The new, November 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine is here

The November Shambhala Sun is now on newsstands, and you can browse excerpts and complete stories online now. Here’s what you’ll find:

A Greater Happiness: a new teaching from Pema Chödrön on the compassionate life of the bodhisattva-warrior.

Feminine Principal: Andrea Miller profiles three woman teachers — Trudy Goodman, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and Lama Palden Drolma — who are changing the face of Buddhism.

Topsy-Turvy World: The strength of mind that comes from meditation, says Norman Fischer, can help us end the denial that keeps a world of problems spinning.

Don’t Go There: As a Jew and a Briton, Henry Shukman had avoided all things German. But as a Buddhist, he knew he had to when he was asked to teach at a zendo in the Black Forest.

Plus, new pieces from Pico Iyer, Margaret Wheatley, David Loy and many more — click here to see what else is inside. And if you’re not a subscriber, click here to subscribe and save half.


  1. Sky Lark says

    Elizabeth's essay, Something to Believe in, let's two concepts run off-leash in an expanse of open and opening thought. Most of us who have spiritual and/or religious interests find ourselves reflecting on the nature of belief and believing. Many of us who are drawn to Buddhism tangle with the concept of reincarnation. In my first brief interview with Dzigar Kongtral Rinpoche I asked about becoming a student I was nervous and eager and a jumble of incomplete sentences and questions. I wanted him to know that that I was not that on board with reincarnation. He said something along the lines that while that was alright, he was a lineage holder in a lineage in which reincarnation is of vital significance. ( continues in next comment )

  2. Sky Lark says

    Since then my reflections often turn the words, lineage, lineage holder, and reincarnation. I know that this teacher 's Radical Presence in my life opens questions that narrow me in, settles down confusion in the absence of the definite and the definitive. I don't know how much I will ever know about reincarnation, I don't know how much I will understand reincarnation in the ways my teacher understands, I don't know what part in all this is cultural attributes, I don't know how much all this depends on increasing consciousness and realization– I do know that all this not knowing is all good. When it comes to belief, the willing suspension of disbelief opens up vistas. I respect my teacher's relationship with reincarnation and through this connection I am also living a relationship.