Buddhism

Why Americans See Buddhism as a Philosophy Rather Than a Religion — Quartz

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short children’s talk, candlelight service, and potluck after the celebration. Welcome to American Buddhism. Early Influences […]

Buddhism

An adaptable present, a hopeful future – Buddhistdoor Global

Worshipers burn incense sticks in a Buddhist temple. From baltimoresun.com During the New Year 2017, 70,000 Buddhist devotees eagerly jostled in the halls and courtyards of the majestic Yonghe Temple in the heart of Beijing. The effectively unlimited access to this once imperial monument was a far cry from its ancient history as a retreat […]

Buddhism

Why so many Americans think Buddhism is just a philosophy

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the enlightenment of the Buddha is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short lecture for the kids, a candle light service, and a potluck dinner after […]