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Three Poems, by Mark Nepo

Heavy drops, carrying more | than they can bear, fall from no- | where, bending leaves already | sagging, and one by one, | the leaves let go.




Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore


Ecstasy of St Theresa (detail), by Gianlorenzo Bernini, 1652. Photo by Nina Aldin Thune

Parabola Podcast Episode 25: The Beloved

This episode of Parabola’s free monthly podcast includes Mirabai Starr’s meditation on divine love “Longing for the Beloved” and Linda McCarriston’s poem “Riding Out At Evening.”

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Parabola Podcast Episode 24: “Forgiveness”

This episode of Parabola’s free monthly podcast includes editor Tracy Cochran’s wisdom about forgiveness in the new year, as well as Jenny Koralek’s retelling of the story of the crucifixion from the points of view of Elizabeth and Mary.

Parabola Podcast Episode 23: "Families"

Parabola Podcast Episode 23: “Families”

Story Editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from Parabola magazine’s latest issue, “Families,” including a Hindu tale retold by Rama Devagupta and Mark Nepo’s moving essay “The Great Teacher.”

A Holy man in meditation

Parabola Podcast, Episode 22: Gratitude

“Never underestimate the gift of exhaustion, that just for a moment you’re not thinking.” – Tracy Cochran Parabola editor Tracy Cochran leads a guided meditation at the Rubin Museum of Art, and the podcast looks […]

Book Reviews

The Hidden Third

The Hidden Third

“The greatest responsibility of all: the transmission of the mystery.” —Basarab Nicolescu


Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature

As contemporary life becomes more and more fragmented and unsustainable, many individuals are left perplexed and searching for more complete and sustainable models to understand themselves and their place in the world around them. […]

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Author Colin Wilson (1931–2013) was a lucky man in many ways. His luck continues after his death, with Gary Lachman’s biography Beyond the Robot, which is likely to be both the most comprehensive and the most favorable treatment Wilson will ever receive.

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