Bent Too Far: A Missionary, A Bookstore, A Change of Heart

In my last life, back in the late 1990s when I was a fundamentalist missionary in Papua New Guinea, I came upon the online magazine Killing the Buddha. Although I was quite aware that my life as a fundamentalist was nearly over, I did not know that I had about four years before any ontological…

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Homeless for the Holidays

A palsied mouth, stammering to say these words matter.


Homeless for the Holidays

A palsied mouth, stammering to say these words matter.

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September Buddha-killing Update

Whenever something we publish on KtB prompts a surprising response, I like to take a little time and then weigh in to the conversation editorially speaking. Last week’s feature, “White People Problems,” from our friend Briallen Hopper, is an impassioned meditation on the need for difficult conversations about race and power, on the occasion of…


This Mutant Genre

The introduction to a new anthology Radiant Truths: Essential …. Essays on American Belief

KtB at Haverford.

KtB at Haverford College

What Buddhas need killing next? On February 9th, KtB Senior Editor Nathan Schneider will be at Haverford College near Philadelphia to talk with students and faculty about the magazine, religion in America, and the future of Buddha-killing. All are welcome! Note: times corrected 2/1.

Tin Anniversary Spectacular poster by Danica Novgorodoff.

Tin Anniversary Glamour

The Tin Anniversary Spectacular—celebrating ten years of KtB—has come and gone. For those of you (and there were lots!) who joined us at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn on December 7th, as well as those who were sponsors in absentia, thank you for helping make the event such a great success. For the rest of…

Tin Anniversary Spectacular poster by Danica Novgorodoff.

Tin Anniversary Spectacular

KtB just turned ten! Help us celebrate on December 7th in Brooklyn.

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“Killing the Buddha,” Except Not

Wow. It gives you all you need to know about the path to enlightenment.

Tin Anniversary Spectacular poster by Danica Novgorodoff.

Be a Tin Anniversary Sponsor!

Can’t make it to the December 7th Tin Anniversary Spectacular in Brooklyn? Well, there’s still an opportunity to show your support for Killing the Buddha. Become a sponsor of the event, and we’ll send you a KtB book of your choosing. Anyone who gives at the Brahmin level or above will be listed in the program…

Tin Anniversary Spectacular poster by Danica Novgorodoff.

Can’t Make It on Dec. 7th? You Can Still Be a Sponsor!

We know that, unfortunately, a lot of our readers won’t be able to make it to the Brooklyn Tin Anniversary Gala on December 7th. It’s our blessing and curse that many of our most loyal and committed friends are spread far and wide. We’ve heard a lot of your stories in letters—a hermit in Southeast…

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Exhaustive Exhaustion

Jorge Luis Borges wrote of a “certain Chinese encyclopaedia” in which taxonomy had run amok. “The animals,” we are told, “are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with…

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Dying for USA Today

USA Today‘s Faith & Reason blog has caught the deathy-essay-contest fever: Got time to kill? How about crafting an essay on death for a contest where the prizes include publication in a magazine that celebrates lives lost in obituary ruminations? […] Contest rules suggest you tour the exhibit in person or on line for inspiration…

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Should KtB Be “Killing the Jesus” Instead?

Mr. or Ms. “Anonymous” from Brooklyn wrote in today with a comment that goes very much to the heart of what we do and strive for: Having subscribed to your blog for the past few months, I’ve always been curious why the magazine has the title that it does.  At first, I thought that the…

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A Preview of KtB’s Prison Panel Saturday

What’s on tap for KtB’s “Prison-Spirituality Complex” panel discussion this Saturday night? Redemption stories that have shaped America’s prisons. Fantasies of solitude that have made solitary confinement the American way of rehabilitating prisoners. The role of race in the mass incarceration of African Americans: the prison-industrial complex as a contemporary plantation.  What can bible stories do…

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Attack of the God Blogs

Lately I’ve been waking up with these terrible cold sweats. Reptilian reflexes bounce me out of bed and to my laptop across the room, where my fingers pull up a familiar spreadsheet. I’ve forgotten a blog! How could I leave that one out? Now I’ve got to spend half the morning revising the whole thing…

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Texas, Are You There?

There’s been some discussion of a Killing the Buddha event in Texas. A certain former very senior employee of the U.S. government has volunteered his solar powered ranch as a venue… But the real question is: Texans, are you out there? Are you reading Killing the Buddha? Back in 2004 KtB cofounder Peter Manseau and…


501(c)(3) Campaign Ends with Stunning Success

For the past week, we’ve been urging your generosity for our 501(c)(3) Campaign, and the response has been truly gratifying. KtB readers, long-time and short-time alike, stood up and supported our Buddha-killing and our community. It has been a good run, but only a week into it, we have no choice but to end the…