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Buddhism

Jul 13, 2014 — The endless debate over the relationship between science and religion in the United States ignores the thinking of much of the rest of the world, says commentator Adam Frank.
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Apr 22, 2014 — A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.
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Oct 25, 2013 — The new paintings in Yunjie temple in Chaoyang, northeast of Beijing, have obliterated intricate 270-year-old artwork.
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Jan 17, 2013 — How The Big Lebowski's Dude is schooling us all in the ways of the Zen. Its all in the abiding.
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Oct 31, 2012 — The name is pretty grisly. But these annual or semi-annual festivals, which involve yak blood and take place high in the mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal, reflect the complex relationship that Buddhists have with eating meat.
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Oct 11, 2012 — In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King, is the spiritual leader's beautifully scientific stance towards life.
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Oct 9, 2007 — On today's show, athletes and steroid use, Buddhist monks rebel, letters, Do we torture? and military anthropology.
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