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TEACHINGS AND ADVICE
During an August 2012 visit to Leh, Ladakh, in northern India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to FPMT student and radio producer Anthony Denselow about his ideas on the mind and why we should spend more time thinking about the mind and its functions. A part of these interviews was used in the recent BBC Radio 4 program “Something Understood.”
1. Why study the mind?: Most people don’t stop to think about the mind – why should they? Why is an understanding of the nature of the mind so central to leading a contented and happy life? (Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
2. The nature of mind: What is the mind? What does it mean when Buddhists say that it is “clear and knowing”? (Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
3. The effects of mind: What is karma? And what is its relationship to mind? (Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
4. The mind and its potential: If most people don’t stop to consider the importance of mind then they probably won’t think about the possibility of transforming the mind – but this idea of transformation lies at the heart of Buddhism. (Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
5. How to change your mind: Is it really possible to get rid of destructive emotions? His Holiness talks about his own experience of transforming the mind and his most important practices. (Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
Anthony Denselow is “a class of ’73 Kopan survivor who has followed Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s work around the world with deep admiration.” He is also hugely grateful to Jamyang Buddhist Centre’s Geshe Tashi for his inspired Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. Anthony worked for BBC radio for over 30 years and is now freelance.
The sessions were organized thanks to Jeremy Russell, a member of the team that frequently travels with His Holiness and lives and works in Dharamsala, India.
Wisdom Publications has just published Geshe Lhundub Sopa’s autobiography, Like a Waking Dream. In it, Geshe-la shares detailed memories of his youth and early days in the Tibetan monastic system and offers a first-hand perspective on exile and establishing Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
Paul Donnelly served as the editor of Like a Waking Dream. In 1989, Donnelly entered the Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at U.W. and became a student of Geshe-la. He graduated in 1997 and now is an associate professor of religious studies at Northern Arizona University.
Mandala managing editor Laura Miller talked to Donnelly from his home in Flagstaff, Arizona, about working on the book with Geshe-la. The conversation took place over Skype in October 2012. They began the discussion talking about how the book came to be.
Listen to the audio interview on mandala.fpmt.org.
From Mandala January-March 2013
At one point or another, serious students of Tibetan Buddhism may find themselves considering whether or not to learn classical Tibetan. Many considerations factor in to the decision. And while time and money are crucial to study, a student also needs to find a qualified teacher.
Since 1994, Craig Preston has been that teacher for many, teaching classical Tibetan to English speakers in the United States first at Namgyal Institute of Buddhist Studies and Nagarjuna Language Institute in Ithaca, New York, and more recently at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, where Craig has taught the Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive for the last two years.
In addition to teaching Tibetan, Craig also works as a translator of Tibetan texts. With Rebecca French at SUNY Buffalo, Craig translated Tibetan legal code. Currently, Craig is working on a project led by his former professor at University of Virginia, Jeffrey Hopkins, to translate the monastic textbooks written by Jamyang Cheba.
In late August 2012, Craig came by Mandala’s office for an informal talk about his translation work, teaching Tibetan and the future of Buddhism in the West.(Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
Visit Craig Preston’s website to learn about his approach to teaching classical Tibetan.
FPMT News Around the World
“The first step for harmonious communities is to be aware of your own actions and thoughts,” Osel Hita told a group of students in April 2012.
A 50-minute recording of the talk is now available online. This was the first time Osel had spoken to a group of Western Dharma students in over a decade. Gomo Tulku also joined the discussion, which took place at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy.
In 2010, Osel Hita and Gomo Tulku along with Ling Rinpoche and Cherok Lama participated in a roundtable discussion with Mandala about being recognized as reincarnated “lamas” and the future of Buddhism. The young FPMT notables offered fresh and original views on how Buddhism fits into the 21st-century world.
“Religion is moved by the people,” Osel told Mandala. “It is connection between the unknown and known universes within and outside of us. Like many other religions, Buddhism is one more way of understanding and growing closer to our true essence.”
Gomo Tulku, perhaps even more than his compatriots, is pushing into new territories, pursuing a long-held interest in becoming a musician. He has just released his second music video today, called “Let Me Down.”
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With 159 centers, projects and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
DHARMA AND THE MODERN WORLD
From October 2006 through December 2007, Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche gave teachings at Land of Medicine Buddha in California, USA, on an expansive collection of important points elucidating emptiness, drawing from many sources in the Gelug tradition.
“When I heard of [this], I instantly volunteered to edit the teachings into a book,” Ven. Thubten Chodron writes in the introduction to Insight into Emptiness, the forthcoming book from Wisdom Publications based on Khensur Rinpoche’s emptiness teachings, which were translated by Ven. Steve Carlier. “This was not entirely altruistic on my part, for having edited Khensur Rinpoche’s book Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage, I knew how much I would learn by doing this work. In addition, there is a certain joy that arises in the heart from offering service to our teacher when we know that teacher’s motivation is to benefit all sentient beings. So editing a book is an offering to my teacher and to sentient beings at the same time.”
Mandala managing editor Laura Miller spoke with Ven. Chodron in April 2012 in Portland, Oregon, USA. In their free-ranging conversation, Ven. Chodron discusses her teacher Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche, the importance of studying emptiness and the process of editing a book among other things.(Audio interview available for download as MP3.)
Ven. Thubten Chodron became a Buddhist in 1975 after attending the Lake Arrowhead teachings in California given by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She became a nun in 1977 and received full ordination as a bhiksuni in 1986. She became a student of Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche in 1982 and has studied under his guidance since then. Ven. Chodron has served as resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle. She is founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in eastern Washington State, USA. She is the author of Buddhism for Beginners and other Dharma books.
Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche studied at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet for 14 years before fleeing his homeland in 1959. He has taught extensively at Nalanda Monastery in France, Land of Medicine Buddha in California, USA, and in the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy.
Also online, read an excerpt from Insight into Emptiness on the Diamond Cutter Sutra’s simile of the cloud and an archive interview with Khensur Rinpoche from Mandala July-September 2010.
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