The Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts are leading scholars to rethink the origins of Mahayana Buddhism. Richard Salomon looks at what we can learn from the recently-unearthed texts.
Buddhism is a religion of peace. So why do some monks carry guns and preach hatred? In this conversation with Lion’s Roar, religious studies professor Michael Jerryson says that, if you look closely, “violence abounds” in Buddhist doctrine.
Vishnu Sridharan points out a blind spot in Western Buddhism — South Asia is exorcized, while Buddhism’s origins in South Asian culture are ignored.
On Tuesday, Indian lawmakers made significant administrative changes to the contested region of Kashmir, India.
Since 2002, the monks from Samorang Pagoda in Cambodia have protected a 71-square-mile tract of forest from illegal logging and hunting.
The statues, which were likely stolen in 2001, were intercepted while being smuggled into the United Kingdom in 2002.
Bagan, in Maynmar, is one of 29 sites added to UNESCO’s list this year.
After the attacks that killed 320 in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Sri Lankan Buddhist communities across North America are holding candlelight vigils.
This week, the government of Sri Lanka is officially celebrating the Tripitaka, the collection of texts that form the foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The government has declared the week of March 16 to 23 “Tripitaka Week.”
In media reports on religious violence in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the perspectives of moderate and progressive Buddhists are often invisible. Khin Mai Aung talks to six Theravada Buddhists about Theravada extremism.