Shaman, Sorcerer or Sham? Inside the Cult of L.A.’s Psychedelic Neo-Buddha

Some say Castaneda was a breakthrough academic and visionary shaman. Others say he was a phony. Either way, he shaped a generation of mystical thinkers and magic mushroom eaters.

Three Former Cult Members on What It Took for Them to Finally Break Free

Whether it’s a cult based on Christian fundamentalism, Eastern mysticism or female masturbation, getting out in one piece can be tough as hell

The Dark Secrets of Nepal’s Famous Buddha Boy

They called him a miracle. A divine presence. The young spiritual leader quickly rose to power — leaving a bizarre history of death and violence in his wake

Trump Fits the Profile of a Classic Cult Leader. Can His Followers Be Saved?

We talked to Steven Hassan, an expert in helping people escape cults, about how to best dissuade Trump supporters