After Earth Day, Active Hope

A new post from Shambhala Sun "Earth Dharma" blogger Jill S. Schneiderman. With its numbered teachings, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy (2012), a new book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, pays tribute to its Buddhist roots. However, instead of the four noble truths, the noble eightfold path, the five hindrances, and the four brahmaviharas, [...]

Buddhism and photography: What’s the connection?

When we think of Buddhism and art, we might think of ancient paintings, not modern photography. But we'd be missing out. That's why Andy Karr and Michael Wood wrote The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes -- and why so many have come to learn from the book and pick up the practice. In fact -- Karr, who like Wood, also teaches, will be leading [...]

University of the West remembers Dr. Kenneth A. Locke

University of the West -- one of the small handful of accredited Buddhist-founded universities in North America -- has announced the death of Dr. Kenneth A. Locke, Dean of the Administration, former Chair of the Religious Studies Department, and WASC accreditation liaison, who passed away after a long illness, at only 45 years of age. An eleven-year member of the faculty, Dr. [...]

Dalai Lama, Tibetan PM-in-exile meet with Canadian leaders

As the Central Tibetan Administration reported today, Tibet's Prime Minister, Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay, met with Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney to discuss an immigration program for exiled Tibetans in Arunachal Pradesh, India. They discussed the project, which allows for exiled Tibetans living in the Indian state to apply [...]

Tibetans keep Panchen Lama Gedhun Chökyi Nyima in their thoughts

On Wednesday, Tibetans celebrated the birthday of the Panchen Lama Gedhun Chökyi Nyima, who Chinese authorities took in to custody seventeen years ago when the boy was six years old. Nyima went missing shortly after being announced as the Panchen Lama by His Holiness the Dalai Lama three days earlier on May 14, 1995; neither he nor his parents have been seen since that [...]

From The Under 35 Project: “Fame in My Brain”

Together with friend and author Lodro Rinzler, the Shambhala Sun is bringing you weekly selections from Shambhala Publications’ Under 35 Project, which gathers original writings by younger Buddhist practitioners. The latest is Sarah Jackson’s funny and honest “Fame in My Brain. ”Read on, then learn how you too can participate in The Under 35 Project. Comfort levels were [...]

Shohaku Okumura, upholding the teachings of Kosho Uchiyama

Shohaku Okumura roshi of the Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana, will be in San Francisco on May 12 to lead a discussion on the life and work of Kodo Sawaki roshi, as seen through the eyes of his teacher, Kosho Uchiyama roshi. Okumura roshi is a Soto Zen priest who has authored and translated several important Zen texts, including one due out this June, [...]

“Embracing Change in Your Life: What the Buddhists Teach”

This year's Shambhala Sun summer program at the Omega Institute's Rhinebeck, NY, campus is called “Embracing Change in Your Life: What the Buddhists Teach.” It will feature Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Joan Sutherland, and Narayan Liebenson Grady, three great Buddhist teachers representing the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada Buddhist traditions, guiding you in embracing change through a [...]

International Campaign for Tibet report details evidence of cultural genocide

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has released a report examining the impact Chinese rule has had on Tibetan culture. The report, titled 60 Years of Chinese Misrule / Arguing Cultural Genocide in Tibet, was published on April 25, the birthday of Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima (who was taken in to custody by Chinese authorities in 1995 and has not been seen [...]

“Metta” and Metta World Peace: What’s in a name?

Sports fans, especially NBA fans, are outraged by the cheap shot taken by Metta Word Peace -- i.e., the Lakers forward formerly known as Ron Artest -- that left Oklahoma City’s James Harden with a concussion on Sunday night. Though, ultimately, few are surprised. When Artest/World Peace announced his name change, many scoffed; the infamous player was kidding everybody, it [...]