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Tenzin’s Escape

Tenzin’s Escape

Harvey Rice and Jackie ColeJan 31, 202413 min read

In 1960, a year after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Tenzin Namdak, a Tibetan Bön monk, severely wounded by Chinese soldiers, was sent to a concentration camp in Tibet. This is the story of his escape to freedom. The Editors…

Light and Danger through the Crack in the Door, by Trebbe Johnson

Light and Danger through the Crack in the Door, by Trebbe Johnson

Trebbe JohnsonNov 2, 202315 min read

It was November 1, 1984. On the previous night, India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards, an act of retribution after Gandhi had sanctioned the Indian army to storm the holiest of Sikh…

Metaphors of Movement, by Keith Badger

Metaphors of Movement, by Keith Badger

Keith BadgerOct 27, 202314 min read

“Now shall I walk, or should I ride?” “Ride,” Pleasure said. “Walk,” Joy replied. In his 1914 poem The Best Friend, the Welsh poet and occasional vagabond W.H. Davies pondered a timeless question: “Now shall I walk, or should I…

O Little Town of Riverside, by Mary A. Osborne

O Little Town of Riverside, by Mary A. Osborne

Mary A. OsborneOct 27, 202315 min read

Along the banks of a winding river, where the Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa once lived, a small village lies still and silent as ancient Bethlehem. Ten miles from Chicago and centuries away, follow a maze of curvilinear roads that bend…

Meeting Krishnamurti, by Ravi Ravindra

Meeting Krishnamurti, by Ravi Ravindra

Ravi RavindraOct 27, 20238 min read

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a towering figure of twentieth-century spirituality, raised to be the new World Teacher in the Theosophical tradition but later rejecting this title in order to teach as an independent force. –––The Editors We were in New…

Inner Grace: Charisma and Presence, by David Ulrich

Inner Grace: Charisma and Presence, by David Ulrich

David UlrichMay 1, 202017 min read

Having been born and raised a Catholic, I was taught that I could be filled with God’s grace by living a good life, free of sin. I can never forget…

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Finding the Path, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranMar 20, 201611 min read

Painting by Emma Tapley Among the tasks or “yogi jobs” a participant can volunteer for during silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, a Buddhist meditation…

Meeting the Teacher

Meeting the Teacher

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeJan 31, 202415 min read

Coming home…my heart was singing….I felt light, free and happy, as one would feel when coming home after a long absence. Irina Tweedie, arriving at her teacher’s house for the…

Going Home, by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

Going Home, by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

Mirabai BushJul 28, 201811 min read

Frances Sinclair, from Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands, 1885 Two spiritual pioneers on the end of life’s journey The following passages, narrated by Mirabai Bush,…