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#NamaSlay, Or How Black Women Are Using Trap Yoga as a Mode of Spiritual Resistance | Religion Dispatches

As rapper Future mumbled over the speakers, I exhaled and crouched down for a very shaky approximation of a warrior pose. This was my first trap yoga class, and I was determined not to look like the novice I was.

Studio 262 is a recent addition to South Los Angeles. Blocks away from the University of Southern California, the new space is becoming a hub for students as well as locals. Among their many class offerings, the one that caught my eye was trap yoga.

Trap yoga involves doing vinyasa flows to the beat of trap music, a bass-filled, gritty sub-genre of hip hop that originated in the South. It’s become somewhat of a gateway for people of color who wouldn’t feel at ease in typical yoga spaces, which are usually predominantly white and upper-class. Vaguely familiar with the practice from social media—where a search of the #trapyoga tag on Instagram shows a variety of skin tones, genders and body types—I was eager to experience it firsthand.

Source: #NamaSlay, Or How Black Women Are Using Trap Yoga as a Mode of Spiritual Resistance | Religion Dispatches

My Body, My Life – Lion’s Roar

For me, practicing mindfulness is about showing up in the best way possible in my body and in my life.

As an authorized lama in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, I am trained in Mahamudra, a system of meditation and philosophy that is concerned with revealing the true nature of mind and phenomena. Mahamudra emphasizes calm abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana) meditation. Calm abiding is learning to allow the mind to be as thoughts, emotions, and perceptions flow in and out. Insight is the practice of discerning what the mind is by exploring and analyzing phenomena of mind. Training in the initial stages of calm abiding is essentially mindfulness training, and it is taught that without the stability derived from concentrated calm abiding practice, insight meditation would be difficult.

Source: My Body, My Life – Lion’s Roar

Religious Crowd Gathers in Support of Women’s March – World Religion News

PEOPLE OF FAITH STOOD IN UNITY AT WOMEN’S MARCH IN WASHINGTON D.C.

The early morning hours of January 21 saw large gatherings of women and men in Washington D.C. carrying around signs stating “Love Trumps Hate” and “I’m With Her.” The gathering was part of the much-awaited Women’s March on Washington 2017.

Source: Religious Crowd Gathers in Support of Women’s March – World Religion News

The Japanese Festival of the Dead: Obon – World Religion News

Rituals and traditions of the Buddhist Obon Festival.
Obon or Bon is the Japanese festival celebrated to honor the dead and spirits of their ancestors. It is the equivalent of the Western or Christian’s All Soul’s Day except that Obon is a 3 day celebration and is marked by numerous religious and festive activities. Based on tradition, the festivity falls on the 13th to 15th day of the lunar calendar (August 13-15) but other regions, particularly those using the modern Gregorian calendar like Tokyo, will observe Obon on July 13-15. Though it’s not an official national holiday, many companies and businesses are closed allowing their employees to take a leave, be with their family and celebrate.

Source: The Japanese Festival of the Dead: Obon – World Religion News

The Dalai Lama: Why I’m hopeful about the world’s future – The Washington Post

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Since 1959, he has lived in exile in Dharamsala in northern India.

Almost six decades have passed since I left my homeland, Tibet, and became a refugee. Thanks to the kindness of the government and people of India, we Tibetans found a second home where we could live in dignity and freedom, able to keep our language, culture and Buddhist traditions alive.

Source: The Dalai Lama: Why I’m hopeful about the world’s future – The Washington Post

Japan | Kosanji Temple combines the greatest hits of Japanese Buddhist architecture

Are you ever stuck for Mother’s Day gift ideas? Why not build her a temple? That’s what Japanese businessman Kozo Kanemoto did. When his mother died in 1934, Kanemoto, who had a successful steel-pipe business in Osaka, gave up his job, grew his hair and became a Buddhist priest, renaming himself Koso Kosanji. Two years later, he founded a temple in his mother’s honour and devoted the next 30 years to its construction.

Source: Japan | Kosanji Temple combines the greatest hits of Japanese Buddhist architecture