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Monday, October 13, 2008

Oprah interviews Pema


Here is an interview with Oprah and Pema Chödrön, one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. She is also an author and holds workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in helping others apply Buddhist teachings in everyday life. She is currently a resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, a monastery located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. No Time to Lose (shown above) is one of her books.


"Oprah: Yes. And what does it mean to be a Buddhist?"
"Pema: Well, a lot of people might say different things about that, but in my opinion, the essence of it is trusting that the nature of your mind and heart is limitless, boundless, openness, free of prejudice, free of bias, and you could stay in that space and open your eyes and your ears and all your sense perceptions to what's happening without narrowing down into a prejudice or a bias or a view, a kind of solid view that says, no, no, it can't be like that, it has to be like this. So somehow that seems to lead to seeing the humanity of even the worst people and seeing—"

1 comment:

Thao said...

Very interesting Eric! Thanks for posting this.

I'm glad she was on Oprah! Hopefully people who saw it will be interested in Buddhism too.