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Why I Go On Retreat

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Pamela A. Lewis

On retreat, I do not escape to an enchanted realm but instead I go to what is called a "thin place," one where holiness is present and shares space with humanity, in spite of its (and my) brokenness. In retreat, I am able to simply be, rest, and to reflect on what God is showing forth in my life. Within that silence, I find not only peace, but also truth.

An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Learning from the Silk Roads: Water and Tea

L.H.M. Ling | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
L.H.M. Ling

In my last post, Professor Rao and I decide to continue our conversation over dinner. We are debating the relevance of the ancient Silk Roads for addressing current crises. Professor Rao, an old friend and foil, remains skeptical.

Toulouse This Summer?

Frank Browning | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Think of San Francisco in 1963, but replace the steep hills and the chilling fog with bright sun, a winding river and an ancient barge canal. That is Toulouse, possibly the friendliest town in southern France and the host to one of the country's most interesting and wide-ranging international art festivals.

Monks Have Found The Key To A Productive Workday And A Fulfilling Life (And It Includes Beer)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

When we think of monks, we tend to think of austerity, solitude and long days spent chanting and praying. And while the focus of their daily lives is ...

LOOK:Stunning Monasteries Built On The Edge Of The World

Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

Built on the edge of what is architecturally possible, these monasteries cling to rock faces, lava pillars and mountaintop. The holy sites are the ch...

PHOTOS: 10 Amazingly Situated Monasteries

Posted 05.26.2011 | Travel

Monasticism is an important institution in many religions, especially Buddhism and Christianity. In part for defense, and in part to facilitate the pr...