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Monks’ role in Sri Lanka protests raises familiar questions

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — The street protests that drove Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office last month brought together people from across the country’s diverse and sometimes warring ethno-religious groups: Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Sinhala Buddhists — including, unmistakably, the...

Dalai Lama travels to remote Ladakh region bordering China

Jul. 15, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday arrived in India's remote Ladakh region bordering China where he received a rousing reception. Thousands of people lined both sides of the road outside the airport in the cold desert...

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

Jul. 06, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters. He was cheered by a large number of followers, including American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple....

Bhutan Buddhist leader ordains 144 women, resuming tradition

Jun. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

(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 historical importance for all women in...

Ruth Ozeki's 'Book of Form and Emptiness' wins Women's Prize

Jun. 15, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

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)...

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May. 24, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as...

Interfaith group asks Starbucks to drop vegan milk surcharge

May. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders is asking Starbucks to stop charging extra for vegan milk alternatives, saying the practice amounts to a tax on people who have embraced plant-based lifestyles. In a statement issued Friday, an interfaith...

Sri Lankan power family falls from grace as economy tanks

May. 13, 2022 05:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — With one brother president, another prime minister and three more family members cabinet ministers, it appeared that the Rajapaksa clan had consolidated its grip on power in Sri Lanka after decades in and out of government. But as a national debt crisis spirals out...