Regions: Asia

Drinking Tea—Meeting the Buddha

Many package tours to Japan include a tea ceremony. Sometimes these short versions of a traditional tea ceremony­­––otemae or cha no yu ––take place in the tea room

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Fifteen Good Years

I first traveled to Ladakh in the western Himalaya 15 years ago, after being invited by a lama I met on the beach in front

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Rethinking Life Release

In recent years, the Buddhist practice of life release, or in Chinese, fangsheng (放生), has become a highly contentious topic, pitting life release advocates against environmentalists, animal

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Dancers in High Places

The dancing mind is another mind. In Vajrayana Buddhist Cham, dance is yoga, the dancing mind the whole point—the center of the experience. Monk-dancers are

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