The idea of spiritual progress is pretty suspect. After all, isn’t it a journey without goal? But there are some ways, says Pema Chödrön, we can tell if our practice is working.
It is tempting to [...]
You have a mind, body, thoughts, and a natural bent toward awakening. From that great beginning, Buddhist teacher Judy Lief offers helpful guidelines for the path ahead of you. From the Shambhala Sun's special [...]
10 dharma books everyone should have, as selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun. From our March 2015 DIY Dharma issue.
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
by Jack Kornfield
It wasn’t so long ago that most Americans took their religion for granted. You were born into a religion, you lived in it, and you died in it.
Except for a few daring freethinkers, that’s the way it was as recently [...]
Zen teacher Norman Fischer applies five mind-training slogans to anger and other emotions
To practice with anger—rather than simply being a victim of it—is to make the effort to respect and understand it. This [...]
Yes, it's a strange thing to do -- just sit there and do basically nothing. Yet the simple act of stopping, says Pema Chödrön, is the best way to cultivate our good qualities. Here are five ways it makes us better [...]
Visualization practice sometimes involves traditional symbolism that Westerners have trouble relating to, says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. He shows us how we can make the most of this powerful method for [...]
Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith, authors of The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation, shed light on a common yet often misunderstood meditative practice, via simple-to-follow instructions.
Walking can be another [...]
Teacher Norman Fischer proposes a two-week trial run to get your meditation practice started and looks at how to deal with some of the obstacles you may encounter.
Thousands of people over the years have asked me [...]