| 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,"...
| 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-...
| 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...
| Aug 3, 2014
At first glance, Shigeo Ito's potted bonsai trees appear to be simply miniatures of those found in nature. But there is more than meets the eye.
"The bonsai trees are living works of art," says Ito, 88, a specialist in this ancient technique of training...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
He stands in black boots and black coat, phone at his ear, as if conspiring with a distant demon. He beckons in a rooftop cafe and hangs up. The Hollywood Hills, which he has known since childhood, rise tidy and neat; houses shine, pools glimmer. But to...
| 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...