Khandro Rinpoche, Buddhist Nun
Khandro Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher who is also a woman and the reincarnation of a renowned master. In this week's edition of the Interview she talks to Carrie Gracie about the particular stresses she has had to deal with as a result of that identification of her as a reincarnation, and how that identification has propelled her into a life of scholarship and contemplation.
She also considers the nature of Buddhism and debates whether the religion has become over-formalised in recent years, and whether she has herself reached a state of enlightenment. Finally she muses on the eighteen or more kinds of hell that may await us in the next life, or even in this current one, and tells Carrie why she is not afraid of the life that is to come.