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Freerunning, or parkour, isn’t merely a daredevil’s game. It’s a way to reappropriate our urban spaces as training grounds for body and mind. Vincent Thibault explains how running, jumping, and climbing can beautify our cities—and our lives. With photos by Andy Day.

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Editorial: The Practicality of the Profound

Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod on our May 2014 magazine, why the union of the practical and the profound is "Buddhism's great genius," and what that can mean for our lives. Click here.

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The Dalai Lama

The Shambhala Sun is proud to share this special selection of pieces by and about this unique teacher and world leader.

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent women teachers of Buddhism. She is resident director at Gampo Abbey monastery in Nova Scotia and the author of several books, including The Wisdom of No Escape, When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and No Time to Lose. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of her teachings available on the web.

The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

A collection of teachings from the pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teacher and founder of the Shambhala Sun.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen teacher, poet, the founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement, and the author of more than forty books. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of his teachings and commentaries available on the web.

Sylvia Boorstein

A collection of articles by and about the psychotherapist and dharma teacher.


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