Conversations

Friendship, by Judith Valente and Br. Paul Quenon

Friendship, by Judith Valente and Br. Paul Quenon

For several years, journalist Judith Valente and Trappist monk Paul Quenon exchanged letters on essential topics. Here is one exchange. —The Editors Dear Brother Paul, There are many things about myself of which I am not proud. One thing in…

A Path of Love and Freedom, by Amir Freimann

A Path of Love and Freedom, by Amir Freimann

Amir FreimannMay 6, 202114 min read

Born in London in 1953, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire and who brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism…

Stroked, by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das

Stroked, by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das

Ram Dass with Rameshwar DasJan 31, 202116 min read

“Are you sick?” Jai asked. When I couldn’t articulate a response, Jai said to tap with the phone, once if I was okay, twice if I needed help. I kept tapping. He immediately called my secretaries, Marlene Roeder and Jo…

Awakening in the Yard D Sangha, by James Gross

Awakening in the Yard D Sangha, by James Gross

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, fostering wellbeing—no matter how invincible unskillful words and actions leading…

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 early Christianity in 1979 with the publication of her influential…

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…

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…

Meditation and Service: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta

Meditation and Service: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta

Parabola EditorsMay 7, 201715 min read

Nipun Mehta. Photograph by Richard Whittaker Photographs by Richard Whittaker Nipun Mehta was born in Ahmedabad, India, in 1975. When he was twelve, his family moved…

Jacob Needleman

The Great Unknown Is Me, Myself: A Conversation with Jacob Needleman

Parabola EditorsMar 4, 201632 min read

Photograph of Jacob Needleman by David Ulrich Jacob Needleman’s voice has been prominent in the conversation about man’s inner possibilities for some forty years. Turning away…