The Page To Damascus

Not all conversions come with a big shiny light.


Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

What to make when it’s your turn to feed a dead grandmother?


Studying Religion Is Revolutionary in China

Like pretty much everything else over there right now, religion is a growth industry in China. After decades of official repression a whole bunch of new religious movements—and, even more, new forms of old religions—are gathering steam. Trying to get a handle on this from back here in New York, I did an interview with…


Grass Huts and Hermits

Travels in China, on the trail of American Buddhism.

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…