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Female Buddhist deities… as “cute-sexy” anime characters?

According to RocketNews 24 (“Bringing you yesterday’s news from Japan and Asia, today”), Ryohoji temple in Tokyo’s Hachioji, which had begun to use “moe girls – cute-sexy adolescent anime characters” to promote itself has now started to render actual Buddhist deities in the same style, selling its first such statuette on its website. Some might see […]

“There is a Path that Frees Us from Suffering” — a profile of Buddhist teacher Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe, a teacher at New York Insight, is working to create a truly inclusive sangha. The place to start, she says, is facing the truth that even Buddhist communities aren’t free from the suffering caused by racism. Read Andrea Miller’s profile of Sharpe, from our September magazine, online now. Just click here.  (Photo, left, […]

Inside the next Shambhala Sun: Get off the wheel of Habit

Our next issue is shipping to subscribers now and will be on newsstands in the beginning of October. So what’s inside? Get off the wheel of Habit — Getting free from habitual patterns of thinking, relating, and acting— it’s the whole point of Buddhist meditation. A special section, featuring Sylvia Boorstein on five styles of […]

Ruth Ozeki’s musings on herself — and no-self

Andrew Sullivan, prolific blogger and former editor the The New Republic, gave a shout-out to award-winning novelist, filmmaker, Zen priest (and, Shambhala Sun contributor) Ruth Ozeki on Sunday. Sullivan noted how Ozeki weaves Buddhism into her writing in natural, subtle ways, and also her “shifty” concept of self. The interview, from the LA Review of Books, […]

Gallery: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

The massive People’s Climate March in New York City (one of 2500 across the planet yesterday) was attended by all kinds of people — “We’re union members, we’re community members, we’re environmentalists, we’re students, we’re workers,” says the March’s National Coordinator in this New York Times video). Buddhists, and related orgs, too, contributed their presence […]

Compassion stirring in New York City

If you’re tuned into the People’s Climate March in NYC tomorrow, watch for Shambhala Sun’s Rod Meade Sperry. Rod is in New York to report on powerful happenings at the Brooklyn Zen Center. “We don’t [merely] have climate change to address,”  says Brooklyn Zen Center’s angel Kyodo Williams. “We have heart changes to address.” Read more about […]

Noah Levine’s “A Refuge from Suffering” — Read it now

Taking refuge in the Buddha means taking refuge from our suffering. In his article found in our current, September magazine, Noah Levine uses Buddhist principles and meditation practices to help people take refuge from the terrible suffering of substance abuse. This is the system of working with recovery posited by Noah’s new Refuge Recovery book […]

Bhikkhu Bodhi on mobilizing for the People’s Climate March

With the massive People’s Climate March in NYC coming this Sunday (click here for details), the esteemed Buddhist monk, editor, and translator Bhikkhu Bodhi speaks to the urgency of the problem and the need for us to take action. Moving from a Culture of Death to a Culture of Life On September 21, concerned citizens […]

If you see the Buddha on 11th Avenue…

Via Chip Johnson of SF Gate comes an especially sweet little story out of Oakland, California: Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion… The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha […]

Watch a livestream of Pema Chödrön, teaching on “Basic Goodness”

The Buddhist principal of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It’s not something esoteric or unrelated to us. It’s about how we feel about ourselves at the core. We are fundamentally open-minded, open-hearted, worthy, and good. Show More Summary

Sakyong Mipham on why meditation helps us “Stop, Relax, Wake Up”

Meditation practice, says Sakyong Mipham in his Shambhala Sun article, “Stop, Relax, Wake Up,” gives us time to slow down and really wake up to the naturally occurring love in our hearts. And it can be pleasurable! “Meditation is supposed to feel good,” he writes. “In fact, when we are simply being and feeling, we […]

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 […]

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