NEW DELHI (RNS) — Fearing censure, gay and transgender Indians have long kept away from mainstream religious spaces. But a Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on homosexuality has galvanized many to practice their faith more openly.
(RNS) — With the help of addicts themselves, researchers are exploring the emotional, social and relational reasons why people become addicted—and how relationship with God and others can restore and heal.
(RNS) — Pancasila, a set of founding principles including 'belief in the the One and Only God,' has historically demanded respect for the country's six formally recognized faiths.
(RNS) — In her book, Thubten Chodron teaches the Five Contemplations, which are aimed at fostering mindful eating. They're short verses designed to inspire reflections.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China.
CHICAGO (RNS) — Asma argues that religion is an emotional survival toolbox that resides in the limbic brain, headquarters of human emotions as true as love, or grief or fear.
(The Conversation) — In Theravada Buddhist practice, ordination as a monk and donating the merit thus gained is one of the greatest honors that a person can give to another.
NEW DELHI, India (RNS) — Though it is illegal in India to discriminate on the basis of caste, the nearly 3,000-year-old social stratification system — while not as determinant in the life of many Indians as it used to be — still holds sway.
BANGKOK (AP) — The prejudice and hostility that Rohingya Muslims face stretches back to an often virulent form of Buddhist nationalism that has seen a resurgence since the end of military rule in Myanmar.
(RNS) — Every year, between the sixth and seventh months of the lunar calendar, nomad tribes gather in the tiny Tibetan village of Ser Geyrgo for a prayer festival that is meant to invoke heaven.
AHMEDABAD, India (RNS) More than 300 conversions took place across the state of Gujarat during an October ceremony — the direct response to a surge of caste-based violence.
BEIJING — Xian'er can hold a conversation by answering about 20 simple questions about Buddhism and daily life.
(RNS) Reba Riley, a "former Evangelical Poster Child," describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity in a millennial memoir of spiritual exploration.
In her hilarious and raw memoir, "Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome," Reba Riley describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity. Here she talks about healing.
(RNS) A new HBO documentary tells the story of Lobsang Phuntsok, who gave up being a Buddhist teacher in the U.S to start a remote orphanage.