June 2020 Member Newsletter

We hope you continue to stay safe this June as around the world countries and cities begins the process of lifting regulations and returning to “normal.” We know this process will not be quick or easy, and many in our communities will continue to feel the impact of this pandemic long after it is over. Here at Wisdom our team is continuing to strive to provide you with new and inspiring content during this time. We hope the rich world of Dharma you have access to as a member of the Wisdom Experience provides you with inspiration, courage, and moments of peace in these ever-evolving times.

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The following newsletter features content newly available to you. We hope you enjoy it!


We’re excited to announce that recordings of Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche’s teachings on dependent arising and emptiness on the basis of Candrakīrti’s commentary The Clear Words are available to all members of the Wisdom Experience. This treatise is considered the most important commentary on the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the Foundation of Wisdom, rarely explained in the West. Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche taught daily, except Wednesdays, from May 17 to May 30.

Invite your friends to sign up for a Free membership to join you for these teachings!


We’re pleased to announce an exciting new resource that’s now available to you: the course packet, an eighty-page PDF that will provide rich extra content to enhance your experience of the class.

We’ve carefully crafted the course pack to provide an entirely new level of richness to the class. It includes original Tibetan texts, Jinpa’s own notes that he used for teaching the course, and extensive recommendations for further reading. These recommendations include resources specifically recommended by Jinpa and the guest teachers.

Examples of content in the course packet include

  • Sakyapandita’s Nine Points on Translation
  • Jinpa’s table of terms on reality, meditation, and the mind
  • The original Tibetan version of the Hymn to Maitreya, by Tsongkhapa
  • The original Tibetan version of the passage discussed in the workshop, from Gyaltsap Jé’s Illuminating the Path to Liberation
  • The original Tibetan texts for verse discussed by Wulstan Fletcher and Anne C. Klein in their sessions
  • And much more!

You can download the course packet from the course home page or any of the lesson pages.

In the course packet you’ll find original Tibetan texts and a huge number of references and recommended resources. These resources are especially recommended by Thupten Jinpa and our guest instructors.

This Masterclass was made possible by the support of our friends at Tsadra Foundation.


We’re pleased to announce that our Wisdom Academy online course Buddhist Philosophy in Depth, Part 3 with Professor Jay Garfield is now available to All-Access members of the Wisdom Experience. Over the course of ten lessons, Professor Garfield takes us on an exciting in-depth journey throughout these Buddhist worlds, their texts, and the essential thinkers that have shaped Buddhist philosophy from the time of the historical Buddha.

In this third-installment of a three-part course series on the history of Buddhist philosophy, we discover how the profound legacy of Indian Buddhist philosophy helped shape the Buddhist world, and we follow the transmission of the Buddhadharma to China, Japan, and ultimately the West. Jay Garfield guides us through an array of influential texts across traditions, including the Avatamsaka, or Flower GarlandSutra, the Genjōkōan by Eihei Dōgen, the Lam Rim synthesis of Tsongkhapa, and Tibet’s Rime tradition as evidenced in Patrul Rinpoche’s The Words of My Perfect Teacher and The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice.

Part 1 and Part 2 are already available to you. Start learning now and immerse yourself in the treasury of Buddhist wisdom.


Overcoming Poverty Mindset, lecture 4 of our newest lecture series, comes out today. Join beloved musician, composer, producer, and Buddhist teacher David Nichtern in his new six-part lecture series, Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck, based on his recent book by the same name. Ranging from humorous anecdotes to profound insights, David uses his unique lived experience as both a student of Buddhism in the Shambhala lineage and a successful musical entrepreneur to offer invaluable advice on how to harmonize your creative ambitions with your spiritual needs—and pay the bills too.

Lecture 1: Joining Heaven and Earth

Lecture 2: Clarifying Your Offering & Taking It to the Marketplace

Lecture 3: Being Fluid, Understanding Impermanence

Lecture 4: Overcoming Poverty Mentality


We’re excited to announce the video recording of our first Wisdom Dharma Chat will be available soon to All-Access members of the Wisdom Experience. Watch host Daniel Aitken and special guest Malcolm Smith as they discuss Malcolm’s journey as a translator and his most recent translations, The Tantra Without Syllables and The Blazing Lamp Tantra. This recording includes a one-hour Q&A where individuals who attended the live event were able to ask Malcolm their questions directly!

