A Gift of Dharma for 4.6.10

Today’s quote is from Richard Gere–actor, activist, chairman of the board of directors for the International Campaign for Tibet, and director of the Gere Foundation, which “awards grants to groups that are dedicated to the cultural preservation of Tibet and the Tibetan people; [and is] dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS care, research and treatment and to those organizations addressing human rights violations throughout the world.”  This is it:

You know how most of us, when we’re doing our meditation, and we hear a sound, or a human voice, or someone’s knocking on the door, we go, ‘Fuck!‘?  Well, [Jeffrey Hopkins'] teacher’s first impulse was–(*snaps fingers*)–Ah, a sentient being! Ah! A sentient being!

Sumi Loundon Kim on Buddhist Geeks!

The author (left) with Sumi Loundon Kim (right) during her visit to University of the West in the fall of 2009. Photo by Kenneth A. Locke.

My dear pal Sumi Loundon Kim is this week’s guest on the Buddhist Geeks podcast. As many people probably know, Sumi is the author of the books Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists (Wisdom Publications, 2001) and The Buddha’s Apprentices:  More Voices of Young Buddhists (Wisdom Publications, 2005), as well as the former associate director of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  Check out the episode here!

I did a show with the Geeks this past summer and had a blast.  You can listen to our conversation here.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Writes for The Washington Post!

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Photo by Meryl Schenker for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

My wonderful Naropa University prof The 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpa Gyaltsen, whom I previously produced a little biography for here, writes today for The Washington Post‘s On Faith section. Check it out!