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Spiritual Explorer: Dambulla, Cave of Reflection

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. It was a unique challenge presented to me to write of my experiences in the last several articles of this series. Not in […]

February 27th

Guardians Of This Refuge: Tarkovsky, Nerval, And Our Personal “Gods”

Not long after I saw Andrei Tarkovsky’s mesmerizing Stalker last year, I read Aurélia, Gérard de Nerval’s “memoir of his madness” (madness meant literally). At the time, I didn’t make any connection between the two. It took a chance revisiting of Nerval’s story, after recently writing about Tarkovsky’s film, to realize their uncanny similarities. Nerval […]

February 25th

Meltdown In Tibet Exposes Ecological Damage In Tibet

  Water is one of the most important commodities in the world. It is something we cannot live without, and despite the fact that is covers two thirds of our planet, drinking water is scarce in too many places around the world. A lot of this is due to mining and engineering that ruin ecosystems […]

February 24th

Vermont Living Recalls the Time of Goblins and Gods

About a year ago, in Boston, I first saw Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film about a small expedition into the mysterious “Zone,” led by the title character, “the Stalker.” The remoteness and lush greenery (if a film has a primary color, Stalker‘s might be “forest green”) of the film’s “Zone” provided a sharp contrast to […]

February 17th

JERUSALEM 3D Imax Movie Premiering Soon!

Sacred to more than half of Earth’s population, Jerusalem has been fought over more than any other place in history. It has been conquered and destroyed, rebuilt, and reinvented repeatedly for over 5,000 years. Now, for the first time in over 25 years, filming has been allowed to capture the glory of Jerusalem, the most […]

February 14th

Exploring the Intricate Sand Mandala of Buddhism

Standing on the outside, looking into the profound depths of symbolism represented in a colorful Buddhist sand mandala, fascination and imagination find rare delight. Layer upon layer, the mandala draws the viewer in, slowly, reflectively, intriguingly toward the center. The journey from the present reality to the possible sublime is lined with intricate angles and […]

February 10th

Shinto Kojiki Verses on Divine Creation

Shinto means the Way of the Gods. It is a traditional, indigenous belief system with no revered founder, regarding all things as having their own spiritual divinity. Revering the deities, or kami, inherent in the natural environment, the followers of Shinto recognize that spirits are present in plants, animals, oceans, waterfalls, land, mountains, and even […]

February 7th