Shamar RinpocheWelcome to the latest installment of Tricycle Talks, our audio interviews with prominent Buddhist voices.

Today, Tibetan translator and meditation teacher Pamela Gayle White speaks with the 14th Sharmapa Mipham Chokyi Lodro, a lineage holder in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Sharmapa, who is also known as Shamar Rinpoche, was born in Tibet in 1952. After studying in India for many years, he began traveling and teaching in 1980. In 1996 he started to organize the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, an international network of centers based on a nonsectarian approach to Buddhism. In this interview, Shamar Rinpoche talks about Tibetan politics, discusses his new book, “A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters,” about the 10th Karmapa, and expounds upon what he calls the “real, hardcore” qualities of a bodhisattva: diligence, compassion, and patience.

You can read White’s interview with the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, one of the two claimants to the Karmapa’s throne, in the current issue of Tricycle here.

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