May 2023 Member Newsletter

We’re excited to share what’s new to the Wisdom Experience this May and hope these resources continue to provide you with moments of inspiration, adventure, and awakening all month long. 

Remember to keep an eye out for the membership level icon in the corner of each image. These mark what level of membership the content is available to. 


During the month of May, Bodhichitta and the film Chasing Buddha are available to Free members.

Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word meaning “the mind of enlightenment” or “the awakening mind”—the mind that wishes to achieve enlightenment in order to lead all other beings into that same state. It is the attitude of the bodhisattva, of the person who makes the compassionate vow to save others from suffering. In this book, the renowned teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows us how to achieve it. 

Chasing Buddha follows Venerable Robina Courtin, an Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, feminist, and Buddhist nun. Her intense and direct teaching style leaves an indelible impression on everyone she meets. In the heart of America’s bible belt, Ven. Robina visits Kentucky State Penitentiary, guiding death row inmates and others on the path to enlightenment.


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


Be sure to register for our upcoming Wisdom Dharma Chat this May!

Join us on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM EDT when host, Daniel Aitken interviews Geshe Tenzin Namdak. Geshe Namdak and Daniel will discuss Geshe Namdak’s Wisdom Academy course Freedom Through Correct Knowing, the book, Freedom Through Correct Knowing, which inspired the course, and much more! To register to watch this Wisdom Dharma Chat, streamed live over Zoom, click here.


Discover all of 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 and Featured in the Reading Room

The Esoteric Community Tantra With The Illuminating Lamp
Translated by Robert Thurman, John Campbell

“The Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences series stands out as one of the most important translation projects of the immense heritage of Indic religions and philosophies. This volume, with the English translation from Sanskrit and Tibetan of the fundamental Guhyasamajatantra and its pivotal commentary, the Pradipoddyottana, offers the reader another precious contribution of the series to the knowledge of Buddhist wisdom.”—Giacomella Orofino, University of Naples

The Zen Of R2-D2
By Matthew Bortolin

“Finding spirituality in Star Wars can bring that galaxy far, far away a lot closer to home.”—Newsweek


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

New Releases & Back in Stock

The following books were released in March, are available to purchase early on our website, or are now back in stock:


This Wisdom Podcast filmed as a live Wisdom Dharma Chat features special guest Venerable Bhikku Bodhi. In this conversation Venerable and host Daniel Aitken discuss:

  • Venerable’s book, Reading the Buddha’s Discourses in Pāli
  • The challenges of translating certain technical terms from Pāli such as words for knowledge and wisdom;
  • The relationship between the Pāli suttas and the actual languages that the Buddha may have spoken;
  • The benefits of learning Pāli;
  • Which words are hardest to translate from Pāli;
  • How to memorize Pāli verses;
  • And much more.


We are once again proud to partner with Gompa—Tibetan Services to bring you a teaching on creation and completion stages according to the practice of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara). In this teaching, Venerable Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal gives a detailed guide to the very essence of mind training–the creation and completion stages of Vajrayana practice.  According to the Vajrayana path, the main practices of meditation, which follow the successful conclusion of the preliminary practices, include the generation and the completion stages.  The initial generation stage is characterized by the meditative processes of the practitioner’s gradual identification with the form and pristine cognition (yeshe/jnana) of the meditational deity and it is during this stage that, with the support of mantra recitation, the elaborate visualization of the deity is gradually generated and stabilized.  The completion stage then follows, which includes techniques for controlling the energy channels and vital energies within the visualized transmuted body, with the purpose of generating an ever-deepening realization of the ultimate nature of mind. The teaching is given based on the practices related to the meditational deity Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the embodiment of the compassion of all the buddhas. The teaching is given in Tibetan with translation in English by Karma Yeshe Chodron.

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