photo by David Katz/Obama for America

A Niche of a Prayer in a Vulnerable Place

A voyeur, a thief, and Barack Obama at the Wailing Wall.


Found in Translation

A faith found in Tulsa translates to Berlin

Photo by Andrew Boyd

Pilgrimage to Nowhere – In the Beginning

Would an activists’s life have been better spent in the in the lotus position, seeking no-self?

Killing the Buddha

Relics & Renovations

One of the reasons KtB has seemed dead these past few months is that we (some of us, anyway) were off on a lengthy Near Eastern adventure. We spent much…

"The Basilica unquestionably qualifies as marvelous, if luridly excessive..." (photo by Blake Lambert)

Notes on an Empty Church

If you pay a visit to the biggest church in the world, don’t be surprised if you’re the only one there.

"'He says you must pray,' the young monk said.
'Pray for what?' I asked..." (photo by jduemer/flickr)

The Temple Door

The daughter of a damaged Vietnam veteran returns to the scene of the crime.

"I found no Sufis, just confusion."

Searching for Sufis

When you look for mystics in a war-torn land, you might find them hiding right in front of you.

"Christ and Buddha" by Ruth Jones

The Temptation of Belief

What happens when you envy those whose faith you fear?

Il Santo preaches to fish.

Tongue Kissing

The odd romance of relics and the people who love them.

"'Show some respect,' I told myself. After all, Mary is a Jewish mother."

The Only Jew for Miles

An unlikely pilgrim to Poland sees more, and less, than he’d hoped.

The Marrakech Express

Night Train to Marrakech

The clash of monotheisms as seen from the cramped quarters of a sleeper car.

"Whether it was Ahab's or Jonah's it was too soon to say..."

The Buddha Whale

Hunted to the brink of extinction, the authors look for a place to hide.


Mortal, Eat This Scroll!

Read the story that started it all. An excerpt from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

Black Darkness at rest

St. Patrick’s Purim Shpiel

An American Jew dresses up like an Irishman, and tells of his odyssey through the land of blarney.

A day in the life of the Promised Land. Palestine travel poster, detail, 1898. From The Orientalist Poster, by Abderrahman Slaoui.

Letter from Israel

Of words and wounds in the Promised Land.

Bird in Space, 1923 Constantin Brancusi

Raw at Creation

What is the point of examining the soul in a time of fire?

Temple at Ta Prohm (detail)

The Monks Who Forgot How

Can Buddhists in Cambodia relearn a murdered tradition?

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain Higher Power

Running low on enlightenment? Stock up at Colorado’s spiritual supermarket.