Tibetan Mysticism, Russian Monarchy, Holy War: von Ungern Sternberg — an Interview With Andrei Znamenski

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, Andrei Znamenski speaks about Roman von-Ungern-Sternberg, alittle-known but important character in late revolutionary and early-Bolshevik Russia. A fanatical monarchist, von-Ungern-Sternberg wanted to save Russia — and by extension European and Asian nations — from Bolshevism and the upheavals of revolution, and sought support for his worldview and militarism in Tibetan […]

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of the Roman centurion (adopted and adapted from the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism) appears to have had both strong militaristic and Gnostic elements. The Hindu Bhagavad […]

2014 Swedish Dharma And Zoroastrian Festival Announced

2014 Stockholm Dharma and Zoroastrian festival

A free, family-friendly Dharma festival will be held in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday 30 August. According to the main organization hosting the event, Sveriges Unga Dharmis och Ashavaner (Young Dharmic and Ashavan [Zoroastrian] youths of Sweden),there will be exhibition tents on the different Dharmic religions, and their beliefs about women rights, animal rights, human […]

The Radical, Traditional Diet: Food For The Body, Soul, And Higher Ideal

[Editor’s note: You should consult your doctor and qualified nutritionist prior to making any changes to your diet. The article below is a personal account of, and reflection on, diet in the modern age. It does not constitute medical advice.] While thinking about writing this article on what I’m calling “the radical, traditional diet,” I happened […]

The Poet As Rebel: Inside Coleridge’s Pleasure Dome

[Editor’s note: Below is the second part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. Though insightful and thought-provoking in itself, we would encourage you to read the whole essay, beginning with part one, “A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics,” which we published previously.] Part II: Metascience, Scientism, […]

Hustler: Porn, Politics, and Progress? Michael Lee Nirenberg in Interview

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, we speak with independent movie director Michael Lee Nirenberg about his Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story. The controversial documentary, exploring the curious characters and anarchy behind the rise of the porn magazine, was released in the USA in 2013, and last week (May 26) — through Solo Media — in […]

A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next week — is dependent on that of part one, since the two constitute a complete essay. There are, however, insightful and thought-provoking comments throughout, perhaps […]