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RIP Lou Reed: meditator, student of Buddhist philosophy, and friend of Tibet

“Lou Reed was not a Buddhist” writes Rod Meade Sperry for Shambhala SunSpace. However, he did study meditation under Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and claimed to be a “student of Buddhist philosophy.” He was also a supporter of various causes, including the movement to free Tibet. Find out a bit more here (wiki) Meditating on the [Read More...]

Top tattoo artists talk Tibetan thangka art with Heidi Minx

We’ve talked a bunch about Buddhist tattoos here on Shambhala SunSpace — who gets them, and why — in this case, recently covered on ANI News, to “highlight China’s clampdown on Tibet” — and plenty more. Here, our friend the pro-Tibet punk activist Heidi Minx explains Tibetan thangka (or, scroll painting) art, and why some [...]

Shozan Jack Haubner’s “Spring Prayer”

Happy Spring, everyone! As a way to welcome the season, we re-present “The Spring Prayer,” the debut Shambhala SunSpace post by Shozan Jack Haubner — who has contributed some various pieces to our magazine, including his uproarious “The Shitty Monk” in our September 2009 issue. Shozan is also the author of a new book called [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Five Mindfulness Trainings: An exclusive Shambhala SunSpace Q&A

By Andrea Miller A brown-robed sister led me down a hallway lined with doors. She opened one, but he wasn’t there, though the table inside was set with tea. Then she opened another and there, behind door number two, was the renowned monk. Thich Nhat Hanh was stretched out on a green hammock, drinking oolong [...]

No Gap: Next-Gen Buddhists share their struggles and successes

Since the spring, we’ve been sharing weekly selections from The Under 35 Project here on Shambhala SunSpace. Ten of these stories from young Buddhists are featured in the January Shambhala Sun magazine, and two of them are available to read online now. In “Lost and Found,” Ben Hutchison draws a lesson from those moments when [...]

What a Wall Teaches — Lin Jensen on Zen meditation’s enduring lesson

In this guest post for Shambhala SunSpace, author and Zen teacher Lin Jensen tells how meditation’s surprising first lesson still resonates with him. Bodhidharma, the Indian monk credited with having brought Zen to China, is said to have spent nine years facing a wall in a cave a mile from northern China’s Shaolin Temple. If [...]

From The Under 35 Project: “The Dharma is in the Medicine”

The Under 35 Project continues with this month’s theme of experiencing loss (click here for details on how to submit your own writing); this week’s Shambhala SunSpace selection, though, is from the Project’s archives and comes from Stacy Chivers, who describes herself as a “33-year-old respiratory therapist, single mom of a teenager, wears black, loves [...]

Seeing Fresh: Contemplative Photo(s) of the Week

If you’re a fan of art and photography, you should know Andy Karr. Andy is, along with Michael Wood, co-author of The Practice Contemplative Photography, which we’ve featured in the Shambhala Sun, and in this Shambhala SunSpace video. Now, one of the many great things about contemplative photography is that anyone can do it. Maybe [...]

Taking the Practice Seriously

Shambhala SunSpace blogger Jill S. Schneiderman noticed an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday. And she wasn’t the only one; James Atlas’ “Buddhists’ Delight” is currently the most-emailed story on the Times site. (And...Show More Summary

Bringing Wise Mind to “Mine-golia”

A new post from Shambhala SunSpace “Earth Dharma” blogger Jill S. Schneiderman. How shall we bring the Buddhist “perfections of the heart,” such as generosity, patience, equanimity, truthfulness, renunciation, and wisdom, to the ways we interact with the earth? I sometimes find myself adopting what might be considered a generous stance of sharing equally what [...]

Right Here With You: Andrea Miller on Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Committed”

This is the second of a series of Shambhala SunSpace posts in which Andrea Miller — deputy editor of the Shambhala Sun, and editor of the book Right Here With You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships — takes a look at noteworthy books on mindful loving. In this post, she focuses on Committed by [...]

What Pema Chödrön (Unwittingly) Taught Me About Climate Change

A new post from Shambhala SunSpace “Earth Dharma” blogger Jill S. Schneiderman. Recently, when I opened my copy of Offerings: Buddhist Wisdom for Every Day for a bit of early morning inspiration, as has become my habit, I found the following insight from Pema Chödrön: Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing [...]

Mighty or Not, We All Fall Down

“In all that goes down, writes Lin Jensen in this guest post for Shambhala SunSpace, “there lives a going up. This is reassuring when you’re witnessing the end of something.” The first I saw of the oak were its raw roots crusted with mud and tilted up into the air so that the whole [...]

Can sex –- even a one-night stand — be a compassionate activity?

Author and teacher Lodro Rinzler has contributed a few great posts here on Shambhala SunSpace (you’ll find links to those below), and in our current issue, Andrea Miller reviews Lodro’s new book, The Buddha Walks Into A Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation. Here, from that book, is a typically frank and [...]

Looking for a good book to curl up with? Here are nine.

In the new Shambhala Sun magazine, Deputy Editor Andrea Miller reviews The Buddha Walks Into a Bar, the new book by Lodro Rinzler — whose recent Shambhala SunSpace teaching “Bombarded with Coconuts of Wakefulness” can be read here –  as well other new titles worth your while by Allan Lokos, Susan Bauer-Wu, Thich Nhat Hanh, [...]

A taste of impermanence

In this new post, geoscientist and Shambhala SunSpace contributor Jill S. Schneiderman shares how mindfulness practice recently helped her not just to enjoy a delicious dessert but to appreciate and articulate a common phenomenon of our planet. We were a few days into a week-long silent meditation retreat and pecan bars were on the lunchtime dessert [...]

Danny Fisher Interviews Stephen Batchelor

In the interview at Shambhala SunSpace, the Reverend Danny discusses New Atheism with Stephen Batchelor. Batchelor is author of a book titled Confession of a Buddhist Atheist that I don't recommend reading.... Read Full Post

Video: The Pizza/Buddhism connection revealed?

On The Worst Horse and here on Shambhala SunSpace, I often write about the ongoing collision of Buddhist imagery and ideas with pop-culture. Such occurrences can run the gamut: sometimes they can be subtle, fleeting nods, and sometimes they can wallop you over the head. Sometimes they’re funny, and sometimes they’re not. Blogger Scott Mitchell [...]

Deadly Light release new album, “No Gods Within the City”

You may recall mentions of the three-piece metal band Deadly Light both here and over on Shambhala SunSpace. It’s pretty obvious that the Horse is enthusiastic about metal — especially when it’s at turns hard-to-play, sludgy, chuggy, catchy — but of course we’re talking about Buddhism here, at least ostensibly, so let me remind you [...]

A Bizarro moment on Shambhala SunSpace

Check out this single-panel from “Bizarro” cartoonist Dan Piraro: It comes from his blog (and of course is published in a bazillion papers, etc) along with Piraro’s personal comments about meditation: Sample: “This cartoon was the brainchild of a friend of mine from my previous life back in Texas. It immediately made me chuckle because I [...]

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