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H.H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Goods” Continuation – UNIT 7 – Lelung Rinpoche and Robert Thurman | 10AM-5PM


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

(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)

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.


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