India and Sri Lanka were intertwined.
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
The Mountain Monks of Japan
September 13, 2016
The Mountain Monks of Japan
Meet the Yamabushi, a group of alpine ascetics who are opting out of the rat race and reconnecting with nature.
The Mountain Monks of Japan
Kagyu Samye Ling: Scotland's Buddhist Monastery
April 04, 2016
Kagyu Samye Ling: Scotland's Buddhist Monastery
In 1967, Choje Akong Rinpoche helped found the first Tibetan temple in the West.
Kagyu Samye Ling: Scotland's Buddhist Monastery
The Rupshu Pastoralists
December 07, 2015
The Rupshu Pastoralists
The Changpas hold on to ancient traditions in a fragile, disputed region.
The Rupshu Pastoralists
Narrow Road to the North: Religious Sites in Tōhoku
August 22, 2015
Narrow Road to the North: Religious Sites in Tōhoku
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself home. Matsuo Bashō
Narrow Road to the North: Religious Sites in Tōhoku
Modi in Mongolia: Cultural Crossroads in the Far East
May 16, 2015
Modi in Mongolia: Cultural Crossroads in the Far East
Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit Mongolia, as he seeks to breathe new life into relations.
Modi in Mongolia: Cultural Crossroads in the Far East
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
April 30, 2015
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
George Washington University is showing us why the West needs to come to terms with the eastern origins of the Swastika.
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
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