Below you'll find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with Pema Chödrön. You can also find more information on religion in the news in our main Resources section. Plus you can explore freedom and tolerance and belief and doubt and other matters in our Perspectives section.
The Bodhisattva Warrior
The Bodhisattva warrior is a being who is dedicated to assisting all sentient beings in achieving complete enlightenment. Bodhisattva literally means "enlightenment ('bodhi') being ('sattva')" in Sanskrit. The Wikipedia entry contains information on Bodhisattvas in several Buddhist traditions.
The Bodhisattva Vow
This Web site offers various different interpretations and translations of the Buddhist bodhisattva vow.
This massive international multimedia Buddhism resource offers information on Buddhist scripture, meditation technique, studies, contact information, and much more.
The Meditation Society of America
The Meditation Society of America is dedicated to sharing information on the many traditions of meditation. The Web site offers information for both beginners and advanced students and maintains a library of over 100 meditation techniques, information on the conceptual basis for meditation and an active message board.
The Avaivartika Order of Chinese Madhyamika lineage maintains that there were two individuals from the same family who were given the name "Shantideva": the founder of the Avaivartika Sangha in the 6th century and a later Shantideva who studied at Nalanda in the 8th century. Shantideva is particularly renowned as the author of the BODHICARYAVATARA, a long poem describing the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood. A commentary by Pema Chödrön was published in 2005 as "No Time To Lose".
Dzigar Kgongtrul Rinpoche
One of Pema Chödrön's current teachers, Dzigar Kgongtrul Rinpoche descends from a pure lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and continues to follow what he calls his 'life-long assignment': to offer the genuine wisdom of the Buddhist teachings to those who have an interest. The site contains a biography and a wealth of information on his teachings.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most dynamic teachers of Buddhism in the 20th Century. He was a pioneer in bringing the Buddhist teachings of Tibet to the West and is credited for introducing many important Buddhist concepts into the English language and psyche in a fresh and unique way. The site contains a biography, a variety of his writings and a slide show.
Suzuki Roshi came to the USA in 1959 to minister to the Japanese-American congregation at Sokoji in San Francisco. Eventually, he attracted a following of European- Americans interested in practicing Zen. This led to the founding of San Francisco Zen Center in 1962, as well as Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Soto Zen monastery in the West, in 1966. The Web site contains many interviews with Suzuki Roshi, a photo archive and lectures by Roshi.
Read Pema Chödrön's teaching on the Tibetan word: shenpa usually translated as attachment.