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Buddhism

Faith leaders concerned about Southern California temporary shelters for migrant children

By Alejandra Molina — April 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — One of these 'influx centers,' the Fairplex, was also previously used as a temporary detention camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, faith leaders noted in a recent statement.

Mindfulness meditation is now a staple in public schools, and thanks to Zoom, widely accessible

By Yonat Shimron — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — In many schools, meditation advocates have reframed religious practices such as meditation and yoga as secular to avoid legal challenges.

In New York, interfaith coalition makes common cause against rising tide of hate

By Yonat Shimron — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — The new group will share best practices, speak out against violent extremism and ensure the safety of New Yorkers at their places of worship.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

By Claire Giangravé — April 13, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions.

LA Buddhist temple seeking balance between security and welcome after attack

By Alejandra Molina — March 29, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'It’s a balance of maintaining security, but at the same time being welcoming,' said the Rev. Noriaki Ito.

Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting

By Carina Julig — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — A memorial vigil attended by more than 1,000 people was led by clergy from around Boulder.

Joyful noise or meditative hum, sound resets the mind for faith

By Liz Kineke — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — Sound acts as a tether for the mind in the same way the breath or a mantra is used in other forms of meditation.

US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a 'mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.'

Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021
(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.

Facing changing spirituality on campus, historic chaplain groups merge

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — The merger is a response to increasing diversification of spiritual life at American schools, with students, faculty and staff pursuing not only a wider range of faiths but also no faith at all.

More than $60,000 raised for vandalized Los Angeles Buddhist temple

By Alejandra Molina — March 2, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — As of early March 2, more than $60,500 was raised for Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple through a GoFundMe page set up by the volunteer group Nikkei Progressives.

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.

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2021
(RNS) — Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would allow a religious organization to file a claim for relief if it has been subjected to 'government overreach.'
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