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THE VISIT 2013
It gives us great pleasure to announce the return visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor, to Emory University from October 8-10, 2013.
To learn more about the visit, including ticketing information, visit dalailama.emory.edu.
To read about the visit in the Emory News center, visit Dalai Lama Returning to Emory University October 8-10.
To watch a short video about the upcoming visit from Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, visit Emory Welcomes 2013 Visit from His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.
To view the official announcement, click here.
April 6 Sukyi Nyima, "Radiant As the Sun:" A Tibetan Folk Opera
A behind the scenes look at Sukyi Nyima: this video by Hal Jacobs shows Techung, a Tibetan folksinger and Emory affiliate artist, training music and dance students to participate in Sukyi Nyima.
To learn more about Tibetan Art and Culture at Emory, visit:
Techung on being an Emory Artist in Residence
Techung & Guang Wang interviewed
Techung & Guang Wang in concert
Tibet Week 2013: March 25-30
To view videos of select Tibet Week events, including the talk "Self-Immolation: The Non-Violent Protest of Last Resort," by Honorable Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative to the Americas, visit our YouTube channel.
To download the Tibet Week poster, click here: Tibet Week 2013
Read more about Tibet Week in the Emory Report.
For information on a Tibetan Opera Mask-Making workshop for Children on Sunday, March 25, please visit the Carlos Museum website.
Monday, March 25: "Psychosomatic Disorders and Their Treatment: A Tibetan Medical Perspective."
7:30pm, Carlos Museum Reception Hall
Psychosomatic disorders plague many Americans, yet modern medicine is in many ways ill-equipped to treat such problems. Our Western biological model of separating the objective realm of bodily illnesses from the subjective disorders of mind cause great difficulties when faced with problems that arise due to the mind-body connection. Tibetan medicine, however, is particularly suited to such illnesses. With its emphasis on the interplay of mind and body and its holistic conception of human illness, Tibetan medicine may often provide relief of suffering from psychosomatic disorders where modern medicine has been unable to do so. In this talk, “Psychosomatic Disorders and Their Treatment: A Tibetan Medical Perspective,” Dr. Pema Dorjee and Dr. Tashi Dawa, renowned Tibetan physicians, will discuss the Tibetan medical paradigm for recognizing and treating psychosomatic disorders. Drawing from the framework of the three nyes-pas, or bodily humors, that cause all illness in Tibetan medicine, Dr. Dorjee will examine why psychosomatic disorders arise as well as Tibetan medical treatments for such problems. Dr. Dorjee will also discuss how modern Western medicine and the traditional Tibetan science of healing can create a dialogue in which each tradition learns from the other and the need for and potential benefit of such a conversation, particularly in instances of psychosomatic disorders. Dr. Tashi Dawa will then examine how compounds present in traditional Tibetan medicines can be applied to Western treatments as well.
Dr. Pema Dorjee was born in Tibet, and fled to India as the Chinese invaded Tibet when he was 9 years old. He completed his medical studies in 1974 at the Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute. After completing his training, he directed various branch clinics of the Men-Tsee-Khang in Nepal, New Delhi, Dharamsala, Itanagar, Calcutta and most recently, Salugara, West Bengal. Dr. Dorjee was elected the first chairperson of the Menpa Lhentsog (Tibetan Medical Council) and for three years served as General Secretary of Men-Tsee-Khang; currently he is Technical Advisor to the Research and Development Department. He participated in the Second International Congress on Tibetan Medicine, held in Washington, D.C. in 2003, and has been awarded various honors throughout his career, including the Gold Medal and the Gem of Alternative Medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine in recognition of his dedicated service to Tibetan medicine. Dr. Dorjee has written two books and numerous articles on Tibetan medicine and has translated textbooks from other medical systems into Tibetan. Dr. Dorjee has visited Emory numerous times in the past, participating in Tibet week with various lectures and discussions and serving as a Halle Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Dorjee has been offering a week long intensive on Tibetan medical theories and practices to our Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences summer study abroad students since 2009. His mutually beneficial dedication to the Emory community has shared the knowledge of Tibetan medicine with countless Emory students, and his skills as a renowned healer benefit the Emory community and the community at Drepung Loseling Monastery tremendously.
