WINTER/SPRING 2012 - ISSUE 21.1 P R E S I D E N T ’ S L E T T E R , U P C O M I N G S P E C I A L E V E N T S , G A L L E RY E X H I B I T I O N S , C A M PA I G N T O A D O P T T I B E TA N T O W N S : P R E S E RV I N G T I B E TA N C U LT U R E , J O I N L H A K A R W E D N E S D AY S , M E N L A M O U N TA I N R E T R E AT N E W S A N D U P C O M I N G R E T R E AT S , T U E S D AY E V E N I N G M E D I TAT I O N S , E D U C AT I O N A L P RO G R A M S , H . H . D A L A I L A M A T E A C H I N G S C H E D U L E
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December 11, 2011; Iron Hare, Tibetan Dynastic Year 2138
DEAR THUS MEMBER AND FRIEND OF TIBET, Happy Holidays one and all this Great New Year 2012, with the Tibetan New Year of the Water Dragon coming up on February 23! A group of Mayan shamans recently reminded us that those proclaiming 2012 the year of the end of the world were mislead—it is only the end of an era -- one marked by destructive materialism and militarism it might be added. Would that it will be so, doubtful though it seems at this moment! Nevertheless, we will celebrate the Tibetan Buddhist season of New Year’s renewal and miracles this Feb, 13th at Carnegie Hall, with our New York remembrance of Shakyamuni’s fortnight of miraculous visions and teachings at Shravasti, 2500 +years ago. Come one and all! It is particularly special this year, as we also celebrate the milestone birthday of our indispensable partner and vice president, Philip Glass! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHILIP! In Tibet, things continue to be very bad, almost worse than ever, particularly in the eastern areas, the Tibet Autonomous Prefectures of other Chinese provinces, which actually are real Tibet, high on the Himalayan plateau that is its ground! So far 12 young monks and nuns have burned themselves to agonizing deaths or near-death as self-sacrifices for freedom from the intolerable oppression of the Chinese communist militaristic state. I cannot stop thinking about them. I am so moved by them. I deplore their self-immolations, always telling anyone never to even think about doing such a thing, as their precious human life endowed with liberty and opportunity is so important and must be used to develop their wisdom and compassion beyond the imaginable. Let temporary oppression, severe as it may be, serve as a spur to greater evolutionary development. And yet, once their urge for freedom drives them to extreme self-sacrifice, to go beyond their attachment to their body and their fear of terrible pain, I cannot help but admire their heroic gesture and honor their sacrifice. I always think of the scene in the film, Gandhi (which re-enacts the actual scene long ago), where the American journalist films the British police, themselves Indians, brutally beating up the salt-marchers with long canes, and declares that these actions strip from Britain all remaining legitimacy of their domination of the Indian nation. Just so, the Chinese leadership ordering paramilitary troops into monasteries where monks and nuns refuse to give up their love of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, refuse to kowtow to communist doctrines, refuse to bow to a puppet Panchen Lama and worship the demon Gyalpo spirit he imposes upon them in the place of Buddha and the bodhisattvas—this ongoing oppression of nonviolent young spiritual persons strips away the last pretense of legitimacy of the colonial rule of the “People’s Republic of China” over the Tibetan nation, its land and its people. When someone burns himself or herself to death rather than be ruled by you, they
affirm their absolute freedom from and rejection of your power! “Give me liberty or give me death!” It goes one step beyond following that famous battle cry into battle against the enemy. It does not merely challenge the enemy—it conquers them by transcendence. As the abbot Kirti Rinpoche said recently at Roosevelt House, “It is the ultimate act of nonviolence!” His Holiness the Dalai Lama has a new book out, Beyond Religion, which goes further than his excellent Ethics for the New Millennium in calling for an ethical and spiritual revolution on this planet, the one required for us to enjoy a century of peace and harmony rather than another century of world wars, planetary degradation, and self-destruction. He argues, on the basis of science, that compassion and wisdom do not need to be grounded in religious belief; reasoning persuasively for what he calls a “secular ethics,” based on the biological reality of the human condition, by acknowledging the two principles of our shared humanity, and our interdependence. I enjoy the book’s clarity and simplicity and heartily recommend it for anyone in search of inspiration, fortitude, and a renewed appreciation of what Tibetans have to contribute to our emerging global civilization were they only free to do so! With your kind and generous assistance, Tibet House US continues to save, restore, and promote the precious culture of Tibet, making its gifts, insights, sciences, and arts available to an ever wider audience. We had wonderful exhibitions this year, with more exciting events on the horizon. We remain ever grateful for still more generous donations of Tibetan art from Michael and Beata McCormick and from John Rezk, expanding Tibet House US’ permanent Repatriation Collection. We are similarly thankful to and mindful of everyone, members, visitors, colleagues, and the general public for their generous donations all year long and for graciously bidding at our online charity auction. Our team of editors and translators continues to produce more precious books in our long-term project to translate the 3600+ volumes of the Tibetan Tengyur, publishing them with the American Institute and the Columbia Center of Buddhist Studies and the Columbia University Press as the Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences. We are working cooperatively and in parallel with Dzongsar Khyentse’s 84000 project to translate the Kangyur collection of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra scriptiures. And we are commencing the publication of a popular series of works dealing with Tibetan history, culture, and the “magic and mystery” Tibet is so famous for—including a novel of historical fiction that will be coming out soon! Continued on page 11
Cover images: left to right: Conference Center at Menla Mountain Retreat; H.H. Dalai Lama; lotus flower in bloom at Menla Mountain Retreat; detail of Trust by Tiffani Gyatso.
