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Inside the January 2010 issue
of the Shambhala Sun

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Editorial: Generations

By James Gimian, Publisher of the Shambhala Sun

Inside the January 2010 issue:
A Shambhala Sun Audio preview

Melvin McLeod gives the Editor in Chief's point of view on the people and practices found in the new issue.


It Would Be a Pity to Waste a Good Crisis

Zen teacher John Tarrant offers seven guidelines for taking advantage of life's crises and surprises.


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 all from the pages of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma. Includes pieces by Pema Chödrön, Sylvia Boorstein, John Tarrant, 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.


Read John's SunSpace blog, Escape Arts in Delusionville.

New Face of an Ancient Lineage

As lineage holder of the 1,000-year-old Kagyu tradition, the 17th Karmapa is one of the world’s most important Buddhist figures. At 24, he shares his generation’s concerns about peace, the environment, and the world’s future. Barry Boyce reports on how he is uniting the ancient and the modern.

The Practice of a Bodhisattva

The bodhisattva’s commitment to others manifests in the practice of the six perfections. But as the 17th Karmapa explains, even the ultimate virtues have a dark side we must be wary of.


The Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism offers teachings ranging from simple meditation guidelines and methods for rousing compassion to instructions on mantra, visualization, and yogic practice. H.H. the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the American-born Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, and many others have been regularly featured in our pages. We invite you to explore the Shambhala Sun’s extensive archive of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.

Dharma 2.0

Andrea Miller profiles Jessica Morey, Jaed Coffin, Dechen Hawk, Jessie Litven, Iris Brilliant, and Trevor Maloney — six young Buddhists bringing new issues, styles, and passions to their spiritual practice.


Buddhism for a New Generation

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

The Five of Us

Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary, re-connects with her childhood circle to explore the spiritual quest of a generation.


Lily Koppel and friends discuss "The Five of Us."

For 30 Years, The Best of Buddhism in America: Meditation

If any one thing defines the Shambhala Sun it is the practice of meditation. It is the path by which we awaken to the true nature of mind and bring wisdom and compassion into our lives. And so we conclude our 30th anniversary series with a selection of great meditation teachings from the pages of the Sun. Here you can read them in their complete, original forms.

Contributors include Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lewis Richmond, Judith Lief, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern, and Tulku Thondup Rinpoche.

Blossoms Falling

Natalie Goldberg finds herself hanging suspended between a Zen koan, an ailing hippo, and a “Who am I?” cry.


Writings by Natalie Goldberg, from the pages of the Shambhala Sun

Our January 2010 issue includes a new piece from Natalie Goldberg, bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones; here you'll find all of her previous writing that has appeared in the magazine.

other voices

Eat, Pray, Love — and Marry: A Q&A with Elizabeth Gilbert


Elizabeth Gilbert speaks about Love, Sex, and Marriage

Listen in on the bestselling author's discussion with the Shambhala Sun's Andrea Miller.

Seth and Willie, by Daniel Asa Rose

Making Friends With Heartbreak, by Susan Piver

Peace in the Fast Lane, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

the mindful society

Overcoming Shyness

Steve Flowers was bullied as a child. In his professional work as a psychotherapist, he now helps patients suffering from chronic shyness and anxiety through the practice of mindfulness.

Mindful Divorce

It might sound like a contradiction in terms, but that's what Judge Michele Lowrance tries to practice in her courtroom.

feature book review

Prison Monk

That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row, by Jarvis Jay Masters.

Reviewed by Jenny Phillips.


Prison Dharma: The Best from the Shambhala Sun

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by the Dalai Lama; Mindful Motherhood by Cassandra Vieten; The Complete Tassajara Cookbook by Edward Espe Brown; Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder; You Don't Have to Be a Buddhist to Know Nothing, edited by Joan Conner; plus nine more new releases.

Shambhala Sun, January 2010, Volume Eighteen, Number 8

Available on newsstands beginning in late September.

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