Does a Tiger Have Buddhanature?

Tigers, roaming free at the Pha Luang Ta Bua Yannasampanno monastery in Thailand, live in harmony with monks and tourists. People even pet and play with these tigers, yet no one has ever been attacked. Contrary to what you might assume, the temple tigers are not drugged. They have simply accepted humans as a part of their lives because they've been reared with compassion by the [...]

Heading to the Democratic Convention?

If you're attending the Democratic convention in Denver next week and you're in need of some mindful breaks, drop by Fishback-Landing Park (just 10 minutes from the convention site) where Don Morreale is heading up Meditate '08, a meditation and yoga retreat. More than 30 presenters have been invited to give talks and lead sessions, from a variety of faiths. Morreale, who is [...]

Moments with Master Sheng Yen

Buddhist blogger They Call Him James Ure offers a review of the forthcoming book, "Footprints in the Snow: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist Monk" (Doubleday, in October)—the monk being Ch'an Master Sheng Yen. Says Ure, "Just one of the profound parts of the book occurs while Sheng Yen is in the military in Taiwan... He writes to one of his teachers, Master Nanting [...]

China Blocks Pro-Tibet Album

The Times Online reports that China has blocked Apple's online music store, iTunes, after a bunch of Olympic athletes downloaded a pro-Tibet album from the site. Produced by the band The Art of Peace Foundation and promoted by International Campaign for Tibet, the album features 20 songs from some pretty harmless artists --including Sting, Moby, Damien Rice and Alanis [...]

The Paper Elephant in the Room

On my desk here at Shambhala Sun, I have a cute, little box of elephant dung paper. Yep, that’s what I said; the paper is made out of elephant excrement. A friend brought me back the surprisingly non-smelly box when she visited The Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) in Sri Lanka. She also brought me a pamphlet explaining that the paper was made from the dung of the five [...]

New Ways of Thinking in New Shambhala Sun

In the new (September) issue of Shambhala Sun magazine, senior editor Barry Boyce speaks with "big thinkers" Adam Kahane, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Paul Hawken, and Meg Wheatley about new ways of thinking to address old, recurring social ills. We offer you the full article here. [...]

Abstract Expressionist Agnes Martin

Work by the late artist Agnes Martin is subtle and precise. She did not identify as a Buddhist, but she had a penchant for quoting the Buddha and Buddhist philosophy greatly influenced her work. A Canadian-American, her paintings have been featured in Shambhala Sun and have been exhibited in such prominent galleries as the Whitney Museum of American Art. Funny that I had to go [...]

The Story of Stuff

Thanks to's Buddhist Economics /Voluntary Simplicity page for tipping us off to this wonderful, fast-paced 20 minute video by Annie Leonard that "looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns." [...]

Something for your (family) baggage

I confess I'm not a big fan of Buddhist psychology books or anything with a self-help flavor, but one such book recently caught my eye and I've since ordered copies for two family members and plan to order a third (as a birthday gift). The book is titled When the Past is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage Our Relationships by David Richo. You can read a [...]

Louise Erdrich: Two Languages in Mind, But Just One in the Heart

Author of the novels Love Medicine and Tracks, Louise Erdrich is widely recognized as being one of today’s most important Native American voices. But I would say she is simply an important voice. I first discovered her writing when I was in high school and, so taken with the gorgeous rhythm of her words, I would hide her books under my desk and read through trig. I loved the [...]