Are Millenials Really So Self-Obsessed? The Road Home Interviews in Vice, Business Insider and More

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It was quite an amazing first week for #TheRoadHome. We are already hearing from many folks who are loving the book. If you haven't gotten a copy, you can follow this link to order The Road Home as a hardcover, ebook, or audible download. A click the title above for a rundown of interviews from the first week of publication.

New Free Podcast Via Shambhala: Dharma Art, Creativity and the Path of Meditation

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Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, "Creativity and the Path of Meditation." Ethan says about this one "I took my best shot at describing a topic very close to my heart, and I think, very close to a lot of our hearts." Enjoy!

Free Podcast Lecture: Fear is Your Best Frenemy via Shambhala Podcast

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Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, "Fear is Your Best Frenemy."

Podcast: Career, Livelihood, and Dharma

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A new podcast lecture on Career, Dharma, and Right Livelihood by Ethan is up on Shambhala's podcast, "Meditation in The City." Apparently, people like it: Right livelihood podcast. Hit me right between the eyes. Thanks @ShambhalaNYC — Gerald Lee (@GEvolving) April 13, 2014

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Letter to Nelson Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel

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I was very pleased to learn today that my teacher, Sakyong Mipham, has initiated practices in memory of Nelson Mandela and and wrote a beautiful letter to Madiba's widow, Graca Machel. The letter and update are here, via the Shambhala Times website. May the world know more and more bodhisattvas like Mandela in the 21st century and beyond. May all beings be free. Here's my favorite Mandela quote. What's Yours? "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." (Note that a very similar quote about Anger is often falsely attributed to the Buddha.)

I’m So Excited About The Sakyong’s Visit I Made A Youtube Video.

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What To Do When People Annoy You

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I just found this podcast of a lecture I gave at the Weekly Dharma Gathering at Shambhala NYC from back in the spring "What To Do When People Annoy You." Obviously, it is some of my thoughts on what the Buddhist teachings and Shambhala teachings have to say about working with difficult people. (more…)

Syria, AKA Something Even More Important Than Miley Cyrus Twerking

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I'm pondering an issue this morning that I care about way more than Miley Cyrus at the Video Music Awards, Although I am definitely a true blooded American when it comes to getting some little rubbernecking thrill out of watching the psychological meltdowns of our celebrities, recorded from multiple angles on the cell phones of other celebrities. Poor Miley. You displaced Kanye West as celebrity most likely to arise in my Metta Meditation. May you live at ease. I read a lot of articles this morning about President Obama's pending decision on military intervention in Syria, and am for the millionth time in my life wondering about the ethics of war from the standpoint of somebody who believes strongly in nonviolence. When would Dr. King or  Aung San Suu Kyi intervene? When would my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche send troops? These are the questions I'm asking right now. The utter

A Great Long-Form Interview with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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I loved this hour long interview that Jonathan Fields recently did with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Long interviews like this are somewhat rare, and it allows the Sakyong to really get into some of the great themes of his new book The Shambhala Principle as well as for us to see a personal and intimate look at his life and teachings. I'm really excited to be on faculty for his teaching visit to NYC Nov 8-9!

The Sakyong and Rahm Emanuel: Spirituality and Government

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 It was great to wake up this morning and see that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was welcomed to Chicago City Hall by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (more…)