Every other week The Maitripa College Podcast features teachings, conversations, and highlights from our degree courses, community programs, and archives.  Join us in listening to and learning from some of the great contemporary Buddhist minds in America today. Maitripa College is a Tibetan Buddhist graduate school in beautiful Portland, Oregon, offering a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, a Master of Divinity, Classical Tibetan language studycontinuing education courses, and community programming. We invite you to subscribe using the buttons on the this page and thank you for listening!

Current Feature: “From Reactivity to Joyful Effort: Balancing the Mind in Meditation” with Yangsi Rinpoche

This episode of the Maitripa College Podcast, “Balancing the Mind in Meditation,” begins with an eloquent explanation of joyful effort. Rinpoche proceeds to guide us on a meditation journey analogous to the balancing act of a pilot flying a plane while keeping her eye on the horizon. Enjoy this rare and essential teaching about how to maintain an uplifted mind while facing the ups and downs of the everyday world.

Yangsi Rinpoche, Geshe Lharampa & President of Maitripa College

Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six. Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over 25 years, and practiced as a monk until the age of 35. In 1995 he graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery in South India. He then completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College, and, in 1998, having the particular wish to benefit Western students of the Buddhadharma, Rinpoche came to the West to teach and travel extensively throughout America and Europe.

Rinpoche served as a resident teacher at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, Wisconsin for five years, and is currently the Spiritual Director of Ganden Shedrup Ling Buddhist Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and of Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington. He founded Maitripa College in 2005 in Portland, Oregon, where he currently serves as President and member of the faculty. Rinpoche is the author of Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo (2003 Wisdom Publications). Rinpoche teaches in English, and is admired wherever he travels for his unique presentation of the Dharma, his interest in and enthusiasm for Western culture, and his evident embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist path. When not in the classroom at Maitripa College, during academic year breaks and for special events, Yangsi Rinpoche travels widely, representing Maitripa College at conferences and giving teachings around the world. >more