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Alan Watts: Reborn in Her

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

He'd no doubt find Samantha's remark that not having a body has distinct advantages a hoot.

Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other

David Loy | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Today we can see more clearly the limitations of each freedom by itself. What have I gained if I am free from external control but still at the mercy of my own greed, aggression, and delusions?

A Female Dalai Lama?

Michaela Haas | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.

10 Tibetan Buddhist Women You Need to Know

Michaela Haas | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

Many of us dream of exchanging our day-to-day responsibilities for a heartfelt life full of purpose, but few of us ever get around to doing something about it. The women featured here are the exception.

Thoughts On Zen’s Sex Scandals And What Might Follow

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

What we see are a couple of actual predators, a larger number of people with bad boundaries and an even larger number of people who've been caught up in domestic issues, where sex was just a presenting issue.

Jaweed Kaleem

Buddhism's Race Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

This article is a part of Faith Shift, a Huffington Post series on how changes in demographics, culture, politics and theology are transforming religi...

PHOTOS: Most And Least Buddhist Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see most and least Buddhist cities in America: A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called th...

Is Meditation Buddhism Booming Or Fading?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The biggest question in Buddhism's long term future will be how much a new generation of practitioners, teachers and scholars come forward to carry on the work.

Buddhist Abbey A Dream Fulfilled For U.S. Nuns

Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion

By Tracy Simmons Religion News Service NEWPORT, Wash. (RNS) There aren't a lot of Buddhists in America -- around 3 million or so, according to the...

Western Buddhism: The 50 Year Lessons

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

It's been about 50 years since the bulk of the Asian meditation masters arrived here. Many of us have spent our whole adult lives trying to practice and absorb what they taught us. S

Bourgeois Buddhists: Do Americans Miss The Point Of Buddhism?

Owen Flanagan, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Owen Flanagan, Ph.D.

Buddhism is first and foremost a complex philosophy about the nature of reality, the self and morality. Do most American Buddhists know about the philosophy or enact the moral message of Buddhism?

'The Largest Gathering For World Peace In History' Coming To D.C.

Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama will visit Washington next month for an 11-day peace rally that is b...

No Place To Hide: A Buddhist Perspective On Birthers

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

I agreed that the questioning of the president's birth place was a conscious form of race baiting, and I considered that day a very sad day in this country, illuminating a great deal of divisiveness, bigotry, and ignorance.