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“You Can’t Fail at Meditation”

Inside our new, November magazine, ABC News anchor Dan Harris gets the inside story on mindfulness and compassion from Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Mark Epstein. Titled “You Can’t Fail a Meditation,” it’s a spirited and encouraging look at how and why you can make the practice your own. “You Can’t Fail at […]

Is China warming up to the Dalai Lama?

Might the Dalai Lama soon be returning to Tibet for the first time in more than fifty years? “It’s not finalized, not yet, but the idea is there,” he said in an interview with Agence France Presse. “Not formally or seriously, but informally… I express, this is my desire.” The tentative plans come after weeks […]

Ashoka Mukpo diagnosed with Ebola after covering outbreak

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Ashoka Mukpo, the son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s wife, Diana Mukpo, and her second husband, Mitchell Levy (Trungpa’s personal physician), has contracted Ebola. Mukpo has spent years volunteering in West Africa, and returned to Liberia when the outbreak began. He was working as […]

Business’s compassionate awakening?

Could big business be finding a heart? According to business consultant Ryan Honeyman, the world’s biggest consultants, including Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company, are trying to persuade corporations be more socially and environmentally mindful, and not just because it serves their financial goals. Honeyman made his case in an article for Fast Company, citing […]

Celebrating 10 years of Himalayan treasures in NYC

Opening on October 2nd, 2004, in a former Barney’s department store, the Rubin Museum of Art has since become the world’s premier museum of Himalayan art. Over the last decade, it has been praised for its accessibility to people all of ages, abilities and backgrounds, as well as the wealth of its collections. A 2008 Shambhala Sun […]

Nobel Meeting cancelled after Dalai Lama blocked from attending

There will be no Nobel Peace Prize winners in South Africa this month. The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which was supposed to happen in Cape Town, has been cancelled after the South African government refused a visa to the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has long had trouble traveling, as the Chinese government […]

The Accidental Vegetarian

Going back and forth on the question of whether or not to eat meat? For a spiritual practitioner, it’s something to chew on. In recognition of today’s status as World Vegetarian Day, we re-present this exploration by Noa Jones (and a host of commenters). Recently I was invited to spend the weekend at a family […]

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 […]

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