Cast members perform during a rehearsal of the opera "Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable" at the Emerson Paramount Center in Boston, Sept. 20, 2023.

A modern take on an ancient Chinese folk tale

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The new opera, “Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable,” had its world premiere in Boston over the weekend. The story is based on an ancient Chinese folk tale and uses modern and diverse cultural elements to create a unique rendition of the popular fable.

Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, center, arrives for a great chanting ceremony at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on March 16, 2007.

‘Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet’

Lifestyle & Belief
A Buddhist nun with a shaved head takes part in a Kung Fu display

Climate change forced Nepal women into trafficking. Now, ‘Kung Fu’ nuns are cycling the globe for them.

Climate Change
A Buddhist monk walks through a crowd with his hands in a prayer position

The ‘father of mindfulness’ prepares for the next life


Sonic Buddhism

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Sonic Buddhism

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Producer Karen Michel explores what sound means in Zen and Tibetan traditions. (Originally aired: November 10, 2001)

Kongfu Monk

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The Buddhist monks of Shaolin Temple may perform at the Olympic opening ceremonies. But they face two deadly foes — copyright infringement and tourists. Jocelyn Ford took a road trip to the temple with one monk, who turned out not to be quite what he seemed.

Be here now

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Buddhist word of the day: On the overview map of Kyoto train station I noticed this funny thing, instead of saying ‘You are here’ it simply said ‘Now’. I guess it comes to the same, except ‘Now’ would be true not just for the Kyoto train station map, but for most places you go, if […]

Padma Angdu was anointed as a Tibetan Buddhist rinpoche, or enlightened being, in 2010. He was 6 years old at the time.

Reincarnating as an enlightened being isn’t easy. Especially when you’re 6 years old.


After death comes for a rinpoche — a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, imbued with supernatural powers — he or she may choose to reincarnate as an infant. Such was the extraordinary fate of a child named Padma Angdu, identified as a rinpoche in 2010. He was only 6 years old. A new documentary follows him as he grows into his destiny.

Former White House advisor Steve Bannon briefly practiced Buddhism before returning to Catholicism.

Steve Bannon: A ‘new-age, mystical seeker’ who sees the apocalypse on the horizon


Now that Steve Bannon is out of White House, don’t assume his influence or the impact of his worldview will wane.