Buddhism

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 […]

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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 […]