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Look inside the May 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine, featuring the Dalai Lama.

PLUS: Sharon Salzberg on Real Happiness, Andy Karr and Michael Wood on contemplative photography, a hardboiled story with a Buddhist twist, and lots more.

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may 2011 editorial

Being the Change

In the preparation of this issue of the Shambhala Sun, says Deputy Editor Liam Lindsay, a question has been inching into the forefront of his thoughts: "What am I doing to make the world a better place?"

on the cover: the dalai lama

Making Peace in America

The Dalai Lama inspires a new generation of urban activists who know that inner and outer peace are one. Barry Boyce on two cities where they’re making a difference.

The Making of a Spiritual Hero

Stephan Talty explores the key events of the Dalai Lama’s early life that freed him from the strictures of his traditional role and made him the spiritual leader we know today.

The Power of Nonviolence

The Newark Peace Education Summit, headlined by the Dalai Lama, is a roll-up-your- sleeves symposium focusing on innovative ways to deal with tough problems in urban America.

Beyond "Us" & "Them"

We need to view everyone as our brothers and sisters, to see that “others” are actually “us,” says the Dalai Lama.


The Dalai Lama

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

sharon salzberg on real happiness and meditation

Real Happiness

Renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg on the myriad benefits of having a daily meditation practice.

Getting Started

Sharon Salzberg explains the ins and outs of meditating on the breath, the foundation of contemplative practice.


Interview: Sharon Salzberg

Danny Fisher talks to the meditation teacher about her book Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, civility, her use of Twitter, and more.

more may 2011 features

A Way of Seeing

The practice of contemplative photography doesn’t just change the way we take pictures, it changes the way we view the world. Andy Karr and Michael Wood show us how to see with fresh eyes.


Video: "The Practice of Contemplative Photography"

A look inside the book with co-author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr, featuring images by Chögyam Trungpa and others.

In the Pure Land of the Present Moment

The land of joy and happiness is right here, right now. A discourse by Thich Nhat Hanh, as told by his disciple Sister Dang Nghiem.


  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.


Characters taken over by desire and making bad choices is the appeal of noir fiction because we all struggle with our desires, says Brian Haycock. A hardboiled story with a Buddhist twist, and the author’s thoughts on the bright side of writing noir.


barry boyce on "the mindful society"

Learning the Ropes

The real world is the real teacher. That's one of the maxims of the Nova Scotia Sea School, a which uses sailing and boat building to help teens learn deep lessons about how to make their way in the world.


MINDFUL: Living with Awareness and Compassion

This new website from the publishers of the Shambhala Sun will help you bring the benefits of mindfulness practice into every aspect of your life.

other voices

Just Leap!

A key element of bravery, says Sakyong Mipham, is abruptness — the ability to break free from hesitation and suddenly leap from our habitual patterns to the awake mind.


Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun

You Don't See Me

Polly Young-Eisendrath explains why our earliest relationships set us up to fail as couples, and how standing by each other with mindfulness and equanimity can help us find not only each other but true love.

Have You Tried Meditation?

He may be at home in the kitchen but famed Zen chef Edward Espe Brown can't handle the mall. And don't even mention computers.


The Oprah Effect

Evelyn White reviews Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, by Kathryn Lofton.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews Diane Ackerman's One Hundred Names for Love; two great kids' books, fresh new looks at Krishnamurti, Rumi, David Steindl-Rast, and more new releases worth your while.


Shambhala Sun Audio: Diane Ackerman

Listen as the author talks about the benefits of paying mindful attention to nature. From the archives of our blog, Shambhala SunSpace.

about a poem

Jill Schneiderman on Donald Rothberg’s “Tomato”


Earth Dharma: Jill Scheiderman's Shambhala SunSpace blog

Shambhala Sun, May 2011, Volume Nineteen, Number 5. 

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ON THE COVER: The Dalai Lama, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith -

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