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A Buddhist prayer festival fills a remote Tibetan village with color

By Alexandra Radu — July 20, 2017
(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.

A Dalit community looks to escape the caste system by converting to Buddhism

By Yonat Shimron — May 11, 2017
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.

Chinese robot monk blends science and Buddhism

By RNS staff — April 21, 2016
BEIJING — Xian'er can hold a conversation by answering about 20 simple questions about Buddhism and daily life.

‘Post-traumatic church syndrome’? Yep, it’s a thing

By Jonathan Merritt — August 25, 2015
(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.

Post-traumatic church syndrome? Yep, it’s a thing.

By Jonathan Merritt — August 24, 2015
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.

Former Buddhist monk creates home for 85 abandoned children

By Kimberly Winston — August 17, 2015
(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.

At 80, the Dalai Lama is just getting started

By Lauren Markoe — July 9, 2015
(RNS) The Dalai Lama's work may increasingly engage him with people and events far removed from centers of Buddhist thought.

We’re meditating all wrong, says ‘Buddha from Brooklyn’

By Jay Michaelson — June 4, 2015
(RNS) Westerners are missing the point of meditation, according to one of the first American teachers of meditation, Brooklyn-born Lama Surya Das. He explains in his new book, "Make Me One With Everything."

It’s up to Dalai Lama whether he’ll be reborn, Buddhist leader says

By Reuters — April 16, 2015
BEIJING (Reuters) The Karmapa is close to the Dalai Lama and after him is the most eminent Lama to have fled Chinese rule of Tibet, which Communist forces "peacefully liberated" in 1950.

Tibetan Buddhist leader blazes an innovative trail

By Joshua Eaton — March 27, 2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) Tibetan monk Ogyen Trinley Dorje has the support of the Dalai Lama and the majority of Tibetans, many of whom believe he will take over the Dalai Lama’s leadership role when the 79-year-old Nobel laureate dies.

Could Tibetan Buddhism BE any more political right now?

By Brian Pellot — March 10, 2015
The Dalai Lama says he won’t be reincarnated in China if Tibet is not free and that no one (cough...China) can choose his successor “for political ends.” Now who’s being political?

Tibetan Buddhist Leader, 17th Karmapa, to Visit the U.S. Two-month Trip to Include University Lecture Tour

By Wendy Gustofson — March 9, 2015
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his third trip to America in mid-March. During the two months of this visit, the Karmapa will lecture at universities across the country and reconnect with the many Buddhist communities under his guidance as […]

China says Dalai Lama ‘profanes’ Buddhism by doubting his reincarnation

By Reuters — March 9, 2015
BEIJING (Reuters) Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama.

Survey: College freshmen distancing themselves from religion

By Rachel Rosenbaum — February 13, 2015
(RNS) Nearly 28 percent of those surveyed did not identify with a religion, a number that has increased by 12 percent since 1971.

In Washington state, a Tibetan Buddhist nun blazes a trail for other women to follow

By Tracy Simmons — January 27, 2015
NEWPORT, Wash. (RNS) A Tibetan Buddhist nun has quietly founded one of the only U.S. monasteries where women -- and soon men -- can become fully ordained. Since its founding in 2003, 10 nuns have been ordained there.
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