In this episode, I am once again joined by David Curtis, a Lama in the Shangpa-Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and founder of the Tibetan Language Institute.
In this interview, we pick up David’s story as he emerges from 3 years of closed retreat as a fully qualified Lama, and see his return to America to teach both the Tibetan language and the Buddhist religion.
David also recounts many unexpected meetings and powerful mystical experiences with Buddhist masters including Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin, and more.
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00:00 – Intro
00:45 – Becoming a Lama in the Kagyu tradition
05:12 – Finishing the 3 year retreat and studying Tibetan medicine
09:40 – Meeting Dzogchen master Nyoshul Khen
11:38 – A powerful encounter with Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Vajrayogini
17:53 – Shaktipat & mystical experiences with Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
25:55 – Return to America and beginning to teach the Tibetan language
32:58 – Collaborations with Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Professor Sarah Harding
36:48 – Encounters with Lama Tharchin and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
43:23 – Divination and encouragement from Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
49:11 – Endorsed to teach by Anam Thubten Rinpoche
53:33 – David’s approach to teaching Buddhism
1:00:31 – Founding the Big Sky Mind sangha
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Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James