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Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the May 2008 issue of The Sun.

Pilgrimage To Nowhere
Essay by Andrew Boyd

If spiritual seekers coming to Thailand were treated like their sex-tourist brethren, a contingent of saffron-robed monks would accost you at the Bangkok airport, getting up in your face with a laminated menu of spiritual offerings and shouting, “Intensive Vipassana meditation! Twenty-one-day monastery stay! All-you-can-eat vegetarian meals! Hurt your knees! No sex! Donations only!”

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The Ordinary Decency Of The Heart:
Andrew Harvey On Sacred Activism, The Divine Feminine, And Loving George W. Bush

Interview by Andrew Lawler

“This building makes me drunk,” Andrew Harvey says. We’re standing in the middle of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, a century-old experiment in sacred architecture in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Oak Park.

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Room 3206
Essay by Jane Churchon

Mr. K. was forty-two and almost dead, kept alive by machines, tubes, and liquids that would at best give him two or three days more. His wife had brought him to the emergency room, probably because he was confused or vomiting or had chest pain. It soon became clear that he had taken too much Vicodin or heroin or any one of a number of potentially lethal drugs, perhaps by accident, perhaps not.

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Plus: Readers Write on Chance Encounters, poetry by Angela Rydell, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

This month’s favorite from the archives

From the July 2002 issue:

Beyond Happiness And Unhappiness:
An Interview With Spiritual Teacher Eckhart Tolle

By Steve Donoso

At the age of twenty-nine, Eckhart Tolle was a research scholar, supervisor, and doctoral candidate at Cambridge University in England. He was also, by his own admission, deeply miserable. As he lay in bed one night, gripped by an intense dread and loathing of his own existence, he experienced a profound spiritual transformation.

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Recommended by Angela Winter, Associate Publisher, Digital Media & Operations, who wrote: “This interview introduced me to Eckhart Tolle, whose lucid, straightforward teaching about the nature of consciousness continues to ring bell-like through my awareness.”

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Most-read this month on www.thesunmagazine.org
  1. Bridging The Green Divide:
    Van Jones On Jobs, Jails, And Environmental Justice

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (March 2008)

  2. Stealing
    Readers Write
    (April 2008)

  3. Both Sides Of The Street:
    Connie Rice Lays Down The Law To Cops And Gangs

    Interview by Diane Lefer
    (April 2008)

  4. Stories For An Unborn Son
    Essay by Bonnie J. Rough
    (April 2008)

  5. The Unseen Life That Dreams Us:
    John O’Donohue On The Secret Landscapes Of Imagination And Spirit

    Interview by Diane Covington
    (April 2007)
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