Interview

  • Robert Thurman on the Dalai Lama's Retirement: An Interview Paid Member

    Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. A personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, his latest book is Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World. Recently we were able to chat about the Dalai Lama's retirement, the future of Tibet, his relationship with HHDL, and the importance of putting practice into action. This interview was conducted over email, as Thurman is currently "inbetween things" while traveling in Bhutan. He will be teaching at InsightLA on April 30. —Sam Mowe More »
  • Joseph Goldstein at InsightLA tomorrow Paid Member

    A while back I spoke to Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein about his event at InsightLA, which takes place tomorrow. A few years back Joseph was generous enough to answer reader questions about practice and had this to say about "what to do with our minds during vispassana practice": More »
  • Compassion Music: 5 Questions with Keepaway’s Nick Nauman Paid Member

    I recently got together with Nick Nauman, a college friend from a semester in India. We ate burritos in Brooklyn. He’s a famous musician now—or on his way, at least. Back in 2005, we were students on the Antioch Buddhist Studies program, staying in Bodh Gaya’s legendary Burmese Vihar. For our independent study projects we both traveled to Sikkim, where he spent a few weeks learning how to play traditional Tibetan wind instruments. I remembered this when he told me that his band Keepaway—a trio made complete by band mates Mike Burakoff and Frank Lyon—was getting some attention and good reviews. I asked: “Is there a Buddhist influence on Keepaway’s music?” He answered “yes,” and I took out my notebook and tape recorder. More »
  • Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners: An Interview with Robert Sharf Paid Member

    At the Tricycle Community we're beginning part 4 of our "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners" series. This time we're discussing an interview with Berkeley's Robert Sharf about his critique of what scholars call Buddhist modernism.Here's a small sampling of the interview: More »
  • A Beautiful Fall Morning at the Village Zendo Paid Member

    Tricycle's web editor, Phil Ryan, and I had the good fortune to spend the morning sitting and speaking with Roshi Enkyo O'Hara at the Village Zendo, located just south of Houston on Broadway in lower Manhattan. We were there to interview her about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Village Zendo community. Naturally, the conversation started with the telling of Enkyo's own Buddhist story, and from there we were able to cover topics ranging from how to best adapt various Zen rituals for a lay community in America to the challenges and joys of practicing in the city. Stay tuned for the fruits of the interview. Image: from www.villagezendo.org More »
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    ABC News interviews insight meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein Paid Member

    After recently attending a 9-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center outside of San Francisco, ABC news reporter Dan Harris said his life got "10% better." Harris--who acknowledges his aversion to sitting still and "touchy feely" things--was surprised by how energized he felt following the retreat. The news anchor sat down with retreat leader Joseph Goldstein following the retreat to discuss basic instruction with the insight meditation teacher as part of ABC's "Beliefs" series. During the interview Goldstein discusses new-comers apprehensions about silence, the difficulty simply focusing on the breath, our addiction to attachment, and insight into impermanence.   Check out the video here. More »