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Love, Passion, and Relationships

Here you'll find some of the Shambhala Sun's finest articles on the spiritual and mindful aspects of love, passion, and relationships.

Just click any article's title to start reading.

Thich Nhat Hanh: "Growing Together"

Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can use loving relationships to cultivate the seeds of buddhahood inside us.


Love and Relationships: What the Buddhists Teach

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Sylvia Boorstein, John Tarrant, and Polly Young-Eisendrath on the dharma of relationships.


Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love — and Marry

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert on what makes a relationship work, and what doesn't.


Six Ways to Make it Work

After the honeymoon, real life sets in—budgets to balance, toilet seats left up, and in-laws coming for dinner—but if we practice the six paramitas, or transcendent perfections, we discover how to always live in love. Susan Piver on Being in a Relationship.

Waking Up Alone

Everything changes; nothing lasts. In matters of the heart this can be an especially difficult truth to wake up to. What do we do when the love story ends? Karen Maezen Miller on Breaking Up.

Intimate Relationship as Spiritual Crucible

Living with someone we love, with all the joys and challenges, is one of the best ways to grow spiritually. But real awakening only happens, says renowned psychologist John Welwood, in the charnel ground where we acknowledge and work with our wounds, fears, and illusions.

The Perfect Love We Seek, The Imperfect Love We Live

Love is what we long to receive and to give, yet our intimate relationships are conflicted and often painful. Psychologist John Welwood looks at the difference between absolute and relative love, and the wound within each of us that no other can heal.

A Buddhist Marriage

Shambhala Sun Editor in Chief Melvin McLeod speaks to Sakyong Mipham and Khandro Tseyang about their own marriage and how all of us can bring the teachings of Buddhism and Shambhala into our relationships.

Love's Garden

Compassion resides in each of us naturally, say and,but we need to create space in our heart and mind for it to be nurtured and to allow it to flower.

Mindful Divorce

It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s what Judge Michele Lowrance tries to practice in her courtroom.


My Vows

Love all beings? Love even one? Either way, your heart breaks open. Susan Piver ponders the choiceless choices.

Falling In Love

"The beloved is the occasion of something unlimited, a feeling of connection and destiny that dissolves our selfishness and isolation." Norman Fischer talks sex, family, love and liberation.

Pure Passion

Judith Simmer-Brown on the role of desire in Buddhist Tantra.

Penis Passion

bell hooks argues that our erotic lives are enhanced when men and women can celebrate the penis in ways that don't uphold macho stereotypes.

Relationships on Shambhala SunSpace

Ongoing coverage from our blog, featuring contributions from Susan Piver, Sylvia Boorstein, Lily Koppel, and more.





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