(RNS) — On Tuesday (June 21), the Je Khenpo, the senior Buddhist authority in Bhutan, began ordaining a group of 144 women as bhikshunis, or female monks, at the Ramthangkha monastery in the tiny Himalayan country. The ceremony “is of...
(RNS) — In a dimly lit Roman Catholic church in Manhattan, a dozen or so congregants sit as the Rev. Michael Holleran leads them in contemplative prayer. There is some singing, and some prayers said aloud throughout the hour-and-a-half-long...
LONDON (AP) — Canadian-American writer Ruth Ozeki won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for “The Book of Form and Emptiness,” a playful, philosophical novel that explores people’s relationship to possessions. Ozeki was awarded the 30,000 pound ($36,000)...
(The Conversation) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought new attention to the work of chaplains. Before the pandemic, as an article in The New York Times put it, the place of the hospital chaplain was “at the bedside, holding a patient’s...
(The Conversation) — Is digital Buddhism, which includes computer-assisted practices such as listening to podcasts and using meditation applications apps, authentic? Some scholars have argued that digital Buddhism epitomizes Western appropriation and dilution of traditional Asian practices. Others such as...
(RNS) — Back in 1965, the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in which the anti-war activist sought to explain to the civil rights icon why monks were...
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — They were a small, mostly overlooked population of first- and second-generation American immigrants until the United States was attacked, seemingly out of nowhere, by people from the country many of them had left behind. Suddenly they...
Wynn Bruce, a 50-year-old climate activist and Buddhist, set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, prompting a national conversation about his motivation and whether he may have been inspired by Buddhist monks...
(The Conversation) — It would be quite appropriate for a college professor to assume students know that a tree is alive and a rock is not. Or would it? For several summers, I have had the pleasure of teaching biology to...
(RNS) — Buddhist-oriented mental health practitioners are an assorted bunch. Some are hardcore meditators fully devoted to their dharma path. Others rarely formally meditate and do not identify as Buddhists but find themselves aligned with Buddhist concepts that they...