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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 […]

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 […]

“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

“All the Rage” — read Andrea Miller’s new Shambhala Sun editorial about working with anger

“At its best,” writes Shambhala Sun Deputy Editor Andrea Miller in her newest Editorial, “anger is a formidable tool that shows us when something is unjust and needs to be rectified. Much more commonly, however, anger is simply an ugly and destructive force.” So, she says, “I gave a lot of thought to anger and […]

How to Meditate: Being Genuine, by Carolyn Rose Gimian

Great meditators before us have laid out the path, but how can we be sure we’re following it genuinely? There are no guarantees, but Carolyn Rose Gimian has some tips for keeping it real. When the Shambhala Sun asked me to write an article about how to make meditation practice genuine and real, I wasn’t […]

Right Livelihood: Shambhala Sun Foundation seeks Digital Content Creator

The Shambhala Sun Foundation, publishers of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, is an independent not-for-profit media company dedicated to the publication of content about the Buddhist meditative tradition in print and digital form. We’re seeking a Digital Content Creator who will work with our New Media and Editorial departments on all forms of digital. Duties and […]

Naropa to host Radical Compassion Symposium in October, featuring Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Bernie Glassman, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah Levine, Melvin McLeod, and more

October 16-19, 2014 at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado: Join Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah Levine, Shambhala Sun Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod, and other international...Show More Summary

“Buddhists Betray the Teachings” — Jack Kornfield on the anti-Muslim violence in Burma

A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, who recently returned from Burma, urges us to join the call for peace. His full article appears below — you can also download and share this […]

Walking: Meditation in Motion

With every step, says Brother Phap Hai, you can touch the Earth and the wonder of life. From the July 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine. In the film Gravity, after hurtling through outer space, Sandra Bullock’s character takes slow, delicious steps on the Earth. For me, this simple scene was the most impactful of the whole movie. It […]

Subscribe to Shambhala Sun and receive the special e-book “How to Meditate” — in addition to a great discount

Want to learn more about how meditation can help us develop calm, awareness, wisdom and love? Subscribe to the Shambhala Sun today; you’ll save up to 62% on your order and receive a free digital booklet of great meditation teachings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun. Click here. Inside you’ll find great meditation teachings […]

Safe and happy travels, Konchog Norbu…!

I hope you’ll all join me in wishing Konchog Norbu, who’s done such a wonderful job informing and amusing and enlightening us here on the Shambhala Sun blog, safe and happy travels. Why? Well, long story short: Konchog is on his way, as of this morning, into a new adventure, in which he’ll work with […]

Please join us in welcoming Sharon Munson, our new Advertising Account Rep

The Shambhala Sun Foundation is pleased to announce that Sharon Munson has joined the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma as our new Advertising Account Representative. Sharon has many years’ experience in sales and account management, and is also an artist and entrepreneur. In her own words: “I grew up in downtown Toronto, moved to Halifax after […]

There’s a party going on right here: “The World Festival”

“This past Fourth of July,” writes Howard Axelrod in the July ’14 Shambhala Sun, “having not thought about it for years, I was reminded of the World Festival.” Wait, you’ve never heard of the World Festival? Axelrod explains: “Through third and fourth grade, I had a recurring fantasy, though I thought of it as a […]

Watch CBS’ “Modern Masters of Religion,” featurning the 16th Karmapa, Thomas Merton, and Karen Armstong

This CBS News video presents the stories of three major spiritual figures of the modern era. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who introduced His Holiness the 16th Karmapa to the States (and who founded the Shambhala Sun), is seen, as is Lama Surya Das (and his self-described “Jew-fro”), in what amounts to not only a telling of the […]

“Insight Meditation: Present, Open, & Aware,” from the July Shambhala Sun — read it online now

 Our July magazine, “Your Guide to Buddhist Meditation,” includes eleven meditation teachings for developing calm, awareness, wisdom & love. In “Insight Meditation: Present, Open, & Aware,” Emily Horn explains the practice of Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, and how it can lead us to discover the peace and awakening in every moment. “Insight Meditation: Present, Open, […]

Take a look at our next issue, featuring helpful teachings on transforming anger into wisdom and compassion

The September 2014 Shambhala Sun (on sale August 1) is heading to the printer shortly. Here’s what’s inside: Special Section: Discovering the Wisdom of Anger — Melvin McLeod on the “enlightened power of no; Judy Lief offers four Buddhist techniques to work with anger; Emily Horn teaches us how RAIN — Recognizing, Accepting, Investigating, […]

Read Brad Warner’s “A Punk Looks at Fifty,” from the July Shambhala Sun, now

Crummy cars, a wall of guitars, and a whole bunch of meditation: sure, it’s not exactly the American Dream, but Brad Warner (rendered here by the legendary comics artist Peter Bagge, in his first Shambhala Sun appearance) is good with that. In “A Punk Looks at Fifty,” Warner, a Zen teacher, a musician, filmmaker, and […]

Read it now: “Loving-Kindness: It Starts With You,” from the July 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine

“If one practice or tool has helped me to get and stay sober,” writes meditation teacher Josh Korda in our July magazine, “it is the practice of Metta, or loving-kindness, a powerful meditation practice that heals agitated minds with the development of goodwill toward ourselves and others.” Read Josh’s story and his easy-to-follow instructions for […]

Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman on meditation and happiness — as seen in the July Shambhala Sun — in video cartoon from PBS

The new Shambhala Sun magazine captures the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, along with philosopher Simon Critchley, discussing happiness, pleasure, and the difference between the two. The pairing are just one of a number presented in our July 2014 feature, “The Buddhas of West 17th” — a showcase of art and discussion from New York […]

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