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Look inside the July 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine

FEATURING: "Your Guide to Buddhist Meditation," featuring guidance from 11 of today's finest teachers; a celebration of New York hotspot and Himalayan art refuge, the Rubin Museum; meditation teacher Allan Lokos's incredible airplane-crash survival story; plus, book reviews, Karen Maezen Miller, Brad Warner, "About a Poem," and more.

Click titles below to read excerpts and select complete articles.

this issue's editorial:

• Just Like That

Rod Meade Sperry on why it's never too soon to get started with meditation.

special feature section: your guide to buddhist meditation

Learn a wealth of meditation techniques to develop calm, awareness, wisdom & love. Click titles to read samples and complete articles.

• The View: Why We Meditate, by Chögyam Trungpa

• Insight Meditation: Present, Open & Aware, by Emily Horn

• Walking: Meditation in Motion, by Brother Phap Hai

• Loving-Kindness: It Starts with You, by Josh Korda

• Zazen: Just Ordinary Mind, by Susan Murphy

• Koans: One with the Question, by Melissa Myozen Blacker

• Tonglen: In with the Bad, Out with the Good, by Ethan Nichtern

• The Middle Way: Investigating Reality, by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

• Mahamudra: Look Directly at the Knower, by Andy Karr

• Visualization: Developing Pure Perception, by Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo

• Dzogchen: The Sky of Wisdom, by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

more features

The Buddhas of West 17th

The art, spirituality, and ideas of the Himalayas meet the best of the modern world at New York's Rubin Museum. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, we showcase art from the collection and dialogues featuring Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sharon Salzberg, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and many more.

• Prepare Now

Death can come at any time, so the Buddha warned us to get ready now. Knowing that helped Buddhist teacher Allan Lokos after a terrible airplane crash. Rod Meade Sperry has his story.

• The Biggest Party Ever

As a child, Howard Axelrod dreamed of a festival that everyone in the world attended. Now he realizes that it's been happening all along.

other voices

A Punk Looks at Fifty

Crummy cars, a wall of guitars, and a whole bunch of meditation: not exactly the American Dream, but Zen teacher Brad Warner is good with that.

• Let Your Confidence Shine

Through the practice of meditation, says Sakyong Mipham, we discover an unconditional confidence that transforms our lives and benefits others.


• The Heart of a Garden

The pond in her garden isn't like those decorating fancy homes and magazine covers. In time, however, Karen Maezen Miller discovered the right view of her muddy waters.

reviews & more

 Books in Brief

This issue, Andrea Miller's roundup features books on yoga, parenting, and our connections to animals, plus the new novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick


• About a Poem

Sarah Messer on Nick Flynn's "Hive"

Shambhala Sun, March 2014, Volume Twenty Two, Number 6.

On the cover: Seated Buddha in meditation with right hand in the "touching the earth" mudra; alabaster, Burmese School, Amarapura, Burma / Photo (c) Luca Tettoni / The Bridgeman Art Library.

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