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With a Muslim insurgency threatening to destabilize Thailand’s south, armed soldiers have begun shadowing the area’s Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds begging for alms. “With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in […]

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A 40-year-old Buddhist nun whose melodies have transformed her into one of Nepal’s most popular singing stars, has caused a new stir for which she refuses to apologize. She has extended sanctuary to a nun half her age who became stigmatized […]

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“Polly, Mandana, Franziska and Adrian, all between the ages of seven and nine, are supposed to be lying still on their mats – a tall order after having just been chasing each other around the school halls, playing to their […]

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Chiang Khong, Thailand — The 15-year-old aspiring “ladyboy” delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose – an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to “be a man”. “They have rules here that […]

A former Buddhist novice has burned herself to death in an apparent act of devotion to a monk who also committed self-immolation last year to protest a Korean flood control project, according to Stephen Hong reporting for the internet Buddhist […]

The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 76th birthday, is in Washington, D.C., for a ten-day event promoting peace. He has written: “I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. […]

Yes, Grasshopper, they do, says Beliefnet blogger Dr. Britton Gildersleeve, a poetry professor at Oklahoma State University who considers herself a non-orthodox Buddhist — sort of a Unitarian Buddhist. CLICK HERE to read more

By DAVID GIAMBUSSO c. 2011 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama has a message for Newark: Peace does not come easily, but the strategy for attaining it is simple. Flanked by blue orchids, Buddhist monks and a […]

(RNS) A national alliance of public employees is accusing the National Park Service of “leadership paralysis” for not addressing questions about religious displays at federal parks. The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility had asked the Park Service last September […]

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