Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

By Jeremy David Engels — October 1, 2020

(The Conversation) — As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting.

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600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE

By Alejandra Molina — September 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.

Buddhist monks have reversed roles in Thailand – now they are the ones donating goods to others

By Brooke Schedneck — August 7, 2020

(RNS) — As a result of the pandemic, Buddhist monks in Thailand are increasingly providing material goods, such as hot meals and nonperishable items, for laypeople – thereby reversing roles within this moral economy.

Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das admits sleeping with adult students in past, says it was wrong

By Joshua Eaton — July 30, 2020

(RNS) — Lama Surya Das said it was inappropriate for him to have sexual relationships with participants in his retreats. Five women have accused Das, the famed Buddhist leader, with past misconduct.

My spiritual path through the COVID-19 darkness

By Kalpana Jain — July 21, 2020

(RNS) — The medical system had done all that it could for me. Now I had to listen to my body and have faith in its wisdom.

Breath, the divine metaphor, becomes a hallmark of America’s twin crises

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 8, 2020

(RNS) — The normally simple, normally unconscious act of drawing breath has come to define the United States’ most pressing problems. What the world’s faith traditions have to say about the meaning of our first act as humans.

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

By Ira Rifkin — July 6, 2020

(RNS) — As the Tibetan Buddhist leader ages, a confrontation with China over the legitimacy of his successor looms.

Interfaith group: No Buddhist or Hindu statues in nightclubs

By William Kole — July 2, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — An interfaith coalition is launching a campaign to stop what organizers call the ‘disrespectful’ use of sacred Buddhist and Hindu statues as decor in nightclubs.

Chicago celebrates Juneteenth with interfaith march through iconic Grant Park

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Thousands of people came out for a faith community-led march celebrating Juneteenth on Friday afternoon (June 19) through downtown Chicago’s Grant Park, home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

Young Japan priests try to breathe life into fading Buddhism

By Malcolm Foster — June 12, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Buddhist leaders say a third of the country’s 75,000 temples are barely functioning, but a younger generation of priests is working to reverse the faith’s downward spiral.

The Dalai Lama to release 1st album in July

By Mesfin Fekadu — June 9, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Inner World,’ an album featuring teachings and mantras by the Dalai Lama set to music, will be released on July 6, his 85th birthday.

China says boy picked by Dalai Lama now a college graduate

By Associated Press — May 19, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — A boy who disappeared 25 years ago after being picked by the Dalai Lama as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest figure is now working at an undetermined job.

How do Buddhists handle coronavirus? The answer is not just meditation

By Pierce Salguero — May 15, 2020

(The Conversation) — For millions worldwide, Buddhist talismans, prayers and protective rituals offer a meaningful way to confront the anxieties of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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