Conversations

To Go Beyond Thought, an Interview with Karen Armstrong

Parabola EditorsSep 9, 202213 min read

One bright spring day, Parabola met with Karen Armstrong  in her suite at the Parker Meridian hotel in Manhattan.  The petite, friendly 62-year-old British ex-nun, arguably the most influential commentator on religion in the English-speaking world, was on tour to…

The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

In the following passage from his new autobiography, Becoming Who You Are, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) relates to David Kopacz, M.D., some of his extraordinary shamanic experiences.– The Editors Some people call me a shaman or a medicine man.…

Wonder is a Level Within Us: A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat

Wonder is a Level Within Us: A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat

Roger Lipsey and Kenneth KrushelJan 30, 202214 min read

Parabola reached out recently, via a Zoom link, to Raphael Shuchat at his home in Israel. We had met him with his family at a vacation spot in upstate New York in summer 2021, not far from his original home…

Make This Moment a Diamond

Make This Moment a Diamond

Jon Pepper and Patrizia De LiberoJan 30, 202221 min read

Father Guidalberto Bormolini asks people to take a new view of death—and life. After training as a lute maker, he became a priest and monk and studied extensively about both ancient and modern spiritual and religious teachings. He has created…

Pure Gold

Pure Gold

Margaret WolffNov 3, 202115 min read

The Bhagavad Gita—the “Song of Spirit”—has been a living scripture and moral doctrine, a veritable “golden rule” of Indian civilization for thousands of years. Its seven-hundred verses are a sacred dialogue between the Lord Krishna in his role as Cosmic…

Make This Moment a Diamond

Make This Moment a Diamond

Jon Pepper and Patrizia De LiberoJan 30, 202221 min read

Father Guidalberto Bormolini asks people to take a new view of death—and life. After training as a lute maker, he became a priest and monk and studied extensively about both…

Moving Toward Hope: A Conversation with Elaine Pagels

Moving Toward Hope: A Conversation with Elaine Pagels

Sam MoweJan 29, 202020 min read

Gospel of Thomas and The Secret Book of John. Codex II The Nag Hammadi manuscript. 2011 As a young scholar, Elaine Pagels breathed new life into the dusty subject of…

Grace is Here!, A Conversation with Ram Dass

Grace is Here!, A Conversation with Ram Dass

David UlrichMay 18, 201713 min read

Ram Dass. Photograph by David Ulrich Recently we had the opportunity to visit and interview Ram Dass in his home amidst the exceptional natural beauty of the…

Common Sense, An Interview with Peter Kingsley

Common Sense, An Interview with Peter Kingsley

Parabola EditorsNov 1, 201615 min read

From Parabola Volume 31, No. 1, “Coming To Our Senses,” Spring 2006. This issue is available to purchase here. If you have enjoyed this piece, consider subscribing. OVER 2,500 YEARS AGO,…

The Tree of Life, An Interview with Wangari Maathai

The Tree of Life, An Interview with Wangari Maathai

Parabola EditorsJan 24, 20179 min read

Green Belt Movement tree nursery in Tumutumu Hills, Kenya. Photograph by Ariel Poster In the Fall of 2007, Parabola sat down with Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari…

We Are All Witnesses: An Interview with Elie Wiesel

We Are All Witnesses: An Interview with Elie Wiesel

Roger LipseyJul 3, 201618 min read

Wiesel in 1987 (Wikipedia) Elie Wiesel died Saturday, July 2, 2016 at his home in Manhattan. The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner was 87.…

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

ThanissaraOct 28, 201914 min read

Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa, from Zimbabwe, was born a Svikiro (in Shona, his native tongue), a carrier of many earth and water spirits, and a Mondhoro (Lion), one who is…

Awakening in the Yard D Sangha

Awakening in the Yard D Sangha

James GrossJan 31, 20219 min read

As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home. —Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry The premise behind the Buddhist precepts is freedom from suffering,…

Exploring the Frontiers of Science: A Conversation with Leo Piilonen

Exploring the Frontiers of Science: A Conversation with Leo Piilonen

Jim MetznerFeb 26, 201715 min read

I’ve interviewed hundreds of scientists and engineers. Typically there are no surprises. The scientists are happy to share what they know, more or less by rote. Every once in a…

The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

In the following passage from his new autobiography, Becoming Who You Are, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) relates to David Kopacz, M.D., some of his extraordinary shamanic experiences.– The Editors…

Worshipping Illusions: An Interview with Marion Woodman

Worshipping Illusions: An Interview with Marion Woodman

Parabola EditorsApr 13, 201930 min read

Emil Nolde, Dance Around The Golden Calf, 1910 Marion Woodman (1928-2018) has left us a rich legacy of material for those in search of understanding feminine…

How to Open Ourselves Out: A Conversation with Abhijata Iyengar

How to Open Ourselves Out: A Conversation with Abhijata Iyengar

Annie SchlifferJul 28, 20188 min read

BKS Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar Exploring yoga with the guru’s granddaughter In January 2018 I went to study yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in…

To Feel the Love: A Conversation with Barry Svigals

To Feel the Love: A Conversation with Barry Svigals

Jeff ZaleskiAug 1, 201618 min read

Main Entry Perspective, new-Sandy Hook School How do you heal from sorrow beyond compare? In the beautiful woods of Newtown, Connecticut, a new elementary school is…

A Touch of Divine Grace: A Conversation with Mother Teresa, by Lex Hixon

A Touch of Divine Grace: A Conversation with Mother Teresa, by Lex Hixon

Lex HixonOct 31, 20165 min read

In April 1976, Mother Teresa spoke before the United Nations. The following day, she was interviewed by spiritual teacher and radio host Lex Hixon. What follows are some of Hixon’s…