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Inside the July 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine:

"I Want To Be...:" Our thirteenth annual All Buddhist Teachings Issue celebrates the qualities of awakened mind and the Buddhist meditations that cultivate them.

Click on titles below to view full articles, excerpts, and related web exclusives.

this issue's editorial:

• Suddenly and Without Warning

By Melvin McLeod.

special section: "i want to be..."

• ...Peaceful 

Sit down, shut up and pay attention: James Ishmael Ford on mindfulness practice.

• ...Insightful

Impermanence, suffering, interdependence: Sylvia Boorstein on the three characteristics of experience.

• ...Loving

Wishing everyone happiness: Thanissaro Bhikkhu on metta practice.

• ...Grounded

Come back to your true home: Thich Nhat Hanh on mindful walking.

• ...Skillful

Drive all blames into one: Judy Lief on the mind training slogans.

• ...Wise

Discovering the true nature of mind: Dzogchen Ponlop on Mahamudra.

• ...Genuine

No credentials, lots of boredom: Carolyn Rose Gimian on keeping it real.

other voices

• Tim Ryan: Politically Aware

"What teacher or parent is going to argue with a politician or superintendent who says: 'I want your children to be able to concentrate, to be compassionate to other kids, to care about their community?" A Q&A by Andrea Miller.

The Power of Self-Reflection

Transforming society, says Sakyong Mipham, begins with the simple act of contemplating our basic goodness and reflecting on how we really feel about ourselves.


• Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun

• Waking Up to Happiness

Sneezing, coughing, blowing her nose — Natalie Goldberg was awfully sick yet she was happy. Happiness is available to everyone, she realized, but we can find it only when we're still.

There Is a Field — I'll Meet You There

Whether the grass is damp or dry, lush of languishing, Laura Munson tries to simply sit and breathe and receive what's there. You could call it meditation, though that's not what she calls it. She calls it sitting in a field.

• But First the News...

While making plans to do a long retreat, Gerry Hadden was offered a job at NPR. A reporter, he discovered, is a lot like a meditator. Both are on a quest for truth. And ultimately neither finds it.

• Signs of Spiritual Progress

The concept of success on the spiritual path is pretty suspect. After all, isn't it a journey without goal? But there are some ways, says Pema Chödron, we can tell if our practice is working.

• Glimpses of Mahayana

Ocean of Dharma, our yearlong series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Sun, continues with another previously unpublished teaching.


• The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

the mindful society

The Kindest Thing You Can Do

Barry Boyce on Susan Bauer-Wu, a clinical researcher teaching patients to use mindfulness to deal more effectively with the limitations of illness.



• Mainstreaming Mindfulness

Ed Halliwell reviews The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson, A Mindful Nation by Tim Ryan, and Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten, The Now Effect by Elisha Goldstein, The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad and six other titles worth your time.

a poem

• Tanya Davis: "For Raymond, and for all of the Raymonds, which is to say: for everyone"

Shambhala Sun, July 2012, Volume Twenty, Number 5. 

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ON THE COVER: Head of Buddha, ca. 560. China, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577). Limestone, 15.5x10x12 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Roothberg. ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY / Art Resource NY.


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