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Giveaway: A Special Thanks to Our Readers

We hear from a lot of readers that the books we publish have changed their lives in big and small ways. It’s powerful feedback to receive, and it’s what inspires us to keep offering works we hope will be of benefit.

Comment below to tell us about a book of ours that has had an impact on your life. Everyone who comments will receive a coupon code for 30% off their next order (just be sure to leave your e-mail address—we won’t add you to our list except to send you the code). On October 4 we’ll also choose three people to receive a $30 gift certificate for Shambhala.com. Congratulations to our winners! Thanks for your comments, everyone. Please come back soon for more giveaways.

37 thoughts on “Giveaway: A Special Thanks to Our Readers

  1. A study group I belong to has used Training the Mind which was wonderful. We are now going through Comfortable with Uncertainty. Very inspiring to apply these teachings to my everyday life. Thank you for your generous giveaway.

  2. The book that most changed my life has been the trilogy of books by Pema Chodron, it contains the titles, when things fall apart, the wisdom of no escape, and start where you are. These books have helped me through some pretty powerful emotional storms in my life and allow me to learn how to enjoy every moment. Thanks for this offer and for publishing such great books.

  3. “Writing Down The Bones” was tremendously influential to me during my time in college and after. In fact, due to the sad state of my writing these days, I need to pick it up again.

  4. I’m currently making my way through Rodney Smith’s “Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self” and finding it both challenging and helpful.I like the way Rodney moves effortlessly between modern teachers, such as Trungpa Rinpoche, Ajahn Buddhadasa and Nisargadatta Maharaj, the ancient teachings – particularly the suttas – and his own experience as a hospice worker and dharma teacher to make his points. He says that stepping out of no-self is a move away from certainty, to ‘the open amazement of not-knowing’, and his own inclusive approach to different sources of wisdom is testament to this.

  5. I’m currently working my way through Coloring Mandalas Book 1. This process has sparked creativity in me. I’ve begun to paint and do art projects with my kids again. A year ago I lost my husband, their father. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Coloring mandalas is helping me work through my grief using a positive outlet. I will definitely purchase the second book once I’m finished! Namaste

  6. As a mental health counselor, I found the work of Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche extraordinary! Training the Mind, Shambala, Journey without goals are a great source of inspiration and tools for me and for my clients.

  7. I’m a newbie to your publications, so as an intro book I’ve read Minding the Mind. I’m hoping to read some of Pema’s books, she has actually helped me very much through videos..but I haven’t purchased her books yet.

  8. One of the most meaningful books that had a big impact on my life was ‘No Boundaries’ by Ken Wilber which opened the gates to a flood of integral knowledge. It marked the beginning of another intensely rich time….

  9. Pema’s The Places that Scare You, by far and away the most helpful book I ever read. The way she puts complex concepts into easy-to-remember language is most helpful to me. I have checked it out from the library so many times that the librarians would be shocked it if wasn’t in my bag.

  10. So many – impossible to list all! For now: almost for the light humor of it – I pick The Way to Shambhala by Bernbaum. It first led me to think about such possibilities, decades ago. I’m still on my way!

  11. Tremendous gratitude for Chögyam Trungpa’s ‘The Path of Individual Liberation.’ It claims a special place on my altar and continues to offers new insights into my daily practice.

  12. The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner by Michael Stone was the first book I read exploring yoga philosophy. Up until that point, I had only knowingly practiced yoga in the form of asana or postures. The book introduced me to the 8 limbs for the first time, helping me to understand and begin a more holistic and meaningful practice that ultimately changed my life, as well as the quality of energy I put out into the world.

  13. During a very dark and difficult period I came across Pema Chodron’s book Taking the Leap and reading it opened up a completely new way of approaching and relating to my own suffering. It led me to read her other books, such as When Things Fall Apart and The Wisdom of No Escape. I return to those pages again and again, always finding that her words have the gentle power to effect a subtle shift in my consciousness, teaching me to ‘lean in’ where previously I would run away, encouraging me to ‘Sit. Stay. Heal.’ :)

  14. So many books to choose from…one of my favorites is In The Face of Fear, edited by Barry Boyce. Wise advice from many great teachers for anyone who is challenged by fear.

  15. It’s such a difficult choice, as Shambhala has published many books — by several authors — that have deeply affected me. But I think I have to choose the work of A.H. Almaas, specifically Diamond Heart Book 3. It spoke directly to my current experience and gave me both the information and support I needed to continue my self-understanding and development.

  16. Since my first pocket editions of the Tao Te Ching and The Way of Peace (the latter traveling with me around the world) to the new Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma series, great and important Shambhala publications have been with me for over half my life. Thank you!

  17. I have red the book of Diane Mugpo who was married to Chögyam Trungpa. I red it while I was in bed with the flu and couldn´t stop reading till the last page in a row! It was fascinating to read about this great and controversial Master and get so close to him both as a spiritual teacher and at the same time as a human being with his tribulations. The book gives us a generous and very open and straightforward insight into their relationtionship and at the same time a great retrospective about life and mentality in that period of time. Thank you for publishing this fascinating book!

  18. No Time to Lose by Pema hit me at a VERY volatile point in my life and sent me into a spin that would eventually result in a more positive outlook and a monastic stay. I’ll always be thankful for that commentary.

  19. Everything in my life had collapsed and life became hopeless. Alas a friend sent me a copy of When Things Fall Apart. I took up practicing Yoga and my teacher recommended The Tree of Yoga. Both of these books opened a new life like a young blossom in early spring. Thank you from my soul.

  20. I was 18 years old when I went away to college and experienced profound sadness, as well as depression. I took a book with me from home that my parents were not even sure how it got in the house. It was the book, Shambhala: Sacred path of the warrior by Chogyam Trungpa. Reading this book transformed the way I saw myself. I was not broken. I was born with basic goodness that I could choose to connect with, and step out of my cocoon into the light of the great eastern sun. This became my path which I am still on to this day.

  21. Pema’s book When Things Fall Apart was a great help to me at a very difficult time. I went on to read several others and always found light and courage in her words.

  22. I picked up the Pocket Thich Nhat Hahn a few years ago while browsing a local bookstore. I really enjoyed reading small snippets of it every day and gaining some deep insight into the wonders of the present moment. I loved it so much I gave it to my sister at her celebration of five years clean and sober. She loved it, too. This past summer I was grateful to attend a meditation retreat with Thay. Thank you Shambhala Publications for introducing me to his work!

  23. Well, tell book that actually change my life is “The Hundred Thousands Songs of Milarepa”. Personally, I don’t like to read books that much, however, this thick book has made me read on. The songs of Milarepa is not only inspiring but also serves as instructions on how we should be as a Buddhist. Love you Milarepa.

  24. The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon helped ease me into Buddhism . It’s really easy to understand and I really enjoyed reading it!

  25. I love, Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan. I have worn put the pages reading it so often. Thanks for the great selection of books you offer.

  26. so many great Shambhala publication translations, it’s hard to choose! but the recent Precious Treasury of Dharma 3 vol set is just awesome…

  27. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s _Rebel Buddha_ was a perfect medicine for me over the summer. This work illuminates the difference between the ornaments westerners typically associate with “Buddhism” from the actual practice of Buddhism. Through anecdotes, perfect metaphors and a keen understanding of what lies at the heart of The Path of the Buddha, Rinpoche dismantles the facade of Dharma practice, and breathes freshness into the Body of practice.

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