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7 Extraordinary Easter Experiences

Joy Pecknold | Posted 02.29.2016 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

If gauged by what's in stores, Easter is about bunnies and sweets, which is somewhat of a contrast to its Christian origins involving crucifixion and ...

ISIS's Destruction of Monuments Is a War on History That Mustn't Be Victorious

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The victory of ignorance over memory is the strongest evidence of the failure of peaceful coexistence between the past and the present. But as long as we are not speechless and indifferent to the destruction of our civilizational past, we have a chance to save humanity from the incalculable evil that human beings are capable of bringing about.

Rare Images of Art From Inside Iraq's Oldest Monastery -- Now Gone

Paula Froelich | Posted 01.21.2016 | Arts
Paula Froelich

Yesterday, ISIS destroyed St. Elijah's, a 1400-year-old Christian monastery just outside of Mosul -- part of their mission to obliterate history and anything that doesn't fit into their warped version of Islam.

Astoria Characters: The Family's Jewel

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga knows this very well. Every time she opens the Jewels of Buddha, she lifts the gate, lights the incense and turns on the meditative chanting music.

The Imitation of Buddha

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 08.05.2015 | Weird News
Alexander Reynolds

No fun. No sex. No booze. No hair. No eyebrows. Could a playboy adventurer like myself find enlightenment by binning life's materialism and becoming a Buddhist monk? Could a period of abstinence in the remote cloisters of a Thai monastery save the cankered soul from additional rot?

What Life Is Like As A Modern-Day Monk

The Oregonian | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

MOUNT ANGEL — Morning comes softly here. There are no cars, no sirens, no trash trucks, no dogs. Only a hundred chattering birds and the swish of a ...

"A Glass Act"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I do windows. Unfortunately, I do them every couple of years, which gives the windows plenty of time to get dirty, and even then it is clear that I don't do them very well because I have always considered the job a pane in the glass.

Stunning Photos Show The Mysterious World of Greece's Holiest Mountain

HuffPost Greece | Giorgos Milonas | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion

Mount Athos, in northern Greece, is a place steeped in a truly unique history. The tree-swathed slopes of the “Holy Mountain,” as it is commonly c...

A Sense of Nature and History in Portugal

Jeanine Barone | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

All of this history is set in Portugal's Centro region that's barely a one-hour drive from the airport in Lisbon. And yet, it couldn't be more distinct from the capital.

Confessions of a Cell Phone Addict: And a Cure

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

Technology can only enrich our lives to the degree that we can stay present with ourselves and each other. I have to remind myself that I can still love my phone, but it will never love me back. The only "access" I need is to myself and the people that matter most. Everything else can wait.

To Be OK with the Blank Page

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

From my experiences at these various monasteries, I found that it wasn't until I sat through these things in silence and space that I could reach a much deeper and often darker place of self-discovery, which led and still leads me to more of my true self.

Sleep Like a Monk, and Dine Like a Queen

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Fontevraud monastery is smack in the center of France, in the Loire region, some 195 miles south of Paris, a royal destination if there ever was one.

Enlightenment Is Where You Least Expect It

Mia Hansson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

I also thought I'd try an experiment. Whenever I found myself miserable about cleaning, I would turn it around 180 degrees and decide to be happy doing it. To my shock, it worked immediately! I was happy because I'd decided to be happy! If only I'd discovered this simple knack 20 years ago.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

Greece's Rock-Pinnacle Churches: Suspended in Mid-Air on the Looney Front, Part I

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.17.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The red-roofed complexes with their Byzantine churches in their lofty aeries are indeed pretty, but it's their incredible perches atop the pinnacles that make the place -- and not the hordes upon hordes of tourists taking selfies.

Painting Through Peru

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I was up for the sunrise and climbed the Inca ruins with my paints. Words cannot adequately capture how truly spectacular this site is, and how amazing that they could build these structures in this inaccessible place.

Silence Not Equal to Death

prataap patrose | Posted 06.30.2014 | GPS for the Soul
prataap patrose

Silence has allowed me to be present to death. Allowing death to be present in my life, gives me the perspective to be mindful of the present.

Ancient Monastery, Stunning Mosaics Discovered In Desert

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been unearthed in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Author...

How Sharing Pringles Saved My Flight to Hawaii

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

On a recent trip to Hawaii, during the first six-hour leg and headed to Arizona, I settled in and looked forward to a relaxing flight. Until two children took the seats next to me.

Riding With the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Greece

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

This is where the end of time begins, where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse first rode out of the starting gate, where the Seven Seals were opened and the Seven Angels sounded the Seven Trumpet blasts, where the blinding vision of Armageddon, final battle between good and evil, first burst forth.

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.

The Dalai Lama's Selfless Right-Hand Monk

Clarissa Burt | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

It's clear that Khen Rinpoche has influenced many people throughout the world. Having lived most of his life as a Buddhist monk, he has dedicated most of his time to prayer, meditation and the good of all mankind.

The 10 Commandments for Visiting a New Age Retreat: Part Two

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

While most people who spend time in these places are extremely dedicated and sincere, there still remains a goodly number who, in their attempt to have "an experience," miss the point completely.

The 10 Commandments for Visiting a New Age Retreat: Part One

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

While most people who spend time in these places are extremely dedicated and sincere, there still remains a goodly number who, in their attempt to have "an experience," miss the point completely.

Defeat, Humility, Joy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A remarkable book about Russian monks, published last year, reads like something from the middle of the 19th century. You feel transported back in time to the era of Russian faith that gave birth to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Yet, the non-fiction tales collected in "Everyday Saints" are entirely contemporary.