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In ‘The Salvage Crew,’ a Buddhist AI poet seeks aliens and enlightenment

By Bob Smietana — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — Yudhanjaya Wijeratne’s new novel was created with the help of an AI poet and a few computer programs — and explores his love of poetry and his Buddhist background.

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FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Aung San Suu Kyi, left, Myanmar's foreign minister, walks with senior General Min Aung Hlaing, right, Myanmar military's commander-in-chief, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar military television said Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 that the military was taking control of the country for one year, while reports said many of the country’s senior politicians including Suu Kyi had been detained. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Democratic values compete with Buddhist ones in Myanmar

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2021

(RNS) — Democracy is making inroads, but the tradition of karmic kingship persists.

Supporters wave national and military flags Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar, after the military staged a coup. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

The military coup in Myanmar presents opportunities to Buddhist nationalists

By Anders C. Hardig, Tazreena Sajjad — February 8, 2021

(RNS) — The Buddhist nationalist MaBaTha movement has become an important social force in Myanmar.

Young Buddhist Editorial members participate in a recent virtual meeting. Video screengrab

Online forum helps Asian Americans find their way in Americanized Buddhism

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — January 27, 2021

(RNS) — Young Buddhist Editorial gives millennial and Gen Z Asian Americans a place to engage with their religion, culture and identity on their own terms.

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New e-course teaches: Copy cats and achieve purrvana

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 25, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I’ve gone looking for wisdom, beauty, and truth wherever it can be found. And this past year I‘ve found myself learning most of all from my cats,’ said author Jon M. Sweeney about his new e-course called ‘The Spirituality of Cats.’

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Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — On this Religious Freedom Day, we are concerned about the rising threats around the world, but we are hopeful for progress in the years ahead.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, on Nov. 4, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

How the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation got included in Congress’ $900 billion relief bill

By Paul O'Donnell — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — The bill’s concern with reincarnation is aimed at reining in China’s meddling in Tibet’s religious affairs.

Recent vandalism at the Huong Tich Temple in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo and security footage via Huong Tich Temple

Buddhist temple attacks rise as COVID-19 amplifies anti-Asian American bias

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — December 10, 2020

(RNS) — Incidents have included vandalism of temples and Buddhist statues outside private homes, as well as verbal harassment of Asian Americans at their houses of worship. 

In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, ventilator tubes are attached to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pandemic’s suffering opens way for Buddhist chaplains

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — December 2, 2020

(RNS) — The Buddhist contemplative approach to chaplaincy has spurred a new interest in Buddhism in the medical environment.

RNS holiday gift guide 2020: Puzzles, prayer cards and more gifts for staying in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Religion News Service is bringing back our holiday gift guide, full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

Sukhavati, located in northern Germany, is a Buddhist center for the dying. Images courtesy of Oliver Peters

Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West

By Ken Chitwood — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.

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Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism’s calming practice

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — November 10, 2020

(RNS) — Buddhist teachings about suffering and the impermanence of all things, many find, have particular relevance in this moment.

Prince Charles, accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and French president Emmanuel Macron greet one another with a ‘namaste’ in London on June 18, 2020. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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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