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patron H I S H O L I N E S S T H E X I V DA L A I L A M A honorar y chair man L O B S A N G N YA N DA K , U. S . r e p . o f H . H . T H E DA L A I L A M A executive officers RO B E RT A . F. T H U R M A N , p r e s i d e n t PHILIP GLASS, vice president L U DW I G K U T T N E R , s e c r e t a r y B E ATA T I KO S , t r e a s u r e r / b o a r d l i a i s o n board of trustees A L A N B . A B R A M S O N , L E O J . H I N D E RY, J R . , S U S A N K E S S L E R , M I C H A E L M C C O R M I C K , L AU R E N C E H . S I LV E R M A N , N E N A V. S . T H U R M A N , U M A K . T H U R M A N , A L E X V O N B I D D E R honorar y board K A Z U KO T. H I L LY E R , P E G G Y H I T C H C O C K , A DA M L I N D E M A N N , N AV I N K U M A R , F O RT U N A VA L E N T I N O tibetan cultural officials ex officio V E N . G E S H E DA M D U L , t i b e t h o u s e n e w d e l h i , i n d i a L O D I G . G YA R I , s p e c i a l e n v o y t o H . H . T H E DA L A I L A M A TENZIN TETHONG , dalai lama foundation KELSANG & KIM YESHI, norbulingka institute, dharamsala, india tibet house staff KYRA BORRÉ, director of prog rams & special events, SONAM CHOEZOM, membership, PAU L G . H A C K E T T, a s s o c i a t e p u b l i c a t i o n s d i r e c t o r , J E N N I F E R K I M , e x h i b i t i o n s c o o r d i n a t o r , A N G I E K WA K , d i r e c t o r o f a d m i n i s t r a t i o n , T E N Z I N S O N A M , i n f o r m a t i o n t e c h n o l o g y m a n a g e r G A N D E N T H U R M A N , e x e c u t i v e d i r e c t o r , TA S H I T S E R I N G , p r o g r a m s / e v e n t s c o o r d i n a t i o n T H O M A S F. YA R N A L L , p u b l i c a t i o n s d i r e c t o r menla mountain retreat & conference center staff D O U G L A S B R AY M A N , b u i l d i n g & g r o u n d s m a n a g e r , M I C H A E L G . B U R B A N K , a s s i s t a n t m a n a g e r TA N I A RO B Y N C Y R L I N , a d m i n i s t r a t i o n & o p e r a t i o n s m a n a g e r , M I C H A E L M U R P H Y, f a c i l i t i e s m a n a g e r R E B E C C A S H I M , e x e c u t i v e c h e f , N E N A V. S . T H U R M A N , m a n a g i n g d i r e c t o r volunteer staff W I L L I A M B U S H E L L , T S E YA N G D RO N M A , T H O M A S J A S P E R , T S E R I N G N G O D U P, TA M D I N G S A N G M O, PA S A N G T S E R I N G , T E N Z I N YO U E L O tibet house drum RO B E RT A . F. T H U R M A N , e d i t o r - i n - c h i e f , K Y R A B O R R É , M I C H A E L B U R B A N K , S O N A M C H O E Z O M , J E N N I F E R K I M , A N G I E K WA K , T E N Z I N S O N A M , G A N D E N T H U R M A N , TA S H I T S E R I N G , e d i t o r s C O O L G R AY S E V E N , d e s i g n a n d a r t d i r e c t i o n M I LT O N G L A S E R , o r i g i n a l l o g o a r t
H . H . D A L A I L A M Aâ€™ S A D D R E S S TO THE GLOBAL BUDDHIST CONFERENCE N E W D E L H I , N OV E M B E R 2 8 , 2 0 1 1
On 29th November 1956, on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's Parinirvana, I had the opportunity to meet Indian leaders and Buddhist representatives from many countries here in New Delhi. At that time I gave a detailed account of the historical development of Buddhism in Tibet and the unique Indo-Tibetan relationship. Since then the world, including India and Tibet, has witnessed many changes and so have the Buddhist traditions in different countries.Until the last fifty years or so, the world's diverse Buddhist communities had only a distant inkling of each other's existence and little appreciation of how much they held in common. As the Buddha's teaching took root in different places, certain variations in the style in which it was practiced and upheld evolved naturally. Indeed, the Buddha himself gave different teachings according to the predispositions of his disciples at different times. What distinguishes our contemporary situation is that almost the entire array of Buddhist traditions that evolved in different lands is now accessible to anyone who is interested. What's more, those of us who study and practice these various Buddhist traditions can now meet and learn from one another. Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodha Gaya about 2600 years ago, yet I believe his teachings remain refreshing and relevant today. Moved by a spontaneous concern to help others, following his enlightenment the Buddha spent the rest of his life as a homeless monk, sharing his experience with those who wished to listen. Both his view of dependent arising and his advice not to harm
anyone, but to help whoever you can, emphasize the practice of nonviolence. This remains one of the most potent forces for good in the world today, for non-violence is to be of service to our fellow beings. Siddhartha's renunciation - his choosing to live the homeless life symbolises the practice of the training in morality; his six-year asceticism symbolises the training in concentration; and his attainment of enlightenment through the practice of wisdom under the Bodhi tree represents the importance of the cultivation of wisdom. The role of these threefold trainings in the Buddha's life highlights their importance in our daily practice.To be able to carry out these practices, we have to study the Buddha's teachings contained in the Tripitaka. In an increasingly interdependent world our own welfare and happiness depend on many other people. Other human beings have a right to peace and happiness that is equal to our own; therefore we have a responsibility to help those in need. Today, in a new millennium, our world requires us to accept the oneness of humanity. Many of our world's problems and conflicts arise because we have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family. We forget that despite the superficial differences between us, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness. Part of Buddhist practice involves training our minds through meditation. But if our training in calming our minds, developing qualities like love, compassion, generosity and patience, is to be effective, we must put them into practice in our day-to-day life. Even as our world Continued on page 7
S AV E T H E D AT E : X X I I A N N U A L B E N E F I T C O N C E RT
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Top L-R: Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, James Blake; Bottom L-R: Helge van Dyk, J체rg fuy청zui Zurm체hle, Daniel Pezzotti, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Dieter Dyk.
We hope you will join us to celebrate the Tibetan New Year, the Year of the Water Dragon! Tibet House US will hold its Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 13, 2012. PHILIP GLASS will be joined by LAURIE ANDERSON, JAMES BLAKE, DECHEN SHAK-DAGSAY, RAHZEL and we are expecting other artists to join the line-up soon so check the Tibet House US website regularly as all new updates will be posted! Concert tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Please note: concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US. A fundraising reception with the events Honorary Chairpersons and artists will be held following the performance. Tickets for the reception include prime seats at the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets for the concert and reception visit tibethouse.us or call MondayFriday, 10 AM- 5 PM at 212.807.0563. Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street).
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The aim of this new campaign concerns the proposed adoption of Tibetan towns and villages; to preserve, with intelligence, the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. As President of the Tibet House US and a long time friend As we move with difficulty toward a planetary community, it of the Tibetan people and their leader, I wish to congratulate is vital that neglected and unrepresented peoples are the French Parliament and the mayors of the French towns recognized and kept alive by the agencies of civil societies. and cities involved for their adoption of Tibetan towns and The French Parliament and towns are taking a leading role in cities as sister cities – a movement inspired by the redoubtable extending this sort of grace toward the people of Tibet. We Marcelle Roux and the France Tibet organization. The in America who are informed about these matters applaud Tibetans being atuned to their land like the N’avi in the you and congratulate you. recent blockbuster Avatar, their care and protection are – Robert A. F. Thurman amongst the most important, if neglected, priorities in the world. The Tibetan Plateau is the water tower of Asia, and from its snows the nine rivers from the Yellow River to the Indus complex that sustain the lives of nearly half of humanity, 3 billion plus souls, flow down from it. They are threatened by industrial colonization and massive mismanagement by the Chinese colonists. Tibetan culture is unique in the degree of its embrace (not absolutely perfect of course) of nonviolence as a principle in resolving conflicts, and the voice of Tibet’s acclaimed leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama sounds a life saving call to calm, ethical revolution and positive solutions to global problems. He needs help to continue to protect his people which he persists in doing without resort of any sort of violence.
