Venerable Thubten Chodron on Working with Anger
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Venerable Thubten Chodron on Working with Anger

Please enjoy these wonderful videos, in which Venerable Thubten Chodron discusses her inspiration for writing her book, Working with Anger. The book presents a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger not by changing what is happening, but by framing it differently. No matter what our religion, learning to work with our anger is … Continue reading

Heidi Koppl on the Importance of Rongzom
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Heidi Koppl on the Importance of Rongzom

We recently interviewed Heidi Koppl, author and translator of Establishing Appearances as Divine, about the importance of the great Nyingma scholar Chökyi Zangpo Rongzom’s writings and the inspiration behind her work. Shambhala Publications: What inspired you to take on this text? Heidi Koppl: While I was living at my teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery in … Continue reading

Translating the Maitreya Treatises: An Interview with Thomas Doctor
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Translating the Maitreya Treatises: An Interview with Thomas Doctor

We recently interviewed Thomas Doctor, a translator on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee, about the importance of their recent translations of the Maitreya texts and commentaries. Shambhala Publications: The Dharmachakra Translation Committee has now published two of the five Maitreya texts, with a third on the way soon. Can you give a brief overview of why … Continue reading

Pointing to the Heart of the Buddhadharma: An Interview with Guo Gu, author of The Essence of Chan
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Pointing to the Heart of the Buddhadharma: An Interview with Guo Gu, author of The Essence of Chan

Shambhala: Can you tell us something about your background—how you encountered the Buddhadharma? Guo Gu: I first learned meditation when I was in Taiwan at age four. A meditation master named Guangqin taught me how to sit in meditation, and I thought it was fun to copy what he was doing. Later, my family immigrated … Continue reading

The Way of Judo: An Interview with John Stevens on Jigoro Kano
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The Way of Judo: An Interview with John Stevens on Jigoro Kano

Shambhala: Why did you want to write about Jigoro Kano? JS: Since I have written books on three of the other most important martial artist masters of the 20th century—Tesshu Yamaoka (kendo), Awa Kenzo (kyudo), and Morihei Ueshiba (aikido)—I felt it imperative to write a book on Jigoro Kano, the founder of Kodokan judo, to … Continue reading

A New Perspective on an Ancient Practice: An Interview with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
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A New Perspective on an Ancient Practice: An Interview with Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Shambhala: How did you first encounter Zen, and what was your introduction to practice like? Norman Fischer: I got involved at first through reading—reading and thinking about my life. This was in the very early days, when there were no Zen centers or practice centers of any kind (at least that I was aware of) … Continue reading