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Buddhism


A Science Writer Embraces Buddhism as a Path to Enlightenment

New York TimesNew York Times - Aug 18, 2017
OM'S LAW: To the extent that Buddhism encourages its practitioners to cast aside the self on their way to enlightenment, it can seem like a fool's errand. The self isn't so easy to shed, as Buckaroo Bonzai noted: “No matter where you go, there you are ...  

Christianity


The Trump administration's alternative Christianity

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Aug 11, 2017
President Trump has staffed the White House with ardent Christians, but his agenda contradicts everything Jesus stood for.  

Catholicism


Racism in America: What does my Catholicism require of me at this moment?

Aleteia ENAleteia EN - Aug 19, 2017
The hard truth of Catholicism is that even when humans are doing hateful things, they have an innate dignity, because they are created – even the people we cannot stomach — in the Image of God. That inherent dignity must always be respected, and ...  

Mormonism


Pyper America Smith credits Mormonism for getting her through 'crazy' LA life

Belfast TelegraphBelfast Telegraph - Aug 10, 2017
Pyper America Smith credits Mormonism for getting her through 'crazy' LA life. The US model says moving to Hollywood was a risky family decision, but her religion has been her “rock”. Pyper America Smith (Marie Claire UK/David Roemer/PA). 1 1 Pyper ...  

Protestantism


Protestantism used to deny Irish rights

Belfast TelegraphBelfast Telegraph - Aug 7, 2017
In fact, British sovereignty over Irish people means their neighbours are not free. No Protestant Church leader has ever publicly expressed concern about Protestantism being used to deny Irish people in Northern Ireland their right to national freedom ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses


Why Is Vladimir Putin's Russia so Afraid of Jehovah's Witnesses?

NewsweekNewsweek - Jul 19, 2017
Who are Jehovah's Witnesses, and why would the Russian, or any, government consider them to be a threat? Early history. The story of Jehovah's Witnesses begins in the late 19th century near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a group of students studying ...  

Hinduism


Book Review: Asking questions, seeking answers and explaining the essence of Hinduism

The Sunday GuardianThe Sunday Guardian - Aug 12, 2017
Can a Hindu deity either be “God” or god, or both? Is there only one God in Hinduism or do Hindus have multiple Gods? What is Sadhana, Vairagya, Maya, and Mithya? What is the meaning of the famous Nirvana Shatkam? What does it mean to say Tat Tvam ...  

Islam


Archive: Unwelcome spotlight returns to Islam

NorthJersey.comNorthJersey.com - Aug 12, 2017
That sense of dread, reinforced by renewed bias attacks and a new, freely expressed distrust of Islam and its adherents, has returned 15 years after al-Qaida dramatically changed American culture and politics. While many political leaders decry such ...  

Judaism


Rabbi Who Oversaw Ivanka Trump's Conversion To Judaism Slams President

HuffPostHuffPost - Aug 17, 2017
Lookstein had sponsored Ivanka Trump's orthodox conversion to Judaism before her 2009 wedding to Kushner. Since the blatant displays of anti-Semitism in Charlottesville, critics have demanded to know why Trump did not immediately, unequivocally and ...  

Shiism


Saudi Arabia ends military attacks on gunmen

Irish TimesIrish Times - Aug 10, 2017
Although both Sunnism and Shiism are regarded as orthodox sects, Saudi Arabia's puritan Sunni Wahhabis consider Shias to be heritics and apostates, an attitude inculcated in members of the armed forces and security services. Videos posted on social ...  

Sikhism


Sikhism added to Tennessee social studies standards

The TennesseanThe Tennessean - Aug 10, 2017
"One of our board members who had been in touch with the Sikh Coalition was working with the board staff and also social studies experts at the Department of Education to think about where it would be appropriate to include Sikhism," said Amy Owen, ...  

Sufism


A closer look at the history and misconceptions of Sufism

StepFeedStepFeed - Jul 30, 2017
When I was asked about what I thought Sufism was at a so-called Sufi meditation seminar a few weeks earlier in Dubai, I was surprised to be told Sufism had nothing to do with Islam. “The link between Sufism and Islam is a misconception. Anyone of any ...  

