Speaking of Faith is a radio program hosted by Krista Tippett that I listen to on the internet sometimes. It’s always thoughtful and interesting. Recently there was a program called “Buddhism in the World”, in which she interviews Pankaj Mishra, author of a book called An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. I loved this quote from their conversation:
Conversion in Buddhism really means nothing at all because, you know, you have to do the hard work within yourself.
Right. It’s not really joining something.
Exactly. I mean, what are you joining? There’s nothing to join. There’s a lot of hard work to do.
The website below gives you a transcript of their conversation, and links to the broadcast if you’d rather listen than read….
I also love the title of the book Pankaj Mishra is currently at work on — Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond.