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,…


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…