This edition of the Carlsbad Revue is perhaps a little more exceptional than usual, we offer not one but two exclusive interviews with special guests, truly extraordinary personalities. Let us introduce, Lama - Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama - Ole Nydahl.
Lama - Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche was born in 1950 in the northern part of Nepal, which graces the views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains. He was an exceptionally gifted student and mastered all aspects of traditional Buddhist study. The title "Maniwa" which he holds, is awarded to masters practitioners who have recited at least a billion OM MANI PEME HUNG mantras. His interpretations are permeated not only with practical advice, but also stories and warm humor.
Lama - Ole Nydahl was born on March 19, 1941 north of Copenhagen, where he also grew up. He studied philosophy, English and German at the University of Copenhagen, and also studied in the USA, Tübingen and Munich. His current job is to travel around the world twice a year to lecture on Buddhism and lead meditation courses. In 2012, and for the first time in twenty-two years, Lama Ole Nydahl traveled back to the place of Buddha's enlightenment in India.
What was the reason of your visit to the Czech Republic and is this your first visit?
S. G. Rinpoche: I was invited to Těnovice near Pilsen on the occasion of the inauguration of the first Buddhist "stupa" (commemorative monument ) in the Czech Republic. I have visited the Czech Republic five times in the past.
O. Nydahl: I know the Czech Republic very well and I really like it here. There are about 50 Buddhist centers situated throughout the Czech Republic, and that is why I often come here.
Do you have a life motto which you follow?
S. G. Rinpoche: I follow this simple sentence: "A compassionate mind is always a source of happiness."
O. Nydahl: "It is important for one to be happy and discovered the true wealth that is hidden inside each of us."
What make you happy, do you have any natural likings?
S. G. Rinpoche: My happiness comes mostly from exercising my mind.
O. Nydahl: I love parachute jumping, I have done over 150 jumps. Otherwise I do not have much time for hobbies, I devote myself to work.
When did you start studying Buddhism and what prompted you to study?
S. G. Rinpoche: I decided to start studying by myself, as a child, when I was 8 years old.
O. Nydahl: Buddhism I met for the first time in the Himalayas on honeymoon with my wife. In Europe at that time Buddhism was not extended. A year after I started with my studies and later went to the Western world to spread Buddhist teachings.
Would you like to sent a word to our readers and guests?
S. G. Rinpoche: to enjoy all your the services and procedures. And do not forget to relax.
O. Nydahl: Enjoy everything you love and that makes you happy, we wish everyone else to enjoy life.