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Our special How to Meditate issue. Look inside.

Our annual All-Teachings issue answers your questions about Buddhist meditation practices for mind, body, and heart.

Here you can view full articles and excerpts as well as related web exclusives.

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september 2010 editorial:

Beginner's Mind

By Liam Lindsay, Associate Editor

ON THE COVER: LOTUS: © KIMMO VON LŸDERS / PLAINPICTURE / CORBIS


feature section: how to meditate

Why Meditate?

Matthieu Ricard answers everyone's first question.

Getting Started

Norman Fischer proposes a short trial run to get your meditation practice started. Take note, beginners: it doesn't get any clearer than this!

Mindfulness: The Most Direct Path

"The Buddha spoke of mindfulness as the most direct way to end pain and anxiety, and realize the highest happiness," writes James Baraz. So: what's so special about mindfulness, and how do you do it?

Shamatha-Vipashyana: It's Our Original Nature

"If our practice is inspired by the compassionate intention to be of service and alleviate the suffering of others," writes Gaylon Ferguson, "the union of shamatha and vipashyana can lead to complete enlightenment and the ensuing buddha-activity benefiting others."

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Grace Schireson offers encouraging instruction in Zen meditation; Mingyur Rinpoche tells the story of his own introduction to the Great Perfection; Carolyn Rose Gimian suggests a slogan to inspire our meditation-in-action.

RELATED SHAMBHALASUN.COM SPOTLIGHT:

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.


new from the dalai lama

“The Challenge of Other Religions”

How do we reconcile religious pluralism, so necessary in today’s world, with deep commitment to our own faith? The Dalai Lama offers his solution.


feature section: awakening the heart

Tonglen: Bad In, Good Out

Pema Chödrön teaches a practice for connecting with suffering — ours and that which is all around us — everywhere we go.

Kindness Changes Everything

When we practice loving-kindness, says Noah Levine, we change for the better—and so does our world.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Sakyong Mipham teaches you six specific thoughts that you can implement to jumpstart an attitude of genuine happiness as you live your day; Kathleen McDonald explains a practice for awakening your potential to develop boundless compassion.


feature: awakening the body

Make Friends with Your Body

On or off the meditation cushion, we can be friends with our body—just the way it is. Cyndi Lee shows us how to sit with relaxation and ease.

RELATED SHAMBHALASUN.COM SPOTLIGHT:

Working with Pain and Suffering

How can we better deal with pain and suffering? These classic teachings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun will point the way.



barry boyce on the mindful society

Showtime!

Barry looks at Brooklyn's Jazz Mindfulness Program, and why acting and mindfulness go hand in hand at New York's Meditation for Actors.

RELATED SHAMBHALASUN.COM SPOTLIGHT:

The Mindful Society

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



book review 

Attention, Eaarthlings!

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill McKibben.
Reviewed by Jill S. Schneiderman

RELATED SHAMBHALA SUNSPACE BLOG:

"Earth Dharma"

If you care about the earth, or you care about dharma, you'll want to follow geoscientist Jill S. Schneiderman's unique perspective on them both.


other voices

Is This the World's Worst Buddhist? A Q&A with Mary Pipher

The bestselling author talks with the Sun's Andrea Miller about crisis, mindfulness, and... good-looking birds?


“Impossible Happiness: An Elegy for Peter Orlovsky”

Steve Silberman remembers the late Beat figure. This online version of Steve's intimate recollections includes never-before-seen images of Orlovsky, and Allen Ginsberg, by photographer Cliff Fyman.


Susan Moon: “This Is Getting Old”

Old age forces you to let go of one damn thing after another! But as Susan Moon tells us in this excerpt from her warm, wise, and funny new book, old age can also be a golden opportunity for poetry, friendship, and moderate amounts of wine.

RELATED SHAMBHALA SUNSPACE GUEST-BLOG BY SUSAN MOON:

"Aging: Everybody's Doing It"



about a poem


Peter Levitt on Juan Ramón Jiménez’s “Mind, Give Me”




find a place to meditate near you!


The Shambhala Sun Network Directory is loaded with places to sit. Click here.



Shambhala Sun, Sept 2010, Volume Nineteen, Number 1. 

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