July 2018

For life’s big questions, Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns try a scientific approach (dailygood.org)

Where do compassion and empathy come from? What makes life sentient? Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns have grappled with these questions for centuries but, for the first time in their history, they are using science to help find the answers. This summer, as they have the past several years, professors from across the United States and elsewhere are traveling to three major Tibetan monastic universities in Southern India to train monastics in the philosophy of science, physics, biology, and...

Thai boys rescued from cave consider ordaining as Buddhist monks (lionsroar.com)

After learning to meditate while trapped in a flooded cave for 10 days, the Wild Boars soccer team may become monks to honor the diver who died during their rescue. The 12 boys who were trapped in a flooded cave system in northern Thailand said at a press conference that they are considering becoming novice monks as a tribute to Saman Kunan, the 38-year-old former Thai Navy Seal who died during rescue efforts. At the press conference , the boys and their 25-year-old coach, Ekapol...

Soil-to-Sanctuary: Black Churches, Powerful Cultural Forces, Set Their Sights on Food Security

“We feel that apolitical and ‘color-blind’ approaches to addressing food inequity fly in the face of the statistics, which clearly show that Black people are disproportionately impacted in a negative way by food apartheid, environmental racism, and discrimination in planning and public policy,” says Brown. “To ignore these realities in [so-called] food justice work is a gross miscalculation at best.” ...

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