Few expressions of religion are as public and inescapable as buildings. It is difficult to hide temples, churches, chapels, mosques, and shrines from public view. Millions of people in all cultures enter and use them, and billions recognize them in skylines or down the block. So I assess and comment on them as part of my mission to focus on the social and cultural phenomena connected with “the sacred.”
So much of the wisdom shared by Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg has to do with the choices we make in our lives: the choice to forgive those that hurt us, the choice to forgive ourselves, and the choice that we make every day — to choose love over anger. Mr. Thurman gives a great analogy, comparing our ability to choose how we respond to anger to that of a TV remote; we can always choose to change the channel.
Choice is at the center of Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, Gravity.
Quotations from Carl Sagan and rainbows in oil puddles are only the tip of the iceberg with this show. Visual notes to help you find ways in and remember.
A meteor shower called the Quadrantids remind of us of the cosmic beauty of the heavens.
Comments from two cosmologists and NASA's images from a refurbished Hubble.