Buddhism

Rohingya refugees

As Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Bangladesh Bans Three Muslim Aid Groups

October 20, 2017

In what some are describing as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya minorities have fled Myanmar since this August. As neighboring Bangladesh continues to accept refugees, however, it has begun to screen aid organizations in the name of security.

The Rohingya people have long faced discrimination in Myanmar, where they are both a religious and ethnic minority. Tensions peaked in late August when a group of Rohingya insurgents...

Read more about As Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Bangladesh Bans Three Muslim Aid Groups
Counter-protester clergy link arms at Unite the Right rally

While Religious Groups Condemn Trump’s Charlottesville Comments, Evangelicals Remain Devoted

August 27, 2017

After a white supremacist rally resulted in the death of a counter-protester, President Donald Trump has been criticized from religious leaders of a variety of political leanings, but has largely retained the support of white evangelicals, who overwhelmingly voted for him in the 2016 election.

The Saturday, August 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia saw the coalescence of assorted white nationalist...

Read more about While Religious Groups Condemn Trump’s Charlottesville Comments, Evangelicals Remain Devoted
Sri Lankan Muslim woman looks at camera in scorched building

Sri Lankan Authorities Arrest Policeman, Monk for Violence Against Muslims

June 22, 2017

After ongoing accusations of inaction, Sri Lankan authorities have arrested four Buddhists for promoting and perpetuating violence against Muslims.

For years, Muslim Sri Lankans—who make up nearly 10 percent of the country’s population—have been targeted in spates of religious violence. In 2014, a series of anti-Muslim riots on Muslim homes, shops, and places of worship displaced more than 10,000 people. More recently, Muslims in Sri Lanka have reported at least 16 incidents of hate crimes against Muslims since April 16.

...

Read more about Sri Lankan Authorities Arrest Policeman, Monk for Violence Against Muslims
Up-close shot of couple holding hands during wedding ceremony

Christie Strikes Child Marriage Bill, Cites Religious Freedom

May 18, 2017

Last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill banning child marriage without exception—a bill which would have been the first of its kind in the United States. Christie cited religious freedom as a key reason for his refusal to sign the bill.

Although the legal marriage age is 18 across the U.S., every state has options for underage youth to wed. In New Jersey, children 15 and under need judicial approval to marry, while children ages 16 and 17 need only a parent’s...

Read more about Christie Strikes Child Marriage Bill, Cites Religious Freedom
Muslim and Jewish man shake hands and smile

Pew Reports Americans Warming Toward Most Religious Groups

February 21, 2017

Americans’ perception of religious groups has increased nearly across the board over the past two years, according to a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday.

The survey ran from January 9 to January 23 of this year. 4,248 adults were asked to rank a variety of religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100. Although the survey revealed notable differences in perception of religious groups across lines of race, religious identity, and...

Read more about Pew Reports Americans Warming Toward Most Religious Groups
King Bhumibol of Thailand

Thai Bodhisattva-King Bhumibol Dead at 88

October 14, 2016

Yesterday, after years of battling health problems, king of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away.

The king, 88, was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, having been crowned 70 years ago at the age of 18.

Throngs of Thai citizens held vigil outside the Bangkok hospital where the monarch had been receiving care. Clad in pink for good health and yellow—the royal color—in honor of the king, mourners wept, sang, and “shouted with an almost visceral desperation,” BBC News reported.

For most Thais, King Bhumibol is...

Read more about Thai Bodhisattva-King Bhumibol Dead at 88
Obama’s Meeting With Dalai Lama Angers China

Obama’s Meeting With Dalai Lama Angers China

June 22, 2016

Behind closed doors, President Obama met with the Dalai Lama for the fourth time in his 8 years in office.

Although Mr. Obama has long considered the Tibetan religious leader a “good friend,” last Wednesday’s meeting transpired amidst warnings from China that the United States’ continued relationship with the Dalai Lama would “undermine mutual trust and cooperation” between the U.S. and China.

For China, the Dalai Lama...

Read more about Obama’s Meeting With Dalai Lama Angers China
Raising Multi-Faith Children

Raising Multi-Faith Children

May 24, 2016

For interfaith couples, deciding where and how to exchange wedding vows may be only the beginning of a lifelong negotiation between multiple faiths. With interfaith marriages on the rise in the United States, couples are increasingly facing daunting questions about how to pass on their religions to their children.

While some interfaith couples ultimately choose a primary faith tradition in which to raise their children, a growing number of organizations are helping support parents...

Read more about Raising Multi-Faith Children
Adult Coloring Books as Spiritual Practice

Adult Coloring Books as Spiritual Practice

March 25, 2016

Over the past year, an unlikely trend has emptied local art stores of their colored pencils.

Adult coloring books—intricate, themed versions of the classic childhood pastime—have struck a chord with the national consciousness. More than simply keeping the nation’s refrigerators decorated, however, some see the trend as a sign of Americans’ growing interest in mindfulness and spirituality.

Many credit Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford as the genesis of the trend in the United States. Having long made intricate, monochromatic illustrations, Basford pitched...

Read more about Adult Coloring Books as Spiritual Practice
Fatal Protests Mark Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising

Fatal Protests Mark Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising

March 10, 2016

Last month, two Tibetan Buddhist teenagers died of self-immolation just weeks before the 57th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising.

Dorjee Tsering, a 16-year-old student who was living in India as a refugee from Tibetan China, had been considering how best to protest China’s continued rule of Tibet for some time. Radio Free Asia reported that Tsering had told his parents he wanted to do something to express his support for Tibet’s freedom from Chinese rule.

Tsering’s mother,...

Read more about Fatal Protests Mark Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising
“Best Ever” Parliament of World’s Religions Addresses Climate Justice

“Best Ever” Parliament of World’s Religions Addresses Climate Justice

October 23, 2015

Last Thursday, Salt Lake City, Utah, was filled with the sound of Native tribal drums. The music provided the soundtrack to a procession that kicked off the 5th Parliament of the World’s Religions. Referred to by some as “the Olympics of religion,” the Parliament is the oldest interfaith gathering in the world. This year’s Parliament outdid itself in terms of participants, volunteers, and diversity; among the nearly 10,000 participants,...

Read more about “Best Ever” Parliament of World’s Religions Addresses Climate Justice
Growing Voice of Interfaith Activism Against Death Penalty

Growing Voice of Interfaith Activism Against Death Penalty

October 19, 2015

After the September 30, 2015 execution of Atlanta death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner, religious voices are joining together to fight the death penalty in the United States.

Gissendaner, executed at age 47, had been the only woman on death row in Georgia. In the years since her 1997 crime, Gissendaner became known in the Atlanta area for her passion for theological studies. Earning a certificate in theological studies through an Atlanta-area divinity school program for prisoners, Gissendaner’s study of theologians like Jürgen Moltmann and Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued even when she...

Read more about Growing Voice of Interfaith Activism Against Death Penalty
Buddhist Temples in Japan Replacing Statues with 3D Printed Replicas

Buddhist Temples in Japan Replacing Statues with 3D Printed Replicas

October 16, 2015

In Japan, what started as a high school project has turned into a national phenomenon.

In 2010, students in an Industrial Design course at Wakayama Technical High School in Japan began a collaborative project with a local school for the blind. They hypothesized that they could use a 3D printer to recreate famous Buddhist statues in durable, inexpensive plastic that would allow visually impaired worshippers to experience the statues through touch. They began to create a model of a 51cm Aizen Myo-o...

Read more about Buddhist Temples in Japan Replacing Statues with 3D Printed Replicas

Pages