November 2021 Member Newsletter

We’re excited to share what’s new to the Wisdom Experience this November and hope these resources continue to provide you with moments of encouragement, joy, and peace.


During the month of November, Approaching the Buddhist Path is available to Free members, and the film Chaksampa is available to both Plus and Free members.


Approaching the Buddhist Path
By the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron

“A distillation of all Buddhist wisdom, Approaching the Buddhist Path covers its history, philosophy, and meditation. Flowing in limpid language and powered by the dynamic reasoning of eminent Dharma authorities, it is suitable for all readers, beginner and advanced.”

Tulku Thondup, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love


Chaksampa: The Yogi Who Built Iron Bridges

A documentary film about the Tibetan Opera Group of Kathmandu, which created a new opera based on the life of Thangtong Gyalpo—the fourteenth-century Tibetan yogi who founded the tradition of Tibetan opera. The film follows the rehearsal of the opera and its performance at the Shoton Opera Festival in Dharamsala, India, in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


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



Discover the rich world of translation in the free Masterclass with Thupten Jinpa: The Art of Translating Tibetan, produced in partnership with Tsadra Foundation. In this class, you’ll get more than fifteen hours of direct teaching from one of the most renowned translators, interpreters, and thinkers in the Buddhist world—Thupten Jinpa, who has worked for years as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s principal English interpreter.

The class is available to anyone with a Free, Plus, or All-Access membership in the Wisdom Experience, our membership platform. Click here to start lesson 1


We hope you’ll enjoy this joyous conversation between Wisdom Dharma Chat host Daniel Aitken and special guests Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo. Daniel, Venerable, and Rinpoche discuss many Buddhist ideas and practices, comparing what different Buddhist traditions have to say about them and offering a rare learning experience, including

  • how the Buddha practiced;
  • understanding mindfulness across different Buddhist traditions;
  • the difference between mindfulness and awareness, and how we translate the original terms for these practices;
  • defining terms like space and emptiness, and how we think about emptiness;
  • emptiness and compassion;
  • and much more.


Don’t miss out on the recording of our Wisdom Dharma Chat with host Daniel Aitken and special guest Karl Brunnhölzl, celebrating the launch of Karl’s book Milarepa’s Kungfu. 

Karl and host Daniel Aitken discuss:

  • the origin of the book’s unusual title;
  • what inspired Karl to create this book;
  • why the text explored in the book is so important;
  • exploring the meaning of view, meditation, and conduct;
  • the important role of devotion in practice;
  • shock as a teaching tool;
  • the meaning of nonconceptuality;
  • and more.


Enjoy this special video version of the Wisdom Podcast as host Daniel Aitken speaks with Sharon Salzberg, world-renowned meditation teacher and practitioner, and New York Times bestselling author. You’ll hear Sharon discuss one of her all-time favorite topics: the practice of metta, or loving-kindness, as she talks about what initially drew her to the practice and its transformational effects over the course of her lifetime. In her down-to-earth style, Sharon explains the practical application of loving-kindness in daily life. 


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. 


Featured in the Reading Room

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 

By the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron 

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice contains the important teachings that will help us establish a flourishing Dharma practice, beginning with the four seals shared by all Buddhist philosophies, and moving on to an explanation of the reliable cognition that allows us to evaluate the veracity of the Buddha’s teachings.


The Vajra Rosary Tantra

Introduced and Translated by David Kittay with Lozang Jamspal 

“This inspired translation from the elegant Tibetan with Kittay’s clear and detailed introduction makes the complex and beautiful Guhyasamāja subtle mind science and its extraordinary arts of practice vividly accessible to modern scholars, practitioners, and the general public. It is a must-read work especially for serious yogis and yoginis interested in discovering the deep connections between Hatha yoga and the Hindu and Buddhist tantras.”—Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus, Columbia University


Featured Article

Wisdom articles are excerpts from our publications and are available for anyone to read. This month we’re featuring “Mental Factors,” which is an excerpt from John Dunne’s introductory essay to part 3 of Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind.







Also in Your Reading Room

Exclusively for Plus and All-Access members


New Releases & Back in Stock

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


Don’t miss out on this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, with renowned translator and scholar Vesna A. Wallace. She and host Daniel Aitken discuss the Kalachakra Tantra, including the subtle body in the Kalachakra, what makes the Kalachakra unique, and much more.

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