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A Guide to the Pali Tradition

From Wat Arun

Over the past few years we at Shambhala Publications have been focused on bringing the depth and richness of the traditions of Theravada Buddhism more into the light.  Modernist and secularizing processes have been the lens through which many see "Theravada".  A consequence of this is that some people's understanding of the traditions it encompasses are often either  oversimplified ("it's  Insight Meditation with a lot of the cultural paraphernalia"), incomplete ("Its vipassana as taught in Thai temples"), or incorrect ("it's for one's own liberation only").  These biases mean many miss out on the full story which is that the highly varied practices and teachings form a vast, creative, and immensely powerful tradition for transforming the mind and gaining liberation.  Here are some of our books, recent as well as classics, that explore some of these topics. Read More.


A Series on the Great Works of Chan and Zen

Explore the great works of Chan and Zen.  You will find translations of original works, their commentaries, and presentations of practices and ideas from all the eras and regions from the arrival of Buddhism in China to the present day around the world.Discover an amazing array of books written and translated by some of the most knowledgeable people about Chan and Zen Buddhism on the planet. Prolific writers and translators that appear repeatedly in the pages that follow include Kaz TanahashiMaster Sheng YenWilliam Scott WilsonKatagiri RoshiNorman WaddellJohn Stevens, and J.C. Cleary.

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Alive Until You're Dead

The Five Remembrances

From Susan Moon's Alive Until You're Dead: Notes on the Home Stretch

Buddha urged his disciples to meditate upon the five remembrances. When I first heard them, I thought, Wow! This is harsh! But I shouldn’t have been surprised; they are straightforward reminders of the teaching of impermanence. Here is Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation.....

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From the audiobook of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's The Heroic Heart: Awakening Unbound Compassion

Author Videos

Rebirth in Buddhism

Buddhist scholar Roger R. Jackson in conversation with the team at Shambhala Publications about his book Rebirth: A Guide to Mind, Karma, and Cosmos in the Buddhist World

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Buddhist Reader's Guides

Hanshan & Shide

Buddhist Poetry

Navigating the vast world of spiritual verse can be disorienting. With so many anthologies and translations to choose from, finding what speaks to you can be a real challenge. Shambhala Publications publishes numerous books of Buddhist poetry, and we’ve gathered some of our favorites in this Reader's Guide. Ranging from classical Tibetan songs of devotion to contemporary American reflections on navigating the path, our collection of Buddhist poetry offers a little something for everyone, Buddhist or otherwise.

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gendun chopel

Gendun Chopel: A Guide for Readers

Gendun Chopel, was a 20th century Tibetan philosopher, scholar, translator, traveler, historian, artist, and visionary. More so, he was a cultural hero who sought to advance his vision of a modern Tibet within a rapidly shifting and globalizing world.

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Author Event in Buddhism

Meditation on the Nature of Mind at the Buddhist Society

Meditation on the Nature of Mind at the Buddhist Society

Thursdays at The Buddhist Society and online at 6.30pm GMT (London, UK) | On;line and at The Buddhist Society, London

Illumination | Rebecca Li | Dharma Drum Mountain

Illumination | Rebecca Li | Dharma Drum Mountain

Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 6:00 PM Pacific Time | Dharma Drum Mountain (Fremont, CA)

Illumination | Rebecca Li | San Francisco Dharma Collective

Illumination | Rebecca Li | San Francisco Dharma Collective

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 7:00 PM Pacific Time | San Francisco Dharma Collective

Mahayana Vision and the Dawn of Tantra: A Journey Into the Mirror | Andy Karr | Online and Dharma Mati Berlin

Mahayana Vision and the Dawn of Tantra: A Journey Into the Mirror | Andy Karr | Online and Dharma Mati Berlin

March 22, 2024 |7:00 PM CET (1:00 PM EST) to March 24, 2024 | 5:00 PM CET ( 12:00 PM EST) | Dharma Mati Berlin, Germany

Book Launch: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism | Khenpo Sherab Sangpo with Roger R. Jackson | Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Book Launch: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism | Khenpo Sherab Sangpo with Roger R. Jackson | Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Monday, March 26, 2024 | 7:00 PM Central Time | Magers & Quinn Booksellers (Minneapolis, MN)

Free Lecture Series

The Way of the Bodhisattva

layer-12Few texts are more frequently taught and quoted, have as colorful a history, and as much relevance to Buddhists today more than the eighth-century Indian Buddhist monk Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva. The Dalai Lama has said that “if I have any understanding of compassion and the bodhisattva path, it all comes from studying this text.”The living tradition of this text radiates most brightly from...

