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Matthew C. Weiner is an Associate Dean in the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University.

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The Real Mover Is Love: A Conversation About Community Service With the Dalai Lama

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Last week His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came to Princeton University and met with a select group of students to discuss part of the University's informal motto, "In the service of all nations." The motto was coined by Woodrow Wilson, and is the aspirational tag line, if you will,...

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An Interfaith Buddhist Response to the Ground Zero Protests

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 4:42 AM

Liberals and conservatives have chosen sides over the Muslim community center near Ground Zero and plan to use the anniversary of September 11 as their battlefield. Abortion polemics are out; the debate over Islam is in. And so, come this Saturday, there will be two massive demonstrations: one protesting the...

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The Faithful Search: A Civics Primer for Real Patriots

(398) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 11:07 AM

Cordoba House, the proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero, appears to have catalyzed a national crisis of faith. Laurie Goodstein's article in the New York Times, "Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition" documents at least three demonstrations against proposed mosques in Temecula, CA, Sheboygan, WI, and...

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Religion in the Public Schools: A Story about Civics in the Bronx and Queens

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 7:45 AM

Why should students at a predominantly Latino public High School in the South Bronx learn about religion? And what happens when fifty of these students take a field trip to visit Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims in Queens? As it turns out, the result is a mixture of controlled chaos, curiosity,...

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Talking with the Enemy

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 10:23 PM

The Dalai Lama Talks with Chinese Leaders in New York


While governments negotiate about negotiations, debate who they can talk to, and enforce hard parameters for diplomatic discussions, the world's preeminent Buddhist leader does things differently.

Yesterday in Midtown Manhattan His Holiness the Dalai Lama met...

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Unexpected Karmic Consequences

(91) Comments | Posted May 3, 2009 | 2:49 PM

When the Dalai Lama comes to New York this week, he will be flooded by an onslaught of Buddhists and spiritual seekers. His popularity, and the interest in Buddhism, has grown exponentially since the 1960's through an overwhelmingly liberal excitement over non violence and spiritual exploration. But the Dalai Lama...

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Domestic Violence, Islam, and the Unexpected Response

(20) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 10:09 PM

As we should know by now, domestic violence is a crime that afflicts all communities, be them rich or poor, black or white, and regardless of their faith background. Still, the Muslim community in America suffers disproportionately. Or so many Muslims in New York believe. If a Jew or Christian...

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Obama's Interfaith Score Card

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 3:10 PM

Obama gets a "B" for his first interfaith outing. Not bad for a beginner, so let's give him an "A" for effort.

First, let's look at the things he did right. The service at the National Cathedral was the first real religiously plural function of its kind. He included a...

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