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H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation – Prof. Robert Thurman and THUS Faculty and Guests | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CLASS CANCELLATION NOTICE: Kindly note that October 19 & 20 ‘Force for Good’ class with Lelung Rinpoche & Prof. Robert Thurman is cancelled. 

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

September 19, October 3 and 17; 7-9PM and December 19; 6-8PM

Will be live-streamed for subscribers

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.

Faculty: Robert Thurman (RAFT), with occasonal participation by Dr. Thomas Yarnall, Dr. Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, and guest teachers, such as eminent Buddhist Lama, Lelung Tulku Rinpoche, the Reincarnation of a 14th-15th century Kadam-Nyingma master, Lhodrak Khenchen Namkha Gyaltsen, a teacher of Jey Tsong Khapa, perceived by the latter at the time as an emanation of the bodhisattva Vajrapani.

Class schedule:
Part I: Wednesdays, September 19, October 3, 17; 7-9PM
Part 2: Wednesday, December 19; 6-8PM

Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7-9PM – Introduction to Tantra – Focus on the Esoteric Community Tantra
Wednesday, Oct. 3; 7-9PM – Vajra Hermeneutics – the “Seven ornament” system of the Illuminating Lamp.
Wednesday, Oct. 17; 7-9PM – The key issues in the Esoteric Community and other Unexcelled Yoga Tantras.

PART 2: RSVP here to join in-person
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6-8PM
: Soul Dog booksigning at THUS with Elena Mannes, Prof. Robert Thurman – click here for more information

To attend in person:
Single Session (7-9PM evening programs): General:$25/Members:$22.50
SERIES (Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17): General:$70/Members:$63.


To join via webcast (There is no member discount for webcast):
$7 for each evening (7-9pm) session



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About the Presenter

Robert A. F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is a recognized worldwide authority on mind science and spirituality, Asian history, philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, and H. H. the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an advocate of the relevance of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist sciences, arts, and practices in our daily lives. He is a leading voice for the value of reason, wisdom, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine. He recently has been awarded the Padma Shri Award, the President of India’s fourth highest civilian honor for achievement in enriching Indian education and literature. An author and Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus of Indo-Tibetan Buddhology at Columbia University, Thurman lectures internationally at universities, companies, conferences and think-tanks. His many books include Inner Revolution, a ground-breaking history of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and a call for an enlightened ethics and politics; The Central Philosophy of Tibet, on Buddhist science; Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, on Buddhist art; Essential Tibetan Buddhism, an anthology of key works of Tibetan authors; Infinite Life, a yogic commentary on Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Career; and The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a study of the Tibetan science and art of dying and navigating the rebirth process; Why the Dalai Lama Matters, a win-win plan to solve China’s Tibet catastrophe; Man of Peace, a 300 page fully-illustrated graphic novel of the XIV Dalai Lama’s life and the true story of the invasion of Tibet; The Brilliantly Illuminating Lamp, a study and translation of Tsong Khapa’s masterwork on the most advanced yogas for mastering the process of conscious evolution; and his latest, forthcoming, The Esoteric Community Tantra with its Illuminating Lamp Commentary, an introduction with translations to the unexcelled yoga tantras; and Buddha Bliss, a study of the eightfold path as an evolutionary core curriculum. At the request of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Thurman co-founded Tibet House US in 1987 with Tenzin Namgyal Tethong and Philip Glass, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and renaissance of Tibetan civilization. It maintains a lively museum and cultural center in New York city, affiliates with Tibet Houses in New Delhi and other national capitals around the world. In 2002 he founded Menla Retreat & Dewa Healing Spa in the Catskill Mountains to advance the practical wisdom and healing arts of Tibetan medicine traditions.  Working with the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, an international network of universities, and Indian Buddhist partners, he is currently engaged in establishing the Dharmachakra Buddhist Classics Translation Center in Andhra Pradesh, to complete the multi-generational task of translating from the Tibetan Tengyur the 5000+ originally Sanskrit works from India’s long lost “Library of Alexandria,” the Ratnodadhi Library of Nālandā University, into English and other modern Indian and world languages, creating a necessary database for the 21st century collaboration of the Indian and Tibetan Inner Sciences (adhyātmavidyā) with modern, “outer,” materialist sciences. Inspired by H. H. the Dalai Lama, Thurman's public presentations take a stand on Buddhism's open ground and thence transport audiences into an expanded vision of the world—the sweep of history, the subtleties of the inner science of the psyche, or the depths of the life of the heart. They help clear away shrouds of confusion and tend to evoke the cheerfulness of an enriched present, with the realistic hope for a peaceful future. Suggested Books & Audio by Robert AF Thurman: Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama (Book), Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within(Book), Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Book), Inner Revolution (Book), Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas (Book),  Essential Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between(Book)  The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Book),  The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Book),  The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture (Book), Life & Teachings of Tsong Khapa (Book), Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World (Book) & Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio). To Learn More About Robert AF Thurman please visit: WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram