Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: Dharma in the Modern World (#162)


In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, Wisdom CEO Daniel Aitken interviews renowned teachers Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. This conversation heralded the beginning of the 2020 Serenity Ridge Dialogues, an online summit exploring the intersection of spirituality and science. 

In this episode, Daniel and the two Rinpoches discuss many facets of Dharma practice in the modern world, including:

  • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s inspiration for starting the Dialogues
  • What motivated the Rinpoches to start engaging in conversations about the mind with neuroscientists
  • What the Rinpoches would study if they had their own neuroscience labs
  • What about Buddhism uniquely places it in a position to engage with science
  • What the term “Buddhist sciences” really means
  • and much more!

This event was co-produced with Ligmincha International, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, and the Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute.

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About the Interviewee

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International and is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master in the Bön tradition of Tibet. He has students in more than twenty-five countries, teaches around the world, and reaches thousands of students through his online programs. Trained as a Bön monk, Rinpoche now lives as a householder, allowing him to more fully relate to the needs and concerns of his students. Known for the depth of his wisdom and his unshakeable commitment to helping students recognize their true nature, he is the author of many books and online courses.

Portrait of Mingyur Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and guest on the Wisdom Podcast

Born in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. His candid, often humorous accounts of his personal difficulties have endeared him to audiences around the world. His bestselling book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Photograph by Kevin Sturm.

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