This Buddhist Life

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    An Interview with Venerable Pannavati Karuna Paid Member

    Profession: Co-Abbot, Embracing Simplicity Hermitage; Founder of My PlaceAge: 60Location: Hendersonville, North CarolinaWhere did you grow up? I grew up in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Maryland area.What was your religious upbringing? I was raised as a Baptist Christian. More »
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    An Interview with Dasho Pema Thinley Paid Member

    Profession: Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of BhutanAge: 60 Location: BhutanWhen did you become a Buddhist? That’s a difficult question. I was born into a Buddhist family in a Buddhist country. But as you get older you ask questions—What more is there? What’s there beyond? What is this life for? My interest in Buddhism increased after I turned 40, after listening to a recording of a talk that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave in Paro College of Education in 1991. I didn’t quite believe in root gurus and all that at the time, but I found him engaging. I’ve received many teachings, including empowerment, from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in more recent years, and he has become one of my root gurus. More »
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    An Interview with Eric Ripert Paid Member

    Profession: French ChefAge: 45Location: New York City More »
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    An Interview with John Giorno Paid Member

    Profession: Poet Age : 73 Location: NYCWhat are you working on right now? At the moment I am just finishing a piece about Garcia Lorca.How do you view poetry? All art, and poetry being one, is wisdom. Pure wisdom arises in various forms.Vegetarian? No.All-time hero? My teacher, Dudjom Rinpoche.Do you practice within a particular lineage? Well, yes indeed, very much the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Dudjom Rinpoche and Longchen Nyingtik I feel very close to. More »