Lisa Doi: Pilgrims sustain the memory of Japanese American detainment

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — August 31, 2023
(RNS) — A descendant of prisoners at World War II camps dedicated her doctoral research to how the Japanese American community commemorates its forebears' experience.
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From interfaith vegans to inclusive heathens, religious Parliament offers it all

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — The exhibit hall at the Parliament of the World’s Religions brought the diversity of religious practices and spiritual beliefs to life.

A religious calling to protect democracy

By Chris Crawford — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — Most religious doctrines do not require an embrace of democracy. But in today’s world, authoritarians are attempting to do the opposite —  to recruit communities of faith to undermine democracy.

This India Day, Indian Americans want to be independent from politics

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — For many, celebrating the anniversary of their ancestral homeland’s independence can bring tensions over the current political atmosphere there.

Parliament of the World’s Religions hopes to harness faith to address world’s ills

By Bob Smietana — August 14, 2023
CHICAGO (RNS) — More than 6,500 religious leaders from 95 countries had registered for the gathering, which returns to Chicago for the first time since the 1990s.

Shaligrams, the sacred fossils that have been worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists for over 2,000 years, are becoming rarer because of climate change

By Holly Walters — August 4, 2023
(The Conversation) — Many Hindus, Buddhists and people who follow the shamanic religion of Bon undertake a pilgrimage each year to northern Nepal to look for Shaligrams, believed to be a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

Myanmar’s generals unveil giant Buddha statue as they seek to win hearts and minds during civil war

By Grant Peck — July 24, 2023
BANGKOK (AP) — The military-controlled government of strife-torn Myanmar on Friday showed off a new giant statue of a sitting Buddha that is scheduled to be consecrated on Aug. 1.

In Thailand, ‘socially engaged Buddhism’ goes beyond meditation to seek justice

By Kalpana Jain — July 17, 2023
BANGKOK (RNS) — A network of socially conscious Buddhists is challenging conceptions of personal devotion to tackle pressing problems in the faith and even beyond their country's borders.

The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, celebrates 88th birthday

By Ashwini Bhatia — July 6, 2023
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama celebrated his 88th birthday on Thursday, as hundreds of his supporters and exiled Tibetans thronged his hillside Indian headquarters in Dharamsala.

NYC will add Diwali as a public school holiday. But there’s a catch this year

By Associated Press — June 27, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — The push for official recognition of Diwali comes as South Asians have gained numbers and clout in New York and nationally.

Reparations campaign takes new forms with Bible study, Juneteenth march

By Adelle M. Banks — June 12, 2023
(RNS) — 'The case for restitution and restoration is laid out across the Old Testament and New Testament,' reads the introduction of the National Council of Churches' study.

What is Theravada Buddhism? A scholar of Asian religions explains

By Brooke Schedneck — May 31, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religious system in several parts of South and Southeast Asia, but there is a rich diversity of beliefs and practices in this tradition.

How the practice of Nichiren Buddhism sustained Tina Turner for 50 years

By Ralph H. Craig III — May 30, 2023
(The Conversation) — Turner was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism in 1973, and its teachings provided inspiration for some of the final projects of her career.
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