Dr. Tashi Dawa completed his Menrampa (MD) (Invasive Therapies) and Menpa Kachupa Degree (BSMS degree) from Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Varanasi in 2012 and 2005 respectively. During the course of study, he served as the President of Ex-TCV Student's Association in 1998, Executive member of RTFM from 1999- 2002, Varanasi Chapter, General Secretary of Student's Welfare Fund Committee (SWFC) in 2003 and Treasurer of Gelugpa Student's Welfare Committee in 2004. He served as Guest Lecturer at the Department of Bhot Cikitsa Vidya, Faculty of Tibetan Medicine and Astro. Science, Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) from 2006-2009. Simultaneously, he practiced Tibetan Medicine and undertook the responsibility as Consultant and Coordinator for Department's Units and Projects funded by national Medicinal Plant Board, Government of India. He also served as an elected Executive member of Central Council of Tibetan Medicine (CCTM) Dharamsala, H.P. from 2009-2012. Presently, he is in Emory University as aPost Doctoral Fellow at laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, Department of Pediatrics, doing research on "Potentials of Tibetan Medicine"under Prof. Dr. Raymond F.Schinazi.
Tuesday, March 26: "Self-Immolation: The Non-Violent Protest of Last Resort."
7:30pm, Carlos Museum Reception Hall
Since the spring of 2009, over 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese occupation of Tibet. As we approach the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising on March 10, it is an unfortunate probability that this number will increase to well over 100. These recent self-immolations represent a very painful unfolding of events for the Tibetan community and friends of the Tibetan community, such as Emory University. While these self-immolations are horrific and tragic, it is important to recognize the astounding courage and unbelievable commitment to non-violence that underlies this form of protest. This lecture is an opportunity for members of the Emory community to hear from Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative to the Americas, regarding the ideology, philosophy, and reasoning behind the Tibetan self-immolations. Mr. Nyandak will discuss the Chinese government policies concerning Tibet and the basic human rights violations that have led to the utter frustration and desperation of Tibetans, leaving them with no choice but to self-immolate in order to draw international attention. He will also address the Tibetan Buddhist cultural attitude towards confronting injustice, including the recent self-immolations. This talk will be followed by "A Window into Tibet: Assessing the Flow of Information," by Sherab Woeser, Editor-In-Chief of Phayul.com.
Honorable Lobsang Nyandak currently serves as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, a post he assumed in September 2008. Previously, from 2001 to 2006, Mr. Nyandak served as a Cabinet member of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India. As a Cabinet member, he headed the Department of Information and International Relations, the Department of Finance and the Department of Health. He implemented Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche’s policy of privatization of the Tibetan exile economy. Prior to his appointment to the Tibetan cabinet, he served as a member of the Tibetan Parliament, and also held executive positions with various Tibetan NGOs: in particular, the Tibetan Youth Congress, the National Democratic Party of Tibet and the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Mr. Nyandak was the first Executive Director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, one of the premier institutions that track and promote human rights and democracy for Tibetans. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Education from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.
Wednesday, March 27: "Sukyi Nyima in Context: The Performance of Tibetan Folk Opera."
This talk is an introduction to ache lhamo, or Tibetan Opera, in preparation for the upcoming performance of Sukyi Nyima by a troupe of Tibetan actors on April 6, 4-6 pm, in Cannon Chapel on Emory University's campus. The lecture will offer an overview of the key points to understand in order to appreciate what is happening on the stage. It will cover its history, repertoire, artistic techniques and the social life of the actors. It will also document the current situation of this tradition as it joined UNESCO’s list as an “Intangible heritage of Humanity” in 2009. The talk will be illustrated with live demonstrations of songs and dances by renowned Tibetan performer and Emory Artist Affiliate, Tashi D. Sharzur (akaTechung).
Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy is an associate professor of anthropology at Université Laval (Québec). She trained in movement theater following Jacques Lecoq’s approach, then carried out extensive fieldwork among Tibetans in Tibet and in India to complete her PhD on Tibetan drama. In her monograph, Ache lhamo: Jeux et enjeux d’une tradition théâtrale tibétaine (in press), she analyses all major components of this Tibetan drama tradition: history, ritual, repertoire, social and political aspects, singing, dancing, costumes, and of course the art of the performer. She has published a number of articles on various aspects Tibetan performance, including the update of several sections of the “Tibet” section of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), “Women in the Performing Arts : Portraits of Six Contemporary Singers” (Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havnevik, eds., 2005), and articles on ache lhamo melodies and ritual prologue in the special issue of Lungta “The singing mask:Echoes form Tibetan opera” that she edited in 2001. She has also reflected on Chinese and Indian influences in Tibetan drama (“Le théâtre tibétain ache lhamo : Un contenu d'héritage indien dans des formes d'héritage chinois?” Hélène Bouvier-Smith and Gérard Toffin, eds., 2012). Her interested have also moved towards contemporary entertainment, namely television, and she has proposed a preliminary analysis of television consumption in Dharamsala (Anthropologie et Sociétés, Vol. 36: 1-2, 2012). She has also carried out research on Tibetan political Asylum seekers in Europe (Civilisations, 2007), she has produced “Comparative observations on doing research among Tibetans in Lhasa and Dharamsala” (Sarah Turner, ed., 2013) and she has had «A look at the margins: autobiographical writing in Tibetan in the PRC » (Sarah Dauncey and Marjorie Dryburgh, eds., 2013).