FRANCE-TIBET – CAMPAIGN TO ADOPT TIBETAN TOWNS AND VILLAGES 408, Rue des Carliers - 59940 LE DOULIEU - 03 28 48 92 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.tibet.fr The main purpose of this new campaign concerning the proposed adoption of Tibetan towns and villages is to preserve, with intelligence, the rich cultural heritage of Tibet, and to raise international concern about the destruction of the Rich Tibetan Cultural Heritage in the Parliaments and Governments of the democratic states. To join this campaign, it is very easy and inexpensive for a Mayor. One needs only; 1. To propose a readymade motion to be voted by one’s Municipal Council. The motion is requesting European or UN resolutions, Human Rights, Environment, and Tibetan Cultural Heritage to be respected in occupied Tibet. 2. To send the voted resolution to the Presidents of PRC, EU (for the US, to the White House, and the Congress), plus to the Dalaï Lama, also to the Prime ministers of the PRC and the Tibetan Government in Exile, plus to the Chinese Ambassador in one’s country. 3. To create a sign announcing the adoption of the Tibetan community by your Municipality. The sign is placed on a road at the entrance of your town (with Rotary Club etc. signs). 4. Inhabitants of the Municipality, engaged with this campaign, get an opportunity to discover the Rich Culture of Tibet through lectures, exhibitions or other events proposed. As of 10th/08/2011, 38 European municipalities, have adopted 38 Tibetan towns: 1. Salles Sur Garonne(31390) - Jean-Louis Halioua / Lhatse 2. Beckerich - Luxembourg - Camille Gira / Gyama 3. Crest (26400)- Hervé Mariton / Lithang 4. Brouckerque(59630)- Jean-Pierre Decool / Siling 5. Bray-Dunes(59123)- Claude Marteel / Kardze 6. Coudekerque-Branche(59210)- David Bailleul / Dhartsedo 7. Sisteron(04200) – Daniel Spagnou / Nyingtri 8. Dieffenthal(67650) - Charles Andrea/ Jaqung 9. Pezens(11170)- Jean-Pierre Botsen / Dingri 10. Lugagnan(65100) - Jacques Garrot / Lhokha 11. Bourgtheroulde Infreville(27520) - Bruno Questel / Samye 12. Saint Laurent du Var(06700) - Henri Revel /Taktser 13. Divonne-Les-Bains(01220) - Etienne Blanc / Kyirong 14. L'Argentière-la-Bessée(05120) - Joël Giraud/ Shethongmon 15. Lamothe-Goas(32500)- Alain Scudellaro / Tsang Lukner Shakar 16. St Genés Champanelle(63122) - Roger Gardes / Dromo 17. Festes et St André(11300) - Daniel Bord / Tadruk 18. Paris XI(75011) – Patrick Bloche / Lhassa 19. Manduel(30129) - Marie-Louise Sabatier/ Gyantse 20. Créon (33670) - Jean-Marie Darmian / Ruthok 21. Valouse (26110) - Patrick Liévaux / Shag Rongpo 22. Plouray (56770) - Michel Morvant / Tsari 23. Lans-en-Vercors (38250) - Jean-Paul Gouttenoire / Jomda 24. La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin (18570) - Yvon Beuchon/Sangchu-Labrang 25/ Soulom (65260) - Xavier Macias / Chongye 26. Saint-Thomas-en-Royans (26190) – Christian Follut / Jol 27. Merville (59660) - Jacques Parent /Dzogang 28. Mourenx (64150) - David Habib/ Tsona 29. Lavaur (81500) - Bernard Carayon / Shigatse 30. Izeure (21110) - Catherine Lanterne / Yubeng 31. Artiguelouve (64230) - Éline Gosset / Nyethang 32. Digne-Les-Bains (04000) - Serge Gloaguen / Kumbum 33. Lavelanet-de-Comminges(31220) - Évelyne Delavergne / Narthang 34. Le Vigan (30120) - Eric Doulcier / Dergé 35. Bourbourg(59630) - Francis Bassemon / Shalu 36. Gensac-sur-Garonne(31310) - Henri Devic / Gadong 37. Bax(31310) - Philippe Bedel / Rong 38. Carbonne(31390) - Guy Hellé / Nagartse Note from Robert Thurman: The full instructions for the campaign are available on our website, and also on the website of France-Tibet: www.tibet.fr. Tibet House US has joined the campaign along with 60 Tibet Support Groups international (including e. g. Casa Tibet Mexico), and may have more specific instructions for US towns.
SELF-IMMOLATION OF MONKS AND NUNS IN TIBET AND THE NATURE OF AN INTERNATIONAL INFIRMITY In the unending calamities that have befallen Tibet since its military occupation by Chinese forces in 1950 the latest one to traumatise the Tibetans is the series of recent self-immolations by Tibetan monks and nuns. From time to time one hears of self-immolation by individuals in other countries as a final act of desperation. In the present case the numbers tell a tale of suppression, incarcerations, brutality and humiliation on the collectivity of Tibetan people way beyond those inflicted by totalitarian regimes in other countries. Stalin's gulags disappeared after thirty years or so once the Russian people and the world realised the extent of the horrors to which the regime's victims were being subjected. Hitler's atrocities did not last for more than seven years. In no other country in the world of the 20th or 21st centuries has extreme oppression on subjects lasted more than 20 or 30 years. In the case of China the oppression of Tibetans and Uighurs has been an unending nightmare for the suppressed minorities for three generations with no hope of relief. So horrendous has been the victimization of Tibetan people that it would be impossible to describe it in a few pages. After each protest the figures of Tibetan deaths at the hands of the Chinese occupation forces far exceed those officially conceded to by the authorities, remaining far lower than independent estimates. The actual figures after each repressive wave could be a multiple factor of three, four or five. The reason is that the Chinese forces seal off the monasteries where the unrest started for weeks and months disallowing medical aid for the wounded and other essentials of life for several weeks, some time months. These increase the fatalities several times over. No outside visitors are allowed to visit the monasteries for long periods of time. In addition to the physical decimation of the population and demographic swamping by an influx of Chinese settlers, cultural genocide to eradicate the 1500-year-old culture of Tibet continues apace.
