| Nov 17, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Millions of discarded plastic bottles that might normally land in Taiwan's trash are being diverted into the hands of Buddhists, becoming items of transformation — although not of a strictly spiritual nature.
Thousands of religious volunteers...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Laguna Beach's Neighborhood Congregational Church is the epicenter of this week's celebration honoring a group of Buddhist monks.
For four years, the church has sponsored visits from Tibetan Buddhist monks, providing support and housing, according to...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:30 PM
A fascinating documentary about the role of Buddhism in Thai society, "So Be It" follows the experiences of two young boys learning about life through close contact with the faith. Made by the high-profile indie team of helmer Kongdej Jaturanrasmee ("P-...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Sarah Ruhl's new play, "The Oldest Boy," is extremely imaginative and hypnotically beautiful, but the plot is a puzzler. An American woman, the wife of a Tibetan man, is visited by a high-ranking Buddhist priest and informed that her three-year-old son is...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Denis Johnson tends to let his work speak for itself. Since the publication of his debut novel, "Angels," in 1983 he's written some of the most essential books in contemporary American literature, but he doesn't often talk about them. "My general policy,"...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 1:14 PM
On Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, six representatives of different religions, and an atheist, gathered to discuss religion and what it has to "atone" for.
The Saturday afternoon panel discussion at Santaluces High School in...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Hewn by hand out of a cliff face in the Gobi Desert starting about 1,700 years ago, China's most spectacular cache of Buddhist caves has endured countless assaults over the centuries — earthquakes and floods, plundering foreign explorers and even...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Recently, the revered and charismatic Dalai Lama told a German newspaper that there should be no more Dalai Lamas after his death. In other words, this 14th Dalai Lama, who is 79 (and has vowed to live to 113), says he will not be reincarnated as the 15th...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 6:15 PM
I broke my own cardinal rule of travel, which is this: If you're going to visit a country, start in its capital to embrace the cultural customs and nuances of a new destination.
For Laos, that would be Vientiane, which sits on a plain that's northeast...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:14 PM
The Temple for World Peace, Baltimore's first Buddhist temple, will open Friday after more than a year of construction.
The nearly two-acre property, east of Belvedere Square on Northern Parkway, includes an orchard, playground, cafe and bookstore, as...
| May 2, 2014
| 8:21 PM
The five gilded figures of Buddha sat cross-legged under sheets of plastic, lips curved in half-smiles of silent joy.
The room around them, however, was anything but silent. A nail gun rattled, a hydraulic lift groaned and a half-dozen Buddhist nuns and...