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Trepidations about mysticism

When Thomas Merton said that the writings of even Christian mystics were regarded with trepidation in Catholic contemplative monasteries (cf. Mystics and Zen Masters, p. vii) he was, in a subtle way, suggesting to the reader that the West has...

The Somaly Mam Scandal

As you may have heard, it has come to light, following reporting by Simon Marks for the Cambodia Daily and Newsweek, that Somaly Mam — founder of AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire, or “Acting for Women in Distressing Situations”), a Cambodian NGO dedicated to “rescuing, housing and rehabilitating women and children in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam who have…


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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 […]

Troubled ghosts

I have been watching the television series The Haunted which appears on cable's Animalplanet. While the description of the series says it explores the "connection between animals and the supernatural realm" it really explores how humans, who don't believe in...

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 […]

security tightened at world’s largest buddhist temple after ISIS threat

Jogjakarta, Indonedia -- Indonesian police have been put on alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s...


Another Labor Day weekend is upon us, which for many people means summer’s end, the last big barbecue of the season, back to school, so on and so forth. Unlike Memorial Day, which we mark with commemorative ceremonies and concerts, very little is done to bring our attention to the meaning of Labor Day. It [...]

singing bowls and solar panels

The Shape Of A Buddhist Singing Bowl Has Inspired A More Efficient Solar Panel by Chris Pash, Business Insider Australia,...

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 […]

Lessons in Mindful Parenting from George Costanza

4 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

My daughter screams as she sits atop the frog and directs the spray from the outdoor fountain read more

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 […]

Spiritual bodies

Those new to Buddhism, and even old veterans, are under the assumption that the Buddha or Tathagata was with a human form. Some might even envision some old guy walking around India named “Buddha” but this is taking things too...

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 […]

I'm an Ego Maniac

5 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.” - E.B. White read more

The end of faith

The problem that all those who are new to Buddhism face is how does one go from faith in the teachings of the Buddha to direct personal knowledge (paccattam yeva ñânam) of the absolute (i.e., the unconditioned) which is not...

Dharma Connect: This Mortal Kangaroo gets Tricky How High

6 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

I find a cherished mix from '07 & awaken from a full nights rest only to realize while stirring some eggs that I have a teacup of coffee waiting to be sipped. I choose to take my vitamins at a later time & simply make my way to the lighter...Show More Summary

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 […]

teaching mindfulness to teenagers

School and university terms will be starting soon. There are many challenges for people of all ages throughout life. For...

the heart of zen therapy

Here's Dharmavidya on the course he has been teaching in Korea: Day One: Qwan Shi Yin practises deeply Introductory remarks...

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