Look inside the November 2013 Shambhala Sun magazine
FEATURING: 10 reasons why Buddhism can be helpful to the Spiritual But Not Religious; an intimate look at writer, activist, and seeker Alice Walker; Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman on enemies; Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, and other comedians who embody key Buddhist principles; the latest book reviews, and more.
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this issue's editorial:
"'Spiritual but not religious'? ...It sounds so non-committal," writes ROD MEADE SPERRY. But, he adds, "that's precisely the point."
special feature section: "spiritual but not religious?"
The number one reason is: “No God.” Number ten is: “It Works.” MELVIN MCLEOD on what Buddhism can offer your spiritual path.
Six non-Buddhists — including KIM STANLEY ROBINSON, DONNA M. JOHNSON, and PICO IYER — on how Buddhism has benefited their lives.
There’s no easy answer. CHARLES PREBISH (yes), DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE (no), and JOAN SUTHERLAND (kind of) join the debate.
COLLEEN MORTON BUSCH offers an intimate look at this celebrated writer, activist, and seeker.
When we unlock the us-versus-them mindset and see the person behind the label "enemy," say leading Buddhist teachers SHARON SALZBERG and ROBERT THURMAN, everyone benefits.
Great comedians may not know much about Buddhism but they practice some of its most important principles. ROD MEADE SPERRY on today’s comics of merit, including Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Mike DeStefano, and more.
The late Secretary-General of the United Nations was both a deeply spiritual person and a highly effective diplomat. ROGER LIPSEY tells us why we need more leaders like him.
ELAINE PIERCE describes her mother’s moving journey of forgiveness.
The nun Yoshihime thrusts the gatekeeper’s head between her legs. JUDITH SIMMER-BROWN comments on this ancient Zen story.
SISTER DANG NGHIEM looks back on her medical career and realizes monastic practice and medicine aren’t really that different.
JOHN KAAG on looking the elephant of pain squarely in the face.
How To Wake Up and How To Be Sick author TONI BERNHARD reviews the new book by Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
ANDREA MILLER reviews new titles by Norman Fischer, Ira Sukrungruang, Lodro Rinzler, and more.
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN on Byron Herbert Reece’s “Mountain Fiddler”
Shambhala Sun, November 2013, Volume Twenty Two, Number 2. Cover photo: Head of a Buddha. Mid-6th century China. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY