Topic: Books

Peter Matthiessen’s novel of a Buddhist meditation retreat at Auschwitz published today

It was prescient of author, explorer and Zen priest Peter Matthiessen to say that his 33rd book, In Paradise, would be his “last word”. Matthiessen died April 5 at 86 (see the Sun’s coverage here); Penguin’s Riverhead Books published In Paradise today. The novel chronicles a Buddhist contemplative group’s complicated outer and inner journey to […]

Download Vincent Thibault’s “The Walker: A Tale of Mindfulness, Loss and Resilience” — for free (March 24 & 25)

Vincent Thibault, who wrote about the way of parkour in our coming, May magazine, (with photos, like this one, by Andy Day), has just released a little ebook. “The Walker: A Tale of Mindfulness, Loss and Resilience” will be free through March 25th. Of the book, Vincent says: “The main character is largely inspired by […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Read the Introduction and opening meditation instruction from the new Shambhala Sun book

Today marks the release of the new Shambhala Sun book, A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. It includes guidance from some of Buddhism’s most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Noah Levine, Ajahn Chah, and many more. […]

Chögyam Trungpa on what spirituality means

“Some say that spirituality is a way of attaining a better kind of happiness, transcendental happiness. Others see it as a benevolent way to develop power over others or as a way to acquire magical powers so we can change our bad world into a good world. All of these points of view are irrelevant […]

“Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale”

Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale is the story of a little girl who lives with her family in the kingdom of Shambhala. The days start growing shorter and shorter, and people become afraid that they’ll lose the sun forever. Iliana sets off alone to find it, and along her journey, she meets magical friends and […]

NPR’s Best Books of 2013: Some should be familiar to Shambhala Sun readers

NPR has just released their “Best Books” of the year list — and it includes several names and/or titles that you may well have encountered in the Shambhala Sun magazine. For example, Shozan Jack Haubner’s Zen Confidential, about which Philipp Goedicke, who writes the limericks for Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, writes, in part: “The […]

In Thailand It Is Night: Poems by Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang’s prose voice is funny, poignant, wise, and poetic — as you know if you’ve read the three creative nonfiction pieces that he has written for the Shambhala Sun: Body and Me, Playing with Buddha, and Dead Like Me. So it’s no surprise that his poetry has the same flare. Ira is the author […]

Happy Monday — Here’s Lodro Rinzler on “Being Authentic at Your Shitty Job”

How do I leave behind the feeling of being trapped in my job and the resentment it causes? I want to be authentic at work. If this is a question you have — it IS Monday, after all — see Lodro Rinzler’s response below. A teacher at the New York Shambhala Meditation Center, he’s the […]

“Satsujo Weeps”—an excerpt from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women

The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women is an engaging anthology of Zen koans and commentaries. All of the featured koans involve a central female character and all of the commentaries are by accomplished contemporary women Buddhist teachers. In the current issue of the Shambhala Sun, there is a provocative excerpt from […]

Cozying up with a meaningful read: What’s new for book lovers?

That autumnal chill has returned to the air — a perfect time to get cozy with a good book. In our new November magazine, Andrea Miller points out some great new reads that Shambhala Sun readers will want to know about, including Training the Wisdom Body by Rose Taylor Goldfield, Bobby Sager’s Beyond the Robe, […]

Peter Matthiessen’s new novel draws on “Bearing Witness” meditation retreats at Auschwitz

The next book from 86-year old Zen teacher and social activist Peter Matthiessen—and what he says may be his last—draws from his experiences meditating at one of the most infamous sites of 20th century genocide, The New York Times reports. An award-winning author of more than two dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, Matthiessen has […]

(Updated) Wisdom Publications launches new site; expands reach through freshly inked deal with Simon & Schuster

As reported here last week, Wisdom Publications, the nonprofit charitable organization and publisher of Buddhist books, has entered into an agreement with Simon & Schuster, Inc. for the sales and fulfillment of its entire catalog of contemporary and classic Buddhist books. Wisdom has also relaunched its website to coincide with the changes. Says Wisdom Marketing […]

What’s new for book lovers?

If you’re wondering what book should next earn that spot of honor on your nightstand, check out Andrea Miller’s reviews of new titles from our September magazine. Andrea takes a look at new books by Ram Dass, Toni Bernhard, Michaela Haas, and more. Just click here.

“Dakini Power” author Dr. Michaela Haas talks women in Buddhism

By Danny Fisher Dr. Michaela Haas is the author of the new book Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. A lecturer and research scholar in the Religious Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she also serves as media consultant and board member for Lotus […]

“Good Friends” — an excerpt from Geri Larkin’s new book, Close to the Ground

As Geri Larkin writes about losing a friend: “Nobody seems to talk about this or how much it can hurt, especially when we lose a best friend. Not through death, although that is killer heartbreak, but by the simple withdrawal of their friendship.” Here, from her new book Close to the Ground, are some helpful […]