Meera Subramanian

Meera Subramanian is an editor of Killing the Buddha and writes about the environment and culture for Nature, InsideClimate News, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and others. Her first book is A River Runs Again: A Natural History of India from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka (PublicAffairs, 2015). Visit her at

Recent Posts by Meera

Keepin’ It Cool

Last week, I got all righteous and asked you to get off your fanny and do something about climate change. Today’s the day. has helped orchestrate something like 5,000 events from the Maldives to Mississippi as part of a Global Day of Climate Action. Up here at the Blue Mountain Center, we created an…

Thou Shalt Not Abdicate

The godly get good on climate change.

When Gods Disappear

The brothers were racing for the sun. What brothers don’t create such fantastic games of competition and daring, even when they are gods? Especially if they are gods. Jatayu and Sampati were the vulture gods, soaring upon seven-foot wings higher and higher. Jatayu was winning. But the sun was hot, and Jatayu too determined to…

Killing the Buddha

Plath and a Surgeon’s Knife and Pen

Part of our KtB retreat last week up at Blue Mountain Center involved leaping once again into the great conundrum — how to define Killing the Buddha? In ten words or less. The manifesto has held up amazingly well since Jeff and Peter first formed it nearly ten years ago, but it takes more than…

Killing the Buddha

A Little Somethin’ Somethin’

Sex. Drugs. (God. Death.) There’s something about the saying of “something” that goes beyond mere euphemism. Today, KtB editor Alex Rose, after diligent research, gets into the nitty gritty of  the “something” exchanged between the sheets and into the bloodstreams of broken bodies in “Safe to Say” on Obit, the online magazine on life, death…

A Taste of the Old (New?) World

Emails from my ex-boyfriend rarely include any of his own words. Instead, he forwards messages that originate from another friend of ours without so much as a word of introduction. The communiques appear like unidentified birds—words, or images or rants against the right-wing—flying in from the high desert valley of Washington where our mutual friend…

Killing the Buddha

Who’s Blocking the Buddha?

A friend has just returned from China and informed me that this site is blocked there. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, although I don’t know how that fits with our analytics, which show a hundred or so visits scattered across the country. Most originate in the city of Beijing, but many are sprinkled…

Too Fantastic

There is something otherwordly about the physical act of hearing stories spoken. I just walked through my Brooklyn backyard, better known as Prospect Park, listening to This American Life, an episode entitled “Go Ask Your Father.” I was smelling the thick green of the early summer foliage, stepping over puddles that stretched the span of…

Science Faith Religion

This weekend is the World Sc buy cheap cialis ience Festival here in New York. All over the city, prestigious persons are taking the stage to discuss quantum physics, avian Einsteins, carborexic cities, transparent brains, and—of course—Battlestar Galactica. I just returned from the sold-out Science Faith Religion event at The New School. Moderator Bill Blakemore…

Killing the Buddha

Everything but the Broken Link

Thank God for rainy Sundays. For mindless movies and bad television. For moments when we needed   the perfect excuse for avoiding that thing that needs to be done by tomorrow, (or more likely, yesterday). But, our apologies, it still took us quite awhile to upload all the archives from the old KtB site to the…

Killing the Buddha

Beyond Belief

We received a letter first thing this morning regarding Nathan‘s new article in the Boston Globe. To Nathan Schneider: Your commentary, “Beyond Belief” in today’s Boston Sunday Globe caught my attention.  I read it with interest. Seminary was a late-in-life experience for me, my responding to a profound and undeniable spiritual “Call”. Ordained as a…

happy earth day, world.

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” ~ John Muir

The Bright Half of Bhadra

In the forests of Rajasthan resides the god of invisible things.

Getting Godly in Mysore

We’ve  come to the hilltop where the Chamundeshwari Temple overlooks the city of Mysore, India, but we can’t pass up the free admission to the Godly Museum across the parking lot. It feels like the love child of a Hindu goddess and L. Ron Hubbard, midwifed by a Jehovah’s Witness. I’m a little frightened, but maybe…

A Hundred Unspoken Rules

Bloodlines bridge the divide between belief and disbelief.

Young Lovers

Where’s the Love?

Indian canoodling couples face the wrath of the Sri Ram Sene.

Military Mahabharata

This, from the February 2nd issue of India Today: “In a final showdown between two contenders for the title of Tank No. 1 this June, the Indian Army will conduct comparative field trials between the indigenously built Arjun main battle tank and the Russian-built T-90 Bheeshma tank in the 40 degree Celsius plus the heat…

Church of the Holy Firs

A beet seed. A tiny world. A sphere of possibilities.