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Blog Post Archive

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 […]

“Abandon Hope and Other Surprising Slogans to Help You Handle Anger”

In the September 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine, Zen teacher Norman Fischer applies five lojong, or mind-training, slogans to anger and other strong emotions. “These slogans,” Norman explains, “are memorable, often humorous aphorisms that...Show More Summary

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 […]

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