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Inside the November 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine

Featuring Pema Chödrön on the compassionate life of the bodhisattva-warrior; three woman teachers changing Buddhism; Norman Fischer on how to live in our topsy-turvy world; three steps to creative power; a Jewish Buddhist in Germany, and more.

Also inside: "Jolly Good" — a never-before-published piece by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the Shambhala teachings.

this issue's editorial:

• We Can Be Heroes

By Shambhala Sun Associate Editor Rod Meade Sperry

feature section: pema chödr
ön / "a greater happiness"

• A Greater Happiness

We've all got the potential to awaken and help others in meaningful ways, big and small. Pema Chödrön shows us how we can let go of self-centered worries and become a bodhisattva-warrior. It's the greatest happiness of all.

• You Can Do It!

Make your vow to help others real with this tonglen meditation teaching from Pema Chödrön.

• Thank You, Pema

Best-selling author Margaret Wheatley on her friend and teacher.

• Pema Chödrön

• Enter... the Bodhisattva

David Loy says the bodhisattva ideal — updated for modern times — is what the world needs now.

more features

• Feminine Principal

Andrea Miller profiles Trudy Goodman, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara and Lama Palden Drolma, three women teachers who are changing the face of Buddhism. (You'll also find a teaching from each inside the magazine.)

• Women and Gender Politics in Buddhism

• The Great Perfection of Creativity 

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal teaches us how to unleash powerful creative energy we can use anywhere from the office to the artist's studio.

• Don't Go There 

As a Jew and a Briton, Henry Shukman had avoided all things German. But as a Buddhist, he knew he had to when he was asked to teach at a zendo in the Black Forest. Together, he and his students faced the unfaceable.

• Buddhism and Judaism

• The Vagabond Queen of Craigslist 

Hopscotching through Brooklyn apartments, Bonnie Friedman discovers the delight in nonattachment.

PLUS: we continue our year-long celebration of the Shambhala Sun's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with a series of never-before-published teachings. In this issue: Rinpoche on the Shambhala teachings.

• The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

other voices


• An ICU for the Soul 

When a friend is dealt a heavy emotional blow, Pico Iyer suggests to her that silence and stillness might be the best medicine. Sometimes, it seems, you've got to retreat before you can move forward.

• Pico Iyer in the Shambhala Sun

• Something to Believe In

While belief can be just dogma or preconception, it can also be a guiding polestar that gives us a sense of direction. Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel on the power of belief to move us out of a small, self-focused world and into a bigger way of being.

• Is This Worth It?

Sara Eckel discovers that volunteering isn't about getting back more than you give. It's just about giving.

• Topsy-Turvy World

The strength of mind that comes from meditation, says Norman Fischer, can help us end the denial that keeps a world of problems spinning.


• No-Self 2.0

Andrew Olendzki reviews The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity by Bruce Hood.

• Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews books by Bhante Gunaratana, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lew Welch, and more.

• About a Poem: Carole Glasser Langille on Czeslaw Milosz's "Love"


The Mindful Society: Dispatches from the Mindful Revolution, from the editors of MINDFUL.

Shambhala Sun
, November 2012, Volume Twenty One, Number 2.

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ON THE COVER: Bhikshuni Pema Chödrön. Photo by Robin Holland.

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