Death and death in Japanese Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

Remember the dead on Yamadera. Image courtesy of the author In two of my previous essays for this column, I discussed death rites * and conceptions of death ** in Japanese Buddhism. I was recently invited to the Isehara campus of Tōkai University to discuss these conceptions of death in Japanese religions with students and […]

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Caodaism (Dao Cao Dai) Religious Beliefs

Beautiful interior of the central house and Holy See of the Cao Dai faith in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. Editorial credit: RM Nunes / Shutterstock.com. Caodaism, also known as Cao Dai, was founded in Vietnam in 1926 as a mixture of several other religions including Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. This belief system began in […]

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Cheondoism (Chondoism): Beliefs and Origins

The Cheondoism Building in Seoul, South Korea. Editorial credit: ARTYOORAN / Shutterstock.com. Cheondoism, also known as Chondoism, is a relatively young religious movement that surfaced in Korea during the 1900s. It has its roots in the Donghak movement of the 1860s which focused on Eastern learning as a medium to rebel against Western learning. Followers […]


Views in the United States and Japan

In recent months, several states have passed sweeping anti-abortion legislation, including some of the most restrictive laws since abortion became legal under the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, in an attempt to take legal action against a new generation of Tories. judges who could overturn the 1973 ruling. Overall, the pro-life activism behind […]

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How to Find the Best Resources (Opinion)

Marisa Fasciano is an education consultant for Tanenbaum Center for Interfaith Understanding. Recently, we have witnessed a widespread need among educators and administrators at all levels for classroom resources to help teach religious diversity. For example, when we did our Religions in my neighborhood program available for free, requests poured in. A Kansas kindergarten teacher […]