Current issues for the religion Buddhism

Current issues for the religion Buddhism

Why is Buddhism the fastest growing religion in Australia? by Darren Nelson The answer to this inquiry is multi-layered and complex. It is a tantalising issue because it highlights the changing spiritual landscape of Australia and provides an insight…

Compare Buddhism and Catholic religions

Compare Buddhism and Catholic religions

By Susan Stabile Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun is not a typical life choice for a child of an Italian Catholic police officer from Brooklyn, New York. Nevertheless, in February of 1988 I knelt in front of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, as he cut…

Buddhism religion premise

Buddhism religion premise

After a number of posts covering skeptical issues I thought it’s about time to examine another study on the topic of religion. This time the study title is “When Buddhism Became a ‘Religion’: Religion and Superstition in the Writings of Inoue Enryo” published…

Buddhism religion practices in What countries

Buddhism religion practices in What countries

Pilgrims, healers, and wizards: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand Alexandra Green, curator, British Museum One of my first jobs at the British Museum was to examine the Southeast Asian collections. I found that the holdings from Burma…

Buddhism religion powers

Buddhism religion powers

It is neither a religion in the sense in which that word is commonly understood, for it is not a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being. Buddhism does not demand blind faith from its adherents. Here mere belief is dethroned…

Buddhism religion and violence

Buddhism religion and violence

Wirathu, who describes himself as the Burmese Bin Laden , has used speeches on social media to spread the message of the 969 movement - an ultra-nationalist group characterized by one media outlet as Myanmar s Neo-Nazis . One of their campaigns involves…

Buddhism is a religion

Buddhism is a religion

Editor’s note: It is a great honour to introduce this essay by Dharmavidya, Dr. David Brazier. As regular readers will know, I am interested in the question of concepts and how they are used in our study of things (or processes ?) like Buddhism. When…

Buddhism fastest growing religion in Australia

Buddhism fastest growing religion in Australia

In Australia, Buddhism is a small but growing religion. According to the 2006 census, 2.1 percent of the total population of Australia, or 418, 749 people, identified as Buddhist. It was also the fastest-growing religion by percentage, having increased…

Buddhism and other religions

Buddhism and other religions

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar Since first interviewing Buddhist monks in 2007, I have become increasingly aware of the contributions of Buddhist philosophy and practice, not only for Buddhists but also for Christians. (See “What I learned from the…

Beginning of Buddhism religion

Beginning of Buddhism religion

Buddhism, founded in the late 6th century B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha ), is an important religion in most of the countries of Asia. Buddhism has assumed many different forms, but in each case there has been an attempt to draw from the life…

All About religion Buddhism

All About religion Buddhism

This article is the fifth in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. The Buddhist philosophical literature produced over the last 2, 600 years is so astounding in both breadth…

Roman Catholic religions Buddhism

Roman Catholic religions Buddhism

Buddhism was introduced to the United States near the beginning of the 20th century, but over the past 30 years or so, Buddhism has crept into our cultural consciousness. For some it is known as having been co-opted into a marketing campaign (such as…