Conversations

Friendship

Friendship

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

A Path of Love and Freedom

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

Stroked

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

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, 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…

Part of an Ancient Story: A Conversation with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Part of an Ancient Story: A Conversation with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeOct 28, 201519 min read

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee photographed by Richard Whittaker One August day recently in northern California, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sat down with Parabola to speak about free will and destiny. 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,…

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,…

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…

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.…

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…

To Let the Light In, a Conversation with James George

To Let the Light In, a Conversation with James George

Parabola EditorsOct 31, 201415 min read

James George is a retired Canadian diplomat who served with distinction as High Commissioner to India, and Ambassador to Nepal and Iran. Chögyam Trungpa called him “a wise and benevolent…

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

Annie SchlifferJun 21, 201613 min read

EKA PADA VIPARITA DANDASANA (ONE LEG REVERSED STAFF POSE) Born in India in 1918, B.K.S. Iyengar has been teaching yoga since the age of seventeen. An…

Conscience

Conscience

Parabola EditorsJan 29, 201520 min read

In the autumn of 1971, John G. Bennett inaugurated the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, England. From that time until his death three and one-half years…

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

Parabola EditorsDec 31, 201614 min read

Remembering Parabola contributor, Huston Smith who left us on December 30, 2016 at the age of 97. Parabola’s first issue, Winter 1976, included the magazine’s first interview. Conducted by then-editor…

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…

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…

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…

Friendship

Friendship

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…