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Shenpen Drolma (ed.) Change of Heart: The Bodhisattva Peace Training of Chagdud Tulku

"In these teachings, every social activist acquainted with sadness, despair, and rage will be challenged to find renewal and hope." ~ Ann Jones, social activist 

Shenpen Drolma, who edited this collection, is resident lama at Iron Knot Ranch, NM, USA, and also teaches in Flagstaff, AZ 

For Women's History Month, Lama Shenpen gave a lecture entitled "Buddhism and Activism: The Potential for Change" on Mar. 14, 2001, at Allegheny College.  Extracts from a brief Meadville, Pennsylvania article outlined her qualifications: 

"Bringing the unique perspective of a western woman to Buddhist teachings, Lama Shenpen began Buddhist practice and study under Tibetan Buddhist master H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche at [sic] the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism in 1987 and was ordained as a Buddhist minister in 1996. In the 1960s and 1970s, she worked in the peace and feminist movements and holds a Master's Degree in Women's Studies. 

For eight years, Lama Shenpen served as administrator, editor and interpreter of Buddhist teachings in the West and lectured extensively on the need for spiritual foundations in social change. "

Shenpen means "benefits others;" Drolma refers to Tara.  Her teacher was the late Chagdud Tulku, who passed away in the fall of 2003. Change of Heart is a carefully arranged collection of his teachings that is edited according to topic by his devoted student, Lama Shenpen Drolma.  Some of the most interesting parts are found in the master's responses to questions put to him at the end of a discourse.

"An ordinary being cannot even begin to fathom the infinite compassionate action of a bodhisattva, so only a bodhisattva can provide such guidance. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, in my opinion, was a true bodhisattva who worked tirelessly to eliminate suffering in many different parts of the world. I rejoice that his teachings have been compiled into this book, and it is my aspiration that every single word of his will be put into practice."  

~Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 

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