Dalai Lama Speaks on Reincarnation, Sadness, and the Continued Need for Nonviolence

 A 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara image and the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama told Indian journalist Vijay Kranti in a recent interview that his reincarnation would certainly not fall into Chinese hands so that he could continue to work on behalf of the Tibetan people. As 2019 mark 60 years of life as a refugee in India, the spiritual leader spoke this month of his sadness, his hopes, the importance of continued nonviolence in the Tibet freedom movement, and why he is thankful to the Chinese government.

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Religious freedom summit opens with stories of religious violence and resilience

Ministerial Advance Religious Freedom

Ministerial Advance Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The rabbi of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, site of an October mass shooting, tries to avoid using the word “hate” and wishes others would do the same.

A Muslim man who lost his wife in the March attack on his New Zealand mosque urges love for every human being.

A Christian woman from Sri Lanka hopes religious leaders will remain compassionate even in the wake of terrorist bombings that killed Christians attending Easter services in the spring.

All three spoke at the opening of the State Department’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Tuesday (July 16). They shared first-person stories of violence against houses of worship — and resilience of survivors — that help fuel the department’s goal to enhance religious liberty across the globe.

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Untold story of brutal rise of militant Buddhism: ‘It is our duty to fight’

Monks Praying in temple

Monks in Sri LankaGINTOTA, Sri Lanka: The Buddhist abbot was sitting cross-legged in his monastery, fulminating against the evils of Islam, when the petrol bomb exploded within earshot. But the abbot, the Venerable Ambalangoda Sumedhananda Thero, barely registered the blast. Waving away the mosquitoes swarming the night air in the southern Sri Lankan town of Gintota, he continued his tirade: Muslims were violent, he said, Muslims were rapacious.

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The photograph of a drowned Salvadoran migrant and his daughter provoked a global outcry. That’s not enough

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughterOn the morning of 17 January 2018 a humanitarian group, No More Deaths, released a report showing how, over four years, US border patrol agents had destroyed 3,856 gallons of water that had been left for migrants in the desert.That afternoon, Scott Warren, a No More Deaths volunteer, was arrested for bringing food, water, bedding and clean clothes to two men who had entered the country illegally. He found them in an area where 32 bodies had been recovered in the previous year alone. Charged with conspiracy to transport and harbour migrants, he faced up to 20 years in prison. Earlier this month his trial ended in a hung jury.

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Peace forum: “there must be no more war on the Korean Peninsula”

Participants of the Ecumenical Forum on Korean peninsula in Bangkok. Photo: NCCK

An Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, held 10-12 July in Bangkok, has issued a communique that reiterates calls for peace and outlines possible steps toward renewed dialogue.

The forum drew 46 participants from 11 countries, including delegations from the Korean Christian Federation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and from the National Council of Churches in the Republic of Korea.

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WCC trains students for interreligious dialogue

Interreligious Studies at Bossey Institute

Young students from all over the world were welcomed to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland on Tuesday for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies.

The theme of the 2018/2019 academic year is “Engaging for just and participatory societies – belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”. The distance learning component of the course started three weeks ago. It brings together students from the three Abrahamic religions to learn more about each other’s religions and enhance their understanding of today’s multicultural society.

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WCC, IJCIC agree to restore formal relations, strengthen communication

WCC Staff with IJCCThe World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) have met formally on 25-27 June in Paris. This meeting, under the theme “The normalization of hatred: challenges for Jews and Christians today,” took place at a time of challenges both to religious life in general and to each of our communities in their various contexts,” reads a communiqué released by the two groups.

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Religious and worldview studies in schools can help strengthen social cohesion

Social Cohesion MindmapSINGAPORE – Having a religious studies curriculum in schools can bolster social cohesion, by helping young people develop a positive outlook of those from other faiths, experts said at an interfaith conference in Singapore on Friday (June 21).

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