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Thailand's Tubby Monks to Get Nutrition Lessons

Study finds nearly half of country's monks are obese

(Newser) - Thailand's monks have been piling on too many pounds on their way to enlightenment. Authorities plan to educate the country's hundreds of thousands of Buddhist monks about healthy eating following a study that found 45% of them are obese and 40% of them suffer from diseases such as...

New on the Menu: Mindful Eating

Buddhist practice gains mainstream popularity

(Newser) - Can you imagine taking 20 minutes to eat three raisins? That's one of the exercises associated with the increasingly popular trend of "mindful eating," the New York Times reports. Mindful eating is basically meditation with food, and it started, of course, at Buddhist monasteries. But health experts...

Nepal Bans Birthday Parties for Dalai Lama

...over fears gatherings would turn anti-Chinese

(Newser) - Nepalese authorities prevented exiled Tibetans from celebrating the Dalai Lama's 76th birthday today over concerns that gatherings would turn anti-Chinese. Hundreds of riot police blocked Tibetans from entering a school on the northern edge of Katmandu where the celebrations were planned. Only students wearing school uniforms were allowed inside...

Dalai Lama Back in Washington
 Dalai Lama Back in Washington 

Dalai Lama Back in Washington

Tibetan to lead 10-day Buddhist ritual

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama has arrived in Washington, DC, for his highest-profile engagement since giving up his political role . Serving as a spiritual leader instead of a political one, the Tibetan will lead a complex 10-day Buddhist ritual called the Kalachakra, reports the Washington Post . He plans to hold low-profile meetings...

Thailand to Tourists: Quit It With the Buddha Tattoos

Thai citizens claim etching images on a non-Buddhist is culturally insensitive

(Newser) - Thailand's foreign tourists should be barred from getting Buddhist tattoos while visiting because the practice is culturally insensitive, says the country's culture ministry. Residents have complained that tattoo parlors are etching pictures of Buddha and other religious images onto the skin of non-Buddhist visitors across the country. Thailand...

Japan Resorts to Mass Graves
 Japan Resorts to Mass Graves 

Japan Resorts to Mass Graves

Quake left too many dead to cremate

(Newser) - Thanks to the earthquake, the Japanese have been forced to do a lot of something they usually avoid at all costs: burying their dead. Japan’s Buddhist traditions dictate that bodies should be cremated, and the ashes stored in family tombs; burial is outright illegal in many places. But with...

Afghan Archeologists Uncover Buddhist Site

Appeal for foreign money to protect ancient relics

(Newser) - As Western and Afghan forces battle Taliban Islamists for control of Afghanistan, archaeologists have discovered major relics of the country's Buddhist past in an area south of Kabul. The artifacts date back at least to the 5th century AD, and possibly to the era before Christ. "There is a...

Surprising Celebrity Buddhists
 Surprising Celebrity Buddhists 
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Surprising Celebrity Buddhists

Tiger isn't the only big-shot who practices Buddhism

(Newser) - Tiger Woods shocked many by mentioning Buddhism in his televised mea culpa. "People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist,” he said. "I drifted away from it in recent years." He's not the only big-shot Buddhist around, the Daily Beast notes. Here are...

Dalai Lama: Faith Can Help You Find Self-Discipline, Tiger Woods...

... Whoever you are

(Newser) - A day after Tiger Woods said he had strayed from his Buddhist faith, the Dalai Lama had some advice for the golfer: self-discipline is among Buddhism's highest values. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said that he had not heard of Woods, but when the circumstances were explained to him he said...

Monks Sell Mantras With Hip-Hop and Booze

Japanese Buddhists court young with shows, bars

(Newser) - In an effort to draw new converts, a group of Japanese monks has turned to an oddly un-Buddhist method: alcohol and rap. Calling the strategy "Buddhism 2010," monk Kansho Tagai, who is content to be known by his new street name, Mr. Happiness, says that Japanese Buddhism is...

