Nestled in Himalayan forests and spread across seven hills, the former “summer capital” of the British Raj (and now capital of an Indian state) has preserved more than a hint of its colonial charm.
More than 50 of the world’s best Tibetan–English translators, Buddhist scholars, and lamas met in India in 2009 to work out a plan for translating the Tibetan Buddhist canon. I report on how the conference may shape the future of Buddhist translation in the West.
A short, humorous essay about spending Halloween in Chicago with a Burmese monk. It was the monk’s first introduction to our curious tradition, and he not only reveled in it, but thought it was immensely helpful for Buddhist practice.
A popular night class at the University of Memphis teaches adults how to — among other things — neutralize their drawls and y’alls. Instructor Michael Hall works on eliminating Southernisms and developing a clearer, more Midwestern speaking voice.
Operation Care provided thousands with meals, medical and dental care, clothing, shelter, counseling and more. The giant field hospital brought together the National Guard, a hospital and an agency for the homeless.
The Alexander Griboyedov served as our floating hotel as we cruised from Moscow to St. Petersburg on some of Russia’s most picturesque waterways. Along the way, we discovered a country still exploring its new freedom.
Like any weapon, incapacitating sprays can be turned against innocent citizens. But despite police displeasure, it’s not a serious crime in the eyes of the law.
The story of a Bosnian neurosurgeon: his separation from his wife and daughter in the siege of Sarajevo and what it was like to survive — and perform brain surgery — amidst the horror and bombings.
An inside look at life in an orphanage in a small, rural village in the Russian heartland shortly after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.