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Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach, and Tim Ryan to appear at “DC Mindfully” on Thursday, Sept. 18

On Sept. 18, the Peace Alliance, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, will host an evening with three renowned advocates for achieving peace through mindfulness: Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach, and Congressman Tim Ryan. Questions to...Show More Summary

Colbert’s latest take on Buddhism…: “Boom! Dalai Lama out.”

In last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen told the Nation about the Dalai Lama’s recent statement regarding the future of his post — that there may be no need for it. Irreverence — no surprise — ensued, including Colbert’s notion that Obama is a “secret Buddhist” and that Stephen himself should serve as the Fifteenth Dalai […]

Buddhist Peace Fellowship protests Urban Shield, police militarization in Oakland

Story and photos by Joshua Eaton. (Click here to view full photo set.) Lifelong Oakland resident Maurice Johnson was leaving Starbucks on Sunday, Aug. 31 when he heard drumming and the sound of Japanese monks chanting the first line of the Lotus Sutra. Johnson then saw nine members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), all […]

“All the Rage: Buddhism Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance” — Read the intro and Sylvia Boorstein’s contribution, “No Blame”

The new Shambhala Sun book, All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance, comes out next month (and is ready for online direct orders from the publisher now). Here, in the book’s introduction, editor Andrea Miller tells you what’s inside — and gets a bit personal about anger, too. You’ll also find a link […]

Meditation inspiration: Pema Chödrön on “lightening up”

Time now for a little meditation inspiration, by way of Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chödrön: “Discipline is important. When we sit down to meditate, we are encouraged to stick with the technique and be faithful to the instruction, but within that container of discipline, why do we have to be so harsh? Do […]

Jerry Granelli: Bringing The Real Stuff — and “Warrior Songs”

Meet jazz legend and Buddhist Jerry Granelli — soon to debut a World Premiere work at Naropa University. “I didn’t come to the dharma looking to be a better musician,” says Jerry Granelli. “I’d accomplished most of what I’d hoped for. But I didn’t know how to be a human.” At 72, the jazz drummer […]

RAIN Cools the Flames of Anger

Emily Horn teaches us how to recognize, accept, investigate, and not identify with our anger. From the September 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine, on newsstands now. The best way to transform anger and other strong emotions is to befriend them. As with any relationship, it takes time to become intimate with the inner workings of our minds. […]

Watch: “Hector” (aka Simon Pegg) goes to Tibet

If a good-natured, fun-loving film is your cuppa tea, you know Simon Pegg; think Hot Fuzz, Paul, Shaun of the Dead, and so on. Pegg’s latest star turn is in the title role of Hector and the Search for Happiness, in which he plays a psychiatrist who’s trotting the globe in search of, yes, happiness. […]

“That’s Not Very Buddhist of You”

“That’s Not Very Buddhist of You.” Have you ever had that accusation thrown in your face? Brad Warner has, and it’s made him think about what it really means to act like a Buddhist. It’s not as simple as right and wrong. The other day, someone who attends the zazen classes I lead told me […]

Remembering Jim Woolsey, rock fan/producer and preserver of Tibetan literature

“He was one my dearest friends and father-figures and I don’t know what I’m gonna do w/o him now.” That’s how Mickey Melchiondo — aka Dean Ween, half of the team behind the beloved but no-longer-active band known as Ween — characterized his feelings about the passing of Jim Woolsey. But who was Jim Woolsey? […]

A vivacious new “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 [username] Christiane. Andy’s comment: “There is nothing quite like the vivacity of patterns of light. I love the play of light and texture in this image. It’s a great example of fresh seeing.” Contemplative photography is a […]

Slow down and enjoy the fruits of Labor Day — or Any Day

It’s Labor Day — a day when, hopefully, you’ll get a chance to slow down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. For many of us, though, not even a day off is really a day off. As Sakyong Mipham wrote in the Shambhala Sun: “The speedy mind is like an internal combustion engine. So […]

Transform anger in 4 steps with “The Poison Tree” — a teaching from our new issue

Anger is like a poisonous tree — you can prune it back, you can chop it down… or you can find ways to use it. In “The Poison Tree,” from our current, September magazine, Judy Lief explains how mindfulness undermines aggression, and then offers a four-step practice for working with anger. “The Poison Tree” is […]

Like Thangkas You Can Hear: Buddhism & the Metal Underground

“Buddhist Metal.” That’s… a thing? Yes, it is. And it runs the gamut. Some of it’s artier, some’s goofier, some’s pure expression, some of it is capable of conveying real dharma — if we’re willing to listen. Of course, it can be heavy, hectic, screamy music, so it’s understandable why many may not be so willing. But there are rewards. Like a Buddhist […]

Noah Levine: “Practice Is Politics”

Noah Levine — Buddhist teacher and frequent Shambhala Sun contributor (his latest, “A Refuge from Addiction,” can be found in our current issue) — on why our Buddhist practice can be seen as a form of engaged rebellion. Buddhist practice is a political action. Training one’s mind, heart and actions in wisdom and compassion is […]

Is there such a thing as “Good Failure”? Yes!

You may fail to change the system, but what if you’ve made life a little kinder or more beautiful? In her Shambhala Sun article, “Good Failure,” activist Courtney E. Martin writes, refreshingly, about reclaiming failure as the mark of a dream worth having. “There are many disappointments in the life of a dedicated activist—so many […]

Victor Chan, friend of the Dalai Lama, and featured TedX speaker, takes you to the Dalai Lama’s home

It’s just been announced that Victor Chan — founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and a co-author and good friend to His Holiness himself — will be one of TedX Vancouver’s first three speakers this year. (See TedX’s announcement, here.) Our congrats to him, and to TedX, too, for such a […]

How Buddhist singing bowls light the way for better solar panels

Via Business Insider Australia: “Niraj Lal, of the Australian National University, found during his PhD at the University of Cambridge, that small nano-sized versions of Buddhist singing bowls resonate with light in the same way as they do with sound. He’s applied this shape to solar cells to increase their ability to capture more light […]

Eyes wide open! It’s time for our latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Marc Flament. Andy’s comment: “It’s amazing what you can find reflected in the water if you open your eyes wide enough. It’s a nice example of fresh seeing.” (Click the photo to see a larger version.) Contemplative photography […]

Check out The Melanthium Band, featuring the piano stylings of Zen teacher Lewis Richmond

The work of Lewis Richmond has been featured a number of times here, but now we’re looking at a different kind of work from the author and Zen teacher. “I have recently become part of a new music group called The Melanthium Band,” he writes. “Many people who know my books and teaching may not […]

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