| May 1, 2011
The Chicken Chronicles
(The New Press: 208 pp.,$21.95)
You pick up the book and you enter the slow, dazy world of the writer and her chickens. You put the book down to get something to eat and the spell is loosened. You think, "Chickens?...
| Jul 13, 2011
In the summer of 2008, a wildfire burning in California's Los Padres National Forest swept down on Tassajara Hot Springs, a historic resort not far from Big Sur that was home to the first Zen Buddhist monastery in North America.
Little stood in the way...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 5:24 PM
Inside the main hall of the Drepung Gomang Institute, gilded statues of Buddha and brilliantly colored images of fierce deities adorn the altar. As the smell of incense wafts through the air, a Tibetan monk chants a sutra, his low tones weaving a...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:07 AM
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a riot of color and dust with clogged streets where stray cows and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.
The city is ringed by...
| Jul 10, 2011
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.)
No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 1:05 PM
It's the fourth zip line that spills the surprise. Confident now, I leap off the platform to feel the cable bounce heavily, then snap taut under my weight. Gravity takes over, shooting me through a tunnel of blurring foliage until the whirr of the pulley-...
| Oct 16, 2011
Bhutan? Just telling people I was coming to Bhutan evoked wonder. Some extolled it as "the true Shangri-La" and the home of "pure Buddhism," incredible trekking, pristine environments, authentic culture and Gross National Happiness, or GNH — the...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Four a.m. is a terrible time of day, too late for night owls, too early for early risers. The exception is 4 a.m. at Borobudur, waiting for the sun to rise over the Kedu Plain in central Java with 504 figures of Buddha.
The temple is one of three great...
| Oct 28, 2012
DALI, China — "I'm sorry," my travel agent's email said, "but Tibet is closed."
Closed? How could it just shut down? This wasn't Space Mountain we were talking about.
A quick Google search confirmed the news. In "celebration" of the anniversary of...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 2:28 PM
If you want to be happy, elect your boss, take a break from your mobile phone and give to charity — that's the advice from a new global movement for happiness whose members include the Dalai Lama.
Action for Happiness was co-founded by Richard...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:31 PM
It’s time to stick up the tree, the menorah or whatever your holiday paraphernalia of choice. Time to head over to YouTube to play Bob Dylan’s video for “Must Be Santa” a few times, it being the greatest holiday-music video ever...