Monday, July 28, 2014

[024] MTSU alumna-turned-Buddhist nun explains her life on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — MTSU alumna Dolma Johanison, whose personal path has taken her from toting a gun to becoming a nun, will be the guest on the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Johanison will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 28, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Johanison graduated from MTSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her career includes a stint with the Army National Guard, a job as a criminal analyst at the Pentagon, and her current profession, an acupuncturist in Poolesville, Maryland.

However, she considers her conversion to Buddhism to be the defining moment of her life. In 2008, she took more than 200 vows at Poolesville’s Kunyang Padyul Choling temple to become a nun, dedicating her life to alleviating suffering wherever she finds it.

“We all possess what is referred to as ‘the Buddha seed,’” Johanison said. “And ‘the Buddha seed,’ upon watering and nourishment, will grow and flourish internally, reaching our spiritual attainment, ascending to a higher level of being.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the “Audio Clips” section of and click “more.”

For more information, contact Gina Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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