| 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 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,"...
| 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 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-...
| 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 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...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Wu Shuoyan was waiting for her husband and their 7-year-old son at a McDonald's when she posted a note on a social media site: "I met some crazy people."
Twenty minutes later, she lay dead on the floor, beaten to death with a metal pole. Authorities say...
| May 6, 2014
| 3:20 PM
Also appended, Stephen Breyer's concurring dissent. As I do from time to time, I generated a plain-text version of this opinion for ease of cutting, pasting and reading, and attempted to insert extra reader-friendly paragraph breaks. For the whole...
| May 18, 2014
When it comes to creating stories on the stage, Mary Zimmerman is a master. But the Tony Award-winning director is very specific about the tales she chooses to tell.
"One thing I really like is to try to stage the impossible," says Zimmerman, 53,...
| May 8, 2014
| 4:05 AM
Along the banks of the Ou River in this coastal Chinese city is a pleasant if ordinary green space that would hardly merit much attention except for the striking sign out front: Anti-Cult Theme Park.
“Worship Science,” suggests a message...