Love, Passion, and Relationships
Here you'll find some of the Shambhala Sun's finest articles on the spiritual and mindful aspects of love, passion, and relationships.
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Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can use loving relationships to cultivate the seeds of buddhahood inside us.
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Sylvia Boorstein, John Tarrant, and Polly Young-Eisendrath on the dharma of relationships.
Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert on what makes a relationship work, and what doesn't.
the honeymoon, real life sets in—budgets to balance, toilet seats left
up, and in-laws coming for dinner—but if we practice the six paramitas,
or transcendent perfections, we discover how to always live in love. Susan Piver on Being in a Relationship.
Everything changes; nothing lasts. In matters of the heart this can
be an especially difficult truth to wake up to. What do we do when the
love story ends? Karen Maezen Miller on Breaking Up.
Living with someone we love, with all the
joys and challenges, is one of the best ways to grow spiritually. But
real awakening only happens, says renowned psychologist John Welwood,
in the charnel ground where we acknowledge and work with our wounds,
fears, and illusions.
Love is what we long to receive and to
give, yet our intimate relationships are conflicted and often painful.
Psychologist John Welwood looks at the difference between absolute and
relative love, and the wound within each of us that no other can heal.
Shambhala Sun Editor in Chief Melvin McLeod speaks to Sakyong Mipham and Khandro Tseyang about their own marriage and how all
of us can bring the teachings of Buddhism and Shambhala into our
Compassion resides in each of us naturally, say and , but we need to create space
in our heart and mind for it to be nurtured and to allow it to flower.
It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s
what Judge Michele Lowrance tries to practice in her courtroom.
Love all beings? Love even one? Either way,
your heart breaks open. Susan Piver ponders the choiceless choices.
"The beloved is the occasion of something
unlimited, a feeling of connection and destiny that dissolves our
selfishness and isolation." Norman Fischer talks sex, family, love and
Judith Simmer-Brown on the role of desire in Buddhist Tantra.
bell hooks argues that our erotic lives are
enhanced when men and women can celebrate the penis in ways that don't
uphold macho stereotypes.
Ongoing coverage from our blog, featuring contributions from Susan Piver, Sylvia Boorstein, Lily Koppel, and more.