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In Sri Lanka, Buddhist monks’ involvement in protests raises familiar questions

By Haley Barker — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — The connection between monks and political figures has reportedly diminished some monks’ respectability.
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10 ways to make your worship space less ableist

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to ending ableism, but disability activists spoke with RNS about where religious communities can start.

Religious groups mustn’t stall on accessibility, disability activists say

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It’s not just a legal duty, or human rights duty. It’s a spiritual duty.’

An interfaith group in Oregon is behind one of nation’s strictest gun control measures

By Alejandra Molina — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Never underestimate what can come from a church basement, a synagogue, a mosque or a temple,’ said the Rev. Mark Knutson, senior pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon.

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In an unprecedented food crisis, Buddhist anti-hunger fund meets its moment

By Haley Barker — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — Buddhist Global Relief has challenged Western Buddhists to focus on social engagement.

Dalai Lama travels to remote Ladakh region bordering China

By Aijaz Hussain — July 15, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials said at least 20,000 people gathered all along the road to the Dalai Lama's summer palace, some 10 kilometers from the airport.

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

By Ashwini Bhatia — July 6, 2022
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama Library and Museum contain artifacts, his teachings, and books on his life and struggle for Tibetan autonomy and protection of its native Buddhist culture.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

Buddhist leader in Bhutan fully ordains 144 women, resuming ancient tradition

By Haley Barker — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — Damcho Diana Finnegan, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, called the ordination ceremony ‘a major step towards ending the institutionalized inequality between men and women in Tibetan Buddhism.’

Ruth Ozeki’s ‘Book of Form and Emptiness’ wins Women’s Prize

By Jill Lawless — June 16, 2022
LONDON (AP) — A professor of English at Smith College in Massachusetts, Ozeki is also a filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, and her novel was inspired in part by Buddhist philosophy.

Buddhist and Catholic, priests and theologians practice ‘double belonging’

By Emily Schutz — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religions need each other to understand themselves,’ said one Buddhist-Catholic practitioner.

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains

By Samira Mehta — June 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.
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