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Buddhadharma: Reclaiming Our So-Called “Cultural Baggage”

This article was originally published by Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. You can often hear Western meditation-based convert circles use the term “cultural baggage” to refer to the ritualized acts, cosmological ideas, and …

Bishop Isaiah: The Bishop, the Art school and the Conflict Zone

This article was originally published on Eurasianet, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  In the village of Zemo Nikozi, reminders of the 2008 war are hard to hide. …

Creating Safe(r) Spaces for Mindfulness of Breath: Experiences of Race in American Mindfulness

CRCC’s Nalika Gajaweera presented her research on how people of color experience race in mindfulness communities that are predominantly white at the Buddhism and Breath Summit. The Buddhism and Breath Summit was …

An Interfaith Dialogue on the Crisis Care Needs of Faith Communities

Faith leaders share about the behavioral health crises affecting diverse faith communities and the critical role they play as a support system during times of crisis. This panel was a part of …

Why the Black Church Should Support Asian Lives Matter

The below post was originally published by The Christian Recorder and The LA Sentinel. The Rev. Mark Whitlock wrote it with Hyepin Im, CEO of FACE and an alum of the USC …

Why a Complaint Collective in Buddhist Studies?

CRCC Fellow Ann Gleig discusses speaks as a part of a series called Step Forward, in which scholars of Buddhist Studies discuss the academic culture of the field, focusing primarily on histories …

#BuddhistCultureWars: Buddhabros, Alt-Right Dharma, and Snowflake Sanghas

This article appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism Vol 22, No 1 (2021) and was co-authored by Ann Gleig and Brenna Artinger. Abstract While often associated with a liberal demographic, the …

Sitting in the Fire Together: People of Color Cultivating Radical Resilience in North American Insight Meditation

This article appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism’s Special Issue on Buddhism and Resilience, Vol 22, No 1 (2021), co-edited by Nalika Gajaweera.  Abstract Drawing upon ethnographic research conducted in California …

Journal of Global Buddhism: Special Issue on Buddhism and Resilience

Nalika Gajaweera co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Global Buddhism on Buddhism and Resilience with Darcie DeAngelo. Below is an excerpt of their introduction along with a list of articles …

Umar Hakim: Humanitarian Day Reborn for a Ramadan in a Pandemic

This article was originally published in The Washington Post and Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Last year, Ramadan ended just days before the murder …

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard on Chauvin Trial

Religious leaders anticipated and responded to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center …

In Wake of Chauvin Trial, What Can Faith Leaders Learn From the Rodney King LA Civil Unrest?

This article was originally published in Religion News Service and The Washington Post. As the U.S. reacts to the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, many are wary of violence …

Showing Up! Female Faith Leadership in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This post was originally published on the Berkley Forum, as part of a series on Gender, Religion and COVID-19. As a female pastor and community faith leader, I found myself called to …

Sojourners Magazine: Can Churches Earn the Trust of Young Racial Justice Activists?

Religious adherence may be on the decline among young people, but activists in the racial justice movement remain animated by spiritual practices, Sojourners magazine reported. The article quotes CRCC’s Hebah Farrag and …

White Christian nationalism and the next wave of political violence

This article was originally published by The Hill. There was a brief period when Republicans appeared to reject Trumpism. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned the insurrectionists as “terrorists, not patriots,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the seditionists were …

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 …

It’s Black History Month, But Do Black Families Feel Like Celebrating?

This interview was originally published in USC News. As a program manager for the USC’s Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard combines her experience as a pastor and …

Nica Aquino: Searching for Home

Ironically, hope for the Kalinga way of life may be found far from Lubuagan and the Chico River, in the outposts of the Filipino diaspora. For example, one of Cirilo “Sapi” Bawer’s …

Predictions 2021: An Uphill Struggle

As we do around this time each new year, we at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) are going to make some predictions for 2021. Even though the world …

Transforming the American Sangha: Race, Racism and Diversity in North American Insight Meditation

North American Insight Meditation institutions, rooted in the Vipassana tradition of Theravada Buddhism, are often seen as liberal, inclusive multicultural spaces committed to welcoming diverse constituencies into their communities. The research undertaken …