I took my dog, Jake, out for a walk in the park this morning. The wind was cold, and the trees were icy and barren. Jake didn’t care how cold it was. Immediately, he shot like a rocket […]
From thy long sleep,
Slumberer, wake at my call! […]
The Hindu spiritual teacher known as Amma (“Mother”), or Mata Amritanandamayi, was born to a family of fishermen in southern India in 1953. Today she is popularly known as the “hugging saint” for her practice […]
“The true feminine is the receptacle of love. The true masculine is the spirit that goes into the eternal unknown in search of meaning. The great container, the Self, is paradoxically both male and female […]
A Report on the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.
As the following passage begins, Jesus of Nazareth, here called Yeshua, is suffering on the cross, attended by several including his mother, Mary, here known as Maryam, and Elizabeth, cousin to Maryam and mother of John the Baptist. It is […]
A review of “George Adie: A Gurdjieff Pupil in Australia” by Jeff Zaleski
A podcast from Parabola Editor, Tracy Cochran’s mindfulness meditation talk at the Rubin Museum of Art on January 6th, 2016.
Life is hard. Even in the most fortunate lives, not at war or in physical pain and danger, there is suffering in the mind. Why? Life won’t stay still. […]
Many things in the Philokalia are said about “passions.” This word has not quite the same meaning as it has in ordinary language […]
Dreams and art are the smoke signals connecting the one tribe over time. Stories and myths do the same. Often we are so greatly taxed by circumstance that we lose the larger view of time […]
“By embarking on the spiritual path, an aspirant is attempting to encounter silence firsthand. This is the quintessential journey in life–the inner sojourn. […]
When you accept the state of being a stranger, you are no longer a stranger. […]
In 1986, Parabola conducted an interview with Father Bede Griffiths entitled “The Silent Guide” in our Spring issue: “The Witness.” […]
One August day recently in northern California, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sat down with Parabola to speak about free will and destiny.
“Does mind exist?” asks neuroscientist Daniel Siegel, as he opens a two-day conference on his favorite subject […]
Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest cliff, from darkened footpath to […]
One August day recently in Northern California, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sat down with Parabola in to speak about free will and destiny. The English-born Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi mystic and lineage holder in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi […]
Es difícil para la mayoría de nosotros creer que ambos ángeles y demonios se mezclan con los humanos en la Tierra […]
Era un lluvioso y helado atardecer de diciembre en Manhattan unos días antes de Navidad. Esperaba bajo una llovizna persistente el autobús de la Sexta Avenida para que nos llevara a mi y a mis […]
The first issue of Stopinder: A Gurdjieff Journal for Our Time appeared in the year 2000. […]
When two ecologists and biologists, who have spent a year together exploring the wisdom hidden in ancient Egyptian temples, decide to share their discoveries about awakening higher consciousness […]
More than three-quarters of the way through this extraordinary biography (though that label barely captures this book’s breadth and richness) of the scholar of religion Huston Smith …
Director Justin Kurzel’s 2015 adaptation of Macbeth is the Scottish play at its best: deeply wicked with a brutal sense of immediacy. […]
J.M. Barrie once said, “Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.” In Pixar’s latest cinematic creation, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is a typical 10-year-old living in a small Midwestern town. She loves her family, friends, hockey and goofing around. …
Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.
From the Photographer: I began to seriously consider a project about Lake View Cemetery shortly after I finished my book about Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Akron, Ohio), in 1999. Within walking distance of where […]
Brian first studied the history of photography and Black & White printing in 1985 with Teacher and Mentor William Abranowicz at Parsons New York City. …
When I was young the silk
of my mind
hard as a peony head […]
As my prayer become more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent. […]
There are many windows through
which we can look out into the
world, searching for meaning …
“The Fir-Tree” (Danish: “Grantræet”) is a short story for children by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. […]
We sit on our heels on the tatami, the Japanese woman and myself, telling the stories of our lives. One can do this with a stranger. Too near, and the perspective is lost. Only the […]
Two strangers, vehicles of the miraculous
Tracy Cochran, the editorial director of Parabola will lead a session in mindfulness meditation at The Rubin Museum on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 between 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.