The Wisdom Podcast

Ven. Thubten Chodron: An American Buddhist Abbess

Thubten Chodron is the abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington, where a group of ordained Tibetan Buddhists live and train together. Wisdom’s Associate Publisher Daniel met with Venerable Chodron at Sravasti Abbey to discuss her journey as a nun, her vision for the Abbey, and her most recent book, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many TraditionsVenerable Chodron also spoke on full ordination for Tibetan Buddhist nuns and her evaluation of Buddhism’s migration to the west.

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Jamyang Rinchen 2: My Guru, the Dalai Lama

Jamyang Rinchen (蔣揚仁欽) travels in the Dalai Lama’s entourage as his principle Chinese translator. In this episode he tells us what His Holiness is like when out of the public eye and shares some special stories of occasions he has witnessed with the Dalai Lama that especially enriched Jamyang’s own faith in His Holiness—stories of genuine compassion, consideration, humility, and non-attachment.


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Jamyang Rinchen 1: Translating for the Dalai Lama

Jamyang Rinchen (蔣揚仁欽) moved away from his family in Taiwan at a very young age to become a monk and study at the Dalai Lama’s Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. In this first episode of two, Jamyang talks about his early life and education at a monastic institution, and how he later went on to become the Dalai Lama’s principle Chinese translator.

Jamyang also tells the story of his journey to Boston to complete his doctoral degree at Harvard and shares some of the key points from his dissertation.

Jamyang now lives in Dharamsala, India, which is where this interview took place in Jamyang’s home.

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David Loy: Modern Buddhism

Join us for an intimate and wide-ranging discussion with David Loy, Zen teacher and Wisdom author. David tells us how he was introduced to Buddhism, sharing stories from key points in his life and his experiences as a student of Yamada Koun and Robert Aitken. He then discusses how modern spiritual people tend to distort spiritual ideas to their own ends through a process known as spiritual bypassing, and how Buddhists today might engage with issues like the institutionalization of ignorance and suffering.

This is a rare opportunity to hear a leading Buddhist thinker discuss his personal story and the ideas he’s renowned for, including the most pressing issues of Buddhist philosophy in our time.

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Bhikkhu Bodhi: Translating the Buddha

One of Wisdom’s most renowned authors, translator Bhikkhu Bodhi, recently visited the Wisdom office. In this episode, he tells his own story, painting a picture of what it was like in the days of Buddhism first coming to the West, how he encountered Buddhism, and what living in Sri Lanka in the 70s was like. He also gives some translation advice to aspiring translators and discusses his forthcoming translation of the Buddha’s teaching in the Sutta Nipata. Finally he tells us about his recent humanitarian efforts in Asia.

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