Tagged with Buddhism

Religion Compass September 2011 Issue – now available

The latest issue of Religion Compass is available on Wiley Online Library Christianity Keswick and the East African Revival: An Historiographical Reappraisal (pages 477–489) Jason Bruner Pentecostal Theology: Retrospect and Prospect (pages 490–500) Christopher A. Stephenson Indian Traditions Jainism: Key Themes (pages 501–510) Jeffery Long Islam Salvation and the ‘Other’ in Islamic Thought: The Contemporary … Continue reading

NEWS: Jazz as Religion

Historian David W. Stowe’s most recent article, “Both American and Global: Jazz and World Religions in the United States,” offers a quick overview of one of America’s most enduring styles of music, then neatly connects this uniquely American music to religious belief and experience. By the end of the piece, one is left viewing jazz … Continue reading

NEWS: Recognizing Difference is Good

In American society we have (understandably) a multitude of opinions about God. This goes without saying. But how we deal with difference has consequences. The result of multiculturalism and pluralism has, according to professor of religion Stephen Prothero, collapsed all of these ideas about God and religious belief into one manageable whole. In an attempt … Continue reading

NEWS: Burmese and Tibetan Monks Meet

A group of Burmese Buddhist monks arrived in Dharamsala, India this week to meet with Tibetan monks and share information on their similar struggles for democracy. The Burmese monks brought with them a documentary that shows the 2007 monk-led protests in Myanmar and the subsequent government crack down. Myanmar’s military dictatorship has been keeping the … Continue reading

NEWS: A Seeker’s Gift to the World

There is no shortage of internet sites which deal with religion. However, many tend to be quite specific about what brand of religion is championed. Despite specific truth-claims there are a growing number of sites designed for those who seek ecumenical one-stop-shopping, and those which offer a myriad of resources about the world’s innumerable belief-systems. … Continue reading

Religion Compass July Issue – now available

The July issue of Religion Compass is now available here! This month, we’ve published our largest issue to date: 18 high-quality articles surveying the most recent literature in the field of religious studies! We are also delighted to announce the publication of our first video article: Changing Status in India’s Marginal Music Communities Zoe Sherinian … Continue reading

NEWS: The Significance of Fleshly Encounters

In “Touch and American Religions” historian Candy Gunther Brown explores the importance of human touch in practice, whether defined by traditional religion or alternative therapeutic movements. She points to the rather lengthy history of the Western tendency to create a hierarchy of senses – how they are valued and perceived. She suggests that the Christian … Continue reading

NEWS: Tibetan Monks take Science Classes

The integration of science and religion is important to His Holiness the Dalai Lama–so much so that he requested a team of scientists and professors from Emory University to come to Dharamsala, India, where he and many of his followers are living in exile, to teach them the basics (and not so basics) of Western … Continue reading

NEWS: Burmese Pagoda Inauspiciously Collapses

The wife of Myanmar’s supreme leader, Senior General Than Shwe, blessed the Danok pagoda in a ceremony on May 7, adorning it with a “diamond orb.” Several weeks later, the 2300-year-old structure collapsed. Many people, both within Burma and outside the country, believe that the pagoda’s collapse is the most recent of several bad omens … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and the iPhone

Since its first release in 2007, Apple’s iPhone has been dubbed the “Jesus Phone” because it has developed a cult following and has been a technological “savior” to many. The updated iPhone 3G will be released Friday, June 19, featuring new applications and a faster network. Not only is religious imagery used to describe the … Continue reading

NEWS: Rival Dalai Lamas in the Future?

Tibetan Buddhists are faced with the unusual possibility that after the death of the current Dalai Lama, the 14th reincarnation, the Chinese government will want to appoint a successor who is different from the successor found by Tibetan religious leaders. The current Dalai Lama proposes that a new process of selection may be introduced, including … Continue reading

NEWS: Russians to Elect Shaman

For the first time in history, Russia is holding an election for the position of “supreme shaman” in an effort to unite traditionally marginalized ethnic tribes, mainly from Siberia. Many people are angered at the attempt to identify a shaman using an electorate method, and feel instead that it should be a status granted by … Continue reading

NEWS: Monk Advocates for Bhikkhuni Sangha

A British Buddhist monk teaching in Australia, but ordained in the forest monk tradition in Thailand, states that there are no good reasons not to fully reinstate Thai Theravada’s bhikkhuni sangha, the order of female Buddhist monks. Ajahn Brahm believes that all the excuses given for not reinstating the bhikkhuni sangha–it is irrelevant, it is … Continue reading

NEWS: Annual Report on International Religious Freedom Released

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has just released its 2009 annual report. The report, which is the most comprehensive in the Commission’s decade-long life, recommends that President Obama designate Burma, Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, People‘s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam as ‘countries of … Continue reading