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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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22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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About the Presenter


Professor Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.