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Running Toward Mystery Conversations, with Robert A.F. Thurman and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

May
26

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Running Toward Mystery Conversations: Spiritual Joy (online via Zoom)

Individual Conversation: $20 General Public / $18 for Tibet House US/Menla Members, 3 Part Series $60 General / $54 THUS Members | REGISTER HERE

Further Reflections Arising from Running Toward Mystery: Join us for a 3 Part Live Conversation with Robert A.F. Thurman and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Presented by Tibet House US | Menla Online

May 19; 10AM-11:30PM PT/1PM-2:30PM ET (online via Zoom) – Spiritual Joy

May 26; 10AM-11:30PM PT/1PM-2:30PM ET (online via Zoom) – Bhakti & Devotion in Buddhism

June 2; 10AM-11:30PM PT/1PM-2:30PM ET (online via Zoom) – Towards Building a New Normal

Running Toward Mystery is the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi’s profound account of his lifelong journey as a seeker. At its heart is a story of striving for enlightenment, of the vital importance of mentors in that search, and of the many remarkable teachers he met along the way, among them the Nichiron Lotus Sutra Monks who built the great Stupas in India and throughout the world, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Father Thomas Keating, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and “Teachers come and go on their own schedule,” Priyadarshi writes. “I clearly wasn’t in charge of the timetable, and it wasn’t my place to specify how a teacher should teach.” And arrive they did, at the right time, in the right way, to impart the lessons that shaped a life of seeking, devotion, and deep human connection across all barriers. These three conversations expand on Issues raised in the book and illustratede by the various teachers Priyadarshi encountered djuring his spiritual journey, inthe context of our pressing world crises.

Watch a short video by Robert A.F. Thurman on his work with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi on Facebook.

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Individual Conversation: $20 General Public / $18 for Tibet House US/Menla Members, 3 Part Series $60 General / $54 THUS Members | REGISTER HERE


Robert A. F. Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as Co-Founder and President of Tibet House US/Menla in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

In partnership with Nena Thurman and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. To listen to his free weekly podcasts please visit: www.bobthurman.com.

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi: Born in India to a prominent Hindu Brahmin family, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi was only six years old when he began having visions of a mysterious mountain peak, and of men with shaved heads wearing robes the color of sunset. “It was as vivid as if I were watching a scene from life,” he writes. And so at the age of ten, he ran away from boarding school to find this place–taking a train to the end of the line and then boarding a bus to wherever it went. Strangely enough, he ended up at a Buddhist monastery that was the place of his dreams. His frantic parents sent scouts to find him and, after two weeks, located him and brought him home. But he continued to have visions and feel a strong pull to a spiritual life in a tradition that he had never heard of as a child.

Today, he is a revered monk and teacher as well as President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he works to build bridges among communities and religions. Running Toward Mystery is the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi’s profound account of his lifelong journey as a seeker. At its heart is a story of striving for the unseen, the vital importance of mentors in that search, and of the many remarkable teachers he met along the way, among them the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa. “Teachers come and go on their own schedule,” Priyadarshi writes. “I clearly wasn’t in charge of the timetable and it wasn’t my place to specify how a teacher should teach…” But arrive they did, at the right time, in the right way, to impart the lessons that shaped a life of seeking, devotion, and deep human connection across all barriers. Running Toward Mystery is at once the bracing and beautiful story of a singular life compelled to contemplation, and the riveting narrative of just how exciting that journey can be.