The Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness
An excerpt from Mindfulness: Where it Comes from and Why It Matters by Oxford University Lecturer Dr. Sarah Shaw. This work explores the richness of mindfulness, how its presentation has evolved within various Buddhist traditions, and how it has often been misconstrued.
Contemplate the Interdependent Nature of Reality
Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind
“Warm relations” lead to feelings that one’s life has meaning and a sense of satisfaction with life. Cultivating interconnected happiness doesn’t have to be a big deal—putting a smile on someone’s face when you pour them a cup of coffee at a diner, helping a disabled person onto the bus, or just generally being kind—all these things add up. And that eventually leads to life satisfaction.
Interview with Seattle IMS Founder Rodney Smith
An Interview with Rodney Smith, author of Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart
Shambhala: In your new book you take on the possibly daunting task of describing what enlightenment is and how it happens. To what extent can it even be described?
Rodney Smith: I think the words used to describe awakening can intimate something that we all feel is true though we may not have had the actual experience. When this book speaks of the paradigm shift toward nonseparation, many of us feel that possibility deeply within our hearts. We may even have had glimpses of that very perception, but few of us live continually within that reality, and that is where the real journey begins. In some ways the spiritual journey directs us toward a deeping faith. In the beginning we apply ourselves based on an indescribable ...
Peace, Love, & Compassion Trio
The Peace, Love, and Compassion Trio is a short series on changing our inner lives in order to effect real change in our world. In each of these short, new editions, Pema Chödrön speaks with simplicity, guiding you through her teachings on how to use loving-kindness and compassion to achieve peace in your life and community.
I will describe these phrases here in detail, and you can experiment with them, alter them, or simply choose an alternative set of three or four phrases. Discover personally in your own heartfelt in...