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Kushil Gunasekera: ‘The More You Give, the More Will Be Yours to Give’

This article was originally published by The Arrow Journal, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. “I want to be one of the nicest human beings that this earth …

Sonic Fields of Protection in Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Pandemic

In a piece for the Asia Research Institute, CRCC’s Nalika Gajaweera and fellow anthropologist Neena Mahadev examine how for Sinhala Buddhists, pirit recitations serve to channel Dharmic energies and intentions during the COVID-19 …

Spiritual Leadership in Myanmar

I visited Yangon for the first time in January 2020, and from the airport tarmac into its downtown, the city had been signposted with billboards of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s face. She …

The Mothers of the Righteous Society: Lay Buddhist Women as Agents of the Sinhala Nationalist Imagery

The following is an excerpt of an article by Nalika Gajaweera published in the Journal of Global Buddhism. Read the full article on globalbuddhism.org. Discussions about the gendered experience of Buddhism, especially …

Swami Agnivesh: One of His Final Interviews in Caravan Magazine

This interview was originally published in The Caravan, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It has been edited and condensed. *** On 11 September, Agnivesh, a swami in the Arya …

Indira Ranamagar: Nepalese Women in Prison Turn to Ama

This article was originally published in Indian Country Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Our aunties are the same all over the world. They are the “go to” women …

Samuel Chu: Hong Kong Issues Warrant for an American Citizen, Activist and Pastor’s Son

This article was originally published by Religion News Service and GroundTruth, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  On the morning of July 31, Samuel Chu, a Hong Kong …

Masue Katayama: Changing Nursing Care Industry in Japan with Kindness

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. YOKOHAMA, Japan (RNS) — In what used to be an elementary school in …

Chao-hwei Shih: Buddhist Nun Leads Asia’s Fight for Gay Marriage

This article was originally published in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  BUDDHIST MASTER THE VENERABLE Chao-hwei Shih beamed at two 30-year-old brides kneeling before her …

RNS: India’s pioneering transgender activist defends gains in pandemic

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  KOLKATA, India (RNS) — Well past midnight one day in late June, Ranjita Sinha, a …

Tuenjai Deetes: Eliminating Statelessness in Thailand

This article was originally published in Southeast Asia Globe, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  The week started with an unexpected long, warm hug. Thai people usually do not hug …

Swami Agnivesh: How One Hindu Monk’s “Inner Evolution” Fuels Social Justice Work

This article was originally published in The Christian Science Monitor, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  This past November, in a small hamlet in the Indian state of …

RNS: Indian Priest Warner D’Souza Makes The Kitchen His Pulpit Amidst the Pandemic

This article was originally published in Religion News Service with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. MUMBAI, India (RNS) — From his kitchen in a suburb of North Mumbai, 50-year-old Catholic …

Ashin Issariya: Leading the Charge Against Militant Buddhism

This article was originally published in New Statesman, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  January is the cool, dry season of traveling sermons in Myanmar, where members of …

Creating Human-centric Nursing Homes in Japan

This article was originally published in Inkline, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Masue Katayama, an 80-year-old social entrepreneur, has spent her entire life, changing the childcare and nursing care …

Fachruddin Mangunjaya: Fusing Faith, Education and Environmentalism

This article was originally published in Global Landscapes Forum, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When Fachruddin Mangunjaya was researching his master’s dissertation in 2006 on attitudes toward …

Tuenjai Deetes: Helping the Stateless in Thailand

This video was published in DW Women, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  IMPACT: Tuenjai Deetes Standing up for tribal communities and making sure that they have a …

The Diplomat: South Korea’s Megachurches

South Korean megachurches are growing and innovating, despite a competitive Korean religious market, reported The Diplomat, in a story about CRCC-sponsored research. Despite many church-related controversies like sex scandals and embezzlement, church …

Korean Papers Cover Seoul Conference on Religious Competition and Creative Innovation

CRCC’s research partners in Seoul, South Korea hosted a conference for the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project, inviting scholars from around the world to discuss the themes of the project. Korean …

Religious Competition and Creative Innovation Around the Globe at Seoul Conference

CRCC researchers went to Seoul, South Korea for a conference on Religious Competition and Creative Innovation. Seoul serves as a comparison city to Los Angeles for the CRCC project, and the Seoul …