The winds of change are sweeping across the political landscape around the world, but will the new politicians coming into power address one of the great challenges to our political and economic systems? Inequality has run rampant with the consolidation of capitalism, and it’s regularly recognized as one of the...
When their Agency for Cultural Affairs commissioned a report into religious beliefs in this country, they were initially confused with the results. The country is Japan, and it has some perplexing qualities. When the Agency counted the number of people who claimed a religious affiliation, the result they got was 209 million....
Has anyone ever told you to "just be positive and be happy"? It's become a commonly accepted piece of wisdom that rarely gets questioned. Yet according to psychologists and one well known self-help guru, the "positive thinking culture" that's developed in America has become something of an obsession. From self-help books...
The stories have become too frequent to ignore any longer. I've heard from that many people with allergic or digestive issues in the United States who experienced none of their symptoms when they tried eating bread when on vacation in France. Confused parents who wonder why wheat triggered such violent...
It’s not nice, but it’s certainly close to the mark… Steve Cutts is a London-based illustrator and animator who uses powerful images to criticize the sad state of society. Greed, environmental destruction, junk food and TV consumption, smartphone addiction and the exploitation of animals are all issues that have inspired his...
If you're anything like me, you're bothered by all of the uncertainty and tension in politics. Since the election of Donald Trump, there seem only to be winners and losers, rather than any attempt to truly understand the other side. This is where Zen wisdom has a lot to offer...
A picture showing Russian President Vladimir Putin in full makeup has been banned in Russia. The picture is now cited on the Russian justice ministry's list of banned "extremist" materials. The picture depicts Putin with painted eyes and lips and implies “the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the...
We can all agree that the fear of death is the most fundamental fear that all humans face in their lives. We may try to forget our uncertainty as to what happens in the afterlife, but the fear is ever present, always just below the surface. What do Buddhists have...