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Ryoanji: Six Stones

The rock garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto is one of my favorite places in Japan and one of the most sacred places on the planet for me. In its sere simplicity, its stark purity, it’s a place that slows me down, quiets me, leads...

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Building Bridges in Mostar

I have seen the future, and it looks like a bridge. In fact, it is a bridge, the very structure I am admiring right now: the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, in the Old Town of Mostar, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which spans the Neretva River and...

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Postcard: The Sacred Stones of Avebury, England

England is full of idyllic areas for hiking and biking, including the Lake District and the Cotswolds. I’ve just returned from one of the most rewarding of these regions, the Salisbury Plain, located in the verdant southwest, about three hours by car from London. ...

Indonesian Memory: Prambanan in the Moonlight

Northern California’s spring-like weather whetted my wanderlust last week, and I found myself rummaging through wine-spattered, curry-stained journals to relive some heady adventures past. In that quest I came across the following remembrance of the Hindu monument of Pambranan, on the Indonesian island of Java;...

In the Sensuous Classroom of the World

The greatest gift of my undergraduate education was a truth I discovered one sunny June morning shortly after graduation. I had gone to Paris on a three-month internship arranged by the Princeton Summer Work Abroad Program. As I would do every morning, I took the...