Tashi D. Sharzur (aka Techung) is an internationally renowned Tibetan opera performer, singer-songwriter, and teacher living in exile. He grew up in Dharamsala, India, where he studied for seventeen years and became a leading performing artist at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). His teachers there included Gen Norbu Tsering (opera), Garpon Pasang Dhondup (court music), Gen Lutse (traditional music), and Jamyang Norbu (modern theater). After emigrating to the U.S.A. in 1989, he co-founded Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, and more recently founded a contemporary band, the Lhasa Spirits.In addition to being a major force in the preservation of traditional Tibetan vocal and instrumental traditions, Tashi Sharzur is widely respected for the original solo and collaborative music he creates by drawing on both his own heritage and other musical traditions. He has produced numerous solo and collaborative albums, won several world music awards, and received grants from the Creative Work Fund, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation. His distinctive voice and music have also been featured on soundtracks of over a dozen films and in concerts world-wide, including at Carnegie Hall. Since 2011, Tashi Sharzur has been an Artist Affiliate at Emory University in both the Music and Dance departments. While here he has held several concerts, including one with Chinese cellist and Vega Quartet member, Guang Wang. This spring he will direct and perform in Sukyi Nyima, one of Tibet’s most famous folk operas (ache lhamo). He will be joined by a troupe of performers trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, and his students from Emory’s Tibetan Dance and Tibetan Music classes. Whether performing in traditional or contemporary styles, Tashi Sharzur's dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and to expose the rich performing cultural tradition of his homeland to the world community.
Thursday, Jarch 28: "From Monks to Scientists: The Journey of Six Monks at Emory"
7:30pm, Carlos Museum Reception Hall
The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), started in 2006, is one of the Emory-Tibet Partnership’s most ambitious and significant undertakings and represents Emory’s full commitment to helping His Holiness the Dalai Lama realize his lifelong vision of bringing modern science into the core curriculum of Tibetan monastic education. The first of ETSI’s two phases, the development phase, is drawing to a close, and the second, implementation phase, will begin in the summer of 2014. This June, ETSI achieved a major milestone with the graduation of our first cohort of science monastics at a wonderful ceremony in Dharamsala, India that was personally presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Since ETSI’s inception, Geshe Lhakdor has played an integral role in establishing the connection between the Tibetan monastic community and Emory University, developing the science courses for the monastics, and planning for the implementation phase, which will involve the integration of ETSI science materials into the core curriculum of the major Tibetan Buddhist monasteries throughout India. In January 2013 the major plans for the future of ETSI will be unveiled at Drepung Loseling Monastery in India in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a dozen internationally renowned scientists, and 10,000 monks. At this talk, “From Monks to Scientists: The Journey of Six Monks at Emory” during Tibet week, Geshe Lhakdor will share these plans with the Emory community. Geshe Lhakdor will also use this opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past six years and ETSI’s endeavor to bring modern science to the Tibetan monastic community. Additionally this panel will serve as an opportunity for Lodoe Sangpo and Kunjo Baiji, two of the Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholars, to reflect on their time at Emory. These monks came to Emory three years ago with only limited English skills and almost no background in modern science. Now they are student leaders on campus who have fully integrated themselves into the Emory community, and they will serve as science teachers for the other monastic students upon their return to India in the spring. This panel is a unique opportunity to hear the reflections of both the policy makers and the students of ETSI.
