National Geographic : 2005 Dec
Looks like a hit: Monks at Nova Scotia's Gampo Abbey practice for their annual softball game against the local volunteer fire department. "We always get trounced," says Ngedon Sangpo, far left. "But all we want is a good game." The monks lost, 19-7, but Buddhism is gaining Western followers drawn by its ideals of pacifism, selflessness, and social action.