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Shambhala Sun Name To Change

Shambhala Sun coverOn behalf of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala International, the Kalapa Council—together with the leadership of the Shambhala Sun—is delighted to share with you some exciting developments at the Shambhala Sun Foundation.

Launched by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as an internal publication of the Shambhala community, the Shambhala Sun was always intended to speak more broadly. Over the past three decades, the Sun has evolved from a community newspaper, to a small young magazine, to the largest-circulation Buddhist magazine in the English language. In the decade since the Sun incorporated as an independent non-profit, it has built many bridges between Western Buddhist communities, and has also retained close ties to the Shambhala community—the magazine continues to be based in Halifax, and the majority of its staff are sangha members or close sangha-friends. At the same time, much has changed within the pages of the magazine and on the website LionsRoar.com to reflect the full range of Buddhist traditions and the diversity of practitioners today.

As Buddhism in the West has grown, matured, and diversified, the Sun has too, and it is time to honor this successful history, and also encourage further expansion. So we are pleased to share some exciting news that is a natural reflection of this evolution.

As of the February–March 2016 issue, the new title of the Shambhala Sun will be Lion’s Roar. This name, recognized by Buddhists of all traditions and with a deep meaning for our lineage, expresses the magazine’s long-standing mission to support genuine Buddhism in the West in all its forms and to offer the dharma to everyone who would benefit from it. As well, the not-for-profit foundation that publishes Lion’s Roar magazine, Buddhadharma: The Practioner’s Quarterly, and LionsRoar.com will now be called The Lion’s Roar Foundation.

The lion’s roar was the Buddha’s own metaphor for the fearless proclamation of the truth of the dharma. It reflects the aspiration to be a fearless and powerful voice for the dharma in our society. The mission of Lion’s Roar is to offer, as its slogan says, Buddhist Wisdom for our Time: to bring genuine dharma to everyone who may find value in it, in a voice that speaks to all, in the best medium for each individual need.

This change is not the end of the Shambhala Sun we know so well—its heart, voice, and roots in the three-yana view and Shambhala vision will carry on in Lion’s Roar. At the same time, the new name and the intention behind it are already opening up fresh thinking, more possibilities, and new ways to offer the profound dharma.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala International are very pleased to support this transition, which will help Lion’s Roar to offer the dharma to more people and contribute even more effectively the growth of genuine dharma in our world. The title Shambhala Sun is one with great meaning for our community, and after a transition period, it will return to Shambhala International for possible use in future communications. The best use of this name is something we look forward to considering, and the Lion’s Roar Foundation is very happy to offer its experience and advice in those discussions.

The mission of the Lion’s Roar Foundation is to support the flourishing of the dharma in the West by making genuine Buddhist wisdom accessible in all its forms, to the broadest audience, for the benefit of all beings. We hope that you will join in making Lion’s Roar all it can be.

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2 responses to “ Shambhala Sun Name To Change ”
  1. Laurie Fisher
    Nov 13, 2015

    Why change a good thing?

  2. Nancy Smith
    Nov 10, 2015

    This sounds like a positive step forward, thanks for letting us know. Congratulations on the evolution of the Shambhala Sun. Two questions – does this mean that the Shambhala Sun was sold to The Lion’s Roar? And will it appear only online, not in print? I enjoy reading the Lion’s Roar online, and appreciate their global Buddhist approach. Thank you, and best wishes for the future of this project.

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