Monday, November 9, 2009

Sogyal Rinpoche in Seattle, Dec. 11-12!

Nalanda West is honored to host Sogyal Rinpoche:

Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World.

How to Discover Inner Peace & Contentment • The Essence of the Teaching of the Buddha • Meditation Leading to the Understanding of Mind & its True Nature • Finally, the Profound Methods for Bringing Forth the Nature of Mind

Venue: 200 8th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109.

Karmapa in America 2008 Videos Released!

Check them out:

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown on American Buddhism

The ever intrepid Buddhist Geeks have the interview:

Good stuff.

This week, we're joined by Shambhala acharya and Naropa University professor, Judith Simmer-Brown. She joins us today to discuss four areas, which she learned about while at Colombia University in the late 60's, that help determine whether or not Buddhism will take root in a new country. These four are:

  1. The translation of core Buddhist texts into English
  2. The development of a monastic lineage w/ American lineage holders
  3. The training and appointment of dharma transmission holders
  4. Royal patronage, or financial support from within the country

After describing each area of focus, Judith goes into depth as to how we're doing with the first three areas, today in America. She shares her reflections, while also raising some provocative questions, as to how we're doing with building a sustainable infrastructure for Buddhism to prosper in the West.

Next week, we'll finish the conversation by exploring the 4th area in depth, and speaking about how we can best invest in the future of American Buddhism.