Gene Smith’s Mission (BuddhaDharma)

Vol. 1, No. 1 2002 Lawrence Pintak profiles Gene Smith, the man from Ogden, Utah who single-handedly spearheaded the preservation of thousands of Tibetan texts after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. Smith’s mission continues. He has spent his life wrapped in the dharma. For the past 40 years, Gene Smith has lived, breathed […]

“Something Has to Change”: Blacks in American Buddhism (Shambhala Sun)

Shambhala Sun, September 2001. Lawrence Pintak tells the compelling stories of three African-American dharma teachers. He asks them why American Buddhism attracts so few people of color and what can be done about it. Jan Willis was feeling euphoric. Sitting in the basement of a church in London’s impoverished East End last summer, she looked […]

The Dharma Scribe (Beliefnet.com)

A former physician and monk from Australia named Nick Ribush could be the reason you’re reading this story. You have probably never heard his name, but if you’ve ever picked up a book  about Buddhism, Nick Ribush has had an impact on your life. These days, chains like Barnes & Noble have entire aisles devoted […]

‘A Strong Voice Coming Up’: A young (and rare) woman lama talks about fear, American dharma, and the importance of ‘ripping your heart out’ (Beliefnet.com)

October 2000 Venerable Khandro Rinpoche is part of a new generation of Western-educated,  English-speaking Tibetan teachers reared in exile. She is also a rarity in the  male-dominated world of Tibetan Buddhism: a highly revered female teacher. Tibetans recognize Khandro Rinpoche, 33, as a manifestation of the  female Buddha Tara. The daughter of H.E. Mindrolling Rinpoche, […]

Mind at Peace, Body in Balance (Shambhala Sun)

Sept. 1999 A look at healing meditations developed by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind. The simplicity of the mindfulness meditations taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn makes them readily accessible to non-Buddhists. But healing practices are also at the heart of the more esoteric teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, and Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, […]