Buddhism Case Studies

Buddhist temple

Pollution and Waste in Thailand

Environmental degradation, pollution, and shrinking natural resources are major problems in nearly every predominantly Buddhist nation.

Sri Lankan nun sitting in a field of flowers

The Ordination of Nuns in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist nation, debates about the ordination of women have intensified.

Black and white photo of a Japanese internment camp in the US

Buddhism in Japanese-American Internment Camps

Buddhists—the majority of the Japanese-American community—were particularly singled out in this period of internment.

A group of monks protest marching in Myanmar

Conflict in Myanmar

An examination of incidents of Islamophobia in this majority Buddhist nation.


Soren Gordhamer, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Jon Kabat-Zinn on a panel at Wisdom 2.0 in 2011.

Mindfulness in Silicon Valley

With billions of dollars in funding from Silicon Valley and American consumers, mindfulness has impacted Buddhism worldwide.