The March 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine

Featuring Pema Chödrön's Smile at Fear teachings, plus Thich Nhat Hanh, Karen Armstrong, Charles Johnson, and much more.

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march 2011 editorial

Three Jewels, One Truth

"We are honored," writes Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod, "to feature in this issue three of the most important spiritual voices of our time, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön, and Karen Armstrong. What amazes me is that their basic message is the same: Love thyself."

on the cover: pema chödrön's "smile at fear" teachings

Smile at Fear

For years Pema Chödrön has taught us how difficulty and uncertainty can become opportunities for awakening. Now, her “Smile At Fear” talks take these great teachings to a new level of power and clarity. In this exclusive talk for the Shambhala Sun, Pema Chödrön offers her wisdom on bravery, open heart, and discovering our basic goodness.


  Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent women teachers of Buddhism. She is resident director at Gampo Abbey monastery in Nova Scotia and the author of several books, including The Wisdom of No Escape, When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and No Time to Lose. The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of her teachings available on the web.

more march 2011 features

Healing the Child Within

Healing the wounded child within each of us, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is the key to transforming our anger, sadness, and fear. In this brilliant adaptation of Buddhist psychology for modern times, he shows us how to do it.


  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.

The Tender Heart of the Warrior

The ground of fearlessness, said the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is found by renouncing hard-heartedness and allowing ourselves to be tender, sad, and fully present.


The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

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

Discovering the Power of Basic Goodness

Through the practice of meditation, says Carolyn Rose Gimian, we stop wasting our energy on neurosis and discover the power of basic goodness.

The Golden Rule

All religions preach it, we’re all taught it, but how many of us live it? Religious historian and compassion activist Karen Armstrong says the Golden Rule holds the key to humanity’s future.

The Charter for Compassion

Read the inspirational call to action for a more compassionate world.

Welcome to Wedgwood

Charles Johnson’s new neighbor had hardly settled in when all hell broke loose. A bad day ends with a lesson that things are not always what they seem.


Ronlyn Domingue comes to understand the value in small lives, and Tokyo crime reporter Jake Adelstein investigates the mysterious deaths of a couple virtually no one can recall.

barry boyce on "the mindful society"

Inner-City Inner Peace

Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andy Gonzales know firsthand how easy it is for children to lose their way and succumb to fear and despair. So they decided to do something about it, and found that others wanted to help, too.


Mindfulness Meditation | The Mindful Society

MINDFUL: Living with Awareness and Compassion

A new website from the publishers of the Shambhala Sun, helping you to bring the benefits of mindfulness practice into every aspect of your life.

other voices

Touch of Grey

There is a sacred dimension to growing old. In the face of aging and dying, says Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, we can call upon practice to sustain and inspire us.

The Garden Path

When you think about it, meditation practice is like a garden. How? Well, when well tended to, it takes root; it grows; and eventually it blooms. Cheryl Wilfong explains.

Hush Puppy

Training her mind, training her dog — Mary Rose O’Reilley on the pleasures and pitfalls of learning to sit without barking.

Confined by Cowardice

The way to free ourselves, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is to face life head-on without the seductive companionship of habitual patterns.


Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun


Bird Songs

Andrea Miller reviews Zen Birding, by David White and Susan Guyete.

Books in Brief

Reviews of Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, Radio-Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli, Ezra Bayda's Beyond Happiness, and more new releases worth your while.


A moment of pure joy in "Shangri-La" by Lisa Napoli

Ezra Bayda: "What Blocks Happiness"

Shambhala Sun Audio: Sharon Salzberg on "Real Happiness"

about a poem

Elizabeth Namgyel on Naomi Shihab Nye’s “The Art of Disappearing”

"About a Poem" is a favorite recurring section of the magazine. Read the new issue's installment online now.

Shambhala Sun, March 2011, Volume Nineteen, Number 4.