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What do students’ beliefs about God have to do with grades and college?

(The Conversation) — In America, the demographic circumstances of the birth of a child shaping academic success. Sociologists have spent decades studying how factors beyond students’ control, including race, richness and Postal code from their parents – affect their studies Opportunities and success. But an often overlooked demographic factor is religion. The United States is […]

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What it’s like to teach ‘world religions’ in Pakistan

I grew up in a Christian family and studied Christian theology. I also studied Islam at university. For five years, I have lived between Melbourne and Lahore in Pakistan. In Lahore, I taught a subject called “world religions” at a Muslim university. I named my course “The Wisdom of the World’s Religions” and it covers […]

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Buddhism is not about being vegan

Ask people what they know about Buddhists, especially people who have never met Buddhists, and you’ll probably get a few simple answers: They’re peaceful. They are nice. They are super cool. They don’t drink. And they don’t eat meat. Alas, there is no practice, religious or otherwise, guaranteed to make you any of these things. […]

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“A common sense interpretation of the facts”

“Pursuit” (1952), by Boris Anrep, is part of a series of Modern Virtues mosaics located in the entrance hall of the National Gallery in London. It depicts astronomer and physicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) as a steeplejack climbing to the stars. (Wikimedia Commons public domain image) *** Audio roundtable: come follow me Old Testament Lesson […]

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Steal These Ideas: The New York Times Teaching Project Curriculum 2020-21

A year ago, The Learning Network fulfilled a long-held dream and welcomed 60 educators into the very first cohort of the New York Times Teaching Project. Now that the members of this group are officially alumni, and we’ve welcomed a new cohort of 40, we want to highlight just a fraction of the work they’ve […]

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Buddhism Meets Evolutionary Psychology | Psychology Today Canada

Robert Wright is an award-winning science journalist who has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. He is also the author of a number of popular popular science books, including The moral animal: the new science of evolutionary psychology, published in 1994. Recently my ex-wife Melanie Trost sent me a […]

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What does the Bible say about women who teach and prophesy?

A recurring question regarding women in the church looks like this: “What does the Bible say about women who teach and prophesy?” The follow-up question is usually, “And what does this mean for us now?” “ Photo by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels. Used with permission. But let’s start with some definitions: Education: Convey the truth […]

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Can you choose your beliefs?

Recently a Facebook friend asked a simple but deep question: “Do you think that belief is a choice? Can you really help whether or not you are convinced of something? “ That’s an important question, especially in light of last week’s post on hacking your worldview. As pagans and polytheists, we understand that religion is […]

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Buddhism helps Shraddha Das cope with difficult times

Containment across Maharashtra to fight the second wave of COVID-19 has affected celebrities as much as the average man. Shraddha Das, who is currently in Mumbai, says she is going through a difficult time, but Buddhist chants are helping her cope. “I have been sitting at home for the past 10 days doing nothing,” Shraddha […]

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Where does Buddhism get its reputation for peace?

When I teach an undergraduate course on ‘Buddhism and Violence’, I usually start by asking students to rank religious groups according to the number of followers they have in the British Army. Typically Christians are at the top of the student lists and Buddhists at the bottom. This reflects an unconscious prejudice that many of […]

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7 Moral Principles of Buddhism Money: “It’s a Matter of Mental Economy”

Karma “The mind precedes all mental states. The spirit is their leader; they are all worked by the mind. If with an unclean spirit a person speaks or acts, suffering follows – like the wheel that follows the ox’s foot. The mind precedes all mental states. The spirit is their leader; they are all worked […]

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Is Buddhism a religion? | Dr Jay N. Forrest

The Buddha said: “The practitioner will find great joy and attain the final state of rest by having confidence in the religion of the Buddha, discovering the happiness of ending mental conditioning” (Dhp 381). Is Buddhism a religion? It seems like a simple question until you realize that there is little agreement on what Buddhism […]

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5 of the best Buddhism books for beginners

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Buddhism sometimes seems mysterious. Other times it seems simple. Sometimes it seems like it’s unreachable. Sometimes it sounds like something we all do, whether we are aware of it or not. The following selections help demystify Buddhist principles […]

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The Quadruple Grace of Won Buddhism

Won Buddhism teaches that we can develop a sense of gratitude for everything – good and bad – by studying the interconnected nature of life. Illustration of Sumin Ha. “Let’s turn a life of resentment into a life of gratitude. This is the main teaching I remember from Won Buddhist Youth Services in Korea. When […]

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Views in the United States and Japan

In recent months, several states have passed sweeping anti-abortion legislation, including some of the most restrictive laws since abortion became legal under the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, in an attempt to take legal action against a new generation of Tories. judges who could overturn the 1973 ruling. Overall, the pro-life activism behind […]

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Is Buddhism Scientific or Religious?

The following article is taken from one of the last lectures in our online course, Buddhism for beginners. John Dunne, Buddhist scholar and practitioner, presents the origins, teachings, and historical development of Buddhism in this course for beginners and beyond. Here he takes a closer look at the ongoing debate as to whether Buddhism should […]

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Tibetan monks will share their beliefs and practices with the Penn State community October 22-26

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from Tashi Kyil Monastery for a week-long visit to University Park Oct. 22-26. On Monday morning October 22, the monks will begin their work on a sand mandala in the garden room of the Pasquerilla spiritual […]

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The body in Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

Anam Thubten Rinpoche. From youtube.com Our relationship with our body, in general, is unhealthy as our outlook on it tends to be not only flawed, but even negative in ways that can be harsh and mean. Many organized religions have the reputation of being “anti-body”. In his book Walking words, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano […]

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Buddhism finds eternal life beyond itself

Eternal life of the soul is a fundamental belief of many religions, not only Christianity and Islam, but also Hinduism. Yet Buddhism teaches the opposite: the impermanence of everything, including oneself. Followers of these other religions might find the Buddhist point of view absolutely baffling. If we are here today and gone tomorrow, what good […]

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The Tiantai Trilogy, Part 2 – Global Buddhist

A waterfall on Tiantai Mountain, China. From gochengdu.cn In the first installment of this trilogy, I introduced the Tiantai School of Chinese Buddhism (天台 å®— 佛教) and explained why and how I personally find it more compelling than the more “devotional” Pure Land Buddhism (淨土 å®— 佛教) and “cerebral” Chan (Zen) Buddhism (禪宗 佛教). The […]

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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 […]

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Secular Buddhism in North America – Buddhistdoor Global

As Buddhism grows in popularity in North America, one aspect that is becoming increasingly important is its potential affinity with secularism. Books like Stephen Batchelor Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening (Riverhead Books 1997), Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (Spiegel & Grau 2011), and Secular Buddhism: imagining dharma in an uncertain world (Yale […]

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Buddhism for beginners – Lion’s Roar

New to Buddhism or Meditation? Then you probably have a lot of questions – and you will find some useful answers here, in the form of articles by The roar of the lion and Buddhadharma. Buddha Shakyamuni. Lacquered wood, Myanmar, 15th century. Courtesy of LACMA. Contents What do Buddhists believe? Buddhists have many different beliefs […]

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Nurturing the roots of Chinese Buddhism in Africa – Buddhistdoor Global

I was born Simon Manase Masauko in Malawi on April 23, 1978. I received the name Dharma Ben Xing, which means “awakening” or, more literally, “the original root of awakening”, in 2000 from the famous Buddhist monk Venerable Master Hui Li, the first Mahayana monk from Taiwan to come to Africa and spread humanistic Buddhism. […]