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Taking its name from the Buddha’s metaphor for the fearless proclamation of the truth, Lion’s Roar brings together all the teachings and articles once found on the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma sites, all in one place. Both magazines, all searchable, with up-to-the-moment updates. Better navigation. Fully mobile- and tablet-friendly. And much better looking.

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Pema to chat with Oprah again

oprah-pemaOn October 19, the Oprah Winfrey Network will broadcast a new feature interview with Oprah and Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön. They will discuss Pema’s life, her book, When Things Fall Apart, and techniques for living more consciously. The program will be broadcast at 11AM EST, on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday.

Pema is a regular contributor to the Shambhala Sun, and our Pema Chödrön Spotlight Section features the best selection of articles on and by Pema anywhere on the web, available free. Read about Pema’s life in Andrea Miller’s profile, “Becoming Pema,” and look through original teachings by Pema, including “Six Kinds of Loneliness.”

Campaign to raise $500,000 for Ashoka Mukpo’s medical bills

ashokamukpo2An Internet campaign to help pay Ashoka Mukpo’s medical bills is rapidly gaining traction online. Mukpo is the NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa. See our previous coverage here. At the time of writing – 8:45AM EST – the campaign had raised more than $27,000. Stephanie Federico, the campaign’s creator and a friend of Mukpo, writes that the costs associated with Mukpo’s illness are likely to exceed $500,000. She also writes that Mukpo is expected to make a full recovery.

To read more and donate to the campaign, visit

Empire State Building to glow red tonight in honor of Rubin Museum


Tonight, Rubin Museum founders Shelley and Donald Rubin, with actor Peter Sarsgaard, will flip the switch on the Empire State Building’s lights, turning it red in honor of the museum’s tenth anniversary.

The museum, dedicated to Himalayan art, opened in Manhattan on October 6, 2004. See our post about the anniversary, here, and check out our July feature on the Rubin, here.

Understanding reincarnation at the Lincoln Center

In celebration of its new play about reincarnation, Manhattan’s Lincoln Center is hosting two talks on Tibetan Buddhism. The play, by Sarah Ruhl, is called, The Oldest Boy. It tells the story of an American toddler recognized as the reincarnation of a great Buddhist teacher. For more info, see our article on the play from August.

On Tuesday October 28th, the Lincoln Center will host “Life Imitates Life, Again and Again,” a platform discussion between Ruhl, Gelek Rimpoche – founder of Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center – and filmmaker Mickey Lemle. On the following Tuesday, November 4th, they will host Thupten Jinpa Langri, the translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for a talk entitled “The Story of Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism.”

Doors open for both events at 5:30. Admission to “Life Imitates Life, Again and Again” will be free, and tickets to “The Story of Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism” will be $20, with a portion of the proceeds going to Tibet Fund.

For more info on the events, see and to read more about The Oldest Boy, or to buy tickets to the show, visit the Lincoln Center Theater’s website.

“Biggest Love” — Judy Lief on cultivating “a love that touches everyone”

It doesn’t matter if we start small; we can find a way to hold the whole world in our heart. In her Shambhala Sun article, “Biggest Love,” Judy Lief explains how we might cultivate a love that is unfettered and pure — a love that touches everyone. Sound too big, too undoable? Don’t worry — in the article, Judy lays out “Baby Steps to Kindness” that all of us can undertake. Read “Biggest Love” online on Just click here.

And don’t miss Judy’s article from our last issue, “The Poison Tree: How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps.” …Lastly, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Judy is leading an online course on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Click here for info and to register.

Time to re-visit “Twin Peaks”?

Special Agent Dale Cooper

Dale Cooper (painting by Caroline Font)

Twenty five years after it ended, Twin Peaks is returning to television, director David Lynch announced earlier today. Written and directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the 1991-92 series followed an FBI investigation, headed by Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The show is famous for its campy, creepy surrealism and offbeat humor that earned it a huge cult following.

Many fans don’t realize, however, that some of the show’s quirkiness has subtle-yet-deep Buddhist influences. Shambhala Sun Associate Editor Rod Meade Sperry dissected the hidden dharma of Twin Peaks in the May issue of our magazine:

“[Cooper] delights, wholeheartedly, in the odd. Like Lynch, he believes in the power of dreams and intuition. He marvels at the mysteries of the natural world, and he’s fascinated, lovingly, with human beings and what makes them tick. As such, Twin Peaks can be argued to be a meditation on life, death, good, evil, and identity as seen through Lynch and Cooper’s shared vision.”

