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Asian Religions

Zen Rock Gardens

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 02.04.2017 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

Rocks have long been venerated in China, Korea, and Japan. A rock might stand out because of its beauty, unusual shape, or resemblance to a mountain. In Japan, distinctive rocks were believed to be inhabited by kami, spiritual forces/beings inherent in nature.

Who Is the Laughing Buddha? Zen's Artistic Heritage

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

In Buddhism, Hotei is distinguished from Buddhism's founder, who lived in India in the fifth century B.C. His many names include Shakyamuni, the Buddha, the historical Buddha. Shakyamuni is almost always depicted as slender. You can't tell a Buddha by his belly, but you can tell the Buddha by his lack of one.

'If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say' Probably Resonates With Most Ethnic Minorities

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact

The eye-opening, spot-on video above features Asian actors hurling subversive stereotypes toward white actors. No casualties reported. The good-hum...

Happy Chinese New Year: Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Modern celebrations of Chinese New Year provide many rich and helpful insights in terms of how Chinese culture is on the rise and becoming increasingly globally known and recognized.

Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

A focus on the book and God makes a religion conclusive, exclusionary and separative. In these three ways, the Indic notion of dharma is very different from the notion of religion.

Why Doesn't Asia Have Religion?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Having spent the past 10 years writing and teaching on Asian religions, I now have something to confess: Asia does not have religion.