Tracy Cochran is the editorial director of Parabola magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Boston Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Psychology Today, and other publications. Her stories have been included in anthologies including The Best Spiritual Writing series; Writing for Their Lives; and Sacred Voices: Essential Women’s Wisdom Through the Ages.  Before Parabola, she worked for many years in publishing and in the film industry.  She has practiced meditation for decades,  and is trained as a meditation teacher and Community Dharma Leader through the Spirit Rock Meditation Center under the direction of Jack Kornfield.  She is a teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center and the founder of Tarrytown Insight, a weekly meditation group in Westchester, New York.  She teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing classes and retreats throughout the greater New York area.  She also meets with individuals and with groups.


  1. I think a blog space can be a great venue provided the contributors are serious and will obey some basic rules of sincere and respectful discussion. Also, comments need to follow what seems to be Parabola’s fundamental belief: all spiritual traditions of the world deserve respect and are unique.


  2. Sounds good to me. Don’t know a lot about the Buddha, but am learning. Finding out that a lot of what he taught I already knew, but have been unable to recognize it until it was highlighted bu someone more knowledgeable about the Path.

    Got to get my beliefs out in my own words because, frankly, I can’t understand a lot of the language used from a thousand years ago.

    Enjoyed the posts, will return.

    michael j

    Conshohocken, PA USA


  3. I recently faced the same question: to blog or not to blog, and thought hard about it, as if I was supposed to know the answer in advance. Fortunately, I went ahead on faith alone, and discovered that blogs simply do not obey your original intent. They’re a trip into an unknown place where you meet both friends and strangers who trigger unknown parts of yourself to write unexpected and revealing posts.

    You won’t regret it … unless you’re already pressed for time.


  4. Love to keep in touch, and find email So Much Better Than USPS, and find facebook another quantum improvement over email …

    Love Parabola. Don’t always have an active subscription, or the time to enjoy Each And Every Page, which I love to do when I have the active subscription. So your appearance on facebook and now venturing into blog space … to encourage active communications in community …

    nice ….

    but / and to quote Seth Godin

    “A car is not merely a faster horse

    And email is not a faster fax. And online project management is not a bigger whiteboard. And Facebook is not an electronic rolodex.

    Play a new game, not the-older-game-but-faster.”


    A toast to mutual explorations – may they be enjoyable and fruitful – may we bring the best of heart and spirit to a medium that many still feel to be too high tech and too impersonal and too far removed from physical life (in most cases, someone is still sitting at the keyboard with thoughts and feelings to share and someone else is still sitting at the monitor, reading …)


  5. We should certainly avoid aggressive language and personal attacks, but if we’re to be Buddhist in any way, shape or form, we should neverthless be relentlessly critical, and suspicious of nice words and pleasant feelings. The Buddha taught that our illusions about life lie at the root of suffering; to follow his guidance means to embrace disillusionment.


  6. “casting outward like a flung fishing net or a boomerang, ”

    i thought you should know that it works. i am in the net.

    of course, i have always read parabola the magazine. but now i will subscribe to these editor blogs… if tracy cochran’s latest post is an indication of the quality i might expect.


  7. Since poetry is a form of initiation to the Gnostics, then yes this is appropriate and a sound idea – to see how receptive cyberspace is to the recurrence of Gnosis unfolding in the 21st century. “The seeds have been sown and now we shall reap.”


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