Sharon Salzberg talks to the CBC

A November 29th interview with Buddhist teacher and frequent Sun contributor Sharon Salzberg has been posted online on the site of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show, Tapestry. You'll find a link for online listening on this page. (Note that Sharon's segment is in the second half of the webcast.) And to read some of Sharon's pieces from the Shambhala Sun, just follow [...]

Have you signed up for our Urban Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, and Tsokyni Rinpoche?

There's still time to sign up for our October weekend with Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, and Tsokyni Rinpoche. The Bay Area "Urban Retreat," titled Wisdom for Difficult Times: What the Buddhists Teach, is coming up soon though. (You can also just come to the opening Friday night program with all teachers.) After the jump: your invitation from Shambhala Sun publisher James [...]

On Enlightenment – An Interview with Shinzen Young

Shinzen Young, who has done extensive training in Vajrayana, Zen, and Vipassana, leads meditation retreats in the mindfulness tradition throughout North America and has helped establish several centers and programs. In this interview with Har-Prakash Khalsa, he talks about enlightenment—the different stages, the fact that Buddhists don't "own" it, and how enlightenment can be [...]

Sylvia Boorstein on the meaning of “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There”

"Don't Just Do Something, Sit There." You've probably heard someone say that, or said it yourself. It's also an advertising tagline for a meditation supplies company. And now, it's been uttered by Earl, the patriarch of the nationally syndicated comic strip, Pickles. (Creator Brian Crane won a Best Comic Strip Award from the National Cartoonists Society for the strip.) But it [...]

What a Blessing!

Molly McCahan, a self-described travel nut and Vipassana practitioner, recounts how she received a blessing from the Seventeenth Karmapa during her visit to India. The only problem was, by the time she figured out who the Karmapa was, the blessing was already over. Hence her question: Did the blessing count? You can read her humorous recollection (and find out the answer to her [...]

Godwin Samararatne: “See how far you can accept yourself…”

The Vipassana Fellowship's March newsletter arrived today, and inside is this gem from the late Sri Lankan teacher Godwin Samararatne. It's an excerpt from a recording he made for a young cancer patient, to help him on his journey: "See how far you can gently soften, accepting yourself as you are, without any notion of what you should become. Making friends with who you are [...]

True Stories About Sitting Meditation from Charlotte Joko Beck, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, and Sharon Salzberg


Four well-known Buddhist meditation teachers talk about their own experiences of self-discovery through sitting meditation. By Donna Rockwell A decade ago I found myself learning how to meditate. I took to meditation right away, and it transformed my relationship to life. I began to question all sorts of things, including my concept of self. Later, when I enrolled at the [...]

Sylvia Boorstein: “The Only Choice is Kindness”

"Life is so difficult, how can we be anything but kind?" It was these words that inspired Sylvia Boorstein to follow the Buddhist path. In this Shambhala Sun feature, Steve Silberman talks with her about the challenges of life, from a rough childhood to a post-partum depression, that helped her become such a beloved teacher-and example-of Buddhist virtues. By Steve [...]

Joseph Goldstein on the benefits of long term practice

Joseph Goldstein—a major figure in the development of the Insight Meditation movement—joined the Buddhist Geeks yesterday to discuss the unique benefits of long-term practice. He touched on the need to train the mind through extended periods of dedicated training and he shared the background and vision behind the long-term retreat facility, which he helped start. He also [...]

Borderline Personality Disorder and Beginner’s Mind

Beginner's mind is an aspect of mindfulness that's particularly important if you're struggling with symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD), says mindful-oriented doctor Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault. "Beginner's mind means looking at things as if you are seeing them for the first time. Beginner's mind can help us to see things in a new light, rather than automatically [...]