The Shambhala Sun March 2010 Guide to Mindful Living issue


Why The Shambhala Sun Is Taking Mindfulness to Heart

By Barry Boyce, Senior Editor

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the shambhala sun guide to mindful living

Mindfulness Is a Source of Happiness: Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness Practice

“Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.” It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy.

Let Your Passion Cook: Edward Espe Brown In the Kitchen

Mindful cooking is not detached or subdued, says Complete Tasajara Cookbook author Edward Espe Brown. It’s cooking with your whole being engaged—mind, body, and emotions.


Audio: Edward Espe Brown on Mindfulness in the Kitchen

The author of The Complete Tassajara Cookbook talks with Shambhala Sun Associate Editor Andrea Miller about the aesthetics of food, cooking “in the dark,” his relationship with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, “insipid tomatoes,” and more.

Romantic Vision Versus Everyday Disappointment: Judith Simmer-Brown on Relationships

In meditation we cut through our fantasies and relate with life as it really is. Then something magical can happen. Judith Simmer-Brown says it’s exactly the same in our relationships.

Did You Get the Message?: Steve Silberman on The Wired World

The “real-time web” offers round-the-clock pressures and distractions that make it hard to tell where the virtual world ends and the real one begins. Steve Silberman shares some tips on how to handle it mindfully and save your sanity.


Steve Silberman on mindfulness in the Wired World

The author of "Dig You Get the Message?" gets personal about the hows and whys of bringing mindfulness with us as we enter and exit the online realm.

Do Dishes, Rake Leaves (And Don’t Forget the Endless Loads of Laundry):

Karen Maezen Miller In the Home

Karen Maezen Miller on how the domestic practice of ancient Zen masters can lead us to intimate encounters with our own lives.

The Laundry Line: A blog on everyday dharma by Karen Maezen Miller

SEE ALSO:Karen Maezen Miller's 10 Tips for a Mindful Home

Toward a Mindful Society: Jon Kabat-Zinn on The Mindfulness Movement

As creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn has brought the benefits of meditation practice to hundreds of thousands of people and inspired a movement that is changing our society in many ways. In this exclusive interview with the Sun’s Barry Boyce, he discusses the philosophy, goals, and promise of the mindfulness movement.

The Science of Mindfulness: Daniel Siegel, MD on Brain, Body & Benefits

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the “active ingredient” that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.

Beyond the Elevator Speech: Michael Carroll At Work

The intersection between professional fulfillment and mindfulness can’t be fully unpacked between floors one and seven. Michael Carroll offers a deeper exploration of his own elevator pitch.

Making the Right Choice: Daniel Goleman on Shopping and Consuming

Daniel Goleman says the key to becoming a socially engaged consumer is to be mindful at the moment we’re deciding whether to buy something. Knowing the full range of its impacts is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for the Earth.


The Mindful Society

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

Mindfulness Meditation

Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg are among the most prominent teachers of mindful meditation in America. They drew their inspiration from Burmese meditation masters Mahasi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin, and from the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Enjoy our extensive archive of teachings from masters of Vipassana meditation and Theravada teaching. 

Love, Passion & Relationships

A special collection of writings and teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh, John Welwood, Sylvia Boorstein, and many more.

other voices

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on How to Be a Peacemaker

Polly Young-Eisendrath: The Hidden Treasure of Anger

The Tao of the RZA: Rod Meade Sperry's Q&A with the RZA


RZA - Wu-Tang

The Heart Sutra Ain't Nuthin ta F Wit: An interview with The RZA

The producer and rapper behind the Wu-Tang Clan talks about what he calls Buddhism's "dopest verse" — and, the idea of Right Speech in a musical genre that some might have a hard time defending.

the mindful society

Books to Keep in Mind

Barry Boyce shares his top picks from his ever-expanding collection of books relating to mindfulness.


Born to Be Kind?

On Kindness, by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor; Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, by Dacher Keltner; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, by Rebecca Solnit. Reviewed by Gaylon Ferguson.

Books in Brief

Andrea Miller reviews The Way of Mountains and Rivers by John Daido Loori, Wholesome Fear by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Awakening Joy by James Baraz and Shoshanna Alexander, Sky Train by Canyon Sam, The Bag Lady Papers by Alexandra Penney, Uncommon Happiness by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, The Awakener by Helen Weaver, The Heart of the Universe by Mu Soeng, The Novice by Stephen Schettini, and Eyes Wide Open by Mariana Caplan.

About a Poem: Robert Pinsky on J.V. Cunningham’s Epigram 43

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