Over two-and-a-half millennia before Mahatma Gandhi it was the Buddha who first enunciated the dharma of nonviolent ahimsa. contemporaneously with the Jain Digambars. China and the majority of the countries contiguous to China in the east and south still hold on to the Buddhist faith. How is the Chinese leadership going to explain away to their own people and the world the inhuman suffering that they continue to visit on the Tibetan people even after sixty years. The Chinese government's blanket suppression of the truth is well known. But what has happened to the rest of the world, the so-called liberal democracies? If not their leaders who seemingly worship Mammon more than God and king, what about the freedom loving people of the Western democracies who have been in the forefront of affirming their faith in human rights? What is the nature of the infirmity that has overtaken the collective conscience of several billion people that they are unable to bring their governments to hold China accountable? Or does it take a few hundred billion dollars of purchase of their treasury receipts and bonds to make them close their eyes and seal their lips? Evidently that is the case. The Tibetan sacred space is too precious an heritage of mankind to be lost to the world. Much more so for China that still has the largest population of Buddhists in the world. Their leaders send erring officials on pilgrimages to ancient Buddhist temples for a circumambulation several times over around the temple precincts to expiate their sins. Many leaders have also visited these sites from time to time for similar reasons. When the full realisation of the magnitude of the sins committed on the Tibetan people by those who govern China becomes known to ordinary Chinese people how many generations will have to make the circumambulation of the sacred Buddhist sites to even begin to wipe out from their collective karma the sins visited on the hapless Tibetan people. Vinod Saighal Executive Director, Eco Monitors Society New Delhi October 24, 2011
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continues to develop materially, there is increasing need for similar progress in our sense of inner values. The 20th century was a century of war and violence; now we all need to work to see that the 21st is a century of peace and dialogue. We Buddhists can contribute to this by learning from the world's other religious traditions and sharing with them the distinctive qualities of our own tradition. There is great emphasis on the practice of love and compassion in the Buddha's teaching, as in the teachings of other spiritual traditions, but it is important to recognise that compassion and love are fundamental to relations between sentient beings in general and human beings in particular. I believe that we should no longer talk about Buddhist ethics, Hindu, Christian or Muslim ethics, because these values are universal. Buddhism does not explain the virtue of values such as honesty and integrity in a way that is different from how Christianity or Islam or any other religious tradition explains them. Therefore, in recent years, I have found it more appropriate to
talk about the need to foster what I call secular ethics. I refer to these values as secular ethics because believing in one religion or another or not believing in one at all does not affect our need for them. The basic foundation of humanity is compassion and love. This is why, if even a few individuals simply try to create mental peace and happiness within themselves and act responsibly and kind-heartedly towards others, they will have a positive influence in their community. I believe Buddhism does have a special role to play in our modern world. This is because, unlike other religious traditions, Buddhism uniquely propounds the concept of interdependence, which accords closely with fundamental notions of modern science. We can think of Buddhism in terms of three main categories - philosophy, science and religion. The religious part involves principles and practices that are of concern to Buddhists alone, but the Buddhist philosophy of interdependence as well as the Buddhist science of mind and human emotions are of great benefit to everyone. As we know, modern science has developed a highly sophisticated understanding of the physical Continued on page 17
C R E AT I V E N O N - V I O L E N C E I N S U P P O RT O F T I B E T Lhakar is a homegrown people’s movement that has emerged in Tibet. In spite of China’s intensified crackdown, Tibetans have embraced the power of strategic nonviolent resistance. Every Wednesday, a growing number of Tibetans are making special effort to wear traditional clothes, speak Tibetan, eat in Tibetan restaurants and buy from Tibetan-owned businesses. They channel their spirit of resistance into social, cultural and economic activities that are self-constructive (promoting Tibetan language, culture and identity) and non-cooperative (refusing to support Chinese institutions and businesses). Though humble in scale, these noncooperation tactics hark back to the Indian boycott of British textile at a turning point in the Indian freedom struggle.
Some pledges: Chime Tashi TIBET from Nepal: I pledge to learn more about Tibet and the recent news of tibet and share these information to my foreign friends.I pledge to help my tibetan bro/sis remember about our responsibilities when they forget to! Katherine Perrotta from Quebec, Canada: I pledge to continually educate others about Tibet and its history and continue working for Tibet's freedom. Tenzin Pema from Dharamsala, India: I promise to read, understand and practice the words of my root guru KUNDUN and spend meaningful time to bring concrete results to my assigned duties. Louis Martino from WI, USA: I pledge to celebrate Tibetan culture by reciting all My Buddhist Prayers in Tibetan, Cooking Tibetan Food, and Studying Tibetan History.
The Tibetan word “Lhakar” translates literally as “White Khachoe Ronge from NY, USA: Wednesday,” as Wednesday is considered special by Tibetans I pledge to preserve our wonderful Tibetan culture that our forefather has done so in hundreds of years. because it is the Dalai Lama’s soul day. In recent years since 2008, Tibetans in Tibet and in exile have taken diverse Lhakar Pledges, resolving to boycott Made-inChina products, or to go vegetarian every Wednesday, or to read a Tibetan newspaper once a week, or to wear chuba every Wednesday, etc. Through these pledges and actions, Tibetans are coming together in the greatest noncooperation movement Tibet has ever seen.
What will you and your community pledge to do on Lhakar Wednesdays? Please let us know!
Woeser Dolma from NY, USA: I pledge to support the Tibetan community and help in any way possible. Tenzin Yingsal from WI, USA: I pledge To Wear Chupa On Lhakar (White Wednesday) Day. Yes, even to school. Ritiki Kenar from NY, USA: I pledge to support Tibet's culture. Jon Stark from NY, USA: I pledge to support the Tibetan culture, community and businesses. Most of all the freedom of Tibet. Molly Stazzene from NY, USA: I pledge to get involved in my community and support the Tibetan culture. Tsering Keyzom from NY, USA: I pledge to get involved in my own peaceful country, so I fight for free Tibet. Ngawang Tamang from CT, USA: I pledge to speak Tibet and to perform Tibetan arts. Tenzin Woden from CT, USA: I pledge to make my status on Facebook "I'm proud to be a Tibetan" every Wednesday.
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Tantric Light wool tapestry. Design by José Sanint.
February 28 to April 4
Mongolian Queen, oil on canvas, 100 x 85 cm, by D. Bulgantuya.
December 1, 2011 to February 15, 2012 Mongol Visions: Winged Horses and Shamanic Skies Contemporary Masters from the Land of Chinggis Khans For more than two thousand years the Mongols have dominated the center of the Silk Road. Here, under the guidance of the great Khaans like Genghis and Kublai, the ancient traditions of shamanism and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism merged into a profound stream. The vast influence of Mongolia on Euro-Asian civilization is only now being fully appreciated. Tibet House US is delighted to join in the celebration of this inspiring and magical legacy by hosting an exhibition with some of Mongolia’s greatest young artists whose works bring together the integrity of tradition and the creative impulse of the contemporary aesthetic. These celebrated artists include Gankhuyag Natsag, whose paintings, statues and traditional lama dance masks have shown in more than a dozen cities around the world; D. Soyolmaa, renowned for bringing the clarity and precision of traditional Buddhist art into a contemporary ambiance; T. Nurmaa, famed for her ability to capture on canvas the radiance and raw intensity of the Mongolian spirit; D. Bulgantuya, an acclaimed artist who has received rave reviews in Sofia, Budapest, Warsaw, Kiev, and Vienna; and Ts. Bolor, especially known for her “aesthetics of the feminine.”
