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:
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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The comedian and actor in conversation with ANDREA MILLER.
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.
We think we don't have time, but we do. TINA WELLING on the real reason we don't meditate.
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.
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Reviews of new books by Ram Dass, Toni Bernhard, Michaela Haas, and more.
Shambhala Sun, September 2013, Volume Twenty Two, Number 1.