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
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
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?
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
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