The Lindisfarne Tapes

Nechung Rinpoche: Development of Compassion in Buddhist Thought

Episode Summary

Nechung Rinpoche, the Grand Lama of Nechung Monastery, speaks of the development of compassion based on the Buddhist Path of Enlightenment. This tape retains the Tibetan spoken by Rinpoche, vigorously translated by Robert Thurman, Professor of Religion at Amherst College and the translator of The Holy Teachings of Vimilakirti. (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Rinpoche delivered this lecture in 1976 at the Lindisfarne Summer Conference, “A Light Governance for America: The Cultures and Strategies of Decentralization."