The interviewer Niamh MacManus managed to elicit a rarely told story about Rinpoche's recognition at his home in Tibet by a very high lama, Jamgon Kongtrul of nearby Sechen Monastery. When Rinpoche was a tiny baby, so ill that his parents were in fear for his survival, Jamgon Kongtrul was called to the house and he took on the sickness himself: and Rinpoche - as well as Jamgon Kongtrul of Sechen both survived. Jamgon Kongtrul became Rinpoche's personal spiritual guide. Rinpoche also speaks of his impressions of the hospice here in Dublin, work done at his centre in Berlin; about the meaning of mindfulness, and the Dalai Lama's preference for ancient India's Nalanda University's inclusive transmission of all schools of Buddhism. In response to a question about compassion, he identifies greed and over-consumption as the destroyer of humanity. The earth of course, he says, will recover and survive. The interview lasts approximately 10 minutes, click on the link above to listen.
There's another interesting interview by Roisin Ingle with Rinpoche, and that podcast is available for a further three weeks from today.
This morning also, Pat Kenny speaks to Ani Choedrun of the Palpung Buddhist Centre Co Cork, on being an Irish Buddhist nun. See Newstalk with Pat at 10 -12.30 today, also be available later as a podcast.