Shambhala Sun July 2010

Bow in Gratitude

By Melvin McLeod, Editor in Chief

On the cover: Thich Nhat Hanh, photo courtesy of

feature section: thich nhat hanh

Peace in Every Step: Thich Nhat Hanh's Life of Courage and Compassion

From the front lines of activism in war-torn Vietnam to worldwide prominence as a Buddhist teacher, every step of Thich Nhat Hanh’s life has been for peace and the dharma. Andrea Miller tells his extraordinary story.

Love & Liberation: The Shambhala Sun interviews Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh on true love, the benefits of suffering, and the insight that will set you free. An exclusive feature interview with Shambhala Sun editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod.


Shambhala Sun Audio: Thich Nhat Hanh

Listen in on the conversation between the Zen teacher and the Sun's Melvin McLeod.

Part One: Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness, Happiness, Body, and Mind. Click to listen.

Part Two: Thich Nhat Hanh on Practicing What the Buddha Taught. Click to listen.


Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen teacher, poet, the founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement, and the author of more than forty books. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of his teachings and commentaries available on the web.

more july 2010 features

5 Questions That Help Us Wake Up

Trying to push away our emotional distress can throw us into "cognitive shock" that turns our mind into a muddle. Author and Zen teacher Ezra Bayda shares five simple questions to help us cut though confusion.


Practices for Difficult Times, by Ezra Bayda and more

In this sampling of writings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun, you'll find practical and profound Buddhist guidance for transforming difficulties into opportunities to live a more awakened life. Featured contributors include Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, Cyndi Lee, Darlene Cohen, and still more.

Are You Listening?

If there’s anything we need right now, it’s less shouting and more listening. But to listen deeply to others, say David Rome and Hope Martin, we must first learn to listen to ourselves. They teach us three techniques for tuning in to body, speech, and mind.

Buddhism and Psychology: A Shambhala Sun Spotlight

The best from the pages of the magazine.

I’m Loving It

Genine Lentine on how a McJob and her brother’s magic tricks led her to the zendo. Warning: this piece contains adult language and partially unbuttoned fast food uniforms.

the mindful society

The Secret of Success for MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Barry Boyce talks to the authors of the new, groundbreaking interactive book, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, and reports on his visit to the annual gathering at the Center for Mindfulness.

Meet the authors of the MBSR Workbook (Video)


The Mindful Society

Here you'll find some of the finest articles on mindfulness from our extensive archives, plus Shambhala SunSpace exclusives, and more. 

other voices

Sprouting Seeds of Compassion

Marc Ian Barasch decides to see what would happen if he simply planted a seed of good intention and waited to see what came up. That seed grew into millions of trees. Here he offers tips on how you too can make a difference.

What Turns the Wheel

The twelve nidanas describe the way we move from lifetime to lifetime in the painful cycle of existence called samsara. By understanding how they work, says Shambhala Sun columnist Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, we can change our future karma.


Teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Religions of Kindness

Brenda Shoshanna on Zen. Judaism, and the kindness that connects them.


Buddhism and Judaism


Brenda Shoshanna on "Love Without Fear"


Was the Buddha an Atheist?

Gaylon Ferguson reviews:

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, by Stephen Batchelor
Spiritual Atheism, by Steve Antinoff

Books in Brief: July 2010

Andrea Miller reviews The Power and the Pain, Wild Comfort, Islands Apart, The Meditative Gardener, The Japanese Tea Garden, Hand Wash Cold, Devotion, and The Banyan Deer.

about a poem

Garth Stein on Billy Collins’s “I Chop Some Parsley…"

An appreciation by the novelist (The Art of Racing in the Rain) and playwright (Brother Jones).

Shambhala Sun, July 2010, Volume Eighteen, Number 6. Available on newsstands beginning in late May 2010.

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