Brit Hume: Tiger Woods Advice 'Not Proselytizing'
 Brit Hume: Tiger Woods 
 Advice 'Not Proselytizing' 

Brit Hume: Tiger Woods Advice 'Not Proselytizing'

He defends comments on Buddhism, Christianity to Bill O'Reilly

(Newser) - Tiger Woods “needs something that Christianity especially provides and gives and offers, and that is redemption and forgiveness,” Brit Hume told Bill O’Reilly last night—while adamantly denying his Sunday night exhortation to the golfer was proselytizing. Even so, if Woods were to convert, it “would...

Hume to Tiger Woods: It's Time to Find Christ
 Hume to Tiger Woods: 
 It's Time to Find Christ 
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Hume to Tiger Woods: It's Time to Find Christ

Hume says golfer needs Christianity to win redemption

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' Buddhist faith just isn't good enough if the troubled golfer wants to make a "total recovery" from the sex scandal plaguing him, Brit Hume said last night on Fox and Friends. Buddhism, Hume claims, can't offer "forgiveness and redemption," so Woods should "turn to...

A-Rod Finds Religion ... Again
 A-Rod Finds Religion ... Again 

A-Rod Finds Religion ... Again

Alex Rodriguez tries Buddhism on for size, thanks to Kate Hudson

(Newser) - It seems only yesterday Alex Rodriguez was dabbling in Kabbalah to please galpal Madonna. But those days are over, and the Yankees slugger has moved on to a new woman and a new religion. The “religious chameleon,” as one pal calls him, is now flirting with Buddhism to...

Honor the Dalai Lama: Replace Him With a Girl
Honor the Dalai Lama: Replace Him With a Girl

Honor the Dalai Lama: Replace Him With a Girl

Next reincarnation of the Buddha ought to be a woman

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama’s work for peace has been so widely praised that it’s almost obscured his wonderful work as a feminist. He has worked tirelessly for women, seeking to raise their position in Tibetan society, writes Amy Yee for Double X. He even suggested, scandalously, that his next...

Turkish Game Show Tries to Convert Atheists

Imams, priests, rabbis, and monks given chance to convert unbelievers live on TV

(Newser) - This was probably only a matter of time: A Turkish game show starting this fall will bring on 10 atheists per show and give holy men from four faiths the chance to convert them, the Guardian reports. A Muslim imam, a Greek Orthodox priest, a rabbi, and a Buddhist monk...

Boy Chosen by Dalai Lama Abandons Buddhism

Spanish-born Lama says order 'was like living a lie'

(Newser) - When he was still a toddler, Osel Hita Torres was brought from Spain to an Indian monastery, where the Dalai Lama proclaimed him the reincarnation of one of Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leaders. But Torres, now 24, has abandoned the order and returned to Spain, where he studies film and says...

Taiwanese Med Students Honor Cadaver Donors

(Newser) - A Taiwanese medical school is responding to the island nation’s shortage of cadavers for study by bringing the family of the deceased fully into the program, the Wall Street Journal reports. At Tzu Chi University, medical students meet with donors' families and even compose poems to their “silent...

No Time For Faith? Try a Podcast

Practitioners of all stripes distill religious teaching for on-the-go Americans

(Newser) - Overscheduled Americans are fueling a boom in devotional books and media that mete out bite-sized doses of faith, the Los Angeles Times reports. An editor at a Christian book house calls its One Minute Bible “a ready-made, quick little devotion they can do every day.” But it’s...

Tibetans Push Lama Toward Harder Stance on China

Even leader sees that time's running out on non-confrontational 'middle way'

(Newser) - Tibetans still support the Dalai Lama’s “middle way” policy of negotiating for greater autonomy under Chinese rule, the Christian Science Monitor reports, but a conference of Tibetan exiles that ended today in India revealed many are growing impatient with Beijing’s endless foot-dragging. Members of the conference said...

Dalai Lama Breezes Through Gall Stone Surgery

Operation follows latest trip back to hospital with abdominal pain

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama underwent gall stone surgery today in India after he was rushed to a hospital again suffering from abdominal pain, reports the Times of London. The 73-year-old spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists spent four days in a hospital with similar pains in August. The operation went off "...

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