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H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation – ‘Soul Dog’ Booksigning with Elena Mannes and Prof. Robert Thurman | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation
Buddhist Scientific, Ethical, and Psychological Education Prof. Robert Thurman and THUS Faculty and guests

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7-9PM: Soul Dog booksigning at THUS with Elena Mannes, Prof. Robert Thurman

Although Prof. Thurman is on sabbatical most of this semester, we will hold a few meetings to continue our course to exlore the sources and further the understanding of H. H. Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives: from His Holiness’ patronized American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Library of Tibetan Classics translation programs; His elevation of the Buddhist Sciences through the Mind and Life science dialogues (also his Universe in a Single Atom book) and His creation of what we might call an “Abhidharma 2.0” through the “Science for Monks” programs; His “secular ethics” programs (Ethics for the New Millen- nium and Beyond Religion); His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story), along with his emphasis on positive activism, and finally, His correcting of misunderstandings and opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 34 Kalachakra Grand Initiations (The Kalachakra Initiation, Tantra in Tibet, and other such works). The “root text” for this fall is all of the above. The topic of the three lecture section will be the AIBS Translation Team’s translation of the section on how to interpret tantric texts of the Chandrakirti’s Illuminating Lamp commentary on the Esoteric Community Tantra, along with some essays by the professor. The three lecture session in September October can be taken as a whole, or one by one. Menla retreats must be taken under separate registration with Menla.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7-9PM
: Soul Dog booksigning at THUS with Elena Mannes, Prof. Robert Thurman

Elena Mannes, Cindy Brody and Prof. Robert Thurman

Animal Communicator Cindy Brody will be joining the conversation and will do live readings of audience members’ dogs — living or passed —  if you bring photos.


“My former colleague Elena Mannes has always been on a quest to discover more about the animals she loves. Soul Dog takes her beyond science into mystical paths-the yearning for consolation and possibility. She writes that animals teach us to listen. Elena is their friend here, ready to hear.” 

-DIANE SAWYER, American television journalist

“What a wondrous journey of discovery and fulfillment does Elena Mannes tell us in this deeply moving tale of her rela­tionship with the brilliant, elegant, wise and loving poodle Brio, her “soul dog!” 

-ROBERT A. F. THURMAN, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Buddhology, Columbia University

“Soul Dog is a very thought-provoking book. Steeped in science and heart, Ms. Mannes passionately shares her own expe­riences with Brio. This book opens the door for wide-ranging musings about what dogs can teach us if we keep open minds and hearts.” 

-MARC BEK OFF, author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

“Enlightening! An important read for people who want to connect with their dog’s soul after death.”

-JENNIFER SKIFF, best-selling author of The Divinity of Dogs

Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Elena Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with her dog Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication—even after death.

Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind—and a spirit—of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio,
exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes’s growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact an animal psychic in California who described, with amazing accuracy, Brio’s favorite walks and the author’s apartment from the dog’s point of view. Motivated by her experience, Mannes produced a filmed segment with Diane Sawyer featuring the same psychic, who described Sawyer’s country house and her dog’s favorite spots in the yard. Mannes’s skeptical journalist background compelled her to investigate further. She delved into the world of animal communicators,
psychics, and scientists studying animal intelligence, including Rupert Sheldrake, to find answers to her multiplying questions: Do animals have thoughts and feelings? Consciousness? Souls? Is interspecies communication possible? Can animals reincarnate?

Spanning the entire life and afterlife of Brio, including his last days and his messages to the author after he passed on, this book also explores Mannes’ investigations into the spiritual life of animals, offering a new understanding of the unbreakable bond
between humans and animals. Mannes invites readers to move beyond the owner-pet relationship and shows us how to see animals as thinking, feeling, spiritual beings whose connections with us extend far beyond life and death.

Regarding Animal Communicator Cindy Brody – 

Veterinarians Say
There is always a palpable sense of excitement in the air among staff & clients whenever Cindy visits our hospital- her intuitive understanding of the human/animal bond has given her “Rock Star” status! Whether helping a beloved senior pet to pass peacefully and with dignity, or giving anxious owners the ability to understand and correct physical and/or emotional problems, I’ve witnessed Cindy perform her “miracles” time and again. She is the angel that all pet owners want sitting on their shoulders.
Robert Codacovi, Manager, Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

Communication is essential in the growth of your relationship with your pet, but when one can silence themselves and truly listen, we will hear what they have to say. Cindy has this amazing gift with animals. She listens, she hears them, they communicate, and transformation begins.” –Dr. Karen Garelick Doc’s K9 Center

Long Distance
I don’t even know where to start! I was skeptical at first, but Cindy came with glowing reviews. On our first call, she was not only able to help me better understand how my pet is feeling but also truly communicate with him on a level I didn’t expect. It was a wonderful experience and we are already set for another call. Thank you Cindy!” –Amanda Kim

Elena Mannes is an award-winning independent documentary director/writer/producer whose honors include six Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and nine Cine Golden Eagles. She has written, directed, and produced series and documentaries for CBS, PBS, ABC, and the Discovery Channel, including The Amazing Animal Mind and the PBS primetime special The Music Instinct, which led to the writing of her book, The Power of Music. She lives in New York City.

Cindy Brody is an Animal Communicator, Reiki Master, teacher, inspirational speaker and the originator of CinergE, an energetic healing modality that can be applied to all living beings. CinergE combines Communication, Reiki, energy balancing, kinesiology, acupressure to free up energy blockages and disturbances. Cindy has been helping animals and their people nationally with CinergE for over 30 years. She lives in West Hurley,  New York where she has a private practice.

Bear & Co.
ISBN 978-1-59143-326-2
Paper with French Flaps 176 pages, 6″ x 9″



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