Field reporter Shane Michael Manieri offers a report from Sunday’s event in New York (read all about it on THE BLOG). Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche began the day addressing a crowd of 300 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. “Rebel Buddha is not a person,” he ended with, “it’s the innate genuine heart of compassion and wisdom— the wonderful spark in our own hearts—so let’s be Rebels.
The second half of the day featured a presentation by Mitra Mark Power and later a Q & A with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and leading Buddhist scholars, Shastri Ethan Nichtern (panel moderator) of the Interdependence Project, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara of NYC’s Village Zendo, and Nalandabodhi’s Mitra Mark Power. The panelists discussed Western Buddhism and how it is manifesting, whether Buddhism is a religion, and a wealth of other topics.