(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.
BIG SUR, Calif. (RNS) New Camaldoli Hermitage's program for oblates — people who live in the world but are associated with religious communities — was launched in 1984 with 15 oblates. Now the number is around 700.
KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq, (Reuters) - The history pages of Iraq's Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Islamic State militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend.
Police said the teenagers wrote curses such as "Christians go to hell" in Hebrew script on doors and walls of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City.
NEW BALTIMORE, Pa. (RNS) The days when the “Church of the Turnpike” as its known, served as a beacon to road-weary travelers, could be numbered.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “We really can now move forward without worrying about being shut down,” said Deacon Mark Coudrain, manager of St. Joseph Woodworks in Covington, La.
NEWPORT, Wash. (RNS) Just outside of town, Sravasti Abbey is one of the only monastic communities in the West for Americans to study the Buddha's teachings. The abbey now has five U.S.-born, fully ordained nuns, which allows ceremonies to be held. By Tracy Simmons.