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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.

Trekking through the northern Indian region of Ladakh.
A poignant clip from the film 'Scared Sacred' shot in the days just after 9/11
Closing my eyes, I inhaled deeply, allowing my belly to fill with air, then exhaled.
Lama Bean teaches Mary Sojourner a lesson about control.
Robert Hirschfield gives his account of an unexpected interaction in India.
Alex Blauhorn travels to the world's most famous place of enlightenment to capture an...
What do monks and nuns do when they aren't meditating? Live life like the rest of us.
Erik Peterson travels to a meditation retreat in Thailand for the authentic Buddhist...
On seeing the Dalai Lama speak in New York.
Renowned philosopher Alan Watts shares his compiled thoughts on the importance of...
Buddhism implores one to meditate in order to learn the art of non-attachment. But could...
Jeff Eagar attempts to pass the 3 tests of the zen path, on the ancient and modern...
From the monastery and marriage, one filmmaker's thoughts on following a Buddhist monk...
Gangsta-rap video pokes fun at spiritual-materialism, but does it betray a darker truth?
Sometimes, all it takes to change the day is one person's laughter.
With the goal of inner peace and the charm of a simple monk, what's behind the Dalai...
From the solemn prayers of Buddhist monks and ritual dances performed during Obon,...
A discourse on Nirvana by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
And you thought bikini-clad women were just for the Christian and Muslim sets.
A Cambodian expat faces the daily reality of poverty and suffering - and wonders how it...
A Buddhist and Immortalist debate the quest for conquering the final human frontier.
For that past 30 years, Bhutan has been ruled by a benevolent king. Suddenly, their...
Do you want to be happy? Of course you do. These five ingredients may help you along your...
An excellent overview of how the life of the Buddha led to his profound awakening.
Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves, and various practitioners introduce Buddhism in this...