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“No Time to Meditate?” Think again.

We all think, at one point or another, that we don’t have time to meditate. But maybe time isn’t the issue. Maybe the problem is that one part of us wants to do it, while another part wants something else. Author and meditator Tina Welling has some guidance for all of us who wish we […]

Want to sit in the Dalai Lama’s big, comfy chair? It won’t come cheap.

Via the Chicago Tribune‘s “Breaking Business” section: “The limited edition Stickley Eastwood Chair, a replica of the custom-designed model used by the Dalai Lama during several recent public appearances, will be on the showroom floor of Toms-Price Home Furnishings in Wheaton [Illinois] starting Sept. 15. The price tag is just under $10,000, including a matching […]

Right Livelihood: Shambhala Sun Foundation seeks Digital Content Creator

The Shambhala Sun Foundation, publishers of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, is an independent not-for-profit media company dedicated to the publication of content about the Buddhist meditative tradition in print and digital form. We’re seeking a Digital Content Creator who will work with our New Media and Editorial departments on all forms of digital. Duties and […]

Joshu Sasaki Roshi dead at 107

From Myoren Yasukawa & Gento Krieger of Rinzai-Ji Zen Center, the home temple of Joshu Sasaki Roshi, comes this message: It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Joshu Sasaki Roshi passed away at 4:25 p.m. [Sunday] afternoon at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. We will update you soon with funeral […]

Prepare Now: Meditation teacher Allan Lokos’s harrowing, inspiring story

Death can come at any time, so the Buddha warned us to get ready now. Knowing that helped Buddhist teacher Allan Lokos after a terrible plane crash. Rod Meade Sperry tells Lokos’s harrowing but inspiring story inside the current, July 2014 Shambhala Sun — and it’s now online for you to read in its entirety. […]

How to Meditate: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Mahamudra

In Buddhism, wisdom is not something we acquire or develop— it is who we really are, the true nature of mind. Through Mahamudra meditation, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, we relax into the emptiness, clarity, and awareness of ever-present buddha wisdom. Buddhism is rich in methods for working with the mind. One of the most renowned […]

Cast your eyes upon the sage, there on his silver donut throne

Two years after the appearance of the Homer-Simpson-as-Buddha statuette, the toy is now getting a new release in a silver “Silver Anniversary” edition, marking 25 years of The Simpsons on the airwaves. From the marketing copy: “Meditating with a pretzel in one hand, and a giant donut beneath him, Homer, at long last, has found […]

Novelist Rajeev Balasubramanyam takes you on a real-life “American Pilgrimage”

“Vegas encapsulates all the reasons why I should be going to America — fame, money, sex, glamour, the American Dream,” writes novelist Rajeev Balasubramanyam (In Beautiful Disguises; The Dreamer) on his blog about his “American Pilgrimage.”...Show More Summary

Don’t miss this: NY Times on Would-be Ambassadors of Shangri-La

“Tom Hugo seems to be well-versed in Chinese, and he evidently cares deeply about the Tibetan people,” writes Andrew Jacobs in his excellent piece from Monday’s New York Times. “There’s only one problem with Tom Hugo’s Twitter account.” You’ve probably already guessed what it is. As Jacobs goes on to explain, “Tom Hugo” is just one […]

How to Meditate: Pema Chödrön on “Signs of Spiritual Progress”

The concept of success on the spiritual path is pretty suspect. After all, isn’t it a journey without goal? But there are some ways, says Pema Chödrön, we can tell if our practice is working. It is tempting to ask ourselves if we are making “progress” on the spiritual path. But to look for progress […]

Video: Imogen Heap goes to Bhutan; inspired musicmaking ensues

She went to Bhutan for “the amazing scenery, to meet people I didn’t know much about and to discover a new culture,” says musician Imogen Heap — and sure enough, all of this has come into play in her new music. In this behind-the-scenes clip behind the making of two new songs and their videos, […]

Pitch in and help Against the Stream open their new San Francisco meditation center

Via Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society: “For over a decade, people from all over the Bay Area have been getting together every Friday to sit in silent meditation and learn from a phenomenal group of dharma teachers including Vinny Ferraro, Gene Lushtak, Matthew Brensilver, Megan Cowan and more. If you’ve meditated with us over […]

In Indiana, Satanists can perform marriages. But Buddhists, humanists, and others can’t?

That’s right. Via the LA Times: “Indiana [limits] marriage powers to religious clergy and certain public officials like mayors, court clerks and judges. Indiana’s statute specifically includes the faiths of Islam, Baha’i and Mormonism — but omits many others, such as Buddhism, Rastafarianism and Jainism. Indiana law also makes it a crime for non-sanctioned celebrants […]

How to Meditate: Judy Lief on Mind Training

What happens on the meditation cushion is one thing, but how do we bring our spiritual practice into the rough and tumble of daily life, where it can really benefit ourselves and others? Judy Lief says the fifty-nine mind training slogans will help us to be more skillful and loving in all our relationships. The […]

The “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the moment…

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Lis Maiz. Andy’s comment: “The light and color on the stairs, the open door to the sky, and the soft textures of the darker walls all combine to make a very pleasing perception. Show More Summary

Naropa to host Radical Compassion Symposium in October, featuring Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Bernie Glassman, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah Levine, Melvin McLeod, and more

October 16-19, 2014 at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado: Join Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah Levine, Shambhala Sun Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod, and other international...Show More Summary

Help Kickstart “The Dalai Lama Film”

“Be a part of HH The Dalai Lama’s legacy,” reads the announcement from Lemle Pictures, “by helping to make a film His Holiness calls part of his ‘Spiritual Will.’ With your help, The Dalai Lama Film will capture His Holiness’s wisdom, humor, and compassion and spread it throughout the world.” The documentary, now in production […]

“Buddhists Betray the Teachings” — Jack Kornfield on the anti-Muslim violence in Burma

A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, who recently returned from Burma, urges us to join the call for peace. His full article appears below — you can also download and share this […]

Buddhist Bluegrass: Peter Rowan shares his “Dharma Blues”

This month sees the release of Dharma Blues, the newest album from Bluegrass star and Buddhist Peter Rowan. His twentieth LP credited as a solo artist, it was recorded in California and New Orleans, and contains bluegrass and country tunes with references to Poe’s “The Raven” and, of course, Buddhadharma, in the album’s Eastern-tinged title […]

Walking: Meditation in Motion

With every step, says Brother Phap Hai, you can touch the Earth and the wonder of life. From the July 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine. In the film Gravity, after hurtling through outer space, Sandra Bullock’s character takes slow, delicious steps on the Earth. For me, this simple scene was the most impactful of the whole movie. It […]

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