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Summary: why the Russian Orthodox Church has been a symbol of Russian pride in the years since the Soviet collapse; the 'Zen Predator' of New York; and Roshi Bernie Glassman on socially-engaged Buddhism.
The Rise of Russian Orthodoxy For many Russians, belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church is a shorthand for Russian patriotism; it's a link to an older, glorified past that goes back to 988, when the church was founded by Vladimir the Great.Credit: Press and Information Office of the President of Russia As we head into the Winter Olympics, hosted in Sochi, Russia, we'll find out why the Church helps portray a powerful Russia to the rest of the world.

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Pictured: Russian President Valdimir Putin with the rector of Christ the Savior Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sochi, Russia

Eido Shimano, the 'Zen Predator' of New York

Sexual abuse in religious institutions is often committed by the people a community trusts most – its priests, ministers, rabbis, imams. And the Zen Buddhist community is no different. A religion columnist for The New York Times tells the story of Eido Shimano, a Zen master who sexually harassed his female disciples for decades.

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Zen Buddhism: A Short Introduction We're joined by Bernie Glassman, AKA "the grandfather of socially-engaged Buddhism." He says Zen Buddhism isn't just focused on looking inward-it’s also about helping the world around you.
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Popular Q&A

Who do Zen Buddhists worship?

Like Buddhism in general, Zen Buddhists worship no god(s)
Non-Buddhists often mistakenly believe that Buddhists worship The Buddha. He is, however, just a man. His "claim to fame" is that he worked out the path to decreasing pain through the control of desire on his own, without instruction or guidance. He is revered for this, but not worshipped

What are the zen buddhist beliefs

Buddhism teaches that all human beings have the Buddha-nature, or the potential to attain enlightenment, within them.

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