By Peter Ober
Peter: What made you decide to write a Handbook for Half Buddhas?
Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche: There are lots of books on Tibetan Buddhism, but the authors are almost all Westerners. Although educated and qualified, they only know Tibetan culture from afar. I was born into a Tibetan Buddhist family and brought up in their faith and culture and then studied Buddhism for over 30 years in Tibet.
Peter: You are now a monk. Were all your studies within Tibetan monasteries?