Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil is an author at Religion News Service.
Online forum helps Asian Americans find their way in Americanized Buddhism
(RNS) — Young Buddhist Editorial gives millennial and Gen Z Asian Americans a place to engage with their religion, culture and identity on their own terms.
Buddhist temple attacks rise as COVID-19 amplifies anti-Asian American bias
(RNS) — Incidents have included vandalism of temples and Buddhist statues outside private homes, as well as verbal harassment of Asian Americans at their houses of worship.
Pandemic’s suffering opens way for Buddhist chaplains
(RNS) — The Buddhist contemplative approach to chaplaincy has spurred a new interest in Buddhism in the medical environment.
Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism’s calming practice
(RNS) — Buddhist teachings about suffering and the impermanence of all things, many find, have particular relevance in this moment.
Reckoning with race, Black Buddhists seek space for healing in the dharma
(RNS) — The nation’s reckoning with racism has prompted Black Buddhists to seek a practice that answers the moment.
‘I have to find the Mecca of my heart’: Muslims grieve as hajj is drastically limited
(RNS) — For many American converts, hajj is more than the fulfillment of a sacred ritual: It’s the first chance to experience a completely Muslim environment.
Meditation apps proliferate, even if what they provide is not enlightenment
(RNS) — Some teachers worry that corporate America’s adoption of Buddhism’s spiritual practice could be used for unethical purposes.
Creative duo reimagines the Bible for a visual generation
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Made to attract digital natives, the new magazine-style Bibles redouble the decontextualization of scripture that began online.
Buddhist monk finds a digital road to the Latino world
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Social media is helping to fuel Latin America’s budding interest in Buddhism.
Shrine to Vietnamese Lady of La Vang rises in Southern California
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (RNS) — The new statue will commemorate the Marian apparition at La Vang in the late 1700s, a centerpiece of Vietnamese Catholic faith.
A down payment on making hajj easier for Muslim women
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A new group founded a year ago is helping Muslim women make the pilgrimage to Mecca by providing money, advice and even rewriting the narrative about women and hajj.