While the video recordings of our Wisdom Dharma Chats will be available only to All-Access members of the Wisdom Experience, everyone—members and nonmembers—are invited to join us Wednesdays at 7:00 PM EST for the live Wisdom Dharma Chats. Click below to register for our June Dharma Chats.

Also Available to Watch

Bodhisattva is now available to All-Access members of the Wisdom Experience. This movie portrays the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, one of the most important lamas in the world of Tibetan Buddhism, at an earlier moment in his trajectory as a teacher: his first visit to the West—specifically, the United States. In this documentary film, we meet not only the leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, but also a young man of uncommon warmth, humanity, and humor.

During the months of June and July we’re making the entire Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy available to Plus members of the Wisdom Experience. Stunning cinematography, unprecedented access, and informed direction take us on an intimate journey deep into the heart of the ancient Buddhist culture of Tibet. This is a classic work filmed in 16mm on location in India, Nepal, and Ladakh during 1977. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a spellbinding exploration of Tibetan Buddhism. The film features an intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama, a rare look at an ancient tantric ritual associated with the female deity Tara, commentary based on the teachings of the great twentieth-century Tibetan master Dudjom Rinpoche, and the moving response of a monastery to a death in the community.

Part 1: The Dalai Lama, the Monasteries, and the People

Part 2: Radiating the Fruit of Truth

Part 3: The Fields of the Senses


Discover all the books in our Reading Room under the “Explore” menu on our website. Books in our Reading Room are available exclusively for Plus and All-Access Members.

New Release

Freeing the Heart and Mind, Part Three: Teachings of the Sakya Path is a must-read for anyone interested in following a Buddhist spiritual path. Collected from teachings by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen, this book is a warm and comprehensive introduction to the Buddhist path as told by the patriarch of the Sakya order. His Holiness offers explanations of the philosophical tenets of the Mahayana path and in particular the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism—giving down-to-earth advice for practicing in the world today, including

  • the principles of tantra,
  • the value of retreat,
  • the history of the Sakya lineage,
  • ecology from a Buddhist perspective,
  • biographies of great women practitioners,
  • and other fascinating topics.

New in the Reading Room

We’re excited to announce the addition of The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Dīgha Nikāya to our Reading Room. This book offers a complete translation of the Dīgha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection—among the oldest records of the historical Buddha’s original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years ago—consists of thirty-four longer-length suttas, or discourses, distinguished as such from the middle-length and shorter suttas of the other collections.


Also in Your Reading Room


In this fifteen-minute guided meditation from his course Tibetan Yoga, Dr. Alejandro Chaoul leads us through the yogic method of chakra meditation—connecting with the five charka of Tibetan yoga according to the Bon Tradition. Learn more about Tibetan Yoga in the Bon tradition and discover the “magical movements” (trul khor). Be guided through each yogic posture and movement, while learning how to use your breath and physical body to serve the practice of meditation, and the cultivation of genuine well-being.


For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Norman Fischer, American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest. Norman is the author of many popular books including his most recent publication, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. In this fascinating conversation, you’ll hear Norman share stories from his own spiritual journey—from aspiring young poet living in the woods of Northern California, to meditation teacher and celebrated writer. Norman talks about how early encounters with death predisposed him to religious and philosophical inquiry, and how reading the existentialists would pave the way for a fascination with Zen. You’ll also hear Norman discuss the topic of doubt. Rather than providing faith or certainty, Buddhism for Norman provides a path—a set of questions in which we discover what life is and who we are. Lastly, Norman talks about what it means to be a teacher of the Dharma, as well as his own relationship to himself as a teacher of Buddhism.


Don’t miss out on our Wisdom Academy online course Varieties of Buddhist Meditation with John Dunne which is available to All-Access members of the Wisdom Experience. Discover a clearer understanding and appreciation—both theoretically and experientially—of the variety of Buddhist practices. Over the course of ten lessons, Dunne explains both the principles and practices of different styles of meditation as they are taught in India and Tibet. You’ll learn about underlying theory, terminology, and much more, including how contemporary scientific research on contemplation can help us to understand some aspects of Buddhist meditation. Start learning now to discover the different styles of meditation as taught in India and Tibet.


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