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Likely Stories: Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright

KWBUKWBU - Mar 8, 2018
I find much of Psychologist Robert Wright's survey in Why Buddhism is True stimulating and endlessly fascinating. In the “Note to Readers,” he concisely separates several areas of inquiry into five neat packages. He first says, “I'm not talking about ...  


The Dawn of Christianity review – how a startup faith won hearts and minds

The GuardianThe Guardian - Mar 16, 2018
But in the first century AD, some Jews and polytheists began breaking with traditions and embracing a new religion: Christianity. From the dust and heat of Judaea came a new message, from Jesus of Nazareth, who used magic and miracles to convince ...  


Conor Lamb's whopper of a lie on Catholicism and abortion

Washington ExaminerWashington Examiner - Mar 7, 2018
Remember when President Barack Obama insulted small-town Pennsylvania voters by saying they bitterly “cling to guns or religion”? In next week's special election, there is a strange new twist to this condescending attitude towards people of faith ...  


Mormonism's top moneyman credits members' sacrifices and sacred financial principles for faith's prosperity

Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune - Mar 3, 2018
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks during the 187th Annual LDS General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, April 1, 2017. By Bob Mims. · Published: 5 days ago. Updated: 3 days ago. In its ...  


Protestantism might be good for the wallet, after all

The EconomistThe Economist - Feb 22, 2018
But, by discarding monastic asceticism and embracing the notion that diligence and self-improvement are pleasing to God, they became particularly good at it. Weber's idea is unfashionable these days, partly because so many non-Protestant countries have ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Child sexual abuse inquiry considers Jehovah's Witnesses UK ...

The GuardianThe Guardian - Mar 8, 2018
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been 'a considerable number' of complaints.  


Universal Society of Hinduism urges Pharrell Williams, Adidas to rename Holi shoes and apologize

The DrumThe Drum - Mar 10, 2018
A group of people who follow Hinduism have vented their fury towards Adidas Originals new Holi inspired collection launched in collaboration with Pharrell Williams. The protest is being spearheaded by Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of ...  


Women Arrested After Trespassing at Arizona Mosque and Mocking Islam

New York TimesNew York Times - Mar 17, 2018
Two women were arrested on Thursday after they recorded a video while taking things from a mosque in Arizona and insulting Islam, which the police said might be considered hate speech. In the video, which was posted to Facebook on March 4 and shared by ...  


A place for atheists in Judaism

Canadian Jewish News (blog)Canadian Jewish News (blog) - Mar 13, 2018
His obituary in the Telegraph commented on his Judaism: “A self-confessed 'religious atheist,' Lipton was fully engaged with his religious culture, taking his family to synagogue on Saturdays and teaching children at the Sabbath school. He did not ...  


Iran's Cultural Cleavages And The Need for National Compromise

LobeLogLobeLog - Mar 12, 2018
Some believe that Iranians embraced Shiism to distinguish themselves from Sunni Arabs. Others maintain that Shiism is Iranian nationalism in Islamic garb. Regardless of the viability of either of these views, a degree of convergence developed between ...  


Students 'explore' Sikhism
Columbia Chronicle - Mar 9, 2018

Davinder Singh, a volunteer from the Sikh Resource Society, asked an audience of Columbia students during a March 1 event whether they had ever heard of the Sikh religion. Not a single hand rose. The event, held at The Loft, 916 S. Wabash Ave., is part ...  


Sufism in the simplest terms

The HinduThe Hindu - Mar 3, 2018
He says: “In this book, you find the principles of Sufism being talked about in the simplest of terms by the great Shaikh, and we also see that every section of society is represented. The Shaikh is not only talking to the elites but to the common man ...  


Confucianism followers partake in cleaning ritual ahead of Chinese New Year

Jakarta PostJakarta Post - Feb 12, 2018
Dozens of followers of Kong Hu Chu (Confucianism) cleaned holy statues at Tay Kak SIe Temple in Gang Lombok, Semarang, Central Java, over the weekend as part of an annual ritual to welcome Chinese New Year. Each of the member of the congregation had ...  


Religious significance of Lunar New Year

MyCentralJersey.comMyCentralJersey.com - Feb 14, 2018
Differing from the others, Taoism is considered a religious tradition that emphasizes harmony, frugality and humility. The Lunar New Year is an extended celebration spanning more than 15 days, seven of which are official days off from work and school ...  


