The Dalai Lama, flanked  by Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino, arrives at the opening of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome, Friday December 12th. The pope declined to meet the spiritual leader. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican sa(...)

‘The relics attract the faithful and faithless, and children and animals seem especially affected.’ Photograph: maitreyarelictour.com

Imagine if you could leave behind in your cremation ashes a scattering of crystal pearls that embodied all your best elements; a sort of epitaph in(...)

 Protesters sleep overnight at the protest site as the standoff continues and authorities threaten to clear the site in the early morning hours in Hong Kong. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Hong Kong testing China

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying’s announcement on Thursday that he is willing to open talks with representatives of the thousands of students and y(...)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “Ashamed to call this lickspitle bunch [the ANC] my government.” Photograph: Reuters

A planned summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates is not to go ahead in Cape Town this month because of the refusal of the South African government to g(...)

The South African government’s refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country next month for a Nobel peace laureate summit has prompted a number of participants to pull out of the event in protest. Photograph: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

The South African government’s refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country next month for a Nobel peace laureate summit has prompted(...)

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Q I am a man in my mid-40s, married for more than 18 years, with two beautiful daughters. My wife and I met at a very young age, so we have been to(...)

Fr Patrick Devine with executive director of the Kennedy Institute  Peter Cassells.

The Edward M Kennedy Institute in Maynooth has agreed a partnership with the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) in Kenya(...)

Dan Harris claims to be 10 per cent happier after five years of searching for something that would calm the yammering in his head. Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Buddhists believe that if you are really in tune with yourself and able to live in the moment, all these wonderful thoughts and sounds zing in and (...)

A statue of Buddha. Photograph: Thinkstock

My mother has been saying this for years. But things are changing, and a warm tingle filled my chest watching her prepare pitted olives and a selectio(...)

Khumba

This South African animation is just too good. Hang on. We had better clarify. I mean “too” entirely literally and “just” in the sense of “by a(...)