Threads of Life: Contemporary textiles woven from Tibet’s ancient heritage Designed by José Sanint OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MARCH 2, FROM 6:00 – 8:00PM Threads of Life features modern hand-woven textiles created by Tibetan artisans, using an ancient and maternal Tibetan-Himalayan-Buddhist weaving tradition. The majority of these textiles are made from antique ceremonial garbs between 100 and 200 years old that have been carefully restored and translated into meaningful works of art. They feature patterns designed by José Sanint, a Colombian architect and devoted Buddhist practitioner. The wool for these textiles are painstakingly collected during the summer months by nomadic, mostly female shepherds while the sheep are shedding, as native custom reveres these creatures and prohibits even shaving their bodies. The wool is then dyed with great care from natural pigments made from many different varieties of regional flora. Each color symbolizes a different trait, and the patterns give each tapestry a distinct look that represents the heritage of a specific region in the Himalayas. Once the fabric is dyed, the weaving is done by hand on a vertical loom. The women recite mantras as they work, preparing ceremonial garbs to be blessed by Lamas - enlightened monks. A woman crafts these ritual garments for her mother and each of her male family members, excluding herself. When her grandmother passes away, she inherits the matriarch’s coveted clothing. Thus the process comes full circle. Tibet House US is pleased to present these works of great distinction and artisanship. They will be made available for sale, helping to support our work and that of the Akrabhala Foundation, which was founded by José Sanint to protect and preserve the endangered art and culture of Tibet.
EXHIBITIONS June 14 to August 29 Mystic Nostalgia Paintings by Tiffani Gyatso OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JUNE 14 FROM 6:00 – 8:00PM
Mystic Nostalgia reflects an internal process of the search for explanations of what we yearn to know but cannot name – the holes in open spaces and claustrophobic places – the longing for something that can not be known and is related to the mystic. This series of paintings reflects visions by artist Tiffani Gyatso that have come in relation to her own spiritual search guided by Buddhist principles through the obscurities of samsara. Within this journey, the Himalayas are perceived as a dream-like place, through the eyes of exiled natives who keep it beautiful in their memoires or those who create its image in a poetic way. The outer landscape is subsumed by the inner landscape of the mind. A Mongol princess sits in the woods alone. Everything around her is red and throbbing, but nothing happens. She hopes. A figure emerging from a rich tapestry of patterns holds a heart that reveals its indestructible and pure nature amidst the realms of suffering and pain. In this series, the spiritual journey and its pilgrimages through the inner places of love, heartbreak, fortitude, and trust are depicted in a way that allows the imagination to rest in the universal and ineffable realms of mystical beauty and imagination. About the Artist Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist who developed her diverse painting techniques in unconventional ways. Her teachers were “free souls” who crossed her path and transmitted their artistry and skills. She was accepted as the first foreigner to study tangka painting at the Norbulingka Institute, founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After this time, she was invited to coordinate and paint a large Buddhist temple in Brazil. Alongside traditional Tibetan works, she creates contemporary paintings influenced by traditional Tibetan art and inspired by people’s own inner “gods and demons”. Trust by Tiffani Gyatso.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW ONLINE STORE!!!
From left: Heartwood Creations desktop prayer wheel; Tibet Collection handcast singing bowl; Tsa Tsa travel altar statue.
Holiday Greetings (perhaps belated by now)! The Tibet House US Gift Shop Online has just been upgraded: storetibethouse.us. We hope that the new changes and improvements will allow us to more efficiently serve members and visitors looking for interesting Tibetan, Himalayan, and Buddhist -themed items for pleasure, practice, and gift-giving. We have also worked out a partnership with the Norbulingka Institute in India – a premiere cultural preservation effort made by and for the exiled Tibetan community itself -- to showcase some of their goods designed and produced by a new generation of Tibetan artisans carrying on their country’s ancient artistic traditions. Check it out; and, as always, please know that we here at THUS remain ever grateful for your continued support and patronage! Continued from page 1
This year Menla Mountain Retreat will open the Mahasukha Great Bliss Healing Spa in the national forest around Phoenicia, New York, where happiness and healing will be the focus, in the midst of the stress of the pivotal planetary and galactic alignment of 2012. There is something odd going on for me, as usual, since this coming year was predicted for me by a fortune teller/astrologer in India some years ago, as the very best year of my life, the beginning of real fruition of decades of efforts! This cannot be because I am imagining such a thing, since it all just seems impossible as of now. Yet we must always keep our minds open and our attitude receptive, as the “inconceivable liberation” hailed by the noble Vimalakirti could take effect at any moment! Once again, dear members, may I remind you as ever that “our” work is work that you are accomplishing through your ongoing moral, intellectual, and financial support. Please invite your friends to join
our support community. Everyone should take a good look at the permanence and flourishing of all the Tibet Houses in numerous countries, and so know that the precious culture of Tibet will remain in people’s minds and hearts throughout the world! With great gratitude for all your support, and all blessings for your health and happiness during this coming Water Dragon Year, Sincerely yours,
Robert A. F. “Tenzin” Thurman President December 11, 2011, Year of the Iron Hare
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Now I Know: A Special Children’s Program and Booksigning Sally Devorsine The Now I Know series is based on the teachings of Geshe Langri Thangpa, a Buddhist Master who lived almost one thousand years ago and whose wisdom has been cherished throughout the ages. The publication of this series has been a long-standing vision of Chocolate Sauce aimed at bringing the wisdom of ancient teachings to children in a fun and contemporary format. In Now I Know...That It's Better to Face my Monsters, Timmo learns that facing his problems courageously will help get rid of them more quickly. Sunday, January 8, 2-4PM Free Admission; RSVP Bhusuku’s Final Exam: Shantideva’s “Way of the Bodhisattva” Robert and Ganden Thurman This five part winter-spring series (in two parts) will focus on Shantideva’s seminal “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.” Moving from the transcendant virtues of Generosity, Justice, and Patience in the early seminars and concluding with Creativity, Meditation, and Wisdom and Tantra in the spring sessions, the program will becomprised of reading, dialogue, discussion, and some guided meditation to fully explore Shantideva’s pithy and clear presentation of the Mahayana path towards enlightenment. The material is intermediate, requiring some familiarity with basic Buddhist theory and practice, but should be accessible to beginners as well if the instructors do their part well enough... Weds., Jan. 11, 18 & Thurs. Apr. 5, Weds. April 11, & 18, 7-9PM General: $25/Member: $22.50/Series: $112.50/$100 Patience: Book Signing & Discussion Allan Lokos Remaining calm and in a state of equanimity, yet vibrant and engaged in the face of life’s constantly changing nature is one of the ongoing challenges faced by all of us. To survive the roller coaster ride of life requires a substantial depth of patience, yet