Ira Rifkin

Ira Rifkin is an author at Religion News Service.

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As Dalai Lama turns 85, his lineage’s future is as uncertain as Tibet’s

July 6, 2020

(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’

December 23, 2019

(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

November 27, 2019

(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

December 9, 1998

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 […]

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