Ponlop Rinpoche Interviewed by IDP's Kimberly Brown

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The Interdependence Project's Executive Director, Kimberly Brown, recently spoke to teacher, friend, and mentor Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche about his new book, Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You.  They also discussed current events (including advice on dealing with this contentious election year), meditation practice, and how to establish healthy relationships. 

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a leading Buddhist teacher in North America and an advocate of American and Western Buddhism. Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers. He is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style.

Rinpoche is author of several books, most recently Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers You. Other titles include Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind, Mind Beyond Death, Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, and Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra. He is a frequent contributor to Buddhadharma: A Practitioner’s Quarterly and the Shambhala Sun. His writings also appear in issues of Best Buddhist Writing and other anthologies. Rinpoche is active on Twitter and in the blogosphere, where you can find his posts on blogs such as Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Shambhala Sunspace and others.  You can connect with Rinpoche on Twitter (@ponlop), become a fan on Facebook, or visit his Web site at www.dpr.info.
Kimberly Brown is the executive director of The Interdependence Project, and a graduate of its Meditation Teacher Training Program.  She leads mindfulness and compassion classes, workshops, and retreats for groups and individuals in NYC.  Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices lovingkindness meditation.  Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness.

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