Ian Hartley

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Inside the sprawling, controversial $500m Museum of the Bible

The museum conceived by the billionaire president of Hobby Lobby and set to open next month has attracted scepticism over its ideological mission<p>It is a museum of biblical proportions – and it is stirring controversies to match.<p>Opening next month in Washington, the Museum of the Bible cost half a …

Socially Engaged Buddhism

<i>This article presents the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF),The "Tiep Hien" Buddhist Order (The Order of Interbeing) andthe work of the Sakyamuni</i> …

Meditation

Horrific footage shows horse collapsed with exhaustion after pulling bride and groom uphill in intense heat

Animal rights groups have threatened legal action after video emerged of a horse which collapsed with heat exhaustion taking a bride and groom to …

'I kept my daughter's body at home for three weeks'

<b>When nine-year-old Niamh died, her mother, Gilli Davidson, knew how she wanted to say goodbye - and her local funeral director made it possible.</b><p>Niamh Storey Davidson was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour - a rare kidney cancer affecting children - when she was six.<p>For nearly three years she endured …

My brother’s killer is now my friend

<b>Denise Taylor had just graduated from college when her brother Bo was murdered. For years she struggled to come to terms with the loss. Then she spent more than a decade trying to get her brother's killer out of prison.</b><p><b>Image subject to copyright</b>

Crime

British Army faces questions after recruiting soldier who 'liked' Nazism on Facebook

The British Army is facing mounting questions over its vetting processes after clearing a soldier who “liked” Nazism on his public Facebook page.<p>The …

Slaves on our Streets: Why London is a global hub for modern slavery

Down a muddy dirt track in the outskirts of Lagos, sitting in a bare concrete safe house behind an eight-foot fence, the women told me their stories. …

Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast

Exclusive: As global demand for chocolate booms, ‘dirty’ beans from deforested national parks have entered big business supply chains<p>‘Once this was all trees, but they burned them to plant cocoa’: the ruin of West Africa’s rainforest<p>The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a …

Aung San Suu Kyi: what has happened to Myanmar's icon of morality?

Failure of Nobel prize winner to condemn brutal military campaign against Rohingya Muslims places the Lady at centre of global ire<p>When news came in early on the morning of 25 August that militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) had attacked police posts in northern Rakhine state, …

‘We’ll figure it out’: faith amid the flood in Florida after Irma - video

Over 6.4 million people in the south-eastern US were warned to evacuate as Hurricane Irma ripped through communities across Florida. As the residents of Bonita Springs clean up Irma’s devastation, they turn to their faiths and to each other to find a way forward<p>* Hurricane Irma’s path of …

Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

Buddhism is all about restraint and detachment, so no wonder the religion’s philosophy is proving popular at the start of a year in which many already feel anxious<p>New year, new tenuously legitimate diet rooted in spirituality. The Buddha diet is one of January’s horde. Ostensibly rooted in …

Zen and the art of family maintenance – lessons from the bestselling Buddhist monk

Haemin Sunim says a happy relationship and contented children are within reach for us all – if we could just slow down and pay attention to each other<p>Some people, if you ask them a question, answer quickly. Others take a moment to think first. Haemin Sunim looks up, slightly to the right, and …

Why I swapped investment banking for Buddhism in Bhutan

‘In Bhutan, humans are not dominant, but a small part of the whole’ says Emma Slade on the Himalayan kingdom she regards as her spiritual paradise<p><b>Bhutan is one of the few places in the world where you can experience unbroken Buddhist culture.</b> Spirituality is embedded in daily life here. I came …

Xiahe, China's Tibetan monastery town – in pictures

Xiahe is famous for its Labrang monastery, the largest edifice of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and home to the largest number of monks outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. The monastery was founded in 1709

Belinda Carlisle: ‘After my cocaine use, I can’t believe I’m not dead’

The Go-Go’s singer, 58, on wanting to be the bad girl, discovering Buddhism and how her marriage survived her addictions<p><b>Being famous for fame’s sake</b> wasn’t the goal when I co-founded the Go-Go’s. I just wanted to sing and have a laugh. But social media and reality shows like <i>American Idol</i> have …

‘I was told to throw ethics out the window’ – inside the online bookies

My job demanded taking advantage of people. We discouraged ‘pros’ who knew what they were doing, while tempting ‘mugs’ with free bets before bleeding them dry<p>At the online betting company I used to work for, we divided the punters into four categories: professionals, whose stakes we would limit as …

The Battle for Myanmar’s Buddhist spirit – video

In Myanmar, different groups of Buddhist monks are battling with how to deal with the country’s minority Muslim population. While some advocate peace, others, such as the extremist Ma Ba Tha, are stoking up hatred and violence. The Guardian visited Myanmar to investigate how the monks’ actions are …

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

Redemption Camp has 5,000 houses, roads, rubbish collection, police, supermarkets, banks, a fun fair, a post office – even a 25 megawatt power plant. In Nigeria, the line between church and city is rapidly vanishing<p>“Ha-lleluuuu-jah,” booms the distinctive voice of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also known …

Uncontacted Amazon tribe members 'killed then chopped up by gold miners'

They were members of an uncontacted tribe gathering eggs along the river in a remote part of the Amazon. Then, it appears, they ran into gold …

Brazil

Myanmar treatment of Rohingya looks like 'textbook ethnic cleansing', says UN

Top human rights official denounces ‘brutal operation’ against Muslim minority in Rakhine state<p>Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top United Nations human rights official has said.<p>In an address to the UN human rights …

The Dalai Lama on Secular Ethics and the Toppling of “Rotten” Buddhist Institutions

The Dalai Lama gave a talk today in India with students from the University of California on a number of topics including the relationship between …

The Life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama

A Prince Renounces Pleasure and Founds Buddhism<p>The life of Siddhartha Gautama, the person we call the Buddha, is shrouded in legend and myth. …

Asia