it so often feels as if patience is in short supply. Join author Allan Lokos as he sheds new light on this much sought-after state of being, provides a road map for cultivating more patience in one's life through readings and an informal dialog about his new book Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living (Tarcher/Penguin). Thursday, January 19, 7-9PM Free Admission; RSVP The Buddha Walks into a Bar: Meditation for a New Generation Lodro Rinzler Buddhism presented to a generation leaving the safe growth spurts of college and entering a turbulent and uncertain work force, The Buddha Walks into a Bar is Lodro Rinzler’s introduction to Buddhism for anyone who wants to ride the waves of life with mindfulness and compassion. Join the author and teacher for meditation instruction, a discussion on how to bring mindfulness principles to the nitty gritty areas of daily life, and ultimately how you can start to bring light to a dark world. A book signing will follow the event. Book Signing and Talk: Thursday, January 26, 7-9PM Free Admission; RSVP Changing Your Job Without Leaving It Joe Loizzo, M.D. Ph.D. and Elazar Aslan This introductory talk will focus on a Buddhist approach to work and how it can be applied. Basic to this approach is the insight that our true strength does not come from our power over others, but rather from our power over our own mind state. Research has shown the efficacy of calmness, compassion and inclusion in the workplace. However, our training and habituated mind is more adept at creating a stress response, expressing or suppressing anger and engaging in real or perceived competitive power struggles. By sharpening our awareness of what is really going on, strengthening our mind's ability to supervise our own hindrances and increasing our capacity to authentically support others, we change the dynamics of a relationship, team or organization enough so that we can work less, get more done and feel more fulfilled. Friday, January 27, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50
Changing Your Job Without Leaving It Elazar Aslan This workshop will provide participants with an approach and tools that will help them improve their impact at work while reducing stress and enhancing purpose and satisfaction. By applying core Buddhist principles to the workplace, we will address key organizational concepts such as interdependent systems, unconditional responsibility, the importance of integrity and the power of intention. Within this framework, participants will learn how to deal better with conflict at work, managers who seem unfair and arbitrary, projects that are always unnecessarily complex to name a few, as well as developing their own inner leader to manage others and their job better. We will use meditation, presentations, visualizations, group and individual activities to enhance our ability to apply these concepts in the workplace. Saturday Workshop: January 28, 10AM-5PM General: $80/Members: $72 Aeco-Talk™: Our Place On Earth Jordan Valdina, PE, LEED, Assoc.AIA Aeco-Talk™ is a guided discussion session exploring the relationship of our awareness and ways of thinking to ecological health and sustainability, for our own community, region and ultimately for the entire globe. Patterns of system degradation as well as of healing and regeneration are reviewed. Creative methods of uplifting engagement are looked at, beginning from an internal perspective that organically extends outward in unique ways. World is considered from the vantage of Aspect of Self and its implications for empowered modes of interaction. Evening Lecture Series: Thursdays, Feb. 16, 23, March 1, and 8; 7-9PM Series General: $100/Members: $90; $25 at door Public Talk and Retreat on The Heart Sutra Venerable Fedor Stracke Co-presented by Shantideva Meditation and THUS Form is empty, emptiness is form; form is not other than emptiness, emptiness is not other than form –Shakyamuni Buddha Among the most famous of all the Buddhist scriptures, the Heart Sutra reveals the truth of emptiness through a short exchange between two of the Buddha’s most illustrious disciples, Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra. The brevity and profound nature of the Heart Sutra have made its recitation popular as an effective means for dispelling obstacles to spiritual endeavor. Ven. Fedor explains why the Heart Sutra is so fundamental to philosophy and practice within all schools of Buddhism. He explores the cryptic style of the sutra to clarify the exact nature of the wisdom realizing emptiness and the practices that are its essential complement. Come to the public talk on Friday night for an overview of the topic. The Saturday/Sunday retreat is most appropriate for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of this essential Buddhist text. Students attending the retreat will receive a reading list in advance and have the option to take an exam. Friday, Feb. 24 at 7-9PM; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, 10AM-6PM Friday Public Talk: General $20; Members: $18 Entire Retreat (Fri., Sat., & Sun.) General: $150/Members: $135 Further information and registration: tibethouse.us or shantidevameditation.org Awakening the Heart: The Tibetan Psychology of Compassion Dr. Miles Neale While advances in technology and science have brought the world into greater communication and proximity, we face global ecological, economic, and political challenges on a scale never before seen in human history. There may be no spiritual virtue more timely and necessary than that of universal compassion, and no method for its cultivation more practical and relevant than that espoused in the Tibetan psychology. In this four-part course we will explore the essential themes of the Tibetan Buddhist approach to awakening the heart of compassion grounded in the wisdom of interdependence, presented in the four-fold psychology of exchanging self with other, exemplified in the intent of the awakened altruist (bodhisattva), and actualized in the six transcendent practices. We will read excerpts from the Tibetan classics on the awakened heart and begin each class with a period of guided compassion meditation. Mondays, February 27, March 5, 12, & 19, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series: $90/$81
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The Practice and Science of Nonduality Judith Blackstone and Zoran Josipovic Zoran will discuss the latest scientific research on nondual awareness and the brain and Judith will teach an embodied approach to nonduality, including how nondual awakening can be stabilized, how it can enhance relationships, and facilitate psychological healing. The five classes will focus on these 5 subjects: “Nonduality and the Brain,” “An Embodied Approach to Nonduality,” “Nonduality and Relationships,” “What can Neuroscience tell us about Meditation,” and “Nonduality and Psychotherapy.” Wednesdays, Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21, & 28; 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series: $113/$100 “The Universe in an Atom”: Higher Knowledge and Perception in Tibetan Buddhism William Bushell, PhD Ancient Buddhist texts speak of knowledge and even yogic direct perception of the universe on the miniscule as well as the cosmological level. There are reasons to believe such “noetic” phenomena are not purely metaphorical or symbolic. This course looks at the statements in terms of Professor Thurman’s and the Dalai Lama’s pioneering analyses, which include aspects of contemporary neuroscience, physics, and cosmology. The classes will cover the following topics: “Can “Atoms” open up to yogically transformed perception?”; “Can “Universes” become accessible to yogically transformed perception?”; and “Atoms and universes in the Bardo.” Thursdays, March 15, 22 & 29, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series $68/$60 Drawing: The Traditional Tibetan Method Pema Rinzin Co-presented with The New York Tibetan Art Studio This course introduces Tibetan drawing methodology within the visual context of tangka paintings. Incorporating Tibetan motifs into the their work, without the grids and measurements