We know your lives have been profoundly changed by the impact of the ongoing global health crisis. We know you are concerned for yourselves, for your loved ones, for your communities. We know so many people are suffering right now, and are afraid. And we want to help. We want you to know that though we may be physically isolated, we are all connected, and we’re in this together.

Below you will find lots of great ideas for weathering this storm: free resources, online courses for which we are extending a great deal, books to keep busy in your kitchen, books and activities to engage your kids, resources for a yoga retreat at home, a Buddhist study deep-dive, and books simply to transport you, giving you a bit of a break.

Stay home read books

Free Resources

For those especially worried about the effect of economic uncertainties, we have a bunch of free resources that will keep you really busy:

Free ebooks:

Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice
Excerpts from some of our books from a variety of Buddhist traditions that encapsulate values of love and nonviolence, which we can all practice ourselves. Authors include, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Diane Eshin Rizzetto , Jack Kornfield and more. And a short selection from the chapter on patience in the Mahayana classic The Way of the Bodhisattva highlights that the real enemy is anger itself, not something or someone external.

Radical Compassion: Shambhala Authors on the Path of Boundless Love
Teachings on the path of compassion from a collection of authors who have helped shape the school’s unique and innovative identity, including: Pema Chödrön, Chögyam Trungpa, Gaylon Ferguson, Diane Musho Hamilton, Judith L. Lief, Dzogchen Ponlop, Karen Kissel Wegela, and more.

Free Online Programs:

Hear about the Eight Practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism as presented by Jamgon Kongtrul from a fascinating lecture series with translators Sarah Harding, Elizabeth Callahan, Acharya Tenpa Gyaltsen, and Larry Mermelstein.


Free Videos:

Choose from hundreds of free videos of our authors.  You can explore these by subject matter.

Online Events with Shambhala authors
Dalai Lama, Tibetan BuddhismWe will continue to update these as we expect a lot more on-site programs to move online.  Bookmark our Online Events page.

In addition to the free resources above, we have a host of other resources to help you through this challenging time.

Online Courses

You can choose from two dozen courses on meditation, yoga, art, instilling mindfulness for kids and adults, Buddhism, and more. We are pleased to offer 40% off them all, through April 30 with code PRAJNA40.*   Here is the full listbut here are a few examples of the range of courses we have:

Making Friends with Yourself

Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment

Taught by Pema Chödrön

Imagine having Pema Chödrön sitting in your living room, speaking directly to you. This course, set in the intimate environment of remote Gampo Abbey, presents Pema teaching how to step outside ourselves to see how our sense of self develops and leads us to negative patterns of thinking.

Compassion at the Edge

A Revolutionary Method for Benefitting Others without Burning Out

Taught by Joan Halifax

In this course, Roshi Joan Halifax reveals the basic anatomy of compassion and a practical five-step process for cultivating the qualities and skills that give us the ability to serve others with an open heart.

Sitting Still Like a Frog

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

Taught by Eline Snel

If you’re a parent, teacher, therapist—or anyone who works with kids—this online course will give you the skills you need to introduce the youngsters in your world to mindfulness and its many benefits.

The Way of the Wisdom Jesus

Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching

Taught by Cynthia Bourgeault

If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, author, teacher, and retreat leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself.

Discovering the Relaxed Mind

An Immersion in a Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice

Taught by Dza Kilung Rinpoche

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.

Yoga of the Subtle Body

A 28-Day Online Training

Taught by Tias Little

In this training with master yoga teacher Tias Little, we’ll move into the interior of the body—what Tias calls the “inner asana” or the “inner posture.”

Home Alone

This can also be a time where some of us can embrace the alone-time, making this time an unplanned retreat.  Or for many families, this can be a great opportunity to be together and connect.

We put together a few ideas for you below:


With many schools closed or with cancelled spring breaks, parents may be scrambling for positive ways to keep their kids busy, learning, and content.

Reading to Kids
Our Bala Kids team has some great books including Breathing Makes it Better, Any Time Yoga, and two dozen more.  Here is the full list.


Activities with Kids
Our new Monkey Mind Meditation Deck,  Mindful Games Activity Cards, Sitting Still Like a Frog and its companion Activity Book, and the Mandala Coloring books are great ways to keep your kids focused,  engaged, and connected.

Our Roost Books team also has created an article for craft projects with kids you can read here.

On the Go

audio listen womanTake a walk outside, and if you like to listen while moving, our dozens of audio programs (including Claire Foy reading Pema Chodron’s latest) maybe just what you need.

In the Kitchen

Mom and son bakingWith so many of us spending a lot more time at home than usual, it’s a great time to get cooking.  Here are a few of our favorites from Shambhala classics like the Tassajara Bread and Cookbooks to the award winning Roost Books titles like Sourdough and At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen.  Here is the full list.

The Complete Tassajara Cookbook

$35.00 - Paperback

By: Edward Espe Brown


$35.00 - Hardcover

By: Sarah Owens

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

$40.00 - Hardcover

By: Amy Chaplin

Make This a Retreat

What a great time to take a retreat, even if that just means a dedicated hour per day.  Here are some ideas:

A Yoga Retreat
Yoga by the waterTake Kino MacGregor’s Yogi Assignment for a 30 day program.   Or take the leap with Yoga for Healthy Aging and commit yourself to lifelong well-being.  Or follow the steps laid out by Anne Cushman in Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners
Here is our full list of yoga books to find just what you need.

The Yogi Assignment

$24.95 - Paperback

By: Kino MacGregor

Yoga for Healthy Aging

$29.95 - Paperback

By: Baxter Bell & Nina Zolotow

Handling Uncertainty and Fear with Pema Chodron
Few authors can help us relate more positively with anxiety, uncertainty and being scared as Ani Pema.  With several dozen books including her newest Welcoming the Unwelcome, audio, video, online courses, and our latest guide to her sources of inspiration, there is something for everyone.

Comfortable with Uncertainty

$17.95 - Paperback

By: Pema Chödrön

The Places That Scare You

$16.95 - Paperback

By: Pema Chödrön

For Buddhists: A Study-Retreat
Rebel BuddhaImmerse yourself in some of the works you have been putting off.

For Zen practitioners, Dogen’s magnum opus, the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

For Tibetan Buddhists: The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, The Complete Nyingma Tradition, The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, The Treasury of Knowledge.

The Epic of the Buddha,  perhaps the most beautiful account of the life of Shakyamuni

The Flower Ornament Scripture – Delve into one of the most quoted, profound, and incredible accounts of Buddha fields.

Take a Break

Sometimes what we need is just to really unplug and take a break.  Here are a few ideas to transport you.


Orders on our website continue to be swiftly shipped out.  And we encourage you to check in with your local independent and other bookstores as many remain open, need our support and are doing curbside pick-up or local delivery.  You can call ahead and have what you want waiting for you for a quick in & out.  See our indie bookseller page to find great ones near you with a plethora of Shambhala books.

It’s a trying time, but it will come to an end.

From all of us here at Shambhala Publications, we wish you all very good health and ease of mind.