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Special Lectures with Professor Robert Thurman – This Pig Year: Dalai Lama’s 84th Year | 7-9PM

Oct
02

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 2; 7-9PM: 
This Pig Year: Dalai Lama’s 84th Year

This lecture will discuss the Tibetan tradition of the “obstacle year,” the idea that when one’s birth animal year comes around every twelve years, there is danger of an obstacle bringing us some misfortune. In H. H. the Dalai Lama’s case, since his fate is so tied to that of the Tibetan nation, there has been a tendency for all of Tibet to undergo hardships during Pig Years. In this illustrated lecture, we will go through the Man of Peace Illustrated Life Story of His Holiness to show how eacvh pig year has brought certain challenges that fortunately have been overcome only by special efforts.

Turning to the present year, we see how deeply challenged Tibet is still today, and will reflect upon what we are all doing and can further do now to overcome the present challenges. For example, the current exhibition at Tibet House US can be considered a way of responding to the catastrophe of severe oppression, a heart’s witness to the extreme sacrifices of the many Tibetan martyrs who have offered their own lives and bodies.

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Wednesday, November 20; 7-9PM
Buddhism, Tibet, and the Four Nobler Truths

This evening we will introduce thre central concepts of world Buddhism, originating in India and spreading all over the world. We will discuss the original teaching framework of Shakyamuni’s first turning of the wheel of Dharma, the wheel of the “four noble truths,” with special emphasis on his treatment of the third noble truth, that of nirvana. We will then turn to his teachings as recorded in texts such as the Vimalakirti, Lotus, and Flower Ornament Sutras, as well as in the various Tantric revelations, in which he emphasizes the universal vehicle teaching of the nonduality of samsara and nirvana, where he presents his deepest characterization of reality as understandable accoding to what we are emboldened to call “the four nobler truths,” in order to encourage ourselves to shift our minds toward the Buddha’s most realistic, surprisingly positive perspective on our human selves and our environment.

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Venue

Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Website:
tibethouse.us

About the Presenter

Robert-Thurman

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.