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The “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the moment…


From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes this, the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Rinzing Kelsang. Andy’s comment: “This perception is so blunt and graphic. The slash of strong color, with the black wire spokes, against the featureless gray background, produces a very pleasing image. It’s a fine example of fresh seeing.” Continued »

Update: Ashoka Mukpo diagnosed with Ebola after covering outbreak; Now back in US, in “great” spirits

[October 6 update: Ashoka Mukpo has arrived back in the United States and is being treated at a Nebraska hospital. According to NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Mukpo is in “great” spirits and is eating and drinking on his own. More at NBC News, and via this Washington Post story.]

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(As originally reported here on October 3:) Ashoka Mukpo, the son of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s widow, Diana Mukpo, and her second husband, Mitchell Levy (Trungpa Rinpoche’s personal physician), has contracted Ebola. Mukpo has spent years volunteering in West Africa, and returned to Liberia when the outbreak began. He was working as a cameraman for NBC News, covering the epidemic, when he contracted the disease. Mukpo’s parents spoke on Today this morning (see video above). “I think, obviously, he seems scared and worried,” said Levy. “He’s been filming what’s been happening in Liberia for two weeks, and seeing the death and tragedy, and it’s really hit home for him. But his spirits seem better today.” Continued »

“You Can’t Fail at Meditation”

I2014-11-harris466nside our new, November magazine, ABC News anchor Dan Harris gets the inside story on mindfulness and compassion from Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Mark Epstein.

Titled “You Can’t Fail a Meditation,” it’s a spirited and encouraging look at how and why you can make the practice your own. “You Can’t Fail at Meditation” is now online for you to read in its entirety; just click here.

Is China warming up to the Dalai Lama?

Photo: OHHDL

Might the Dalai Lama soon be returning to Tibet for the first time in more than fifty years? “It’s not finalized, not yet, but the idea is there,” he said in an interview with Agence France Presse. “Not formally or seriously, but informally… I express, this is my desire.”

The tentative plans come after weeks of speculation in the media that China is warming up to the Dalai Lama. Continued »

Business’s compassionate awakening?

Goldman Sachs Headquarters

Goldman Sachs Headquarters. (Photo: “30hudson.” Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Could big business be finding a heart? According to business consultant Ryan Honeyman, the world’s biggest consultants, including Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company, are trying to persuade corporations be more socially and environmentally mindful, and not just because it serves their financial goals.

Honeyman made his case in an article for Fast Company, citing a report by Goldman Sachs that said businesses should “provide rewards beyond financial gain,” demonstrate “a visible and authentic commitment to sustainability,” and help their employees “align personal and corporate values.” The report suggests doing that by incorporating making their mission more value-based, fostering healthy work-life balance, and encouraging volunteerism.

Of course, digging deep enough, we still find that sustainable business has a bottom line. Honeyman says there’s ample evidence that responsible business equates to financial gains, including “if nothing else the chance to “open up new business opportunities while creating value for society.”

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Celebrating 10 years of Himalayan treasures in NYC



Opening on October 2nd, 2004, in a former Barney’s department store, the Rubin Museum of Art has since become the world’s premier museum of Himalayan art. Over the last decade, it has been praised for its accessibility to people all of ages, abilities and backgrounds, as well as the wealth of its collections.

A 2008 Shambhala Sun article on the museum described what was going on at the Rubin ten years ago today: “the street in front was packed with Himalayan musicians and dancers, politicians, high lamas, monks, and museum supporters. There was a parade of Himalayan dogs, and student artists made sidewalk art, intended, in the spirit of impermanence, to disappear with time.” The sidewalk art may have disappeared, but the Rubin remains, an institution of culture and spirituality. Continued »

Nobel meeting cancelled after Dalai Lama blocked from attending; (Update:) Tutu has strong words

Photo from One India News.

Photo from One India News.

There will be no Nobel Peace Prize winners in South Africa this month.

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which was supposed to happen in Cape Town, has been cancelled after the South African government refused a visa to the Dalai Lama. (Update via ABC Net: “South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has lashed out at his government for ‘kowtowing’ to China by barring the Dalai Lama from attending a global summit of fellow prize winners in Cape Town. More on that story here.)

The Dalai Lama has long had trouble traveling, as the Chinese government has worked to restrict his movements. Last month, China pressured the government of South Africa to deny the Dalai Lama a visa for the Nobel meeting. It was the third time South Africa has barred the Dalai Lama from visiting. Continued »