traditionally used to train thangka artists, students will learn to create their own drawings inspired by traditional thangka paintings. Students may use pencil, charcoal, and ink. The aim from beginning to end is for students to find the essence of their own style using the study of Tibetan painting as a platform from which to draw inspiration and experiment to create unique work. Students will study traditional forms, figures, jewels, ornamentation, flora and fauna, while developing tangka drawing skills. This is an ongoing course intended for artists, students, educators, and anyone with an interest in learning the essentials of Tibetan art. Students may drop in and join the class at any time. Fridays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, & 25; 7-9 PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series: $247.50/$220 Clearing the Mind: The Gradual Path of Self-Transformation Dr. Joe Loizzo Co-sponsored with the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science Like today’s interpersonal neurobiology, relational analysis and affective therapies, the Nalanda tradition sees the work of adapting to our complex social lives as the main variable affecting our health and happiness in a world of global interdependence. Way ahead of its time, this tradition saw our human predicament of alienation, social stress and reactivity as a self-protective overkill in which our defensive self-sense locks us into childhood trauma and blocks our development of the mature objectivity and social-emotional skills that support a proactive life in the world. This fourth series in the Nalanda Four Year Program teaches the contemplative art and science of social-healing and self-transformation based on the practice of clearing the mind (lo-jong), refined by Nalanda masters Chandrakirti and Shantideva and distilled in Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s beloved Seven Point Mind Training. Integrating all three vehicles of Buddhist theory and practice in one format tailored to lay life in a stressful world, mind-clearing teaches an industrial strength version of lovingkindness Dr. Loizzo calls social-emotional Kung-fu. Prerequisites: initial familiarity with loving-kindness or mind-clearing, the reflections of the gradual path, and the practice of basic mindfulness and/or hatha yoga. Mondays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, & 14; 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series: $180/$160
Nonduality Meditation Retreat Judith Blackstone and Zoran Josipovic In this one day nondual meditation retreat, participants will deepen their practice and study of nonduality. This all-day retreat will build on the practices and themes Zoran and Judith presented in their nondual workshop series earlier in March, providing an opportunity for deeper practice and discussion. The retreat is open to all, even if the nondual workshops in March were not attended. Saturday, March 31, 10:30AM-4:30PM General: $80/Members: $72 Open Heart, Open Mind Tsoknyi Rinpoche with Sharon Salzberg We all want and need the capacity to love and be loved unconditionally. We also seek the understanding and insight to work confidently with the challenges in our modern busy lives. In Open Heart, Open Mind, Tsoknyi Rinpoche speaks of: “a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, or ‘essence love’. Timeless and imperishable, essence love is often layered over by patterns of behavior and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations that never quite live up to their promise.” Rinpoche provides a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern life, and encourages each of us to rediscover the openness, fearlessness, and love that are the essence of our own life. Booksigning and Talk Wednesday, April 4, 7-9PM Free Admission; RSVP Dream Yoga Michael Katz These four classes are intended to enhance creativity, self-exploration and spiritual/psychological growth through powerful techniques of lucid dreaming derived principally from the Tibetan dream yoga tradition. Lucidity within the dream state represents exceptional potential, and is a gateway to mastery of the dream process. Participants will join Dr. Katz as he induces lucidity within a dream by combined deep relaxation training and induction. Afterword we will deepen our dream material through a process of psychodrama. Attendence at previous sessions is not required, but suggested. There will be a portion of the program where attendees are invited to meditate laying down. Comfortable clothes & an exercise or yoga mat are suggested but not provided. Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, & 24, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50/Series: $90/$80 Summer Retreat: Clearing the Mind for Social Engagement Joe Loizzo and Mary Reilly Nichols This Saturday workshop retreat surveys the daily practice of clearing the mind, exploring the way the contemplative arts of the Seven Point Mind Training can be woven into a practice of deep mindfulness, restorative yoga and the role-modeling imagery of the Healing Mother, White Tara. The retreat will focus on how this heart-opening practice can help us break the grip of childhood trauma, build an engaged social self and grow to embody the spirit of altruism, through mastering the arts of compassionate openness, giving-and-taking on the breath and transforming adversity into a path. Saturday, May 19, 10AM-5PM General: $80/Members: $72 Clearing the Mind for Loving-Kindness: The Art of Happiness in the Indian and Tibetan Traditions Sharon Salzberg and Joe Loizzo Anticipating current positive psychology and neurobiology, Buddhist contemplative science sees our ability to cope with the emotional challenges of our complex social lives as the main variable affecting our health, happiness and wellbeing. From the art of loving-kindness to Zen compassion and the mind-training of Tibet, all Buddhist traditions offer powerful methods for transforming reactive social emotions like anger, attachment and shame into the healing elixirs of love, care, joy and peace. This transformational art may be the single most protective and effective healing practice for lay students facing the social stresses of life in our challenging world. This evening talk reunites two great streams of this art, the loving-kindness tradition taught by Sharon Salzberg and the mind-training tradition taught by Joe Loizzo. Their dialogue and guided meditations will weave together the ways these twin traditions teach the essentials of equanimity, self-analysis, building compassion and transforming adversity, using the tools of mindfulness, insight meditation, breath awareness and visualization. Wednesday, May 23, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50
T H U S P RO G R A M S The Trauma of Everyday Life Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman Trauma happens to everyone. The potential for it is part and parcel of the precariousness of human existence. Some traumas--loss, death, accidents, disease or abuse---are explicit; others-like lack of attunement between children and their parentsare more subtle. But it is hard to imagine the scope of an individual life without envisioning some kind of trauma: big or little. Everyone has to deal with it sometime or other.
The Way Out is Through Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman Questioned some years after his enlightenment about his penchant for delivering bad news, Buddha said that he could no longer abide by the traditional Sanskrit principle of only saying what was true and pleasant. He marched to a different drum, he maintained, and would speak of what was “true and beneficial even if it was disagreeable.” To illustrate his point, he pointed to a baby on the prince's lap. What if the infant put a stick or a pebble in his mouth? Wouldn't the prince pull it out even if it were likely to cause the baby some distress? Wasn't that what a doctor sometimes had to do? Not to mention a mother? But he added one caveat. He would speak the beneficial, if disagreeable, truth only if he “knew the time to say it.” As is the case with good therapists today, tact was a major concern of the Buddha.
