The May 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine

Embrace Change: Eleven teachers and writers on life’s central challenge and the key to the Buddhist path. Plus, the inspiring life of Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator, running with the mind of meditation, how thoughts can free us (rather than control us) and much more.
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this issue's editorial:

Embracing Change, We Discover the Changeless

By Shambhala Sun Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod.


Path of Peace: The Life and Teachings of Sister Chan Khong

She's Thich Nhat Hanh’s invaluable collaborator, and a dedicated activist and gifted teacher in her own right. Andrea Miller tells her extraordinary story.

The Teacher-Student Relationship

We continue our presentation of never-before-published teachings by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of this magazine. In this issue: how our relationship with the teacher evolves in the three vehicles of Buddhism.


The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

Tsokyni Rinpoche on how to experience two of mind's most profound qualities; Michael Stone on the uncle who helped him to think in new ways.

special section: embrace change

Impermanence is Buddha Nature

Zoketsu Norman Fischer starts our special section with an overview of Buddhism’s unique approach to this universal challenge and reality. Change, he says, isn’t just a fact of life we have to work with. It’s enlightenment itself, manifesting moment by moment in time.
Plus ten other leading Buddhist teachers and writers offer personal stories, teachings, and meditations to touch our hearts, open our minds, and help us embrace the change in our own lives:

Judy Lief: This Morning  Joan Sutherland: Seasons of Awakening
Elaine Smookler: Blindsided Cyndi Lee: Never Too Old Melissa Myozen Blacker: The Joyful Leap Barry Boyce: Bon Voyage Sylvia Boorstein: How Many Copies? Lodro Rinzler: Intentional Change Noah Levine: Already Broken Shozan Jack Haubner: Where Is the True Place?

other voices

Running Into Meditation

Meditating and running go hand in hand, says Sakyong Mipham. Exercise can be a support for meditation, and meditation can be a support for exercise.


Sakyong Mipham: His best from the Shambhala Sun

A Complicated Burden

There was nothing Sandy Boucher could have done to prevent the tragedy. Yet decade after decade, she has carried the burden of guilt. This is a meditation on living with what can not be undone.

The Beautiful Energy of Thoughts

Working with our thoughts is the greatest challenge in meditation — maybe in life. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche tells us how we can experience them as freedom and not imprisonment.

Degrading Our Children

Whether they get an F or an A+, most kids can't separate their grades from their self-worth. Kyo Maclear on eliminating grades so children can focus on what really matters in life.

the mindful society

A Real Education

Barry Boyce on the latest thinking about how and why kindness, caring, empathy, and other mindful values might be brought into our children's classrooms, and the people who are leading the way for it to happen.


Thinking Beyond Fast and Slow

John Tarrant reviews Thinking Fast and Slow  by Daniel Kahneman.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews The Huston Smith Reader, Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh, Moh Hardin's Little Book of Live, and five other new titles worth your while.

about a poem

Daniel Ladinsky on Hafiz's "Know the True Nature"

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ON THE COVER: The waxing gibbous moon; photo by Kenneth Williamson.