'Euthanasia is a concept accepted in Jainism & Buddhism'

Times of IndiaTimes of India - Mar 9, 2018
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court found that while Hinduism, Islam and Christianity were against euthanasia, the concept was accepted in Jainism and Buddhism. Tracing a regulation under a law which sanctioned passive euthanasia in India, albeit indirectly ...  


Nowruz fervour begins among followers of Zoroastrianism including Indian Paris across the world

MerinewsMerinews - Mar 15, 2018
Nowruz - the Iranian or Persian New Year festival - is going to be celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and many other ethno-linguistic groups following Zoroastrianism settled in various countries including India from March 21 to 24. Parsi community in ...  

Unitarian Universalism

UU topic: the direct experience of transcending mystery
Pagosa Springs Sun - Mar 10, 2018

Unitarian Universalism holds no creed, no particular belief system; rather, our congregations affirm and promote seven principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides and which are usually exemplified in our services. During Sunday's ...  


MUSIGA to host Rastafari conference

Music In AfricaMusic In Africa - Mar 9, 2018
“MUSIGA has decided to support the conference with venue sponsorship due to the links between the Union and the reggae dancehall fraternity which has umbilical links with the Rastafari movement in Ghana,” MUSIGA PR executive Ahuma Bosco told Music in ...  


Eddie Jones called on Japan's Shinto shrines for help before the last World Cup... so could England benefit when ...

Daily MailDaily Mail - Mar 15, 2018
Eddie Jones called on Japan's Shinto shrines for help before the last World Cup... so could England benefit when they head for the tournament in 2019? Eddie Jones led Japan at 2015 World Cup, with a pre-tournament spiritual boost; England will stay in ...  


Eating meat may be more damaging than atheism
The Nation - Mar 10, 2018

Re: Somsak Pola (Letters, March 7) says if I think it's fine to be an atheist or a believer why don't I say it's fine to be a vegan or a meat eater? Here's the difference: Merely believing or not believing in God in itself is harmless (I'm not talking ...  


Paganism as an Orientation

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Mar 13, 2018
I've told my story of leaving fundamentalist Christianity and finding my way into Paganism many times. What I haven't discussed – and haven't thought much about – is how that was even possible. My entire extended family are Christians – most are ...  

New Age

Manyi dreams of rebranding ANN7 and The New Age | IOL News

Independent OnlineIndependent Online - Mar 9, 2018
Controversial businessman Mzwanele Manyi hopes to bury the controversial Gupta family past one day and start a new life.  


Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio: Meditation is 'the single most important reason' for my success

CNBCCNBC - Mar 16, 2018
Transcendental meditation "wakes up the creative centers in the brain," says the book's author, Roth, in conversation with David Brancaccio, the host and senior editor of Marketplace Morning Report. It helps Dalio "really discern, he can really make ...  


The Guardian Is Reporting Astrology as if It's a Legitimate Science
ScienceAlert - Mar 14, 2018

Quantum physics is a fundamental scientific theory - developed from over a hundred years of observations, calculations and hard data - that uses the behavior of tiny particles to explain how nature works. Astrology, on the other hand, is an ...  


The reincarnation of Ruby Namdar

The Jewish StandardThe Jewish Standard - Mar 8, 2018
Within these pages I also introduce as a hint the whole notion of reincarnation in Judaism, which is also one of the hinges the novel is hanging on.” While he is busy promoting “The Ruined House,” Mr. Namdar is working on some short stories and the ...  


Ghosthunters' guide to paranomal Mumbai

The Asian AgeThe Asian Age - Mar 9, 2018
One such team is The Parapsychology and Investigations Research Society (PAIRS), group of paranormal investigators and researchers, parapsychologists, demonologists, spiritual healers, and counsellors. Their modus operandi includes heading to “active ...  


Tide, Time, Foden's and Rosicrucianism inspire new work

4barsrest.com4barsrest.com - Jan 25, 2018
Interestingly 'Tide and Time' also reveals elements of her research into Rosicrucianism (something her Great Grandfather was particularly interested in) and especially the importance of the number 3. "Many of the work's motifs can be found grouped in ...  


