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, Special event (October 19 & 20), December 19
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.
Part I: Wednesdays, September 19, October 3, 10; 7-9PM
Part 2: Special Event – Friday, October 19; 7-9PM and Saturday, October 20; 10AM-5PM
Part 3: 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. 10; 7-9PM – The key issues in the Esoteric Community and other Unexcelled Yoga Tantras.
Friday, Oct. 19; 7-9PM – Lelung Tulku Rinpoche and Prof. Thurman will discuss the Lama (guru) relationship in the setting of tantric practice, clarifing the confusions that arise on that score, especially during some of the recent tragedies Tibetan Buddhist groups have undergone, in the light of some of the great teacher-disciple relationships known from spiritual histories.
Saturday, Oct. 20; 10AM-5PM – Day long workshop, with Lelung Rinpoche giving Vajrapani initiation and teaching in the morning, and in the after- noon Rinpoche and the professor in dialogue about practice and life in the context of the activities of Vajrapani, considered the incarnation of the power of all buddhas, in partnership with Avalokiteshvara,incarnation of all-buddha universal compassion, and Mañjushri incarnating all-buddha transcendent wisdom. (See page 25 below).
(Optional Course Enhancements at THUS’ Menla Retreat and Spa Resort:in Phoenicia, NY)
Oct. 4-7: Weekend Retreat, Prof. Thurman with Dr. Isa Gucciardi: Shamans and Siddhas Retreat)
Oct. 10-14: Tibetan Medicine and atiyoga retreat with Tibetan Sowa Rigpa Doctor and Master Ngag pa Nida Chenagtsang
To attend in person:
Single Session (7-9PM evening programs): General:$25/Members:$22.50; All-day workshop (Saturday, Oct. 20; 10AM-5PM): $80/Members:$72
SERIES (Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 19 & Saturday, 20): General:$170/Members:$153
To join via webcast (There is no member discount for webcast):
$7 for each evening (7-9pm) session
$35 for all 5 evening sessions.
$42 for the day-long workshop on Saturday, October 20; 10am-5pm.
$75 for all 5 evening (7-9PM) sessions and the day-long (10AM-5PM) workshop on Oct. 20; 10AM-5PM