In Indonesia, keeping the religious status quo

By Olivia Rondonuwu
April 20, 2010
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Youths read the Koran in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province September 5, 2008/Yusuf Ahmad

Nepal’s “living goddess” eyes banking career

April 7, 2010
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Living goddess Chanira Bajracharya at her residence in Patan, near Kathmandu, April 6, 2010/Gopal Chitrakar

Tiger Woods promises to wear Buddhist bracelet forever

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010
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Tiger Woods pauses while delivering a statement after admitting cheating on his wife and taking a break from golf, 19 Feb 2010/Sam Greenwood

Q+A – Does Dalai Lama meeting help or hurt Obama?

February 18, 2010
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Dalai Lama in a 11 Nov 2009 file photo in India/Adnan Abidi

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet the Dalai Lama on Thursday after avoiding a get-together before his China trip last year. The White House visit by the Tibetan Buddhist leader comes at a time of increased tension between the United States and China, which has warned that the session will hurt Sino-U.S. ties.

Singapore raps evangelical pastor for ridiculing Buddhists, Taoists

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2010
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Lighthouse Evangelism church in Singapore, 11 Sept 2005/Slivester

Singapore has warned an evangelical Christian pastor that his online videos are offensive to Buddhists and Taoists, underlining the city-state’s concerns that religion is a potential faultline for its multicultural society.

Japanese monk gets down with the beat for Buddhism

By Reuters Staff
February 8, 2010
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A gold statue of Buddha in Tokyo, 26 Nov 2009/Yuriko Nakao

He raps. He chants. And this month, Japan’s famed hip-hop loving monk, better known as MC Happiness, will tap dance on stage, in the name of Buddhism.

Climatic cracks of doom threaten monastic fortress in Bhutan

December 17, 2009
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Punakha Dzong monastic fortress in Bhutan, 28 June 2009/Singye Wangchuk

For centuries the Punakha Dzong monastic fortress in Bhutan’s Himalayas has sheltered ancient Buddhist relics and scriptures from earthquakes, fires and Tibetan invasions.  Now the lamas here may have met their match — global warming.

from Raw Japan:

Church attacks shake Kansai

December 17, 2009

In the minds of many people, religious rivalry could occasionally be expected to  spill over into violence in places as diverse as the occupied West Bank or Glasgow's 'Old Firm' football derby.

Buddhist charity turns bottles into blankets for disaster victims

November 5, 2009

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A plastic bottle thrown into a Taipei recycling bin could be reincarnated as a blanket to warm disaster victims in any of 20 countries, thanks to a unique project by the world’s largest Buddhist charity.

Climate change debate spurs warm feelings in London

October 29, 2009

china-climateIt is rare that religion and science find agreement, but that is what happened when Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks spoke at a meeting on saving the earth from climate change.