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Look inside the September 2013 Shambhala Sun magazine

FEATURING Sylvia Boorstein, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, John Tarrant, Mary Pipher, Karen Maezen Miller and more on the Buddhist approach to becoming a better person.

Plus: Victor Chan's "At Home with the Dalai Lama", Pema Chödrön on why we meditate, a Q&A with comedian and actor Margaret Cho, and much more. Click titles below to read excerpts and select complete articles.

this issue's editorial:

Our Original Goodness

"We are a mix of good and bad," writes MELVIN MCLEOD. "This we know. The important question is which we really are, which is the deeper reality of human nature? How we we answer that question will define our path to becoming better people."

special feature section: "you are the sun not the clouds"

Buddhist writers and teachers on the Buddhist approach to becoming a better person.

A Beautiful Wish

Our deepest and most beautiful wish is to become a better person. Just follow the wanting itself, says Zen teacher JOHN TARRANT. That is the gate.

You Are the Sun Not the Clouds

Buddhist teachers and writers including SYLVIA BOORSTEIN, DZIGAR KONGTRUL RINPOCHE, KAREN MAEZEN MILLER, and MARY PIPHER offer concrete practices for being better people -- happier, calmer, and kinder to ourselves and others.

more features

At Home With the Dalai Lama

VICTOR CHAN had a unique opportunity to spend some private time with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He passes what he learned that special morning on, to his daughters, and to us.

5 Reasons to Meditate

Yes, it's a strange thing to do—just sit there and do basically nothing. Yet the simple act of stopping, says PEMA CHÖDRÖN, is the best way to cultivate our good qualities. Here are five ways it makes us better people.

Meditation: Touching In with the Present Moment

PEMA CHÖDRÖN asks some questions that will help you in your practice.

Also inside: "Steel, Roses & Slave Ships"—ANDREA MILLER talks with artists Miya Ando, Sanford Biggers, and Chrysanne Stathacos about the Buddhist inspiration behind their work; and "In a Room Beside the Sea"—Outside there's a radiant Greek sun, but inside there's work to do. What happens when BONNIE FRIEDMAN opens the shutters?


How to Meditate Pema Chödrön: her best from the Shambhala Sun

other voices

Margaret Cho: The Funniest Thing Is a Deep Truth

The comedian and actor in conversation with ANDREA MILLER.

The Great Vow

Our motivation determines our success on the spiritual path, says SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE. And the greatest of all is the vow to save all sentient beings.

No Time to Meditate?

We think we don't have time, but we do. TINA WELLING on the real reason we don't meditate.

Why Is America So Angry?

Someday somebody will explain why we're all so mad these days. But for now, says SETH GREENLAND, let's consider what to do about it.


Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun


Review: Susan J. Stabile on Brad Warner's There Is No God and He Is Always with You

Books in Brief

Reviews of new books by Ram Dass, Toni Bernhard, Michaela Haas, and more.

About a Poem: Naomi Shihab Nye on Rosemary Catacalos' "Homesteaders"

Shambhala Sun
, September 2013, Volume Twenty Two, Number 1.

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