Sketchnotes: Thupten Jinpa’s Embodied Knowledge

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:45 am

Sketchnotes: Thupten Jinpa’s Embodied Knowledge

The flow of Geshe Thupten Jinpa’s thoughts is an exercise in listening. He is articulate, his words intentional; he is soft-spoken, his ideas rich in their complexity. To trace the stream of of this former monastic’s life and thought is a discipline in itself. To sketchnote Krista’s conversation with the Dalai Lama’s principal English translator requires many of the same qualities that Mr. Jinpa embodies: attention, compassion, focus, humility, action. No small feat.

Doug Neill picks up on the visual metaphor of reincarnation being like a “stream that Buddhists would argue gets carried over from life after life.” He gives you a visual path to understanding Mr. Jinpa’s statement that meditation is not simply “someone sitting quietly, emptying their mind.”
I’d ask you to have these sketchnotes open while you listen to this show. Print it out, if you like, and follow along. Then let us know how you found these sketchnotes helpful, what you picked up on because of them. And, tell us what ideas or phrases you were surprised not to see included in these visual notes.

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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