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We are in the process of converting our print books into eBooks. Shambhala eBooks can be purchased from all major online eBook stores (including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, Kobo, and Sony). Links are provided on each book’s web page. To view our latest offerings, simply sort by publication date.
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  1. Zen and the Art of Insight

    Zen and the Art of Insight

    The Prajnaparamita ("perfection of wisdom") sutras are one of the great legacies of Mahayana Buddhism, giving eloquent expression to some of that school's central concerns: the perception of shunyata, the essential emptiness of all phenomena; and the ideal of the bodhisattva, one who postpones his or her own enlightenment in order to work for the salvation of all beings. … Read More

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  2. Mindfulness in Action

    Mindfulness in Action

    Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Carolyn Rose Gimian
    The rewards of mindfulness practice are well proven: reduced stress, improved concentration, and an overall sense of well-being. But those benefits are just the beginning. Mindfulness in action—mindfulness applied throughout life—can help us work more effectively with life’s challenges, expanding our appreciation and potential for creative engagement. This guide to mindful awareness through meditation provides all the basics to get you started but also goes deeper to address the questions… Read More

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  3. Compost City

    Compost City

    Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living

    • by
    • Rebecca Louie
    These days, everyone’s talking about compost. Along with backyard chickeners, balcony beekeepers, rooftop farmers, and community gardeners, urban composters are part of a bumper crop of pioneers who are redefining the green space of crowded towns and cities. You may think you need a big yard to compost. Think again. Compost City teaches you how to easily choose and care for a compost system that fits perfectly into your… Read More

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  4. Make Peace before the Sun Goes Down

    Make Peace before the Sun Goes Down

    The Long Encounter of Thomas Merton and His Abbot, James Fox

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    • Roger Lipsey
    In the 1950s and ’60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century—including the mega–best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion,… Read More

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  5. Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers

    Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology

    • by
    • Lucy Jo Palladino
    Are your kids glued to their screens? Here is a practical, step-by-step guide that gives parents the tools to teach children, from toddlers to teens, how to gain control of their technology use. As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are becoming concerned about the effects of so much technology use—and they feel powerless to intervene. They… Read More

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  6. Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums (A Graphic Novel)

    • by
    • Sean Michael Wilson
    Here is a graphic novel portrait of the wild antics and legendary poetry of two of China’s greatest poets. Han Shan (known as “Cold Mountain”) and Shih Te lived during the Tang dynasty (618–906 C.E.) and were critics of authority (both secular and religious) and champions of social justice. They left their poetry on tree trunks and rocks, and they were also reportedly monastics, drunks, cave dwellers, immortals, and many… Read More

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  7. The Zen of Living and Dying

    The Zen of Living and Dying

    A Practical and Spiritual Guide

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    • Philip Kapleau
    To live life fully and die serenely—surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined. Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society. Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.… Read More

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  8. Just This Is It

    Just This Is It

    Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness

    • by
    • Taigen Dan Leighton
    The joy of “suchness”—the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearance—shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism (the predecessor of Sōtō Zen). Taigen Dan Leighton looks at the teachings attributed to Dongshan—in his Recorded Sayings and in the numerous koans in which he is featured as a character—to reveal the subtlety and depth of the teaching on… Read More

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  9. Nothing Holy about It

    Nothing Holy about It

    The Zen of Being Just Who You Are

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    • Tim Burkett
    According to legend, when the founder of Zen Buddhism was asked about the main principle of his holy teaching, he replied that there was “nothing holy about it!” Now, a millennium and a half later, Tim Burkett reveals how and why the wisdom of nonholiness is the key to a joyful heart. You don’t need to go looking for something sacred—the happiness you seek is right where you are. In… Read More

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  10. The Five Houses of Zen

    The Five Houses of Zen

    For all its emphasis on the direct experience of insight without reliance on the products of the intellect, the Zen tradition has created a huge body of writings. Of this cast literature, the writings associated with the so-called Five Houses of Zen are widely considered to be preeminent. These Five Houses—which arose in China during the ninth and tenth centuries, often referred to as the Golden Age of Zen—were not… Read More

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