A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… »2/17/14 2:04pm2/17/14 2:04pm

Dalai Lama says we need a 'global system of secular ethics'

Back in September the Dalai Lama told his Facebook friends that "grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate," and that religion alone cannot foster values such as integrity and compassion. Since that time, the Tibetan Buddhist leader has taken his somewhat surprising message on the road, and is now calling… »2/07/13 5:00pm2/07/13 5:00pm

A children's anime series with rainbow-colored, gut-wrenching lessons in ethical philosophy

One of the classic kids' anime shows that made its way across the Pacific was Monkey Magic, and it was full of fighting, jokes . . . and very deep lessons about philosophy and ethics. I love this one in particular, where Monkey meets Buddha, and learns that he is but a puny dot in the universe occupied by Buddha,… »11/21/12 4:03pm11/21/12 4:03pm

Why were the Nazis so interested in a statue carved from a meteorite?

As many media outlets are reporting today, an analysis of an ancient statue uncovered by Nazis in 1938 shows that it was carved from a meteorite fragment. Dating back to the 11th century, the priceless "iron man" sculpture (cue the music) weighs 10kg and is believed to be the very first carving of a human in a… »9/27/12 5:01pm9/27/12 5:01pm

In Bhutan, friendly phalluses painted on houses scare off evil spirits (NSFW)

In the tiny landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the unique aesthetic tradition of painting erect penises on architecture — a tradition that has persisted for over 500 years — is finally receiving attention on a global scale. Yes, from the mountains to the valleys, Bhutan is covered with disembodied doodles. »4/30/12 12:10pm4/30/12 12:10pm

A Buddhist temple adorned with paintings of Superman, Neo, and other scifi heroes

At the Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Batman, Ultraman, and other scifi stalwarts are inexplicably hanging out in religious paintings. I'm no religion scholar, but something tells me the Predator never factored into Siddhartha Gautama's teachings. »1/17/11 4:30pm1/17/11 4:30pm

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