I’ve got a brand new video interview with Dr. Michaela Haas (pictured to the left) over at my Patheos blog Off the Cushion.
Dr. Haas is an international reporter, lecturer and consultant. In addition, she is the media consultant for and a board member of Lotus Outreach — the secular humanitarian organization founded by Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and dedicated to “ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world.” In the interview, we talk a bit about the organization and how readers/viewers can help.
We also talk a bit about Buddhism, women, and social justice. Among many other things, Dr. Haas is also currently a lecturer and research scholar in the Religious Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also an adjunct faculty member at my home institution of University of the West, where she is currently teaching our “Women and Buddhism” graduate Religious Studies course. Dr. Haas recently finished a book about contemporary Tibetan Buddhist teachers who are women that will be published soon with Snow Lion Publications as well.
Watch our interview here.