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CONVERSATION WITH MINNA STENROOS

 

Meena and son

Meena with her son

Many of our readers will know Minna from her work on Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s teachings on the The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) by Shantideva, the eighth century Buddhist monk and scholar.

We are sitting on the bus taking us from the Bodhicharya Summer Camp in Casa da Torre to Braga in northern Portugal.  All around us is chatter and laughter and the sound of children having a wonderful time.

Minna says that in her home town in Helsinki, Finland, there is a Bodhicharya Study Group which has been running for about 6-years.  There is also a Palpung Centre to which Rinpoche attends when he is invited.  Besides these, there is a Samye Dzong and a Nyingma Centre.  In the Study Group, there are only five-people, but maybe this is because there are also so many other Buddhist activities in the city​, she tells me.

When the conversation turns to Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Minna says, There was a time in my life when everything was quite sorted out and everything was going nicely and I had moved from another town to Helsinki. My son was about seven-years old and he went to his first class in school and we had a nice place to live and I had nice work.  Everything was there.

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