Life after death
The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?
I contradict myself
I am an atheist and a Quaker. Does it matter what I believe, when I recognise that religion is something I need?
Do some harm
Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense. Can it survive in modern China?
Ladder to heaven
I have turned away from the church but, up on Mount Athos, I turned on to the mysteries of Orthodox meditation
Is yoga a religion?
Evangelical Christians in California tried to ban yoga in schools. So where is the line between the body and the soul?
City life is a constant, maddening hum. Only in a place like the Sahara can we hear the nothingness that revives
In whose footsteps?
We were a group of secular Buddhists visiting the cave temples of India. What would we learn on the journey?
Trickster and tricked
All gurus try to undermine their followers' egos and expectations, so does it matter if the teacher is a real fraud?
At the altar
Going to an art gallery is like going to church — a spiritual experience. But what makes a painting worthy of veneration?