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Thích Nhất Hạnh, Zen master who preached compassion and nonviolence, dies

By Ira Rifkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — The Vietnamese Buddhist monk, described as 'the second most famous Buddhist in the world, after the Dalai Lama,' by one expert, founded a worldwide network of monastic centers.

Religious communities have a moral obligation to make the internet better

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — January 19, 2022

Be the flame of democracy on Jan. 6

By Auburn Senior Fellows — January 4, 2022
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Dogs and dharma: A prison ministry yields children’s books teaching Buddhist lessons

By Tracy Simmons — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — The author began practicing Buddhism while in prison, meditating daily and keeping a gratitude journal. He now aims to help other convicts as a field minister through the North Carolina Field Minister Program.

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

Myanmar military reverts to strategy of massacres, burnings

By Rishabh R. Jain, David Rising, and Sam McNeil — December 30, 2021
BANGKOK (AP) — When the young farmhand returned to his village in Myanmar, he found the still smoldering corpses in a circle in a burned-out hut, some with their limbs tied. The Myanmar military had stormed Done Taw at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, he told the AP, with about 50 soldiers hunting people on […]

We could use a little more Hinduism in our approach to climate change

By Gopal D. Patel and Murali Balaji — December 22, 2021
(RNS) — Hinduism’s central tenet is seeing the divinity in all living beings.

Thou shalt not share false witness

By Steven Waldman — December 9, 2021
(RNS) — Why do bad retweets come from good people?

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

By Luis Andres Henao — December 9, 2021
(AP) — As Buddhism has grown in the West and Asian Buddhist societies have been influenced by feminism, there’s more awareness of the importance of women’s leadership.

Buddhist nuns and female scholars are gaining new leadership roles, in a tradition that began with the ordination of Buddha’s foster mother

By Jue Liang — December 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — Traditionally, Buddhism has been opposed to women taking on leadership roles. However, nuns in many Buddhist-majority countries are challenging the patriarchal rules.

Five years after his death, Leonard Cohen is more than ever a man for our times

By Marcia Pally — December 4, 2021
(RNS) — In dark times, Cohen helps us answer: How did we get here?

Backlash over Planned Parenthood fundraiser continues at Loyola Marymount University

By Alejandra Molina — November 18, 2021
(RNS) — To Elena Sandoval, a junior at Loyola Marymount, the university ‘made it clear they don’t support women’s health and reproductive rights.’

Dalai Lama says China’s leaders ‘don’t understand’ diversity

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
On Wednesday, the 86-year-old Buddhist monk said he wished to remain home in India rather than get involved in the “complicated politics" between China, run by the officially atheist Communist Party, and strongly Buddhist Taiwan.

Bentleys to Buddhas: Vintage-car shop restores temple statue

By Peter Smith — November 9, 2021
The monks of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center approached Exoticars, a car restoration shop in Pittsburgh, for the restoration of its outdoor statue of the Buddha.

RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.
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