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Buddhist Voters Aim To Bring Mindfulness To The Ballot Box

The mindfulness movement has seeped into Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and even the United States Military Academy at West Point. Next stop: the voting booth.

Celebrating Bodhi Day for the 21st Century

On Dec. 8 Buddhists the world over will celebrate Bodhi Day, the day when Siddhartha Gautama, on seeing the morning star at dawn, attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree and became the Buddha, the "Awakened One." Buddha's enlightenment has for 2,500 y

Intimacy With Suffering: Feel the Pain, Heal the Pain

In Buddhism we talk about the two wings of the bird: Wisdom and Compassion. There are many wisdom teachings, including the teachings about "emptiness." I was preparing to put down some seasonal thoughts on these teachings, which I have been calling the Gi

New Congress Underrepresents Nonreligious And 'Nones', But Gains In Diversity With Hindu, Buddhist

Nearly one-in-five Americans have no religion, but only one member of the 533 people in the new 113th Congress that was sworn in Thursday would fall into one of the largest and fastest growing American demographics when it comes to religion or lack thereo

China calls US report on religion biased, ignorant

BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that a U.S. report describing repression of religion in China and elsewhere is a political tool based on groundless accusations that displays Washington's arrogance and ignorance.

'Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road' Comes To The China Institute

The China Institute Gallery has been transformed into an ancient cave, taking visitors back more than a millennium to a dazzling world where Buddhist worshippers adorned the walls with colorful frescoes, silk prayer banners and lavishly painted life-size

A New Witch in Town: The Real Beautiful Creatures

There's a new "witch" in town -- and at first glance, she seems fine. Cute, strong-willed and thoughtful, Lena, the lead witch character in the new movie "Beautiful Creatures," is someone I can imagine getting to know, maybe even inviting to visit my cove

Religion in Human Evolution, part 5: group cohesion and identity

The first societies were organised around religious ideas, but religion is more than just an adaptation to 'groupishness'

Is Meditation Buddhism Booming or Fading?

I have often written that we are approaching the 50 year mark of Buddhist meditation practice in America. In many ways this style of Buddhism has become well established and familiar to the mainstream culture.

Buddhist Meditation: Catching the Right Thought Train

Consider your mind being like the platform of a train station where different trains of thought pull through the station in each moment, heading to various destinations: childhood memories, creative ideas, revenge fantasies, cravings for chocolate, vacati

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