Buddhism

Perhaps more so than other faiths, Buddhism can be seen as a philosophical system as opposed to a “world religion.” It originated between the 6th and 4th centuries BC in northern India and is largely based around the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama — the Buddha.

Given Buddhism’s decentralized nature, it is manifested in widely divergent beliefs, rituals, and practices in the lives of its followers around the world, from its point of origin in India, to East Asia, Southeast Asia, and more recently in the Western world.

Buddhist principles are at the foundation of many of our ideas about consciousness, being, and morality, and Matador explores these intersections in the articles below.

Buddhism Articles

25 images of Thailand’s most beautiful temples

by Daniel Nahabedian
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Barefoot in Yangon

by Jo Jackson
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17 of Southeast Asia’s most photogenic temples

by Joe Batruny
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18 views of Southeast Asia’s wildest temple: Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun

by Joe Batruny
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A phallus a day keeps the evil away: Phallus art along Bhutan’s Nabji Trail

by Paul Sochaczewski
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Walking with Buddha in Ladakh, India

by Kitt Doucette
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The Khmer Rouge killed almost all the monks in Cambodia

by Robert Hirschfield
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Finding the sacred at ground zero

by Ian MacKenzie
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Bringing peace home from Thailand

by Jessica Festa
2

The desert and the Embodied Deity

by Mary Sojourner
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Cats in the temple

by Mary Sojourner
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Conversations With a Child Monk in Bodh Gaya

by Robert Hirschfield
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Pilgrims at Bodhgaya

by Alex Blauhorn
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Daily life around monasteries in Burma

by Rom Srinivasan
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The Buddhist Meditation Experience: Total Immersion in a Thai Temple

by Erik Peterson
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My First Dalai Lama Experience… Meh.

by Alex Andrei
4

Alan Watts: Reflections on nothingness

by Ian MacKenzie
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Will Practicing Buddhism Make You Self-Centered?

by Christine Garvin
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