The January 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine

Featuring the bonus magazine, Mindful: Living with Awareness and Compassion.

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 january 2011 editorial

Exciting Times

"Ending and beginning again, like the sun and the moon." This line from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, says publisher James Gimian, describes the past few months at the Shambhala Sun offices. Here Jim explains why, and how your mindfulness plays the biggest part of all.

on the cover: the healing mind

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Susan Bauer-Wu, and Daniel Siegel are three of the world's leading experts on mind-body medicine. In this conversation with the Shambhala Sun's Barry Boyce, they explore the health benefits of mindfulness — what it does, how to do it, and why it's effective.

Suffering Is Optional

Physical pain is unavoidable, but meditation practice can east the mental suffering that accompanies it. Susan Smalley and Diana Winston show us how.

Good For What Ails You

From physical pain to negative emotions: What's the current research on what mindfulness can do for the body and mind? A look at the stats in this sampling makes clear: the prognosis is good.

Real People, Real Practice

Andrea Miller shares four inspiring stories of how real people are integrating mindfulness into their lives.
PLUS: Kelly McGonigal looks at integrative medicine and how it can bring about more caring and cost-effective ways to deliver health care.


Mindfulness Meditation | The Mindful Society

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES: | Exclusive interview: Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn

q&a: ram dass

Be Love Now

These days, due to the stroke he suffered in 1997, Ram Dass speaks slowly and sometimes can't find a word he's looking for, but his smile remains radiant. The Shambhala Sun's Andrea Miller speaks to the author of the landmark book Be Here Now and the new Be Love Now.

more features

Rebel Buddha

The Buddha was radical — he overthrew all the conventional ways of seeing ourselves and our world. We have a rebel buddha inside us, too, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. It's our innate wakefulness that fights for our liberation.

Xmas Spirit

Sad, angry, lonely — Daniel Asa Rose and his sons are reeling from a recent family breakup. But in a closed bowling alley on Christmas Eve, they open their hearts and find seasonal cheer.

PLUS: Shozan Jack Haubner wonders what will happen to Zen after the master dies.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in the Shambhala Sun

Teacher and Rebel Buddha author Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has been a frequent contributor to the the Shambhala Sun's magazine and blog. View all his pieces in this collection.

other voices

Love & Emptiness

The first realization on the Buddhist path comes when we look at the self and find nothing permanent. Next is the egolessness of other, says, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the way we discover it is through love and compassion.

Yoga Rat

Her cat may have killed and eaten a large rat on her yoga mat — but that's not going to be a barrier between Anne Cushman and her yoga practice.

The Folly of the Weather Forecast

Not knowing the future helps Pico Iyer leep his hyperactive mind at bay. Then, whether it snows tomorrow or dawns radiant, every moment is a happy sunrise. 


Sakyong Mipham | Yoga & Buddhism  | Pico Iyer


The Birth of Western Dharma

Norman Fischer reviews two modern classics, each now in their Fortieth Anniversary editions: Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, and Chogyam Trungpa's Meditation in Action.

Teachings by the most revered Zen masters of our time — Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, Eido Roshi, Seung Sahn — and many of their dharma heirs have appeared in our pages. Each of the teachings presented in this Spotlight reveals a different facet of Zen's unique transmission of Buddhism.

The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

A collection of teachings from the pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teacher and founder of the Shambhala Sun.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography and The Dalai Lama's My Spiritual Journey; Lin Jensen's Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay, two poetry anthologies, and several other new releases.

about a poem

Susan Dunlap on W.S. Merwin's "Vixen"

Shambhala Sun, January 2011, Volume Nineteen, Number 3.