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The “Seeing Fresh” photo of the moment….

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Rinzing Kelsang. Andy’s comment: “Here’s another wonderful image from Rinzing Kelsang, who again demonstrates that amazing perceptions can be found anywhere. Show More Summary

Obama quotes Caddyshack’s Dalai Lama anecdote in homage to Harold Ramis

Today, in remembering Harold Ramis, who died yesterday, US President Barack Obama made reference to this famous scene from Ramis’s Caddyshack, saying, “our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.” […]

Remembering Harold Ramis

We’re saddened to share the news that filmmaker/actor/writer Harold Ramis, who was beloved by so many for his comedic mind, and by Buddhists especially for his classic film Groundhog Day, has died. He was 69. In 2009, Perry Garfinkel wrote “And If He Sees His Shadow,” a Shambhala Sun profile of Ramis; you can click […]

The Buddha and the swarm of minutiae: provocative new artwork by Gonkar Gyatso on display at the Met

This 2013 artwork, Dissecting Buddha by Lhasa-born Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso, is on display as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations exhibit now through June 8. Have a look (you can even go to the Met site and use a zooming tool to examine myriad details of […]

Read Pema Chödrön’s “The Bearable Lightness of Being” (from our current issue) online now

When we honor life but don’t make it a big deal, we lighten up, open up, and become more joyous. The fancy name for that, says Pema Chödrön in “The Bearable Lightness of Being,” is enlightenment. “The Bearable Lightness” is now online for you to read in its entirety. Just click here. Also inside our […]

Breaking: Obama to meet Dalai Lama Friday morning

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) just released breaking news on its Facebook page that President Barack Obama will meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday, February 21 at 10am in the White House map room. The ICT summarized the positive elements of the White House statement, that it “expresses support for the […]

What is the sound of one note? Giving 20th c. Zen composer Giacinto Scelsi a listen

Perusing a review of a recent performance by Miami’s New World Symphony, I came across this tantalizing biographical tidbit about one of the composers on the program, Giacinto Scelsi (1905-88), who seems to be emerging out of obscurity: “Scelsi (Count D’Alaya Valva), was an eccentric who suffered a mental breakdown and hospitalization from 1949-1952. The […]

Jindal administration comments on lawsuit filed against LA school for alleged harrassment of Buddhist student

Via, we learn that, after nearly a month of silence (see our post from January 23 for more), the New Orleans Times-Picayune has obtained a statement from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration concerning the ACLU lawsuit filed in January against a Sabine Parish school on behalf of the parents of a sixth grader allegedly […]

A “timely and textury” Seeing Fresh photo of the moment…

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by [username] Magnitsky. Andy’s comment: “This is so timely and textury. It’s a good example of fresh seeing.” Contemplative photography is a method for working with the contemplative state of mind, seeing the world in fresh ways, […]

U.S. appearances by the Dalai Lama to be webcast live this week

As HH the Dalai Lama begins a short U.S. tour this week, his office has announced free live webcasts from February 20-24 for many of his public talks and roundtable panels. The dominant theme for these appearances is the intersection of business and ethics, but there will also be discussion of “Unlocking the Mind and […]

Brooklyn Zen Center to host panels on gun violence with angel Kyodo williams and others; Young people urged to join in

“Social Messages and Gun Violence – How are we communicating the devaluation of life?” This is the theme that Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) will present on February 21, in the first in a series of three panels leading up to A Day of Silent Recognition – a day of contemplative silence on April 5th to bear […]

Tell us what you think of the March 2014 Shambhala Sun in our quick online survey

Hi, this is Melvin McLeod, editor-in-chief of the Shambhala Sun. I’d like to ask for your help. We’d like to know more about you—who you are, what you like and don’t like in the Sun, what you’d like to see more of. That’s the only way the magazine can improve and serve the Shambhala Sun […]

Love, passion, and relationships: What favorite Shambhala Sun contributors have to say

Happy February 14th to you all — including those who won’t be acknowledging Valentine’s Day. Relationships, after all, can be sources of difficulty as well as joy. But then, as Thich Nhat Hanh tells us, “When you are a full-time buddha, you can find a way to be present and happy in your relationship full-time, […]

Video: Celebrating V-Day / Read our feature with Eve Ensler and bell hooks, plus lots more, now

What is V-Day? from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo. Inspired by reactions to Eve Ensler’s famous Vagina Monologues, V-Day was established on Valentine’s Day 2008, not as a mere day but a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, [...]

This week’s Manhattanite-friendly “Seeing Fresh” photo…:

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Michael Haspert. Andy’s comment: “Maybe it’s the Manhattanite in me, or maybe the textures of the drips on the window, but I think this is a really pleasing image. It’s a fine example of fresh seeing.” [...]

Confronting the “selfie” and human-hair Buddhas: Odd artistic detours, then and now

Is it just exquisite coincidence or impishly deliberate? On Friday, Mainsite Contemporary Art in Norman, OK, will mount an exhibit entitled “Selfie: An Exploration of Identity” simultaneously with “Buddha Tuesdays,” featuring “small Buddha sculptures, corpse drawings, painted clay canvases and a variety of other items.” It seems they passed on “No-Selfie” as a title for [...]

“Show Up Exactly As You Are” — A Q&A with Taz Tagore of NYC’s Reciprocity Foundation

In our March 2014 magazine, Taz Tagore, who with Adam Bucko founded New York City’s Reciprocity Foundation, talks about the Foundation’s work of taking kids — many of whom are youth of color and those identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — from the streets to a new, more healthful life. Click here to [...]

Canadian snowboarder taps Buddhism for edge in Sochi, and life

He may not quite be at the point of giving all victory to others, but as the Sochi Winter Olympics opens today, Canadian snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb tells Reuters he does aim to shred with serenity after soaking up some Buddhist wisdom: “About five or six years ago I started traveling to Korea and I was [...]

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

At the Shambhala Sun, we’re great admirers of Alice Walker, and we’ve been honored to publish her work over the years. We admire her art, her commitment to social justice, such as her campaign against female genital cutting, and her spiritual practice, which is at least partly informed by Buddhism. Friday night on its American Masters [...]

Watch the trailer for “Hector And The Search For Happiness”

Check out the first trailer for Hector And The Search For Happiness, a forthcoming film directed by Peter Chelsom that brings Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) to a Buddhist monastery, among other places. A key line: “Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness.” The film is currently slated to premiere this fall.

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