Confucianism


Philosophy Professor's Teenage Discovery of Neo-Confucianism Leads to Book
CSUF News - Aug 9, 2017

Not Liu. Her book, “Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind and Morality,” aims to fill the gap of the understanding of Chinese philosophy. With accessible language and sophisticated philosophical analysis, she hopes to inspire Western philosophers to gain ...  

Taoism


Wudang Mountain comes to Shanghai for a week
Shanghai Daily (subscription) - Aug 10, 2017

WUDANG kung fu performances, Taoism music and temple celebrations are featured at the Shanghai-held intangible cultural heritage week of Wudang Mountain, Hubei Province. The event was launched at Shanghai Great World in Huangpu District ...  

Jainism


A red temple in Ajmer and its city of gold

Media India GroupMedia India Group - Jul 17, 2017
Giving an insight into the life of the first religious path maker of Jainism, this temple in Ajmer is an architectural marvel inside-out. With an ornate outer structure made of red-sand stone, it holds a city of gold within. I whiz past it, but its ...  

Zoroastrianism


It's Parsi New Year Navroz today: Know about Zoroastrianism philosophy that Parsis follow

MerinewsMerinews - Aug 17, 2017
One of hymns of Zoroastrianism goes like this, "O Mazda, / when I sought you with the vision of my wisdom and good thinking / And looked at you with the vision of my wisdom, I realized / That Thou art the beginning and the end of everything / Thou art ...  

Unitarian Universalism


Lehigh Valley area church events: In Your Congregation
Allentown Morning Call - Aug 12, 2017

Cease Blocker presents "Unitarian Universalism." Info: 610-866-7652. BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at Jordan United Church of Christ, 1837 Church Road, South Whitehall Township. Info: 610-395-2218. SUMMER HARMONY MEN'S ...  

Rastafari


Rastafari reflections!

Jamaica GleanerJamaica Gleaner - Jul 23, 2017
Grange made the pledge as she joined members of the Jamaican Rastafari community in celebrating today's 125th anniversary of the birth of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. "Emperor Selassie is revered by Rastafari as a divine African whose ...  

Shinto


Shinto priest joins Nagasaki remembrance service at Aylesford

Independent Catholic NewsIndependent Catholic News - Aug 10, 2017
Taishi Kato is a young Shinto priest, undertaking a postgraduate course at SOAS in London. He is keen to give talks and presentations about Shinto while in the UK. He became licensed as a Shinto priest by following a one-year course at Kokugakuin ...  

Atheism


Atheism: the latest whipping boy for Malaysia's pre-election politics ...

The AustralianSouth China Morning Post - Aug 13, 2017
Non-believers should be 'hunted down vehemently' according to one government minister; others say officials are seeking a distraction from their own scandals.  

Paganism


Making Your Paganism Local – Begin at Home

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jul 27, 2017
Ancient European religions, and subsequently the modern revivals, modern Paganism in general and modern forms of Witchcraft, are largely based on lore that comes from the northern hemisphere. This stands to reason given that these things all began in ...  

New Age


Freedom@70: Are new-age private companies like Paytm, Flipkart, Reliance Jio helping build our country?

Economic TimesEconomic Times - Aug 12, 2017
While Fino PayTech is the payment bank helping Ramesh and Rukmini, more new-age banking players have forayed into Nandganj. Financial inclusion riding on easy availability of data services has made its presence felt here — while the journey to ...  

Meditation


How meditation can help your career

New York PostNew York Post - Aug 14, 2017
According to a study from Yale, mindfulness meditation decreases brain activity responsible for mind-wandering thoughts typically associated with being unhappy and worried. Meditation and other calming therapies simmer down the brain's default mode ...  

Astrology


BREZSNY'S ASTROLOGY • Aug. 17-23, 2017 | 0817 ...

Monterey County WeeklyMonterey County Weekly - Aug 18, 2017
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits,” said philosopher Gaston Bachelard. This mischievous advice ...  

Reincarnation


Expansive RPG ReIncarnation Coming to Dota 2 Custom Games

TechRaptorTechRaptor - Aug 16, 2017
ReIncarnation is inspired by the many great WC3 custom game RPGs out there, such as Twilights Eve, which the creator says many have called ReIncarnation a “pseudo-successor” to. The RPG can be played solo, but the end game content is designed with ...  

