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Look inside the November 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine

FEATURING: Sylvia Boorstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and more on getting free from habitual patterns of thinking, relating, and acting; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on three principles that bring dharma into our lives today; ABC News anchor Dan Harris talks meditation with Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Mark Epstein; Norman Fischer's "Useless Advice," book reviews, "About a Poem," and more.

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This issue's editorial:

• A World of Skillful Means

Melvin McLeod on the communication of dharma in a world of new media.

Special feature section: Get Off the Wheel of Habit

Getting free from habitual patterns of thinking, relating, and acting — it's the whole point of Buddhist meditation.

• From Getting Mad to Going Shopping: What's Your Pattern?

Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein on five styles of habitual reaction—and how to free yourself from yours.


• A Bad Day at the Airport

Sylvia Boorstein shares a practice for working with your mind when things aren't going well. 


• Watering the Seeds of Happiness

Not all habits are bad. Happiness is a habit too, says Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Here's how you can make it grow.  


• The Sunlight of Awareness

Shine the warm light of awareness on your thoughts and feelings, says Thich Nhat Hanh.

• How to Bridge the Gap

Whether we're relating to lovers, friends, family, or colleagues, habitual patterns separate us from each other and the present moment. Rose Taylor and Ari Goldfield show us how to cut through old patterns and truly connect.

• 5 Ways to Get Free

Helpful techniques to work with habitual patterns as they arise in the moment.

• Over and Over Again

What happens when negative thought patterns are taken to the extreme? Matt Bieber on his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and how Buddhist practice helps.

• The Natural Liberation of Habits

When you recognize the true nature of mind, says Tsoknyi Rinpoche, all habitual patterns are naturally liberated in the space of wisdom. Plus: Recognizing Clarity, a Dzogchen meditation.


• The Three I's of Twenty-First-Century Dharma

Individuality, Independence, Interdependence—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on three principles that bring dharma into our lives today.


• You Can't Fail at Meditation

ABC News anchor Dan Harris gets the inside story on mindfulness and compassion from Buddhist teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Mark Esptein.  


• Useless Advice

Zen teacher Norman Fischer has some surprising advice for university graduates: the best thing you can do in life is something that serves no purpose.  


other voices

• Full Engagement

If you zone out or slack off, you're setting yourself up for failure. In our intimate relationships, says Sakyong Mipham, we need to be fully present.  


• Five Things to Give Away

"Slow Cleaning" isn't just drawn-out housecleaning, says Christian McEwen. It's a chance to bring attention to what we have and decide what to let go.  


• Silent Is Part of the Song

Q&A with Meredith Monk.

reviews & more

• Review: Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis

Reviewed by Jessica Morey.

• Books in Brief

This issue's roundup includes books on mindful eating, spirituality for atheists, and the art of awakening as you grow older.

• About a Poem

Sherab Chodzin on the poetry of Kay Ryan. 

Shambhala Sun, November 2014, Volume Twenty Three, Number 2.

On the Cover: Rat photo (c) Dave Bredeson /

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