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Bhutan Buddhist leader ordains 144 women, resuming tradition

(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 Hima...

Photo of the Day: Zombies spotted in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — These haunting images of gliding ghouls spooked Taiwanese netizens on Sunday (June 12). The photos were posted that evening by the Tainan Art Museum to promote the upco...

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

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 n...

Interfaith Trolley offers tour of religion in America

CHICAGO (RNS) — In America’s third largest city, it’s possible to get a crash course in the world’s religions in a journey of just a few miles — from the University of Chicago’s majestic, ecumenical C...

Activist's self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest

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 ha...

How India is pushing for the return of stolen artifacts

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently thanked Australia for returning 29 Indian-origin artifacts that hade been stripped from the South Asian country illegally. It's the latest in a string ...

Across US, faith groups mobilize to aid Ukrainian refugees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As U.S. refugee resettlement agencies and nonprofits nationwide gear up to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion and war that has raged for nearly six weeks, members of faith...

Lonely Planet names Japan's Shikoku top travel region to visit in 2022

TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 17 March 2022 - Lonely Planet, the world's most popular travel guidebook, has ranked Japan's Shikoku sixth in the regional category of its "Best in Travel 2022" list o...

French court finds former soldier guilty of child's murder

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — After three weeks of court testimony that has riveted France, a former soldier was found guilty on Friday of killing an 8-year-old girl after luring her from a wedding celebrat...

History of Tibetan holy mountain casts doubt on Chinese claims on India’s Arunachal Pradesh

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s recent renaming of the Indian province of Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims as its own territory, has again stoked tensions with Delhi and brought attention...

Funeral held in Vietnam for influential monk Thich Nhat Hanh

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A funeral was held Saturday for the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, a week after the renowned Zen master and peace activist died at the age of 95 in Hue in central Viet...

Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. ...

Thich Nhat Hanh: Influential Zen Buddhist monk dies at 95

One of the world's most influential Buddhist monks, Thich Nhat Hanh, died in Vietnam on Saturday. He was 95. Nhat Hanh "passed away peacefully" at the Tu Hie Temple, the Plum Village Co...

Taiwan's prize-winning rapper Soft Lipa and ØZI release new track 'Death Trip'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese award-winning rapper Soft Lipa and Taiwanese-American musician ØZI look at life after death through the lens of Chinese mythology in their latest collabor...

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, born in England, has devoted her life to attaining enlightenment in a female form — at one stage spending years isolated in a cave in the Himalayas to follow the rigorous path o...