From Left to Right: Jeff Fortuna, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Chuck Knapp

Dear Listeners,

Welcome to this second entry of a two-part series featuring our dear heart friend, the Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. We will be listening once again to his teachings on tsewa—a Tibetan term which most closely translates in English to “love.”…

If love is an aspect of life in which you find any value and in which you’d like to gain more clarity, you’ll want to hear Rinpoche’s gentle, open-hearted, and very practical guidance. And if you’re listening from the perspective of someone interested in mental health, this is all about the radical mind health that’s abundantly available to us as human beings. As I stated in the introduction to part one (Entry #010), these teachings are some of those rare gems that speak from the deepest roots of human sanity and intelligence, while being accessible and immediately applicable to our day-to-day lives… As Rinpoche explains, tsewa is an expression of the basic goodness we all share, a fundamental level of sanity that’s always shining beneath our confusion. By cultivating openness of heart with critical intelligence, he explains how tsewa can become a completely reliable guide on a path of reduced confusion, allowing us to live happier lives while being of greater benefit to others. Beyond the potential for individual benefit, and given how vulnerable modern society is to polarization and high-stakes discord, these teachings are timely and urgently important.

The ultimate skill for any teacher is in making the utterly profound accessible to all—whether that person is new to an area of study or an old hand. Rinpoche’s mastery is such that I wish everyone could hear today’s podcast. Click here to buy the book “Training in Tenderness –  Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World”

May this be of benefit, and happy listening,

Chuck Knapp


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