Rise to Fame: Buddha in the Making

Jun 01, 2017

Siddhartha’s story is the quest of a man who set in motion a worldwide religion without knowing anything about it. Unlike most historical celebrities, the Buddha was never interested in the pursuit of fame, an exceptional life, the expansion of his wealth or a successful career. His story is a...

The Problem With Sex According to Buddhism

Mar 09, 2015

Those who join the Buddhist monastic order submit to an ethical code that aims to drive out lust, ill will and infatuation. According to the Vinaya Pitaka, the Buddha laid down the first rule for his monastic followers in response to the behavior of a monk named Sudinna, who gave in to his...

Who Betrays Whom? Buddhism and Monastic Politics in Modern Sri Lanka

May 24, 2013

The ever stronger monastic politics in Sri Lanka is fast changing the rules of power in the tiny island nation. Given the categorical departure of religion and politics, Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka maintains its apolitical entity and separation from the political sphere. Since the early...