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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, by Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) and David R. Kopacz, M.D.

The Gates of Paradise, by Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) and David R. Kopacz, M.D.

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, by Roger Lipsey and Kenneth Krushel

Wonder is a Level Within Us: A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat, by Roger Lipsey and Kenneth Krushel

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, by Jon Pepper and Patrizia De Libero

Make This Moment a Diamond, by Jon Pepper and Patrizia De Libero

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, by Margaret Wolff

Pure Gold, by Margaret Wolff

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…

To Live With Gratitude, an Interview with Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi

To Live With Gratitude, an Interview with Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi

Tracy CochranMar 15, 201612 min read

“We shall not cease from exploration,” wrote the Catholic poet T.S. Eliot. “And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place…

Pure Gold, by Margaret Wolff

Pure Gold, by Margaret Wolff

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…

Dance Around The Golden Calf by Emil Nolde

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…

Repairing the Fabric of the World, A Conversation with Jonathan F.P. Rose

Repairing the Fabric of the World, A Conversation with Jonathan F.P. Rose

Parabola EditorsJan 10, 201817 min read

Jonathan F.P. Rose I met Jonathan F.P. Rose in Manhattan, the week a snow storm knocked out power in much of the Northeast. Heating by woodstove…