Dying and death are very important components of the worldviews of the Ladakhis—as they are for other adherents to Buddhism. In a recent journal article, Uwe Gielen provides a brief overview about the primary tenets of Buddhism in Ladakh: the belief that death is an integral part of life; that suffering is an essential aspect […]

“The peaceful ethos of the Ladakhis has much to teach modern Americans, whose comparatively violent way of life is morally suspect,” Uwe Gielen writes in a recent paper. “The comparison between the Ladakhi and the American ethos suggests that the American ethos is inherently flawed” (p.181). These forceful statements conclude a paper that describes the […]