Geshe Lhakdor is the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India. He has served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s religious assistant and translator for over twenty years and represents His Holiness’s vision and work at various national and international conferences and forums. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from Panjab University, Chandigarh. From 1976 - 1986 he studied Buddhist philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, a private institute for advanced studies established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, where he received his Master of Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), and in 1989 his Master of Madhyamika (Middle Way Philosophy) with distinction in both. In 1989 he also received his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the University of Delhi. 1989 he joined the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as his religious assistant and translator, and since then has accompanied him in this capacity to over thirty countries around the world. In 1995 he received his Geshe Degree (Doctor of Divinity), the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from the Drepung Loseling Monastic University in South India. He has translated, co-translated and co-produced several books by His Holiness, including The Way to Freedom, The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace, Awakening the Mind and Lightening the Heart, and Stages of Meditation, among others. Geshe Lhakdor is a trustee of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, established by His Holiness, Director of the Central Archive of His Holiness, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montreal, Canada, and Honorary Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Yungdrung Konchok, or "Kunjo," was born on the 29th of July 1982 in Western Nepal. In 1989, at the very young age of 7, Kunjo came to India. Before becoming a monk Konchok spent seven years in a local elementary school and learned basic Tibetan, English, Hindi, Math and Science. In 1996 Konchok became a monk at the monastery called Menri Bon monastery, which is a center for studies of Bon philosophy, Medicine, Astrology and Astronomy, grammar and many other practices not only by Bon people but also for people from all around the world. In 2002, Konchok first time came into contact with the science program called "Science for Monks" and then after 5 years he joined the science leadership program, which is organized by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Sagar family. In 2008 Kunchok joined the ETSI program and through this wonderful program he had theopportunity to come here at Emory. At Emory he is studying Biology, physic, Neuroscience, arts and English language.
Lodoe Sangpo was born in small rural village in Tibet. He escaped from Tibet to India in 1992 and at that time was 13 years old. When he arrived at Gaden Jangtse monastery, he was too young to study Buddhist philosophy; therefore, Sangpo enrolled monastic school and studied elementary and secondary level education related to Tibetan history, religion, basic logic of debate, and general knowledge such as English and math for 6 years. After graduating from the monastic school in 1998, Sangpo had been mainly studying Buddhist Philosophy until he got to Emory University in 2010. Indeed, he started learning science in 2005 under the Science Meets Dharma organization and then attended other science workshops and programs such as Science leadership Workshop and Emory Science Initiative Program. Both of them started in 2007 and Sangpo graduated from science leadership in 2009 and graduated from Emory Science Initiative in last year.
Friday, March 29: Film Screening "Chaksampa: The Man Who Built Iron Bridges"
7:30pm, Carlos Museum Reception Hall
Film screening to be followed by a question and answer session with Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy and Techung. Sponsored by Students for a Free Tibet.
Conference on Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion
Brooke Dodson-Lavelle, CBCT Coordinator, will be presenting the breakout session on Cognitively-Based Compassion Training at the Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion conference in Berkeley, CA
Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion
with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Paul Gilbert, Dacher Keltner, Kristin Neff, Shauna Shapiro, and others
When: March 8, 2013
Where: Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA (just north of Berkeley) or tune in via Live Webcast
Hosted by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and Mindful: Taking Time for What Matters
A day-long conference to help you deepen connections to others and care for yourself, drawing on cutting-edge science
This day-long conference, featuring a keynote by Jon Kabat-Zinn, will illuminate the connections between mindfulness and compassion, focusing on how mindfulness can deepen relationships, enhance caregiving, and build compassion, including self-compassion. Speakers will discuss how to apply scientific findings to the real world, drawing on cutting-edge research and inspiring success stories. Attendees will practice research-tested mindfulness and compassion techniques and learn from program leaders who have fostered mindfulness and compassion in schools, health care, and beyond.
Other presenters will include Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion; Paul Gilbert, PhD, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy; Shauna Shapiro, PhD, expert on integrating mindfulness into Western psychology, medicine, and education; and Dacher Keltner, PhD, faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. Event will be webcast live!
