Rise to the Occasion

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Sir William Empson, who was steeped in Buddhist learning, liked to tell the story of how Buddha once became annoyed with a congregation to whom he was trying to preach a sermon. Carried away by his eloquence, Buddha had unwittingly floated up into the air; instead of paying attention to his messages of enlightenment and […]

Scare Stories

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Given the notorious reluctance of ghosts to appear before impartial observers, anyone attempting to trace the history of the supernatural faces peculiar difficulties. Books on this subject usually centre on written sources, and so give prominence to the views of an educated minority, whereas until at least the 19th century most people’s images of ghosts […]

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