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Wisdom-CoverSpring 2014:

Many of us consider His Holiness the Dalai Lama wise, but why? In a groundbreaking early interview with him (reprinted in this issue), Parabola asked the Tibetan leader about his approach to obstacles. He said, “If you utilize obstacles properly, then it strengthens your courage, and it also gives you more intelligence, more wisdom.” In this he hews to one basic definition of wisdom: the ability to perceive reality along with a disposition to act in accord with right values.

It’s been nearly forty years since Parabola began. Jean Sulzberger was present at the beginning and has been an invaluable support ever since—editorially, financially, spiritually. Currently she is the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, which publishes the magazine. For all she has done, we at Parabola are proud to dedicate this issue on Wisdom to Jean Sulzberger.

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Articles from Spring Issue: Wisdom

A Conversation with Dean Koontz PDF  | Print |

A Sense of the World's Depth: Dean Koontz is one of the bestselling authors of our time, with more than 450 million copies of his books sold. His books have appealed to countless readers for several reasons. There is his mastery of narrative, character, and prose style. And there is his understanding that ours is a world suffused with meaning.

Inner Wisdom PDF  | Print |

By Lee Van Laer

If one traces the roots of the word wisdom, one discovers that wis- is, logically enough, related to the word wit, and that both ultimately trace their origins back to an Indo-European root related to the Sanskrit veda (knowledge) and Latin videre (to see).
The -dom originates from the Latin dominus, master.

A Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama PDF  | Print |

That Depends on the Angle: In March 1980, Ruth Wilson, a friend of Parabola, traveled to India to speak with Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. The Tibetan leader, then forty-four and in exile for twenty years, met with her in a hotel in Delhi. Below is a portion of their conversation, as reported in the Summer 1980 issue of Parabola.

The City of Brass PDF  | Print |

Anonymous | Persian
Retold by Kenneth E. Lawrence

What was taking the sun so long? Scheherazade’s eyes grew dim. A wave of longing swept through her body, longing for a mystical dawn, a crystal blue sky. She yearned for its distance, its freedom. Freedom, she thought, a half-remembered dream wrapped in blue silk. That was the moment that Scheherazade fell in love with the color blue.


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