Learn more at www.mindfulnesscompassion.com
Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science
Article: The Dalai Lama and top scientists gather in Mundgod for Mind and Life conference
Geshe Lobsang Negi, Director of the
Emory-Tibet Partnership, will be giving the morning presentations on
January 21 and 22 at the Mind and Life XXVI Conference at Drepung
Monastery in Mundgod, India. For more information and links to the live screenings, see the information below:
Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science
There will be live webcasts of the The Mind and Life XXVI conference
from Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India, on January 17-22,
2013. Twenty of the world’s foremost scientists and philosophers with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Tibetan scholars will
address topics over the course of the week that include the historical
sweep of science and the revolutions in our understanding of our
physical universe and the nature of the mind. Scientific and the
classical Buddhist philosophical methods of inquiry will be studied, as
well as selected topics in quantum physics, neuroscience, and Buddhist
and contemporary Western views of consciousness. In addition, the
applications of contemplative practices in clinical and educational
settings will be explored. The proceedings will be in English with a
Tibetan translation available. Live webcast can be viewed from http://dalailama.com/liveweb
All times Indian Standard Time (IST = GMT+5:30)
There will be two session each day (only one session on January 22)
Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am IST
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 3:30pm IST
January 17 - Introduction
Morning: Exploring the Nature of Reality: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives
Afternoon: Session: The Sweep of Science: Knowledge and the Nature of Reality
January 18 - Physics
Morning: Quantum Physics, Relativity, and Cosmology
Afternoon: The Nature of Reality
January 19 - Neuroscience
Morning: Changing the Brain
Afternoon: Exploring Neuroplasticity
January 20 - Consciousness
Morning: Consciousness in Western Science and Philosophy
Afternoon: Approaches to Consciousness
January 21 - Applications of Contemplative Practice
Morning: Clinical and Educational Applications of Contemplative Practice
Afternoon: Promoting Human Development
January 22 Future Directions
Morning: The Future of Monastic Science Education & Buddhism, Science and Modernity
For times in your region 9:00am IST on January 17th at Drepung
Monastery, India, is the same as 3:30am GMT on January 17th in London,
England; 7:30pm PST on January 16th in Los Angeles, California, USA; and
10:30pm EST on January 16th in New York City, USA.
Dr. Tamdin named Halle Distinguished Fellow
On Monday, December 3 Dr. Tamdin will give the keynote address at the Halle Luncheon. As one of the visiting doctors to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsewang
Tamdin will discuss emerging collaborations between Tibetan medical
doctors and western scientists, exploring what modern science reveals
about Tibetan medicine and how modern medicine can benefit from this
About the Talk
The Tibetan sciences of healing have been in practice for
millennia and have benefited countless people throughout central Asia.
One of these healing sciences—the Tibetan inner science of mind and
meditation—is increasingly recognized by the Western scientific
community for its effectiveness in enhancing health and well-being. The
other highly developed Tibetan science of healing, Tibetan medicine, has
not yet garnered the same appreciation in the scientific world.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has emphasized that both the Tibetan
science of mind and Tibetan medicine have great potential to benefit
humanity and to complement our modern understanding of biomedicine and
health. Together with His Holiness, the Tibetan medical community firmly
believes that Tibetan medicine can and should be subjected to modern
scientific examination, and that it will withstand rigorous examination
About Dr. Tamdin
Dr. Tamdin graduated from the Tibetan Medical & Astrological
College, Men-Tsee-Khang, in 1978. Starting in 1984, he served for 18
years as the permanent residential doctor of Men-Tsee-Khang's branch in
New Delhi. In addition to his clinical practices, he also served as
director of the pharmaceutical department, principal of Men-Tsee-Khang
College, director of Men-Tsee-Khang, and chair of the Academic Council
of Tibetan Medicine & Astrology.
For more information and to register for the luncheon, e-mail email@example.com.
Special Lecture with Kyabje Locho Rinpoche
November 1, 4-5:15pm
Carlos Museum Reception Hall
Relationships between Affection, Love, Empathy, and Compassion
from the Perspectives of Buddhist
Psychology and Social Neuroscience
featuring Dr. Jim Rilling
In this talk Kyabje Dema Locho Rinpoche, a highly renowned scholar and practitioner of the Tibetan Buddhist
contemplative tradition, will take a close look at how this tradition describes
and distinguishes the central positive emotions of love, affection and
compassion. Rinpoche will draw from the Tibetan Buddhist "lojong"
or "mind training" tradition, which arose specifically to focus on
the cultivation of altruistic compassion. Dr. Jim Rilling (Anthropology) will provide a response drawing from recent work in social
neuroscience on empathy, love and compassion.
For questions, more information,
and to RSVP contact Kari Leibowitz at 404.712.9296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory-Tibet Partnership welcomes three distinguished fall visitors
Kyabje Locho Rinpoche
October 23 – November 6
Kyabje Locho Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet, and recognized at the age of six as the reincarnation of Gen Locho, a legendary master. Rinpoche received his Geshe degree at Drepung Loseling Monastery, after which he attended Gyume Tantric College. At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche served as the abbot of Namgyal Dratsong and was later appointed tutor the Ling Rinpoche. Rinpoche is renowned as a holder of Tantric lineages and a master of Tantric yoga. In 2004, Rinpoche taught a six-week undergraduate course at Emory.
