• Parabola Podcast, Episode 12: “Learning to Die”

    Parabola Podcast, Episode 12: “Learning to Die”

    Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from Brother David Steindl-Rast’s essay “Learning to Die,” which appeared in the Winter 1977 issue of Parabola, “Death.”

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  • Love and Compassion in Meditation and Action, by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

    Love and Compassion in Meditation and Action, by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

    Love and compassion are qualities essential to our stature as true human beings, and jointly might be considered the capacities that most distinguish us from the animals, except that animals sometimes display more kindness towards one another—and towards people—than we do.

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  • 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

    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 introductory remarks and a brief portion of his rare interview with Mother Teresa.

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  • The Compassionate Warrior, by Elsa Marston

    The Compassionate Warrior, by Elsa Marston

    This was the time in his life that Abd el-Kader had intended to devote to peaceful pursuits such as prayer, teaching, and charitable deeds. He might have turned his back on the growing tensions in Damascus: It would not have been unreasonable. Yet he could not escape the world around him, or the role that fate seemed to have cut out for him. Nor did he choose to.

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  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity, by Sister Joanna

    The Ladder of Heavenly Unity, by Sister Joanna

    Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals—together with all earthly logic—monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity: some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai (Egypt) brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.

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  • We Begin Where We Are, by Jan Jarvis

    We Begin Where We Are, by Jan Jarvis

    In his book All and Everything, G.I. Gurdjieff presented what he called the “Obligolnian Strivings,” directives intended to instill in the consciousness of those who practice them—said to be engaged in the “Work”—the “divine function of genuine Conscience.”

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  • 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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Notes

Coming in Peace, 2017, by Tracy Cochran

Coming in Peace, 2017, by Tracy Cochran

Why not start the New Year granting ourselves the blessing of being forgiven—free of any trace of the wounds and limitations we are all trailing due to what we been through and what we did and left undone?

Meeting Darkness, by Tracy Cochran

Meeting Darkness, by Tracy Cochran

Join me in welcoming the Celtic New Year. Halloween is believed to have arisen from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an or sow-in), which celebrated the end of the lighter half of the year and coming of the darker half.

Essays

The Search for One Thing, by Betsy Cornwell

The Search for One Thing, by Betsy Cornwell

“Give it one week of hard frost,” my new husband says, “and all the green will be gone.” He has slowed the car to let two adolescent does cross the road, and we watch them vanish neatly into the ditch on the other side. […]

Conversations

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

Parabola’s first issue, Winter 1976, included the magazine’s first interview. Conducted by then-editor John Loudon, it questioned religion scholar Huston Smith, author of the bestseller The Religions of Man, whom Loudon described as “a man who has traveled widely, but deeply, learning the many languages for what is primordially true.”

Podcast

Parabola Podcast, Episode 9: "Spiritual Practice"

Parabola Podcast, Episode 9: “Spiritual Practice”

“Often I have come across stern pronouncements directed at people like me: One cannot dabble, say the priests and scholars. Spirituality is not a tasting menu. “New Agers” who borrow a bit of this religion […]

Parabola Podcast, Episode 8: "Sin"

Parabola Podcast, Episode 8: “Sin”

What is sin? How do we find redemption and forgiveness, and how can we offer such grace to others? Story editor Betsy Cornwell explores our Spring 2015 issue, “Sin,” in Parabola’s monthly twenty-minute podcast. This episode […]

Poetry

What It Takes, by Lisa Starr

What It Takes, by Lisa Starr

All it takes is one blue rowboat tied to a buoy,
and its reflection, and this moment
for me to go remembering everything. …

The Middle Ground, by William Segal

The Middle Ground, by William Segal

There is a middle ground, a basic Reality embracing self and Self. It may be called my true nature. To discover what
prevents me from the experience of it, I have only to look at myself, just as I am. […]

Three Poems by Stephanie Unger

Three Poems by Stephanie Unger

Stephanie Unger is a writer who lives in Buffalo, NY. She has studied poetry at workshops led by Martha Heyneman and others at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Epicycles

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Mullah Nasr Eddin, or Hodja Nasr Eddin, is a legendary Turkish teller of tales, a sort of wise fool, to whom all sorts of exploits are attributed.

Book Reviews

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal is original, delightful, and profound. The artist, Rue Harrison, has given us wonderful characters in illustrated books in which she has raised the bar on a certain kind of content. […]

The Dawning Moon of the Mind:  Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

That a book on the Pyramid Texts of ancient Egypt has been favorably reviewed by the New Yorker is surely a sign of a significant cultural shift, but if you take the time to read this extraordinary book you will quickly see why. […]

Photography

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

One Autumn day in 1976 a question appeared: if I took a photo of something I’d seen that touched my feelings, would the feeling return later when I looked at the print?

David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

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.

Portfolio: Brian English

Portfolio: Brian English

Brian first studied the history of photography and Black & White printing in 1985 with Teacher and Mentor William Abranowicz at Parsons New York City. …

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