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In Discussion: Interviews

Buddhism, culture, meditation, life—they've all been the topic of fascinating discussions hosted by the Shambhala Sun. Continuing our celebration of the Sun's 30th anniversary, our May 2009 issue offers highlights from our conversations with important writers, artists, political leaders, and spiritual teachers. Here you'll find them, plus some additional interviews, in their complete form. Just click any article's title to read further.



Leonard Cohen: The Other Side of Waiting

The singer-songwriter gets personal in an interview from 1994.

Pema Chodron & Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Pema Chödrön and Dzigar Kongtrül—a student and her teacher—talk straight about honesty, self-deception, and why the difference is the key to the dharma.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Over the course of nine months Alan Clements had an exceptional series of conversations with one of the world’s most famous political dissidents.


kd lang

k.d. lang’s album, Watershed, reflects the dramatic changes in her life since she became a committed Buddhist. Here she talks with Shambhala Sun editor in chief Melvin McLeod for the first time about her Buddhist teacher and practice.

bell hooks & Maya Angelou

In conversation, moderated by Shambhala Sun editor in chief Melvin McLeod.


Eve Ensler: "Just Tell the Truth"

Candid talk from the Buddhist behind The Vagina Monologues and the book Insecure at Last.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh talks about non-self, interdependence, and the love that expands until it has no limit.

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins on the Zen rebels, Sufi saints, and wild yogis who fight conventional mind with humor, outrageousness, and paradox. Where are they now?

The Dalai Lama & Pico Iyer

In the autumn of 2001, Iyer conducted a series of interviews with His Holiness during a rare respite in his schedule when he was officially on retreat.

Richard Gere

The actor talks about his many years of Buddhist practice, his devotion to his teacher the Dalai Lama, and his work for Tibetan freedom.

Alice Walker & Sharon Salzberg

A discussion on loving-kindness, moderated by Melvin McLeod.


Jerry Brown: Zen and the Art of the Possible

He's governed the great state of California, served as mayor to one of its most rapidly-morphing cities, and his interest in Zen and meditation is almost as famous as it is instrumental in his political success. Here Brown talks to Trevor Carolan about it all.

“Kindness Is the Most Important Thing": An Interview with the 17th Karmapa

The reincarnate leader of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism speaks to Shambhala Sun Editor in Chief Melvin McLeod.


More from our archives:

Alex Grey: The Mission of a Visionary Artist

Julia Cameron on the Path of Creativity

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan



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