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Asked to Embrace Capitalism, the Dalai Lama Demurs
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

Some of the brightest pro-business minds in the nation prodded the Dalai Lama on Thursday to offer a warm endorsement of capitalism. Some of the brightest pro-business minds in th ...

Is Yoga Religious? An Indian Court Mulls Mandatory School Exercises
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court of India is weighing whether yoga has a religious element, as it decides if public schools may teach the ancient discipline in the country where it originated. T ...

Dalai Lama Wows Maryland Crowd, Rubs Noses With Governor
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

His English was terribly broken, and punctuated by sudden fits of giggles. But for nearly an hour, the Dalai Lama entranced an arena full of admirers, who said his message came across just fine. ...

In 113th Congress: First Hindu, first Buddhist in Senate, and (maybe) first ‘none’
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in U.S. history. New members include the first Hindu, first Buddhist, and the first "none." The Washington Post reports: The new, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Se ...

The Rise of a New Religious America
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

In November, Americans elected the first Hindu and Buddhist representatives to Congress. They represent a growing number of religious minorities who are becoming more and more visible. ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

The Story Behind the Dalai Lama’s Chair
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

For the Dalai Lama, it’s all about the oversized chair. SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform. Requests can include special foo ...

Report: Religion at Heart of Illegal Ivory Trade
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious ...

Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing when philosophers, atheists, or even religious folks on the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the Dalai Lama says it, that’s enough to give me pause and wonder if this ...

Buddhist Abbey a Dream Fulfilled for U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

There aren't a lot of Buddhists in America -- around 3 million or so, according to the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. There isn't exactly an abundance of monasteries here either, let alone ...

A Noted Atheist (No Not That One, The Other One) on What Religion Can Teach Non-Believers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

This is not another book that simply critiques religion. In Religion For Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, a noted author on a wide range of themes – from architec ...

Ex-cons, Homeless Seek Enlightenment Through Art
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Former prisoners and homeless are conducting 15 performances in the Pulitzer's galleries featuring rookie actors speaking scripts culled from their own group sessions as they wrestled with Buddhist truths ...

Buddhist Bhutan Fails on its Own Happiness Index
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

THIMPHU, Bhutan — In a country that prides itself on measuring quality of life in terms of "Gross National Happiness," this small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas seems to have a problem: at least h ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet.</p> <p>But until Woods invoked his Buddhist ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

Questioning the 'Survivor' Mentality of Some Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

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