AK: Juneau shamanism retreat leader's financial, cultural and spiritual legitimacy challenged

Alaska Public Radio NetworkAlaska Public Radio Network - Mar 10, 2018
Since then, SHI President Rosita Ḵaaháni Worl sent Dance of the Deer two letters: one asking them not to come here, and another to end their commercial exploitation of shamanism. “We are not averse to people wanting to seek religious enlightenment or ...  


Witchcraft Is About Seeking Power

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Mar 5, 2018
Do not be fooled, Witchcraft is about power. In fact, that seems to be one of the commonly agreed aspects which distinguishes Witchcraft from other practices and traditions. The word “power” often brings up a lot of issues regarding one's shadow and as ...  


Wicca 101 class hopes to educate, build connections among Saskatoon witches, warlocks and the public

Saskatoon StarPhoenixSaskatoon StarPhoenix - Mar 2, 2018
“Most people, be they Wiccans or druids or Shamans or even people into Ayurvedic yoga, a lot of times, they feel kind of chronically alone,” said Ryan Giesinger, owner of Practical Magick and Curio Shoppe and instructor of the Wicca 101 classes ...  

Hatha Yoga

New documentary film sheds light on ancient yoga wisdom

7x77x7 - Mar 6, 2018
Her film Agniyogana was made for viewers who are either already engaged in the practice of Hatha yoga or who are considering it. The film's subtitle, Lower the Head and Invoke the Fire, contains Balnaves' central message: The essence of yoga is ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

How Ashtanga Yoga Pushed Me To Embrace Change

mindbodygreen.commindbodygreen.com - Feb 25, 2018
I was practicing Ashtanga yoga during a complicated period in my private life. A dynamic and physically demanding practice that synchronizes breath and movement, Ashtanga yoga brought so much peace and order to my life at a time when I was experiencing ...  

Bhagavad Gita

This website takes you closer to Gita

The HinduThe Hindu - Mar 1, 2018
It is never too late to start learning Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Members of the team that built the website https://gitachanting.wixsite.com/gita believe in this as they add their attempt, to numerous prior ones by so many others, in bringing Bhagavan Sri ...  

Reiki Healing


East County MagazineEast County Magazine - Mar 10, 2018
March 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District's Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Reiki: Healing with Energy,” a free program from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28. The program is part of the ...  

Falun Gong

Chinese Citizens Rebuff Court Official's Claim that Judicial System is Perfect

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Mar 13, 2018
The spiritual meditation discipline Falun Gong was persecuted by the Chinese regime in 1999. Since then, scores have been arrested, detained, sentenced, and tortured for their faith, despite the Chinese constitution guaranteeing the freedom of religion ...  


Scientology-linked group WILL move ahead with controversial 'drug ...

thejournal.iethejournal.ie - Mar 6, 2018
There has been huge concern about plans for the centre in the village of Ballivor.  

Tarot Cards

How to Read Tarot Cards: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Their Meanings

Allure MagazineAllure Magazine - Feb 26, 2018
Welcome, cosmic warriors. I'm Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure's resident astrologer, and this is Aliza's Allure Astrology, a column dedicated to astrology, esotericism, and all things magick. (That's not to be confused with magic, which has more to do ...  

Hare Krishna

Florida Voices | Nandapriyā Sikdar, Choosing the Hare Krishna Lifestyle

WUFTWUFT - Feb 26, 2018
Born in Chennai, India, Nandapriyā Sikdar, 27, has devoted her life to the teachings of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), or more commonly, the Hare Krishna Movement. Sikdar lives in Alachua, where her group says it has the ...  


ICHR seeks to 'clear distortions in history'

Hindustan TimesHindustan Times - Mar 5, 2018
The keynote address was delivered by Padma Bhushan awardee Ramachandran Nagaswamy, a historian and an archaeologist. Nagaswamy said there is an urgent need to study scriptures such as the Upanishads and the teachings of Buddha, Asoka and Manu, among ...  


Hang on, I always thought Stonehenge was a shrine to satanism, not a community hub

The GuardianThe Guardian - Mar 11, 2018
'Stonehenge: 'After accepting a few kindly donated mugs of “mushroom tea”, I solved the mystery of the stones.' Photograph: Bowman Bowman/Getty Images/F1online RM. The latest theory coming out of Stonehenge, this one from English Heritage, is that the ...  

