May 2021 Member Newsletter

We’re excited to share what’s new to the Wisdom Experience this May and hope it continues to provide you with moments of encouragement, joy, and peace.


Realizing Genjōkōan and The Bloodless Valley are available to Free members during the month of May.

Dōgen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese Sōtō school of Zen, is renowned as one the world’s most remarkable religious geniuses. His works are both richly poetic and deeply insightful and philosophical, pointing to the endless depths of Zen exploration. And almost precisely because of these facts, Dōgen is often difficult for readers to understand and fully appreciate.

Realizing Genjōkōan is a comprehensive introduction to the teachings and approach of this great thinker, taking us on a thorough guided tour of the most important essay—Genjōkōan—in Dōgen’s seminal work, the Shōbōgenzō. Indeed, the Genjōkōan is regarded as the pinnacle of Dōgen’s writings, encompassing and encapsulating the essence of all the rest of his work.


The Bloodless Valley is a short film about the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, home to Crestone, a town believed by prominent Tibetan lamas to be the second global home of the Tibetan people. 

“For hundreds of years, the Navajo have called this place the ‘Bloodless Valley,’ because wars have never been fought here. They believe Blanca Peak, at the end of the valley, is one of the four sacred mountains of their ancestral land. There is an ancient Hopi prophecy that in the time of the purification—when the earth is crumbling—people of spirit from all over the world will gather here.”—The Denver Post


Don’t forget, you can invite your friends to sign up for a Free membership to join you.


Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. All these traditions trace their beginnings to the teachings of one man in India 2,500 years ago. These teachings spread worldwide in all directions and into numerous languages, making Buddhism one of today’s most influential religions.

In Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, Part 1 you’ll be expertly guided by Venerable Thubten Chodron through Buddhism’s core practices and tenets, such as the four noble truths and the practice of meditation, and will learn how the traditions sometimes agree and sometimes differ in their interpretations. Ven. Chodron’s approach illuminates the many ways that all forms of Buddhism, amid their rich diversity, share a common heritage and common goals.

This 10-lesson course is based on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, a book that Ven. Chodron cowrote with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This book is an expression of His Holiness’s strong belief in the merit of different Buddhist traditions being more educated about one another. If you’re a Plus or All-Access member, you can read it now here

Additionally, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions was the starting point for the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series—a special multivolume series in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares the Buddha’s teachings on the complete path to full awakening that he himself has practiced his entire life. The six sixth volume in the series, Courageous Compassion, is available now.


Register now and join host Daniel Aitken and special guest Lama Migmar as they discuss his new book, The Play of Mahamudra, on May 26. You can also watch the recordings of our Wisdom Dharma Chats with special guests Thupten Jinpa and His Eminence Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche.


Also Available to Watch

This May we’re adding Evolution of the Heart to the Wisdom Experience for All-Access members. This film chronicles conversations between the Dalai Lama, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, and social scientist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela on the role of compassion and conscious evolution in healing growing divides in today’s world. The film emerges from a thirty-year tradition of Mind & Life Institute Dialogues with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists. The dialogues address critical issues of modern life at the intersection of science and contemplative wisdom.


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.

Featured in the Reading Room

With the release of Courageous Compassion, the sixth volume in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, don’t miss out on reading all of the previous volumes in the series in the Reading Room. 

Volume 1: Approaching the Buddhist Path

Volume 2: The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

Volume 3: Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature

Volume 4: Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps

Volume 5: In Praise of Great Compassion

You can now save on other Library of Wisdom and Compassion books when you purchase at Wisdom! Between now and May 20, we are offering 20% off all the previous volumes in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series. To purchase the entire series in hardcover, add Courageous Compassion to your cart, proceed to checkout, and use promo code LWC6. The first five volumes in the series will be automatically added to your cart at the discounted price. 

Or to get 20% off any of the previous volumes, add the desired volumes to your cart with Courageous Compassion, and use the promo code 20LWC. A 20% discount to the previous volumes will be applied. 


Also in Your Reading Room
Exclusively for Plus and All-Access members


New Releases & Back in Stock
The following books were released in April, are available to purchase early on our website, or are now back in stock: 


For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken interviews special guest Thupten Jinpa Langri in a special book launch where we celebrated the release of Jinpa’s translation of Tsongkhapa’s Illuminating the Intent: An Exposition of Candrakīrti’s Entering the Middle Way. Topics discussed include the significance of this text, common misunderstandings of Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka, some of Tsongkhapa’s most important ideas and philosophies, and much more.

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