Join us on November 1 from 4-5:15pm at the Carlos Museum Reception Hall for a talk featuring Rinpoche and Dr. Jim Rilling, co-sponsored by the Hightower Foundation:
“Parsing Positive Emotions: Understanding the Relationships between Affection, Love, Empathy, and Compassion from the Perspectives of Buddhist Psychology and Social Neuroscience”
Geshe Kelsang Damdul
October 31 – November 7
Venerable Kalsang Damdul is Assistant Director of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and a member of the General Services Committee which oversees the administration of the Tibetan government in exile. He is a graduate of IBD and holds a Masters degree in Political Science. A Buddhist monk and distinguished scholar, Ven. Kalsang Damdul has represented the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and traveled extensively offering a unique view of Tibetan Buddhism and the situation of Tibet .
During his visit, Geshe Damdul will host a reunion for former spring and summer study abroad students and faculty. If you are a former study abroad student or staff member and would like more information, contact Kari Leibowitz at email@example.com.
Dr. Tsewang Tamdin
November 30 – December 4
Dr. Tsewing Tamdin graduated
from the Tibetan Medical & Astrological
College, Men-Tsee-Khang, in 1978. In 1984, Dr. Tamdin was appointed as the permanent Residential doctor of Men-Tsee-Khang branch clinic in New Delhi and served for 18 years. In addition to his clinical practices, he also served as the Director
of the Pharmaceutical Department, Principal of Men-Tsee-Khang College, Director of Men-Tsee-Khang,
and Chairman of the Academic Council of Tibetan Medicine & Astrology. He is currently one of the Visiting Doctors
to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and has traveled extensively for conferences,
consultations, and lectures.
Dr. Tamdin has been recognized as a Halle Distinguished Fellow and will be giving the
keynote address “Subjecting Tibetan Medicine to Modern Scientific Scrutiny” at
the Halle Luncheon.
schedule a consultation and for other event information visit drepung.org
Geshe Lobsang awarded Outstanding Social Service Award from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India
We congratulate Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi on receiving the Outstanding Social Service Award from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. On August 24, 2012 in a special ceremony presided over by His Eminence Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Geluk lineage.
His Eminence Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, spiritual head of the Geluk lineage, presents the Outstanding Social Service Award to Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi
Drepung Loseling Monastery in India honored Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi with a special award for his outstanding social services and accomplishments over the past two decades.
These accomplishments include:
* Founding the Atlanta based Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. (DLM, Atlanta) in 1991, leading to its emergence as one of the most vibrant and active Tibetan Buddhist institutions in North America. DLM Atlanta offers comprehensive programs in Tibetan Buddhist Studies, practice and culture. (visit: www.drepung.org)
* Establishing the ongoing tours of The Mystical Arts of Tibet and Drepung Loseling Educational Fund to help promote global peace and healing through sharing Tibet’s sacred arts and culture; to raise awareness of Tibet’s endangered culture and the need for basic human rights; and to raise much needed funds to helpDrepung Loseling Monastery preserve Tibet’s spiritual education and tradition in exile in India. (visit: www.mysticalartsoftibet.org and www.drepung.org )
* Facilitating the establishment of the Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) in 1998. Under his directorship ETP has developed various innovative programs designed to bridge the Western & Tibetan intellectual traditions for their mutual enrichment.
* Facilitating the establishment of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), a landmark undertaking to develop and implement comprehensive modern science education in Tibetan monastic institutions. In partnership with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, ETSI is dedicated to fulfilling His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long standing vision for bringing modern science into the core curriculum of monastic institutions. (visit: www.tibet.emory.edu/science/index.html)
* Developing the meditation protocol for Cognitively Based Compassion Training in 2005. Serving as the Contemplative Principal Investigator, Geshe Lobsang has overseen numerous scientific research studies and educational programs utilizing this protocol. (visit: www.tibet.emory.edu/cbct/index.html)
Geshe Lobsang-la with the current administrators of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the President; the Emory College Office of the
Dean; the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning; the Emory College Program
in Science and Society; the Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology;
the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies; the Religion Department;
the Office of Undergraduate Education; the Institute for Comparative and International
Studies; Asian Studies; the Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA);
Students for a Free Tibet; and Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.