Handwriting Analysis

Donald Trump's signature – what a handwriting analysis reveals about the President's autograph

The SunThe Sun - Mar 9, 2018
DONALD Trump has signed 58 executive orders since he took office last year but in some cases his signature has attracted more attention. Here's what a handwriting expert said about the US president's signature. Donald Trump has signed 58 executive ...  


Anthony Bourdain's 'Hungry Ghosts' Is Not for the Faint of Heart

EaterEater - Mar 16, 2018
The spookier corners of Japanese folklore serve as the inspiration for Hungry Ghosts, a four-part comic book series from TV star/author Anthony Bourdain and novelist Joel Rose. This is the same duo that created the epic graphic novel Get Jiro! about ...  


Heavy-hitting Demons hope history will repeat itself in tournament

Santa Fe New MexicanSanta Fe New Mexican - Mar 15, 2018
Santa Fe High baseball coach Ian Farris looks over his roster between games in a Tuesday doubleheader against Valencia at Santa Fe High. Santa Fe lost the first game 9-2 and won the second 8-4. Craig Fritz/For The New Mexican. ×. Viewed 1 of 5. Welcome ...  


Jeaniene Frost unveils Shades of Wicked cover and discusses the 'allure' of vampires

EW.com (blog)EW.com (blog) - Mar 7, 2018
Jeaniene Frost has a thing for vampires. They've made up the bulk of her fictional world across both her best-selling Night Prince and Night Huntress series, and she's tripling down on her fanged heroes with her latest series, Night Rebels. Frost now ...  


Zombies at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock

Hudson Valley OneHudson Valley One - Mar 8, 2018
My second-favorite British Invasion band, the Zombies, got their shot at the big time by the agency of my first-favorite British Invasion band, the Beatles. A quintet of childhood friends from St. Alban, the Zombies landed a spot on a populist talent ...  


Pujols' first hit of the spring helps Angels to a 7-5 victory over the Reds

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Mar 6, 2018
The Angels defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-5, on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark. The Angels are 6-5 in Cactus League play. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols had his first hit of the spring, a run-scoring single in the third. He left the game in the fifth, after ...  


Cutting welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall

New York PostNew York Post - Mar 10, 2018
Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all. US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole. That's ...  

Christian Priest

'Speak No Evil': a searing coming-of-age, coming-out tale

The Seattle TimesThe Seattle Times - Mar 11, 2018
He forces Niru to travel to the family's economically depressed, ancestral homeland in Nigeria, where a Christian priest leads an impassioned seance over the young man that has all of the fire and brimstone of an exorcism. Just visiting Nigeria feels ...  

Catholic Priest

Diocese: Catholic priest charged with sex crimes was cleared in 2005

Detroit Free PressDetroit Free Press - Mar 9, 2018
Rev. Robert DeLand of St. Agnes Church in Freeland was cleared following a 2005 investigation into suspicion of possible molestation.  

Catholic Bishop

Utah Catholic bishop becomes key face in interfaith scene

Crux: Covering all things CatholicCrux: Covering all things Catholic - Mar 11, 2018
Utah Catholic bishop becomes key face in interfaith scene. In Associated Press, Church in the US · Associated Press. Mar 11, 2018. Utah Catholic bishop becomes key face in interfaith scene. Catholic Bishop Oscar A. Solis looks through the order for the ...  

Catholic Pope

Dr. Marlen Junck, 75

Iowa City Press CitizenIowa City Press Citizen - Mar 5, 2018
He was a devout Catholic. Pope John Paul II named him a Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and served on the board of directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center ...  

Protestant Pastor

USCIRF condemns Turkey's indictment against American Pastor Brunson

Stockholm Center for FreedomStockholm Center for Freedom - Mar 14, 2018
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Tuesday issued a statement condemning an indictment filed by a Turkish prosecutor charging US citizen Andrew Brunson, a Protestant pastor who has lived in Turkey for 23 years leading a ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Rabbi With ALS Gets 10,000 Birthday Presents From 15 Countries ...

Chabad.orgChabad.org - Feb 22, 2018
Ten thousand people in 15 countries, like this group in Pittsburgh, did extra mitzvahs to honor the 46th birthday of Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, who has ALS. Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz has ALS and can no longer walk or talk, but that hasn't stopped him from ...  

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