yudron wangmo

In the most recent episode of the Dharmage podcast, I had the absolute pleasure to speak with Yudron Wangmo. Yudron is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and teacher who is a writer of Buddhist teen fiction. Yes. You read that right. Buddhist teen fiction! Seeing the absence of voices in this space, Yudron is writing for an unserved audience. She says it best when she relates on her blog

“Practicing and studying the meditation techniques and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism has given me the life tools to be a happy person. I’m not aiming to convert anyone from their own religion, but I see many young people suffering—for example from anger, fear, jealousy, and trauma—who don’t believe in anything. With that nihilistic perspective comes hopelessness. It’s my belief that a good yarn can change a person.”

We cover a lot of ground in this podcast – Yudron’s experiences on the path, how she came to become a Buddhist, why she writes for the teen market, the guru-student relationship, feminism, – all that and so much more. It’s the start of me getting to know more about this wonderful woman. Her books which are now on my digital shelf, ready for me to dig into and time travel back to when I was a teen! 

A few links to check out:

Here’s the link to Yudron’s Twitter account.

And her vlog on YouTube

And here’s the podcast for your listening pleasure

Dharmage Podcast – Episode 2: Shaun Bartone of Engage!

Almost a year to the day that I recorded my very first podcast episode and well…. here we have the second dispatch. I’m hoping that it won’t be a yearly thing and  will be a bit more of a regular effort! This is at least a promising start for 2017. 

I’m so happy to have spent about an hour chatting with Shaun Bartone of Engage! – the Engaged Buddhist magazine/podcast. We covered A LOT of terrain in our chat, everything from Shaun’s personal journey on the path, the current situation with Trumpism, activism, interconnection, the mission of Engage, difficult discussions, the organizations and people who are lighting the way and the power of online sanghas balanced with the need for a physical group to sit with. I’m only skimming the surface on what was discussed. Honestly, I didn’t want the discussion to end because I was feeling so informed and inspired. It’s always cool when you can uncover someone who has been on the frontline of activism and learn new tactics, techniques and perspectives. It’s real talk here folks. 

Do check out the podcast and be sure to  let us know what you think and be sure to visit Shaun’s website to further open your mind and get information. Engage! Engaged Buddhism Magazine

Here are but a few of the organizations and individuals that were name-checked during this episode:

Episode 1 – An Interview with Julie Price

Well. Here you have it. Episode number 1 is in the can!

Recently I had a chat with a wonderful Canadian Buddhist woman named Julie Price who was one of the contributors to the anthology I edited  titled Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women.

In our chat, we spent a bit of time exploring Julie’s spiritual journey, the work that she does in helping others in need both within the Canadian healthcare system and abroad via her volunteering efforts. We also touched upon her love of India and the various projects she’s developed to help her with her wanderlust for this region of the world.

A few links from our chat that you might be interested in checking out include:


Episode 0 – A New Hope


Well I just re-recorded episode 0 of this podcast to get used to recording again.

This also helped to teach me that  I am best left doing a bit of pre-scripting of shows, rather than free-forming my blathering like Sid Vicious let loose with a mic and podcasting software

I also edited down the intro that I had from the first version I had recorded given I seemed to really be trying to  get my money’s worth with the purchase of that dynamic power pop riffage.