South Asians in Diaspora & Buddhist Practice

South Asians in Diaspora & Buddhist Practice

We were lucky to have Minal Hajratwala — writer, writing coach, and consultant on diversity, media, social media, and corporate communications  —  join us from Southern India via Skype to talk to us about her experiences and knowledge with practice.

Jared Bhatti made it all happened, interviewing Minal first and getting all the logistics and technologies in place.

Due to technical difficulties and such, we didn’t record the first part about Buddhism in India and South Asians in diaspora  and practice (such as only  about 1% of Indian’s  population is Buddhist). We were able to record Minal talking about her new book and then leading us in a meditation and writing exercise on comfort &  discomfort and their relationship to writing and practice. The Q&A focused on rage: being with it, knowing its patterns and working thru it.

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Listening to poetry is part the pleasure; Minal reading some of her wondrous Buddhists poetry here:

We thank Minal for her generosity of time and sharing. Please check out her website at and her new book Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment at

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