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Religion and Spirituality


Carving the Buddha—the Same Way—for 1,400 Years

Source:  Tricycle To view a statue carved by the Bushi—a community of Japanese sculptors who create intricate wooden replicas of Buddhas and bodhisattvas—is to view a style of sculpture that has been virtually unchanged for nearly 1,400 years. In Yujiro Seki’s new...

“White Lotus” demystifies Buddhist monkhood

Source:  HuffPost "White Lotus," a documentary directed by Somchay Phakonkham, follows the real-life spiritual journey of a Westerner who takes on the southeast Asian tradition of temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk. The film, which had an early premiere at the...

New York Times Op-Docs: Gay and in Love at an Evangelical College

Source:  The New York Times What do you do when your relationship conflicts with your religion? This week’s New York Times Op-Doc, “Saltwater Baptism,” explores that question with disarming, understated warmth. Directed by Jared Callahan and Russell Sheaffer, the...

Seven Disturbing Documentaries on Netflix About Religion and Cults

Source:  Inverse 1.  Holy Hell (2017) 2.  The Lost Key (2014) 3.  Witches: A Century of Murder (2015) 4.  Deprogrammed (2016) 5.  Enlighten Us (2016) 6.  My Scientology Movie (2017) 7.  Jesus Camp (2006) Read the story at Inverse. Receive all of today’s stories in one...

“The Last Dalai Lama?” asks what comes next

Source:  The New York Times A surplus of wisdom and benevolence radiates from “The Last Dalai Lama?,” written and directed by Mickey Lemle, the filmmaker of “Compassion in Exile” (1993), another documentary about this Buddhist leader, who is 82. Read the story at The...

Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Movie” is now available on Netflix

Source:  Decider In 2014, Louis Theroux, an English documentary filmmaker and broadcaster, sent out a simple, inquiring tweet. “Open call to any #Scientologists out there,” he wrote. “I would love to speak to you for a documentary I am working on. About Scientology.”...

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