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Interview with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Part 1 and 2

October 13, 2010

The Interdependence Project
October 4 and 5, 2010

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.

Audio Part 1
<http://www.theidproject.org/sites/default/files/media/audio/idproj_dzogchen_ponlop_rinpoche_pt1.mp3>

Audio Part 2
<http://www.theidproject.org/sites/default/files/media/audio/idproj_dzogchen_ponlop_rinpoche_pt2.mp3>
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