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 Exiled Tibetan Monk to Offer Public Lectures at SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

June 4, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854;  e-mail: gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

AN INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY -

EXILED TIBETAN MONK TO HOST PUBLIC LECTURES JUNE 28-29 AT

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY’S UNIVERSITY UNION

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – An exiled Tibetan monk will summarize Tibetan Buddhist thought and introduce concepts of meditation to the public when he comes to Slippery Rock University for a two-day lecture series June 28-29. The lectures are free an open to the public, students or community groups.

           Tulka Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s visit, which underscores SRU’s commitment to internationalism and providing opportunities for understanding different philosophies, will include a question and answer session.

           Rinpoche fled Tibet in 1959 when the Chinese invaded. He settled in India and later moved to New Jersey. He will speak at the University Union both days. Topics and times:

         June 28

     10 a.m. to noon, “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology.”

     2 to 4 p.m., “Ngondro: The Meaning and Significance of the Foundational Teachings of the Dzogchen and Mahamudra Paths.”

           June 29

10 a.m. to noon, “The Outer Foundational Contemplations of Meditations.”

2 to 4 p.m., “Ngondro: The Inner Foundational Practices of the Dzogchen and Mahamudra Paths.”

 

            Sponsors include the Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom, Friends of Tibet, Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh. Rinpoche is being brought to campus on behalf of efforts by the Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom.

           “Particularly in these times of America’s leadership in the globalization of humanity, it is important that we increase our understanding of the views of other cultures,” said Dr. Theodore Kneupper, retired SRU professor of philosophy and organizer of the visit. “This is especially true of Buddhism, which, over many centuries, has taught beliefs and practices centering on the importance of inner peace as the basis of harmonious relations with others.”

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