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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.'

Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — February 15, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Sherpa Association launched the food program from scratch last April as the coronavirus was ravaging the borough and other parts of the city.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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. 
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