China is using "Buddhist diplomacy" in its quest to dominate global trade

China has invested heavily in projecting itself as pro-Buddhist, in a calculated move to expand its multimillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative
Angad Singh
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Buddhist Card Shark Who Won $600K at a Poker Tourney Is Giving It All Away

"Being a practitioner of Buddhism, we sit around and meditate a lot—and that's free."
River Donaghey
I can do it in monk's robes

Buddhist Monks Are Flexing on Twitter to Protest a Japanese Traffic Law

The Japanese hashtag #僧衣でできるもん, “I can do it in monk’s robes,” is more than just a Twitter thing.
Sarah Emerson

Meditation Is a Powerful Mental Tool—and For Some People It Goes Terribly Wrong

"I just felt shattered. I had a job, a wife, and two beautiful children, and yet I felt that I would never experience joy again.”
Shayla Love
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

How Mobile Apps Have Whitewashed Mindfulness Practices

On today's podcast episode, we talk about how the traditional Buddhist practice has been commodified.
VICE Staff

To Some, Mindfulness Feels too Whitewashed to Embrace

Can being more inclusive change the elitist vibe?
Ankita Rao
mental health

Meditating on Your Death Could Make You Happier

Try this death meditation to feel a little happier about life.
Tracey Anne Duncan
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

Buddhist Monks Grapple with the Meaning of Video Games

We explore the relationship between gaming and Buddhist teachings on 'The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast.'
VICE Staff
Religion and games

In Thailand, Buddhist Monks Grapple with the Meaning of Video Games

Discussing games and reincarnation with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Robert Rath
Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley's Hypocritical Spirituality

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is the latest example of the tech industry exploiting Eastern religions.
Ankita Rao
mental health

You Don't Need Mantras and Chakras and All That New Age Crap to Meditate

A lifelong skeptic became the kind of guy who meditates two hours a day.
Caroline Beaton
The VICE Guide to Right Now

American Tourists Could Go to Prison for Taking Butt Selfies in Thailand

They posed bare-ass in front of a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, which could leave them behind bars for a decade.
Drew Schwartz