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Online Courses in Buddhism

Glimpses of Vajrayana

Glimpses of Vajrayana

The tantric path requires complete engagement and fierce dedication. There is a quality of directness, abruptness, and wholeheartedness to it, and it is said to be the more rapid but more dangerous path.

Taught By: Judith L. Lief

Heart of the Brush

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a renowned calligraphic artist and teacher who works with hundreds of students throughout the world each year. In this online workshop, you can study with him up close, as he guides you in exploring the wondrous world of brush calligraphy.

Taught By: Kazuaki Tanahashi

Sit Like a Buddha

Sit Like a Buddha

Believe what you've heard about meditation: it'll focus your mind, open your heart, and sometimes surprise you with insight. Lodro Rinzler, author of the book Sit LIke a Buddha, guides you through everything you need to establish a meditation practice.

Taught By: Lodro Rinzler

The Mandala Principle

The Mandala Principle

In this online course, esteemed Buddhist teacher and editor Judith Lief takes us on a journey through the mandala principle teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as presented in his Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.

Taught By: Judith L. Lief

Start Here Now

Start Here Now

Meditation expert and New York Times best-selling author Susan Piver has taught thousands of people how to meditate. In this course, Susan distills all of her best advice and tried-and-true techniques into a self-paced program that could change your life.

Taught By: Susan Piver

Mindfulness in Action

Mindfulness in Action

In this online course, the practice of meditation will be accompanied by practices for expanding awareness in everyday activities, dissolving the boundary between meditation and everything else we do in our life. This is a course for new meditators, for those who want to deepen their meditation practice, and for mindfulness trainers and teachers. The approach is based on the mindfulness teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, from his book Mindfulness in Action.

Taught By: Carolyn Rose Gimian

Entering the Path

Entering the Path

The hinayana path is the foundation of the Buddhist teachings. To enter the path of Buddhist practice, one must start here. Based on training in mindfulness and awareness and in cultivating a deeper understanding of one’s own mind, the hinayana is what allows us to take delight in our everyday life just as it is.

Taught By: Judith L. Lief

Glimpses of Mahamudra

Glimpses of Mahamudra

Mahamudra is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous.

Taught By: Judith L. Lief

The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

One of the most beloved scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism, the Heart Sutra is chanted daily around the world in dozens of languages by millions of practitioners. For Zen Buddhists—and many others—the sutra expresses the nature of reality in ways both profound and paradoxical. In this online course, Kazuaki Tanahashi and Roshi Joan Halifax collaboratively explore the depths of the sutra’s teaching through talks, chanting, readings, and group discussions.

Taught By: Joan Halifax & Kazuaki Tanahashi

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

Once the essential foundation of the hinayana teachings has been laid, the next step begins with opening the focus of practice to include the world beyond oneself. This personal paradigm shift is the gate to the mahayana teachings, beginning with shunyata, the essential emptiness of all phenomena, and with the compassion that naturally arises from that understanding.

Taught By: Judith L. Lief

Living the Dharma

Living the Dharma

Tibetan Buddhist master Anyen Rinpoche and his teaching partner Allison Choying Zangmo share what it takes to achieve realization on the spiritual path with a practical and approachable means for bringing our practice alive and actualizing the wisdom of the Buddha in our hearts.

Taught By: Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo

Discovering the Relaxed Mind

Discovering the Relaxed Mind

Learn a seven-step meditation practice, concisely and practically adapted from the meditation techniques of three major Buddhist traditions—Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—which Tibetan Buddhism knits into a seamless whole.

Taught By: Dza Kilung Rinpoche

Articles

Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland: An Excerpt from Kadam, Part One

Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland: An Excerpt from Kadam, Part One

Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland: A Root Text of Mahāyāna Instruction from the Precious Kadam Scripture Excerpted from Kadam: Stages of the Path, Mind Training, and Esoteric Practice, Part One...

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Illuminating the Mind to See One’s Nature: The Root of Taoist Inner Practice

Illuminating the Mind to See One’s Nature: The Root of Taoist Inner Practice

Illuminating the Mind to See One's Nature: The Root of Taoist Inner Practice An Excerpt from Taoist Inner Alchemy...

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Women in Buddhism

Women in Buddhism

Women in Buddhism Throughout history women have played a vital role in the preservation and presentation of Buddhism. The Buddha himself expressed deep respect for his mother and as several contemp...

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Buddhism in 2023 – Theravada, Insight, and General Interest

See our other Year in Review Guides: Zen and Chan | Tibetan Buddhism | More in Buddhism Yoga | Kids Books...

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