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Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

By Gosia Wozniacka — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — More than 40% of Buddhist chaplains work in health care, a recent report found, while others serve in schools, in prisons or as self-employed counselors.
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In WWII, Japanese Americans’ faith came under suspicion and helped them survive their incarceration

By Alejandra Molina — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — The new 'Sutra and Bible' exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles explores the role of religion in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Buddhist views on suicide examined after climate activist self-immolated on Earth Day

By Ira Rifkin — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Buddhism does not categorically reject suicide, though its approval is very limited. 

Interfaith Trolley offers inspiration and a whirlwind tour of religion in America

By Bob Smietana — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — A convergence of major religious holidays led the way to a day of interfaith fellowship and education.

Activist’s self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest

By Deepa Bharath and Colleen Slevin — April 26, 2022
(AP) — Bruce’s act was reminiscent of Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese monk who burned himself to death in 1963 in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

By Daniel Pierce — April 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — Religious beliefs and modern biology sometimes seem to collide. But exploring those ideas with compassion and an open mind can lead to deeper learning across cultures.

Water fights, magical decapitated heads and family reunions – the Southeast Asian festival of Songkran has it all

By Andrew Alan Johnson — April 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — In Southeast Asia, Songkran is a time to celebrate the coming year with water fights, honoring elders and offering prayers.

From the cushion to the couch: Buddhism’s powerful influence on psychotherapy

By Ira Rifkin — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — Your therapist might be a Buddhist, and you'd never know it.

Activists seek to preserve ‘sacred’ land Japanese immigrants acquired before CA’s anti-immigrant land laws

By Alejandra Molina — April 1, 2022
(RNS) — 'When you remove these things from the landscape that tell other views, other chapters of American history, people lose that connection, and they don’t often consider them part of American history.'

Religious diversity: Corporate obstacle? Or asset?

By Kathryn Post — April 1, 2022
(RNS) — Some US companies are embracing religious diversity as good for people and for business.

With eye to China investment, Taliban now preserve Buddhas

By Samya Kullab — March 28, 2022
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s spectacular reversal illustrates the powerful allure of Afghanistan’s untapped mining sector.

Americans’ support for LGBTQ rights higher than ever, even as white evangelicals lag

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — While Republicans and white evangelical Protestants are among the least likely to support three key policies regarding LGBTQ rights, their support still has increased overall in the past seven years.

How Silicon Valley’s ‘Techtopia’ turned work into religion

By Yonat Shimron — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — In her new book, 'Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,' Carolyn Chen examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.
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