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A Conversation with Chogyal Rinpoche (podcast)

by Phillip Goldberg and Dennis Raimondi January, 2016

Spirit Matters

A Conversation with Chogyal Rinpoche

Chogyal Rinpoche was born in Nepal in 1985. At the age of five, he entered
into monastic life at Rumtek Monastery, founded by the 16th Karmapa. He
earned a Khenpo degree in Buddhist Philosophy and spent many years studying
meditation and Vajrayana ritual practice. Today, he travels the world
teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation and helping others through
non-profit organizations he founded, such as the Sertshang Orphanage Home in
Kathmandu, the Music Academy for underprivileged children in India, the
Tibetan Medical Institute in China and the BIA Foundation (for (Bodhisattvas
in Action) in Nepal. We spoke about his remarkable life, various aspects of
Buddhist philosophy and his important service work.

Chogyal Rinpoche From 2010 to 2013, Rinpoche went to Mt. Kailash and Mountains in Tibet to meditate with Ripas and Yogis, he would spend few months in each place to share the experience and knowledge of meditation with the Kagyu and Nyingma Yogis. Today, Rinpoche travels worldwide teaching Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation.

He has travelled widely to more than 20 countries to study different religions such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism for the better understanding of global interfaith. Currently, he is pursuing his diploma in psychology in Zurich, Swiss.

Rinpoche has been founding non-profit organizations since 2002 when he and his father first started The Sertshang Orphanage Home, the home of 52 children, in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2007 he founded the Music Academy for 33 underprivileged children in Kalimpong, India. In 2011 he founded the Tibetan Medical Institute in the earthquake zone of Yushu, China for 24 children. In 2013 he helped to start a home for 27 HIV orphans in Nepal. From May 2014, Rinpoche has been taking care of a retreat monastery in far-east Tibet where there are 7 yogis doing 3 years 3 months meditation retreat. In the same year, he founded BIA Foundation which currently has two handicraft institutes for the disabled people in Nepal. He is actively involved in spiritual as well as social activities with the hope of contributing in creating a better world.

Rinpoche’s principal motto: “Help Others – Life is Beautiful”

Phil and Dennis Discuss the Interview

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Philip Goldberg

by Philip Goldberg

January, 2016

Dennis Raimondi

by Dennis Raimondi

January, 2016

About Philip Goldberg

Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher and writer. An Interfaith Minister, meditation teacher and spiritual counselor, he is a skilled speaker who has lectured and taught workshops throughout the country and in India.

He is the author of numerous books, most recently American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, which was named one of the top ten religion books of 2010 by Huffington Post and the American Library Association. He blogs regularly on the Huffington Post.

About Dennis Raimondi

Dennis Raimondi has a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and is a former member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the host of the radio talk show Speaking Freely with Dennis Raimondi Dennis’ past guests include: President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson, Father Thomas Keating, Dr. Lewellen Vaughan Lee, Radanath Swami, and Sheryl Crow. He recently did a series in collaboration with the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Dennis has been practicing meditation for over 45 years.

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