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Pico Iyer

When Doing Nothing Is Doing Everything

Cassidy Hall | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living
Cassidy Hall

Perhaps there's something different this time and I'm more open to listening to the solitude; allowing it to speak silence, truth, and rest into my life.

The Disappearance of Self in Japan

Pico Iyer | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Pico Iyer

After living in Japan for decades -- but still very much an outsider -- I reflect on Buddhism, Zen, the concept of self and what it all doesn't mean.

Notes on Travel, Loss and Forgetting

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi | Posted 08.28.2016 | Travel
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Something in travel releases us from the dead weight of ourselves, the empty husk, the old skin. I don't know how this happens.

The Daily Practice That May Be As Vital To Your Health As Exercise

OWN | Posted 06.04.2015 | OWN

Renowned author and travel writer Pico Iyer seemingly had it all by age 29. A Park Avenue apartment in New York, an exciting job writing for Time maga...

The 'Big Luxury' You Should Indulge In Every Day

OWN | Posted 05.11.2015 | OWN

Between text message alerts on our phones and e-mail notifications on our watches, the amount of electronic "pings" we get on a daily basis can be a h...

This Author Had It All -- But Gained So Much More When He Left It Behind

OWN | Posted 04.16.2015 | OWN

By the time he was 29 years old, Pico Iyer was living the life he had always dreamed of. Or so he thought. "I had that 25th-floor office four block...

Why The Best Part Of A Vacation Happens At Home

OWN | Posted 04.13.2015 | OWN

From India and Ethiopia to Cuba and Kathmandu, Time magazine reporter and travel writer Pico Iyer has been to every corner of the world. After seeing ...

A Devastating Fire Destroyed This Writer's Home And Work -- But Not His Life

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

In 1990, one of the worst man-made fires in California history swept through the hills of Santa Barbara, decimating entire neighborhoods and reducing ...

Where To Visit If You Really Want To Feel More Alive

OWN | Posted 03.05.2015 | OWN

From the beaches of Bali to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the outback of Australia to the mountains of Tibet, best-selling author and acclaimed trave...

Leonard Cohen And The Art of Stillness

Brain Pickings | Maria Popova | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

“Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments,” Alan Lightman wrote in his sublime meditation on science and spirituality, “and at ot...

Let's Go Nowhere

Medium | Pico Iyer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity; that’s why wise souls from every tradition have spoken of it. “All the unhappines...

How to Make Every Day a Travel Day

Cliff Hsia | Posted 11.24.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Travel gives us fresh perspective and deeper gratitude for the world we live in. And we cannot get enough of travel because we fall back in love with life every time we go. We live to travel. Every day we live is a travel day, even in our normal routines and daily schedules.

Takashi Murakami's Smiley Faces On A Mushroom Cloud

Pico Iyer | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

Every time I look at the work of Takashi Murakami, I see both the super cute, charming surfaces for which Japan is rightly famous and all the demons that peek out behind them. He dreams up lovable blobs and dolls and oversized cuties to ask his compatriots what might be the cost of holding onto such childish things.

Zen in the Art of Peter Matthiessen

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.06.2014 | Books
Laurie Nadel

I first met Peter Matthiessen on June 30, 1998 and had the exceptional privilege of becoming his student for four years. This excerpt from my book des...

Three Years After The Japanese Tsunami: The Winds Of Changelessness

Pico Iyer | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

A culture whose existence has been based, for as long as it's been a culture, on uncertainty, impermanence and due caution about everything we don't know, is much as it's always been.

Sustainable Luxury Travel: A Manifesto

Kaitlin Solimine | Posted 02.11.2014 | Travel
Kaitlin Solimine

Loving a place requires protecting it. And protecting it requires sustainable tourism.

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 1

Aayush Soni | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Aayush Soni

For this year's edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, South Asia's largest, most egalitarian and intellectually formidable gathering of writers, the organizers have assembled an equally formidable lineup that's under the radar for an Indian audience.

Global Souls At The Rose Parade

Hayden Bixby | Posted 07.29.2012 | Travel
Hayden Bixby

I have recently realized that my US passport might be my most essential possession -- especially as I get older.

In Dance News: It's A Matter of Place

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 09.14.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

This has been an exciting week for three dance organizations -- and there is a common and unlikely thread that ties their accomplishments together: geography.

All's Fair In Love, War, And Going Abroad

Chi Tung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chi Tung

There's an entire sub-generation of hybridized Americans like me out there, and sooner or later, we all have to face the same predicament: defining what home is, and whether you can stomach spending any time there.

The Politics of Reincarnation

Christal Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christal Smith

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China's occupation. I spoke with Pico Iyer, who has traveled extensively with the Dalai Lama, on the situation in Tibet.