Buddhism

Examining the Demographics of Buddhism in America – Buddhistdoor Global

Title page of the PRRI report. Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author The study of Buddhism in America has long grappled with a seemingly simple question: how to determine exactly who is a Buddhist? In a recent scholarly article, J. Gordon Melton and Constance Jones write: “Assessing the size of the Buddhist […]

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How Buddhism is used to justify violence in Myanmar

Four hundred thousand Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the face of what the UN Secretary-General calls “a vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination, radicalization and violent repression” by the Myanmar military. A humanitarian crisis resulted; the world is watching images of Rohingya villages reduced to ashes. Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

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Was Buddha God or Human? Are there gods in Buddhism?

[This article is part of the 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism series] Buddhism is known in the West as an “atheistic religion” in that, unlike the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it does not recognize a single creative deity. However, it should not be deduced from this that Buddhism does not have gods. He […]

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Buddhism is my religion, not your decorations – The Temple News

As a freshman, I spent the last few weeks getting used to my new home in Edge and visiting other student dorms. It has been an exciting and eye-opening experience so far, but there is one issue I would like to address. In no time, I have already seen tons of tapestries hanging on the […]