Ira Rifkin is an author at Religion News Service.
As Dalai Lama turns 85, his lineage’s future is as uncertain as Tibet’s
(RNS) — As the Tibetan Buddhist leader ages, a confrontation with China over the legitimacy of his successor looms.
A spiritual icon to the Boomers, Ram Dass was godfather to the ‘nones’
(RNS) — One of the spiritual teacher’s great gifts was his great willingness to share his imperfections with the world and his ability to laugh about them.
The Dalai Lama teaches a lesson on rethinking our faith traditions
(RNS) — Tibetan Buddhism’s leader recently called to end the prominence of reincarnated lamas, a model for religious leaders who cling to entrenched modes of thinking.
White American converts to Islam a growing minority
c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Ismail Royer remembers the sunny fall afternoon seven years ago when a songbird heard in a suburban St. Louis park transformed him from a lapsed Catholic into a believing Muslim. Royer heard the sound that changed his life as he and a Muslim friend sat in Manchester Park […]