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Are you trying to “settle the score”? Try Pema Chödrön’s advice for “Choosing Peace” instead.

There is a key moment, says Pema Chödrön, when we make the choice between peace and conflict. In this teaching from her program Practicing Peace, she describes the practice we can do at that very moment to bring peace for ourselves, for others, and for the world. If we want to make peace, with ourselves […]

“Beyond Thought”: Ram Dass on how we arrive at spiritual understanding

In his book Polishing the Mirror, bestselling author, spiritual teacher, cultural icon, and consciously aging elder Ram Dass shares his essential teachings for living in the here and now. In this excerpt from the book, which comes out in paperback this September, he recalls a lesson he learned at one of his own teachings. I […]

Exiled Tibetan monks travel from India to support Ferguson protestors

A group of exiled Tibetan monks made the journey from India to stand alongside protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, and did so late this weekend. The monks stood on the street with their hands up in surrender, a gesture that, along with signs and t-shirts reading, “Don’t shoot,” has come to represent the protests and the […]

How to Meditate: Jack Kornfield on developing “A Mind Like Sky”

Meditation teacher Jack Kornfield, whose call for peace in Burma can be found in our September 2014 magazine, explains the why and how of developing wise attention, or open awareness. Meditation comes alive through a growing capacity to release our habitual entanglement in the stories and plans, conflicts and worries that make up the small […]

Sister Chan Khong’s path of peace

Best known as Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator, Sister Chan Khong is also a dedicated activist and a gifted teacher in her own right.  “People think that engaged Buddhism is only social work, only stopping the war,” Chan Khong says. “But, in fact, at the same time you stop the war outside, you have to […]

How to Meditate: Sharon Salzberg on getting started

Sharon Salzberg explains the ins and outs of a core technique—meditating on the breath. This classic meditation practice is designed to deepen concentration by teaching us to focus on the in-breath and out-breath. Sit comfortably on a cushion or a chair. Keep your back erect, but without straining or overarching. (If you can’t sit, lie […]

“How to Be a Peacemaker”

“Looking at modern champions of peace such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama,” writes Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, “we see that as life put them to the test, they all came to the conclusion that peace is the way. How did they do it?” Good question! See Sakyong Mipham’s […]

Summer books: Looking for a fun and meaningful new read?

Then look no further — in our new, September 2014 magazine, Andrea Miller tells you about the latest books from Tom Robbins and Peter Matthiessen, a re-release of Nyanaponika Thera’s classic Heart of Buddhist Meditation, and more. Click here to read. (And once you’re there, click any book’s bibliographical information to purchase directly from its […]

Extreme Detox: How Buddhist monks led me to humility and freedom from alcohol addiction

Author Paul Garrigan tells how Buddhist monks in a Thai temple helped him to drop his drinking, and even the very idea that he was an addict. In 2006, I entered an addiction treatment program in Thailand. I did this in the hope of curing a problem that had been making my life miserable for […]

Pema Chödrön on the power of love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, and inadequacy

“Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, and arrogance. “But fortunately for us, the soft spot — our innate ability to love […]

“All the Rage” — read Andrea Miller’s new Shambhala Sun editorial about working with anger

“At its best,” writes Shambhala Sun Deputy Editor Andrea Miller in her newest Editorial, “anger is a formidable tool that shows us when something is unjust and needs to be rectified. Much more commonly, however, anger is simply an ugly and destructive force.” So, she says, “I gave a lot of thought to anger and […]

How to Meditate: Thich Nhat Hanh on Walking Meditation

The practice of mindful walking, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. Read on and learn how to. Many of us walk for the sole purpose of getting from […]

Crowdfunding works: Updates on Against the Stream’s new SF Center and “The Dalai Lama Film”

Good news: Against the Stream’s online fundraising campaign for a new meditation center in San Francisco has been fully funded. But your donation is still very much welcome. Why? As ATS tells us: The $30,000 raised [thus far] brings us what we need for the original renovation contract, but every dollar more buys us some […]

A Kickstarter for Nature lovers…

From TigerLion Arts — who produced “KIPO!”, a circus of spirit, song and dance from Tibet, and the official arts component of the Dalai Lama’s 2011 Minnesota visit (the Sun was a sponsor) — comes Nature, an “outdoor play, created by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s great-great-great-grandson, about Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world.” […]

How to Meditate: Being Genuine, by Carolyn Rose Gimian

Great meditators before us have laid out the path, but how can we be sure we’re following it genuinely? There are no guarantees, but Carolyn Rose Gimian has some tips for keeping it real. When the Shambhala Sun asked me to write an article about how to make meditation practice genuine and real, I wasn’t […]

“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. […]

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