The Mindful Society
The Shambhala Sun Foundation is committed to investigating,
reporting on, and publishing the work of mindfulness
teachers, researchers, and practitioners. We want to support the great work done by the mindfulness movement’s
pioneers and help develop the means for mindfulness to become an
Here you'll find some of our finest articles on mindfulness, from both our special March 2010 "Guide to Mindful Living" issue and our extensive archives.
Just click any article's title to start reading.
barry boyce on the
Boyce talks to the authors of the new, groundbreaking interactive book, A
Stress Reduction Workbook, and reports on his visit to the annual
the Center for Mindfulness.
Senior Editor Barry Boyce's March 2010 Editorial.
creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn
has brought the benefits of meditation practice to hundreds of
thousands of people and inspired a movement that is changing our
society in many ways. In this exclusive interview with the Sun’s Barry
Boyce, he discusses the philosophy, goals, and promise of the
Barry Boyce shares his top picks from his ever-expanding collection of books relating to mindfulness.
It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s
what Judge Michele Lowrance tries to practice in her courtroom.
Steve Flowers was bullied as a child. Now he helps patients suffering from the pain of chronic shyness
and social anxiety, through mindfulness.
legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Now, an
increasing number of lawyers are working on their inner challenges in an
effort to improve their law practice, benefit clients and colleagues,
provide better training for other lawyers, and, ultimately, yield better
"Without mindfulness, says Elana Rosenbaum, "I actually believe I would have died."
The most promising initiatives focus on using contemplative techniques
to help teachers reduce stress and improve their emotional awareness,
concentration, and responsiveness.
A small but growing cadre of university professors who integrate
contemplative disciplines into academic training are staking out a
unique position in the longstanding debate about what is “higher” in
Meet Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mirabai Bush, and Frank Ostaseski, three pioneers of the mindfulness movement.
learn to do
It’s the essence of the contemplative path
and the key to transforming our lives. In this teaching from his book,
A Heart Full of Peace, Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein
describes this simple yet profound expression of our mind’s natural
Joseph Goldstein on how three principles of
meditation can be applied to the world's conflicts. The method is
mindfulness, the expression is compassion, and the essence is wisdom.
“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible," says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. "Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.
Taking Mindfulness to the Mat
Applying the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness to hatha yoga
asanas, says Frank Jude Boccio, can enrich practitioners’ experiences
and cultivate awareness of the unity of body and mind.
According to the late Chögyam Trungpa
Rinpoche, spirituality means relating with the working basis of one’s
existence, which is one’s state of mind. The method for beginning to
relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness.
our 2010 "guide to mindful living" issue
an exclusive interview with Jon
Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh
on the practice of mindfulness, Daniel
Goleman on mindful consumption — plus Karen Maezen Miller, Steve Silberman, Judith Simmer-Brown, Edward
Espe Brown, and more.
mindfulness: online exclusives and discussion
Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg are among the
most prominent teachers of mindful meditation in America. They drew
their inspiration from Burmese meditation masters Mahasi Sayadaw and U
Ba Khin, and from the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Enjoy our
extensive archive of teachings from masters of Vipassana meditation and
special ShambhalaSun.com collection of writings and teachings from
Thich Nhat Hanh, John Welwood, Sylvia Boorstein, and many more.
Ongoing coverage of the mindfulness movement on our blog.
Listen as the author of "Dig You Get the Message?" gets personal about the
hows and whys of bringing mindfulness with us as we enter and exit the
The author of The Complete Tassajara Cookbook talks with Shambhala Sun
Associate Editor Andrea Miller about the aesthetics of food, cooking “in
the dark,” his relationship with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, “insipid
tomatoes,” and more.