Karl Brunnhölzl: Milarepa’s Kungfu (#129)


This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features an interview with special guest Karl Brunnhölzl, celebrating the launch of his book Milarepa’s Kungfu.

In this episode, 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.

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About the Interviewee


Karl Brunnhölzl is a teacher, interpreter, and translator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Originally trained as a medical doctor, Karl studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the Marpa Institute for Translators in Kathmandu, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. He is the author and translator of several publications, including Luminous Heart, Gone Beyond, Groundless Paths, The Heart Attack Sutra, and A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart: The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra and Its Commentaries.


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