After the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional for a Buddhist prisoner to be executed without spiritual counsel while other prisoners receive such counsel, Texas has banned all spiritual counselors in execution chambers.
The case hinged on the question of whether or not the center qualified as a religious facility, given that the center advertised it’s programs as open to members of all religions.
Patrick Murphy has practiced Pure Land Buddhism for ten years, and says he wants to have his spiritual advisor present to chant with him while he dies.
Shinzo Zen Meditation Center in St. Louis, Missouri has found a new home in the basement of Centenary Church.
The Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tennessee is building a new Tibetan Buddhist temple near downtown Nashville.
Roughly 633 people — many impacted by Hurricane Harvey — received free medical care at a Buddhist temple in Houston.
“We are facilitating recovery with love and care,” reads the organization’s website.