January 10, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Geshe Wangyal: America's First Lama

A conversation with Tricycle contributors David Urubshurow and Joel McCleary

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In this episode of Tricycle Talks, two Tricycle contributors—David Urubshurow ("From Russia with Love," from the current issue) and international political consultant Joel McCleary ("Confessions of a Buddhist Political Junkie")—speak to associate editor Alex Caring-Lobel about their teacher, Geshe Wangyal, America's first lama. Politicized at a young age in Soviet Russia, Geshe Wangyal immigrated to New Jersey to develop the telecode for the CIA that would aid the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet, work to lift political proscriptions on US visits by the Dalai Lama, and train, after the Tibetan resistance, the first generation of Tibetan Buddhist scholars in America. The story of how Tibetan Buddhism first came to the West is a little-known slice of Americana that brings together Cold War intrigue, Buddhist philosophy, and the Gong Show.

Tricycle Talks is a podcast series featuring leading voices in the contemporary Buddhist world.

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