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There's something here for everyone.

Explore meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and much more with these special sections of the best material from the pages of the Shambhala Sun. You'll find wisdom and guidance from the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many more of the great names you've come to know and trust in pages of our magazines.

Just click any Spotlight page's title to start exploring.

beginner's mind: basics of buddhism and meditation

Buddhism Basics

Whether you're a longtime practitioner of Buddhism and/or meditation, or just getting beginning to explore, these teachings from the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thanissaro Bhikkhu and more will deepen and reinforce your understanding of the essentials of starting and maintaining your practice.

How to Meditate

All Buddhist meditation aims to help us find liberation by going against the grain of our usual habits of mind. In this selection of articles from the Shambhala Sun, we present teachings on the various techniques of meditation from all the major schools of Buddhism.

The Life of the Buddha

Further reading on concepts discussed in PBS's The Buddha, such as karma, The Four Noble Truths, miracles, and more.

buddhist teachers: reader favorites

The Dalai Lama

The Shambhala Sun is proud to share this special selection of pieces by and about this unique teacher and world leader.

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent women teachers of Buddhism. She is resident director at Gampo Abbey monastery in Nova Scotia and the author of several books, including The Wisdom of No Escape, When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and No Time to Lose. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of her teachings available on the web.

The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

A collection of teachings from the pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teacher and founder of the Shambhala Sun.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen teacher, poet, the founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement, and the author of more than forty books. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of his teachings and commentaries available on the web.

Sylvia Boorstein

A collection of articles by and about the psychotherapist and dharma teacher.

Remembering Robert Aitken Roshi

Teachings from and reflections about the late Zen master.

buddhist traditions, practices, and culture

Tibetan BuddhismTibetan Buddhism

We invite you to explore the Shambhala Sun’s extensive archive of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, featuring the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the American-born Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, and more.

Helping Tibet: An online resource guide

Links to organizations supporting Tibetans both inside Tibet and in exile, as compiled by Andrea Miller, as a complement to "Compassion in Action."

Mindfulness Meditation

Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg are among the most prominent teachers of mindful meditation in America. They drew their inspiration from Burmese meditation masters Mahasi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin, and from the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Enjoy our extensive archive of teachings from masters of Vipassana meditation and Theravada teaching.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Become better informed about the value of the Buddha's four foundations of mindfulness through these classic teachings from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Reginald Ray, Sheng Yen, and more.

Zen Buddhism

Teachings by the most revered Zen masters of our time—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, Eido Roshi, Seung Sahn—and many of their dharma heirs have appeared in our pages. Each of the teachings presented in this Spotlight reveals a different facet of Zen's unique transmission of Buddhism.

happiness and health

Science, Buddhism, and Your Mind

Our March 2012 magazine and our archives include fascinating stories of the research from the world of Buddhism and science, and the personalities behind it all. Check out some of our best on this special Shambhala Sun Spotlight page.

Discovering Happiness

Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sakyong Mipham, Gaylon Ferguson, Matthieu Ricard, and more on Buddhism's approach to happiness.

Buddhism and Psychology

The best from the pages of the magazine.

Yoga and Buddhism

These classic teachings from Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, and more will help you to engage and enhance both yogic and Buddhist practice.

Buddhism and Green Living

Thich Nhat Hanh, Stephanie Kaza, Rick Bass, Gary Snyder, and others living green, with a Buddhist perspective.

Love, Passion & Relationships

A special collection of writings and teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh, John Welwood, Sylvia Boorstein, and many more.

buddhism, mindfulness, and society

The Mindful Society

Here you'll find some of the finest articles on mindfulness, from our extensive archives, plus Shambhala SunSpace exclusives, and more.

Mindful Politics

One alternate to letting stress or our differences get the best of us is to practice Mindful Politics. In this sampling of writings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun, you'll get refreshing perspectives from some of the great Buddhist voices who practice Mindful Politics, including Thich Nhat Hanh, John Tarrant, Jerry Brown, and Charles R. Johnson.

Prison Dharma

From the Shambhala Sun archives and our blog Shambhala SunSpace come writings and more from people who know the practice of Buddhism or meditation from both sides of the prison bars.

Women and Buddhism

Enjoy this selection of pieces from Rita Gross, Sylvia Boorstein, Pema Chödrön, Joan Sutherland, and Polly Young-Eisendrath, and other writers from the pages of the Shambhala Sun. Individually and together they paint an inspiring picture of the growing, supportive — and supported — role that women are playing as Buddhism's roots reach more deeply into the Western soil.

Buddhism for a New Generation

Teachings from and profiles about Ethan Nichtern, Noah Levine, Sumi Loundon, and others who are leading the way.

wisdom for difficult times

Wisdom for Difficult Times

Here are some of the finest examples of Buddhist wisdom for difficult times, from the names you've come to trust. Includes pieces by Pema Chödrön, Sylvia Boorstein, John Tarrant, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, and more.

Practices for Difficult Times

In this sampling of writings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun, you'll find practical and profound Buddhist guidance for transforming difficulties into opportunities to live a more awakened life. Featured contributors include Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, Cyndi Lee, Darlene Cohen, and still more.

Working with Pain and Suffering

We all deal with pain and suffering. But how can we better deal with them? These  teachings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun will point the way.

Caregiving and Practicing with Illness

A selection of truly helpful teachings and writings from John Welwood, Rachel Naomi Remen, Barry Boyce, and more, about how to cope with illness, for caregivers and for those who are trying to practice with illness.

Death and Dying

A diverse selection of helpful teachings on death and dying featuring the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Larry Rosenberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, and more.

buddhism and the arts

Art and Buddhism

k.d. lang, Alex Grey, Leonard Cohen, bell hooks... all artists whose lives and work have been enriched by Buddhism. Come meet them (and more).

Pico Iyer

A collection of the bestselling author's best contributions from the pages of the Shambhala Sun.

bell hooks

bell hooks describes herself as a "Black woman intellectual, revolutionary activist." She has published more than twenty books, including Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. The Shambhala Sun offers a wide selection of writing by this longtime contributor.

Natalie Goldberg

Her best pieces from the Shambhala Sun.

shambhala sun anniversary best-ofs

30 Great Years: Art and Artists

Shambhala Sun’s art director Liza Matthews showcases seven featured artists whose work manifests the qualities of awakened mind.

30 Great Years: Meditation

Great meditation teachings from the pages of the Sun, featuring Sakyong Mipham, Joseph Goldstein, and more.

30 Great Years: The Complete Commentaries

The complete articles — excerpted in our 30 Great Years: Commentary retrospective, in the July issue — are found here. Includes work by Gary Snyder, John Tarrant, Rita Gross, Peter J. Conradi, Norman Fischer, Charles R. Johnson, bell hooks, Rod Meade Sperry, Sam Harris, David Loy, and Andrew Schelling.

30 Great Years: Memoir

Featuring contributions from Gretel Ehrlich, Allen Ginsberg, Rick Bass, Natalie Goldberg, and Barry Boyce.

30 Great Years: Interviews

Buddhism, culture, meditation, life—they've all been the topic of fascinating discussions hosted by the Shambhala Sun. Continuing our celebration of the Sun's 30th anniversary, our May 2009 issue offers highlights from our conversations with important writers, artists, political leaders, and spiritual teachers including Leonard Cohen, Eve Ensler, Aung San Suu Kyi, k.d. lang, Tom Robbins, Richard Gere, and more.

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