Parapsychology


Jeffersonville paranormal studies institute seeks permanent haunt

Evening News and TribuneEvening News and Tribune - Jul 28, 2017
“There's kind of a negative reputation of parapsychology, but most of its critics haven't even looked at the research,” Laythe said. His institute, which is a certified nonprofit, has had physical roots before: The institute used a building in downtown ...  

Rosicrucianism


Solar eclipse viewing to include Wiccan festival

NWAOnlineNWAOnline - Aug 5, 2017
The Piggott chapter of Wicca and Rosicrucianism is meeting for the eclipse at the lake at Heritage Park. Piggott will see 97 percent of the sun blocked. Afterward, they will be holding a Triple Goddess ceremony at the amphitheater celebrating the ...  

Shamanism


Shamanism: We tried a session with Irish practioners of the ancient practice

Irish ExaminerIrish Examiner - Aug 8, 2017
For Cork-based shaman, Barbara Hess, shamanism is a nurturing, curative tradition, one she has been practising for the past ten years, having first stumbled upon it 15 years ago, when she received shamanic healing for issues that arose following the ...  

Witchcraft


Nottinghamshire sees increase in Witchcraft complaints | The Wild ...

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Aug 10, 2017
Why has Nottinghamshire seen a sharp upswing in Witchcraft complaints?  

Wicca


Why I am a Druid or how I Defected from Wicca with a Bunch of My Folk

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jul 19, 2017
I attempted to join a Wiccan coven as a way to recapture my spirituality, and the thing I learned there was that I didn't have anything to learn there. I don't say that to pick on Wicca, I think it's a religion that has a lot to offer, even though it ...  

Hatha Yoga


Clay Township to offer hatha yoga, Zumba classes this fall

New Baltimore Voice NewspapersNew Baltimore Voice Newspapers - Aug 13, 2017
Clay Township is offering ways to stay in shape this fall. Beginning in mid-September, hatha yoga and Zumba classes will be offered at Millside Elementary School. Hatha yoga will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and will continue every Tuesday for six weeks.  

Ashtanga Yoga


Deep Yoga Roots

yoveniceyovenice - Aug 10, 2017
One of a few certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers in the world, Christiansson studied with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) at the Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore India from 1988 until the time of Guruji's passing in 2009 ...  

Bhagavad Gita


Before Inauguration, A Bhagavad Gita Surfaced At President Kalam's Statue

NDTVNDTV - Jul 31, 2017
A sacred book stand with words "Bhagavad Gita" engraved which mysteriously appeared by the statue of former president APJ Abdul Kalam at his memorial in Rameswaram before its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week -- has triggered a ...  

Reiki Healing


Around Newton
Wicked Local Newton - Aug 14, 2017

Community Reiki Clinic: 7–8:45 p.m. first Friday evening of each month, Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St., Newton. 30-minute Reiki sessions with Reiki practitioners. Cost: $10. Appointment times: 7–7:30, 7:35–8:05 and 8:10–8:40 p.m. Open to all ...  

Falun Gong


'Changes in Judicial Interpretation' Prompt Chinese Authorities to Release Falun Gong Practitioners

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Aug 9, 2017
A district court in central China's Henan Province recently dropped charges against practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual discipline that was marked for persecution in 1999, on account of “changes in judicial interpretations.” The case ...  

Scientology


Leah Remini Wants Federal Investigation Into Scientology

RollingStone.comRollingStone.com - Aug 9, 2017
In 2015, she penned a book about her tumultuous relationship with the Church, titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. Following the book's success, Remini sought to create a series that chronicled other individuals' experiences ...  

Tarot Cards


You Need These Gorgeous GAME OF THRONES Tarot Cards

NerdistNerdist - Jul 30, 2017
Tarot cards date back to the 13th century and are best known for their more mystical use as tools for divination. Each set has four suits, like a regular deck of cards, and each suit has ten images. When a card's pulled, the image that's revealed can ...  

Hare Krishna


Photos: Hare Krishna Festival Brings Colorful, Canopied Chariots And Parade To Venice

LAistLAist - Aug 7, 2017
On Sunday, thousands gathered in Venice for Los Angeles' 40th annual Festival of Chariots. The Festival of Chariots, also known as Ratha-yatra, is an Indian tradition that dates back millennia. It was brought to the west by Hare Krishna movement ...  

