Topic: Books

“Beyond Thought”: Ram Dass on how we arrive at spiritual understanding

In his book Polishing the Mirror, bestselling author, spiritual teacher, cultural icon, and consciously aging elder Ram Dass shares his essential teachings for living in the here and now. In this excerpt from the book, which comes out in paperback this September, he recalls a lesson he learned at one of his own teachings. I […]

Summer books: Looking for a fun and meaningful new read?

Then look no further — in our new, September 2014 magazine, Andrea Miller tells you about the latest books from Tom Robbins and Peter Matthiessen, a re-release of Nyanaponika Thera’s classic Heart of Buddhist Meditation, and more. Click here to read. (And once you’re there, click any book’s bibliographical information to purchase directly from its […]

Extreme Detox: How Buddhist monks led me to humility and freedom from alcohol addiction

Author Paul Garrigan tells how Buddhist monks in a Thai temple helped him to drop his drinking, and even the very idea that he was an addict. In 2006, I entered an addiction treatment program in Thailand. I did this in the hope of curing a problem that had been making my life miserable for […]

Pema Chödrön on the power of love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, and inadequacy

“Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, and arrogance. “But fortunately for us, the soft spot — our innate ability to love […]

Buddha’s Daughters: An interview with dharma teacher and author Judy Lief

When I was putting together the anthology Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West, Judy Lief was one of the first teachers I thought to include, as her teachings are some of today’s most remarkably insightful, relatable, and also just plain enjoyable. A frequent contributor to the Shambhala Sun, Lief […]

What’s new for book lovers?

Looking for a fun read, but one that’s meaningful, too? Andrea Miller’s got you covered. Her Books in Brief roundup this issue features books on yoga, parenting, and our connections to animals, as well as The Good Luck of Right Now, the new novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. Read Andrea’s reviews now, […]

Video: Karen Maezen Miller takes us to “Paradise in Plain Sight”

In this short, lush book trailer, you’ll meet Karen Maezen Miller, author of the new release, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden. Karen is of course a frequent contributor to the Shambhala Sun, and in fact, you’ll find her article, “The Heart of a Garden” in our new, July magazine. As Karen […]

Maya Angelou dead at 86

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This maybe true for most of us–most of us are simply memorable for the feelings we evoke in others–but Angelou herself is memorable in every way. […]

Buddha’s Daughters: An interview with dharma teacher, writer, and editor Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Rose Gimian has edited many of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s books, including his Collected Works. She’s also a senior teacher in Shambhala International whose teachings are characterized by her down-to-earth wisdom braided with her playful sense of humor. One of Carolyn’s teachings is in my anthology Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism […]

Book Brief: How to Sit, by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Sit By Thich Nhat Hanh Parallax Press 2014; 120 pp., $9.95 (paper) In How to Sit, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us a fresh, accessible guide to sitting meditation, explaining both how to sit and why. It’s a dynamic introduction for those exploring meditation for the first time, and a hearkening back to the […]

Buddha’s Daughters: An interview with Karen Maezen Miller

The author of Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden, Karen Maezen Miller describes herself as an errant wife, delinquent mother, reluctant dog walker, and expert laundress. She’s also a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. Two of Karen’s teachings are found in my […]

May the Fourth — and Luke Skywalker’s wisdom — be with you

It’s Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth” — get it?) — and to celebrate, we’re sharing an excerpt from Matthew Bortolin’s book, The Dharma of Star Wars. In the book, Bortolin, an ordainee of Thich Nhat Hanh, sorts through the films’ spiritual themes and applies Buddhist teachings to George Lucas’ epics. Bortolin writes in the […]

Forty years of “making the world safe for poetry”: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics celebrates Sunday at City Lights Bookstore

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University turns 40 this year, and San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore is throwing them a party. The natural alliance between JKS founders Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, City Lights founders Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, and others in the ferment of underground American letters has deepened […]

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 […]