Incantation – 2022 – 1 hr 50 min – Kevin Ko SARAH LOHMANN WRITES – Do you believe in blessings? Intentions and outcomes rarely equal in importance; these two are set in sequence with each other by Ronan’s monologue to the viewer at the beginning of Incantation (2022). Intentions come first, and,…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: INCANTATION (2022) – A MONSTER THAT LIVES IN YOUR HEAD
BOOK REVIEW: THE BEGINNING OF WATER (2021) BY TRAN LE KHANH
ANGELINE KEK WRITES — Time — the blanket that softly but entirely enshrouds all sensations, memories, and beings. It is pointless to write about time, that’s the intellectual equivalent of shouting into an endless void. Undeniably, to be aware of one’s existence is to learn to be comfortable with time…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: THE BEGINNING OF WATER (2021) BY TRAN LE KHANH
CHINA: A TIGHTENING CONTROL ON (ALL) RELIGIONS
LAMA AL-TAHER WRITES– The central government in China, led by President Xi Jinping, recently warned citizens not to fall for ‘spiritual anesthesia,’ or in other words, religion. Despite their condemnation, faith-based worship appears to be on the rise. With a surge in religious observance, the country is projected to have…Full Article CHINA: A TIGHTENING CONTROL ON (ALL) RELIGIONS
CHINA: MERCEDES AND THE DALAI LAMA
MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES – Tensions rose earlier this month between luxury car maker Mercedes Benz and the Chinese government, over a social media post quoting the Dalai Lama. The quote appeared on an Instagram post, but after complaints from China and Chinese Instagram users, the carmaker pulled the post and…Full Article CHINA: MERCEDES AND THE DALAI LAMA
LAOS: Crusade Against Christians, but Only a Concern in the US?
E.J. DE LARA WRITES – This past September, several villages in Laos have gained media attention from Catholic and Christian outlets for isolating and evicting Laotian Christians. Laos, known for being predominantly Buddhist, has avoided religious conflict until recently. Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom reported that several villages…Full Article LAOS: Crusade Against Christians, but Only a Concern in the US?
MYANMAR: A Buddhist Plan to Segregate Muslims
ELODIE INTROIA WRITES – Religious violence has flared in Myanmar for more than a year. Now a disturbing neo-Nazi-like movement has emerged that aims to contain the rights of minority Muslims. The man critics say is behind the effort: Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu. Wirathu’s 969 Movement has been widely described as…Full Article MYANMAR: A Buddhist Plan to Segregate Muslims
SOUTH KOREA: Buddhism Goes Bilingual
The book titled, “Open the Mind, See the Light,” by widely acknowledged Seon Zen master Ven. Jinje has been translated into English, according to The Korea Times, a huge-circulation newspaper based in Seoul. Ven. Jinje is a leading monk of the Joyge Order of Korean Buddhism and one of the…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Buddhism Goes Bilingual