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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.

Buddhism Articles

Why my American family chose to celebrate the Winter Solstice instead of Christmas

by Hazel Stark

My moral dilemma offering rice to monks in Laos for a “travel experience”

by Mike Cianciulli

30 photos from Nepal we can’t stop looking at

by Ben Adkison

Why are Thailand’s monks so fat they need to wear special girdles?

by Allison Jackson

Check out these stunning portraits of Myanmar’s people and culture

by Ben McKechnie

I spent 10 days in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. Here’s how it made me a better traveler.

by Amanda Machado

Daily life around monasteries in Burma

by Rom Srinivasan

The 8 most colorful Chinatowns in the World

by Valerie Ng

25 images of Thailand’s most beautiful temples

by Daniel Nahabedian

Barefoot in Yangon

by Jo Jackson

17 of Southeast Asia’s most photogenic temples

by Joe Batruny

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

by Joe Batruny

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

by Paul Sochaczewski

Walking with Buddha in Ladakh, India

by Kitt Doucette

The Khmer Rouge killed almost all the monks in Cambodia

by Robert Hirschfield

Finding the sacred at ground zero

by Ian MacKenzie

Bringing peace home from Thailand

by Jessica Festa

The desert and the Embodied Deity

by Mary Sojourner
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