Polly Trout does not really have a minivan. This is her art car.


Careening towards nirvana in a mid-sized American vehicle.

A monk said to Joshu, "Hey Moe!" Joshu said, "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk..."

Ouga Chaka Zen

With a pie in the face or a poke in the eye, the rhyme and reason of Buddhism remains as elusive as ever.


Ignoble Truths

Life’s a bitch and then you die. Sex, suffering, and the Buddha’s First Noble Truth.

Temple at Ta Prohm (detail)

The Monks Who Forgot How

Can Buddhists in Cambodia relearn a murdered tradition?

Killing the Buddha

Tofu and War Gods

At a Chinese-food restaurant devoted to a god of war, wisdom and compassion are best served vegetarian-style.


Sex, Shoes, and California Zen

Growing pains and hanky panky at the San Francisco Zen Center.



Sneak a peek at Siddhartha’s not-so-immaculate conception.


Vow to Bow

A New Year’s resolution to honor Buddha means good exercise for those who keep it — and bad karma for those who don’t.


Waking Up

Zen and the art of running from a crumbling tower.

Some taller than the Statue of Liberty, stone Buddhas have stood watch over the Bamiyan Valley for over 1500 years.

Taliban Kills Buddha

Islam takes on Buddhism in Afghanistan. A nervous art world attempts to referee. Buddha laughs.