Spiritual Landmarks


      Nalanda University Where the Lotus Bloomed   BY WANG DA, XIANG OIAN & JIAHUI         Xuanzang (602 — 664 CE) was a Chinese Buddhist monk and scholar of the Tang dynasty. As Buddhism gained prevalence, Xuanzang became concerned about the incomplete and mistranslated Buddhist texts that had reached China. During the course of his studies, he came to…
      The Resilient Beauty of Romania   BY QING QIAN & QING CHA          Nestled in southeastern Europe, Romania is an enchanting country famous for its well-preserved medieval towns, fortified churches, and magnificent castles balanced on hilltops jagged with rock. The stunning Carpathian Mountains cut a broad arc through the nation’s center…
      The Druids Then and Now By Melia McClure         Druidry is a spiritual tradition that emerged from the culture of the ancient Celts. It emphasized the sacredness of Mother Earth and all her miracles, artistic creativity. philosophical knowledge and the immortality of the soul. Though most Celtic people were converted to Christianity between the sixth and …
      Stone Wisdom The Pyramids of Mesoamerica By Jacqueline Sam       Culturally fruitful ancient Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya, Aztec, Olmec and Inca left numerous towering examples of their glory in the form of the pyramid. Though Egypt is frequently at the heart of any conversation about pyramids, the Americas contain more of these mysterious, awe-i…
    Ancient Journeys: Spiritual Travels on the Silk Road                              By Melia McClure   A Global Village in the Ancient World       Many people think of globalization as a modern phenomenon, but long, long before the Internet helped spread ideas and foster a “global vil…
Borobudur:A Spiritual Paradise in the Garden of Java By Jacqueline Sam Rediscovery In 1814, two hundred men spent six weeks slashing and burning their way through the nearly impenetrable vegetation of Central Java in search of a hidden wonder. Clearing the dense greenery of the verdant Kedu Plain along with tons of ash deposited by nearby volcanoes, the workers were acting on the orders of Sir T…
Burma: A Land That Sacred Sites Call Home By Melia McClure Burma is a country of ravishing beauty, a land watched over by the holy gaze of ancient Buddhist temples. It is the largest nation in mainland Southeast Asia, with nearly 2,000 kilometers of uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Abundant natural loveliness in the form of verdant mountain forests and meander…
Spotted Lake, A Sacred Oasis in the Desert By Melia McClure A Miracle Beside a Highway Just west of Osoyoos, British Columbia, and now bordered by a highway, lies Spotted Lake, its millennia-old powers of healing still glittering in the sun. Sacred to the First Nations people of the Okanagan Valley, and originally known to them as “Khiluk,” Spotted Lake has been a source of physical and spiritua…
Out of the Ashes: The Ancient Phoencians and the Pheonix Rising Legend By Rita George and Melia McClure The Fabled Phoenicians The Phoenicians were famed in the ancient world for their miraculous ability to create awe-inspiring comebacks from devastating loss. Their legend spanned over 4,000 years and still lives on today, teaching contemporary civilization about resiliency, transformation and p…
      Paradise at Beomeosa Temple           By Ling Xuan & Narom Chea           There’s a Chinese saying that “most famous mountains house many monks.”This rings true in South Korea, with numerous temples nestled in its scenic mountains. Koreans have an innate affinity with Nature and traditional culture; their…