Driving this morning, and doing my usual Dhammatalk listen or occasional Buddhism podcast, I found on my Facebook friend Ted Meissner’s often compelling and eclectic podcast this new interview with Richard Gombrich. http://secularbuddhism.org/2017/01/15/episode-268-professor-richard-gombrich-buddhism-in-the-modern-world/
Ted’s a smart and interesting guy, a good interviewer, and knows his way around the Pali Canon a bit, despite his drift into the heresy that dares not speak its name: secular Buddhism … . Ted does his usual great job getting Prof. Gombrich to expound on any number of issues (his upbringing with a scholar-Dad; the merit of Theravada ordination; alternative facts in the modern news world; politician Boris Johnson; education, truth and Pali…) and the interview will bring a smile to your face. My drive was lengthy, and I still didn’t get to the end of the interview. I hope others enjoy it as I did.
Spoiler Alert: If you do nothing else today, go to 01:09:40 of the interview. Listen all the way to the end. A very nice mention of Bhante @Sujato, and a powerful discussion of Bhikkhuni ordinations.