H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation: Buddhist Scientific, Ethical, and Psychological Education
Prof. Robert Thurman and THUS Faculty and guests
(Only 7-9pm evening talks will be live-streamed for subscribers)
A continuation of our long-term, usually Wednesday evening program to further H. H. the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind and Life science dialogues (Mind Science and Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium 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 of the Dalai Lama of Tibet), along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility), and finally, His 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 texts” for this spring will be passages from works of His Holiness and selections from various Buddhist works in English translation. Some readings will be available for purchase, others provided online to enrollees. Though the course can be considered as a whole, it is usually taken in units, or even single events, one by one.
Faculty: Dr. David Kittay, Krishna Das, Robert Thurman, Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Dr. Tom Yarnall, and occasional guest teachers.
Event schedule: February 1, 13, 27, March 6, March 20, 27: March 22-23: April 9, 16, 19-20, 23; May 23-28, 28-29; June all at Menla.
Special program with Lelung Rinpoche and Robert Thurman
Saturday, May 25, 10-5PM (this event will no be live-streamed)
In the evening talk on May 24, 7-9, Lelung Tulku Rinpoche and Prof. Thurman will discuss the Lama (guru) relationship in the setting of tantric practice. In initiation for advanced practice, the guru should be seen as indivisible from the buddha, while in the street, all but the most highly advanced should maintain normal ethical considerations. This is confusing. On the other hand, every rule has rare exceptions. This topic must be investigated carefully in the light of tragic events in too many Tibetan Buddhist groups, and in the light of some of the great teacher-disciple relationships known from spiritual histories.
In the Saturday workshop, Lelung Rinpoche will confer the Vajrapani initiation and teaching in the morning, and in the afternoon Rinpoche and the professor will discuss the famous dialogue between the first Lelung, Lhodrak Namkha Gyaltsen as Vajrapani and Tsong Khapa as Manjushri, as recorded in the Essence of Nectar dialogue about practice and life in the context of the activities of Vajrapani, in partnership with Avalokiteshvara, incarnation of all-buddha universal compassion, and Mañjushri incarnating all-buddha transcendent wisdom.
Saturday, May 25; 10AM-5PM | General:$80/Members:$72 (will not be live-streamed)
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The Eleventh Lelung Jedrung Rinpoche, Tenzin Phuntsok Loden, was born in 1970, and recognized by the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama (b. 1935) in 1984. He was educated in Drepung Monastic University for thirteen years. He has done years of research in the effort to revive the Lelung Tulku lineage, finding and publishing in Tibetan many of the rare works of his predecessors. The Lelung Rinpoche are thought to have a special relationship with Vajrapani, the Bodhisattva incarnation of the powerful competence of all buddhas.
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the bestseller trilogy, Inner Revolution, Infinite Life, and Why the Dalai Lama Matters, and most recently, Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. For more information about Robert AF Thurman please visit bobthurman.com.