I’ve got a brand new interview with my buddy Dr. Michaela Haas over at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online that I hope you’ll check out.
Michaela is an international reporter, lecturer and consultant, as well as author of Shambhala Publications’ recent book Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
Dr. Haas is also currently a lecturer and research scholar in the Religious Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an adjunct faculty member at my home institution of University of the West. In addition, she serves as the media consultant for and a board member of Lotus Outreach — the secular humanitarian organization founded by Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and dedicated to “ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world.” (I previously interviewed Michaela on video about her work in this capacity for the blog last year.)
Michaela and I became friends when she first began teaching at UWest. Much-beloved by the students on our campus — she has contributed greatly to our community, and is one of the most delightful and kind people you’re ever going to meet — Michaela is someone I consider a friend.
After she sent me a copy of Dakini Power, I was of course curious to ask her some questions, and she graciously agreed to be interviewed. Check out our conversation at Buddhadharma here!