Upanishads


A life dedicated to Upanishads

The HinduThe Hindu - Jul 29, 2017
His life has been devoted to the study of Upanishads. At the age of 89, T. Sivasankaran Nair or Sivettan as he is fondly called, has released his third book, Ashtopanishathukal on Upanishads recently. “We pass through various experiences in life ...  

Satanism


Outback Steakhouse Kills Satanism Meme With a Single--and Hilarious--Tweet
Inc.com - Aug 2, 2017

What would you do if your company was accused of Satanism? That was the question Outback Steakhouse had to answer--quickly--this past Thursday. The restaurant chain's stores tend to be deployed in an equidistant way around the perimeters of major ...  

Handwriting Analysis


Justice Department creates in-house team to monitor accuracy of forensic testimony in criminal cases
ABA Journal - Aug 9, 2017

The battle over “junk science” used in wrongful convictions has picked up in recent years, especially after the National Academy of Sciences reported in 2009 that testing of hair samples, bite marks, ballistic reports and handwriting analysis was flawed.  

Ghosts


Chernobyl: City of ghosts – POLITICO

POLITICO.euPOLITICO.eu - Aug 20, 2017
'Don't drink water from the river,' says guide to the most contaminated place on the planet.  

Demons


The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths

New York TimesNew York Times - Aug 18, 2017
Here's a glimpse at the way that civilizations around the world have understood solar eclipses, and used them to reinforce cultural norms and values.  

Vampires


Jason Isbell's 'If We Were Vampires': See Video

RollingStone.comRollingStone.com - Aug 10, 2017
Jason Isbell explores love and mortality in the "If We Were Vampires" video.  

Zombies


4 Ways Call of Duty: WW2 Changes the Zombies Formula

Gameranx (blog)Gameranx (blog) - Aug 10, 2017
The new mode, dubbed Nazi Zombies, doesn't rest on those gameplay tropes we've all become familiar with. There are multiple ways the game has changed, and we're going to delve in deep and reveal 4 ways Zombies is completely different from every ...  

Angels


Angels wipe out four-run deficit to beat Mariners on error in ninth inning

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Aug 12, 2017
Mike Trout scored from second base on Jean Segura's error in the top of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. For the second straight night, Trout was the ...  

Aliens


There's a compelling reason scientists think we've never found ...

The IndependentThe Independent - Aug 10, 2017
Unchecked climate change would eventually lead to widespread devastation on Earth. Rising seas would inundate coastal cities like Miami, searing heat would ...  

Christian Priest


Christian Contribution to the Freedom Struggle
Mainstream - Aug 20, 2017

The very first one to oppose the British rule was a fully British Christian Priest, Charles Freer Andrews (February 12, 1871-April 5, 1940), a priest of the Church of England, a missionary, an educator and social reformer who became a close friend of ...  

Catholic Priest


Catholic priest says Trump isn't anointed by God to rain 'fire and fury' on North Korea

The IndependentThe Independent - Aug 11, 2017
A Texas priest says that Donald Trump has not been anointed by god to rain fire on North Korea, in spite of what a fellow clergyman may have said. Catholic Pastor Jushia J Whitfield pushed back on the word of a fellow Texas pastor's word in an op-ed ...  

Catholic Bishop


Catholic bishop of Richmond dies
Staunton News Leader - Aug 18, 2017

RICHMOND — The Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, who served as bishop of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years and made a return to conservative values his top priority, has died. He was 75 years old. Monsignor Mark Richard Lane of the Diocese of Richmond ...  

Catholic Pope


Pope Francis' associates compare right-wing US Christians with jihadists

iNewsiNews - Aug 3, 2017
Some observers believe, too, it is significant the article is jointly penned by a protestant and a Catholic. Pope Francis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between the different Christian denominations. This article is primarily a call for the ...  

Protestant Pastor


Protestant pastor jailed in Tajikistan
Catholic Culture - Aug 8, 2017

Protestant pastor jailed for 3 years for extremism in Tajikistan (Interfax) · TAJIKISTAN: Protestant Pastor jailed for three years (Forum 18). Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden ...  

Jewish Rabbi


Mystic who predicted three wars made chilling North Korea prophecy…and it's not good

Daily StarDaily Star - Aug 17, 2017
Mystic who predicted three wars made chilling North Korea prophecy…and it's not good. A JEWISH Rabbi who correctly predicted three wars warned North Korea would cause the end of the world.  

 
 
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