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Podcast: Interview with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Part 2

This week, Ethan Nichtern interviews Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. This is the second of a two part interview. 

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely respected teacher known for his skill in making the full richness of Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern minds.  He is also a poet, visual artist and city-dweller, based in the United States for two decades. He devotes much of his energy to developing a vision of a genuine Western Buddhism that is free from the cultural hang-ups that distract us from the Buddha’s essential message of wakefulness. Born in 1965 in northeast India, Rinpoche was trained in the meditative and intellectual disciplines of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of many of the greatest masters from Tibet’s final pre-exile generation.  He is the founder and principal teacher of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist practice centers, and Nitartha International, an educational non-profit devoted to the preservation of Buddhist literature and art. Nalanda West, Center for American Buddhism, in Seattle, is currently the primary seat of his educational and spiritual activities in North America. His latest book is Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom (Shambhala Publications). You can connect with Rinpoche on Twitter (@ponlop), become a fan on Facebook, or visit his Web site at www.dpr.info.

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interview with DPR

the best umbrella term i have heard to describe buddhism
since we have been looking to re-frame it, is Bob Thurman's...
he determines it to be an Educational system. Which is to say
a world view, complete with many subheadings, etc, many
branches. . . He refers also to the term "educationalist" system
and i find this very satisfying, being so broad and far-reaching...
For example, he cautions, on a podcast, that the government of
Bhutan should include a buddhist educational system as well as
other fields of study, because without that, Bhutan will become
another casualty of the materialist western view, which is to say
nihilistic. The buddhist view is indeed huge, and it needs a term
with long arms, not just " is it this or is it that"....

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