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Bhutan’s Buddhist Monks Accused of Sexually Molesting Boys

The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been rocked by a sexual abuse scandal in which young Buddhist monks molested by older monks fled their monastery and reported the abuse to journalists.

While rumors about child sexual abuse in monasteries have swirled around this tiny Buddhist nation for a while, this is the first time confirmed cases of underage monks molested by their seniors have come to the fore.

“Every time I tried to scream or struggled, he pinned me with his body, put his hand over my mouth and covered it tightly,” an 11-year-old boy told the magazine The Raven describing how he was sexually abused by a 20-year-old monk in a monastery in Punakha, about 45 miles northeast of the capital city of Thimphu.

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Can Mindfulness Be Tweeted?

I attended a basketball game this winter at the University of Maryland, accompanied by an intern at my workplace, a man in his twenties. For much of the game, we chatted about everything from politics to how North Carolina is far superior to Duke in all the ways that really matter (on the court, of course). During the conversation, between glances at the game, my colleague maintained steady eye contact … with his smart phone.

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Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death.
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The Dangers of Disconnecting from Community: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan, you were quoted in a recent Christianity Today Web article about Church p
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Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost.
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