Despite this fact, many people are reluctant to acknowledge the traumas in their own lives. They shy away from facing them, in the hope that willful ignorance will make them more normal. Carrying on as if their underlying feelings of dis-ease are shameful, or a bother, they stay more on the surface of themselves than need be. The Buddha, one of the world's first great psychologists, saw this tendency toward disavowal as a problem. Always a realist, he made recognition of trauma the centerpiece of his First Noble Truth. This evening's workshop will explore the Buddhist approach to the traumas of everyday life. Friday, June 1, 7-9PM General: $25/Members: $22.50
The great promise of the Buddha's teachings was that suffering was only his First Truth. By the time he got to Truths Three and Four (the End of Suffering and the Eightfold Path to its relief) he had filled his listeners with new hope. Trauma, he insisted, did not have to be the last word. Acknowledging the traumas in our lives is important; learning how to relate to them is crucial. Today's workshop will explore how to make the inevitable traumas of life into opportunities for growth of spiritual awareness. Periods of meditation and visualization will alternate with talk and discussion. Saturday, June 2, 10AM–5PM General: $100/Members: $90 Package Discount for Friday & Saturday: General: $115/Members: $103.50
NEW!!! We are pleased to announce that Robert Thurman will be holding study sessions before his 5 classes on January 11&18 and April 5, 11, 18 from 5:30-6:30pm and are free and open to the public. The sessions will include meditations, Dharma readings, and Q&A. Tibet House US’s introductory meditation classes were featured in New York Magazine’s top picks (4 stars). Tibet House US shrine & gallery will be open for silent individual meditation at 6 PM, instruction begins at 7 PM. Each session is intended to stand alone; attendance at previous sessions is not necessary. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats & traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is required.
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FA C U LT Y B I O S Elazar Aslan is the CEO of Caterfly Solutions, a company engaged with CEOs and other executives to help them achieve better results through greater personal responsibility and greater service to the community at large. Elazar combines his 20 years of Buddhist practice with his classical business training from the Wharton Graduate School to create a Buddhist inspired approach to more effective leadership. Judith Blackstone, PhD is an innovative, internationally recognized teacher of nonduality. She developed the Realization Process, a method of embodied nondual awakening. She is also a psychotherapist in New York City and author of The Empathic Ground, The Enlightenment Process, The Intimate Life, The Subtle Self and the upcoming Belonging Here. www.judithblackstone.com William Bushell, PhD is Director of Research at Tibet HouseUS/The Menla Center, and is affiliated with the Anthropology Program at MIT and the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. He has been conducting integrative research on meditation and yoga for many years. Sally Devorsine left her English roots behind many years ago... She now lives high up in the mystical Eastern Kingdom of Bhutan. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, Sally has spent the last ten years teaching young Bhutanese, Tibetan and Nepalese monks the ways of the Western World. Continued on page 24
Mark Epstein, MD is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University. Michael Katz, psychologist, author, and artist has taught in more than 10 countries on lucidity and dreams. Dr. Joe Loizzo, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist in private practice, is on the faculties of Cornell, Columbia, and Tibet House US, and Founder and Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Beginning with Thây Thich Nhat Hanh, Allan Lokos’ has studied with many well known teachers. He is the guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center on New York City’s upper west side and has taught at Columbia University Teacher's College, Marymount College, NY Insight, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington. www.allanlokos.com Miles Neale, Psy.D., is a Buddhist psychotherapist, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and long-time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He has studied in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas with Buddhist scholars Joe Loizzo and Robert Thurman and Tibetan masters Lama Zopa and Gelek Rinpoche.
MENLA NEWS Menla’s busiest retreat season yet ended with our second spa weekend featuring Patricia Moreno, Laurie Gerber, Frank Lipman, and Robert Thurman entitled “The How of Sustainable Health & Happiness”. It was an action-packed, very informative weekend that marked the beginning of a new focus for Menla programming over the years to come. As the winter season sets in, we naturally transition to a more contemplative inward-looking mode. For Menla that means shifting from building mode to programming mode in terms of the Mahasukha Spa. In addition to creating more Health & Happiness spa weekends, we intend to integrate our signature cleanses and traditional Tibetan Kum Nye yoga and massage techniques into our in-house events. This transition is timely as it comes at a time when people are in need more than ever of tools and techniques to heal their bodies holistically and to retrain their minds to establish real and lasting happiness. Be sure to check our website periodically over the winter and spring for the growing list of 2012 Tibet House US retreats, as we integrate more of these programs into our traditional curriculum throughout the year. Thanks to the masterful design and construction of stone-worker John Kahn, the front exterior of our new Mahasukha Spa now has a completely different look. Featuring a traditional Japanese tori gate as the entrance and a medicinal garden shaped like a mandala around a birch tree, the new exterior space offers more room to sit or lie in the sun by the pool, a curved stone walkway to the building, and two gorgeous stone benches. In the spring, the grass we have seeded will start to grow and fill in the empty spaces, and we will plant medicinal herbs in the mandala garden. We also intend to build a pergola by the tori gate and eventually an outdoor hot tub at the far end of the deck. We are in need of further donations to complete the exterior landscaping behind the spa. If you are able to contribute, please contact Michael Burbank at email@example.com or 845-688-6897. In the meantime, guests can now enjoy the new facility during their free time and are encouraged to book appointments in advance.
Upper right: Japanese Tori Gate, entrance to Mahasukha Spa; lower right: Naga Shrine built at the Dalai Lama’s request; lower left: Mahasukha Spa front exterior
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UPCOMING RETREATS Annual New Year’s Yoga & Meditation Retreat Carolyn Christie, Brooke Myers, & Robert Thurman December 29, 2011 – January 1, 2012 Skiing in the Catskills Robert Thurman & Friends February 17 – 20 Hiking in the Catskills Robert Thurman & Friends June 28 – July 1 Buddha & the Yogis: the Vajra Body Richard Freeman, John Campbell, & Robert Thurman July 2 – 5 (Intensive) July 5 – 8, (Retreat) The Art of Happiness Howard Cutler & Robert Thurman July 20 – 22 Integrating Buddhism & Psychotherapy Mark Epstein & Robert Thurman August 24 – 26 The Joy of the Yogini: Women’s Retreat Colleen Saidman Yee Sept 14 – 16
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE PERIODICALLY TO SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS ADDED OVER THE COURSE OF THE WINTER AND SPRING.
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world, including the subtle workings of the body and the brain. Buddhist science on the other hand, has devoted itself to developing a detailed, first-person understanding of many aspects of the mind and emotions, areas still relatively new to modern science. Each therefore has crucial knowledge with which to complement the other. I believe that a synthesis of these two approaches has great potential to lead to discoveries that will enrich our physical, emotional and social well-being. Although Buddhist contemplative tradition and modern science have evolved from different historical, intellectual and cultural roots, I believe that at heart they share significant interests in common, especially in their basic philosophical outlook and methodology. On the philosophical level, both Buddhism and modern science share the same view on the absence of absolutes, whether described as a transcendent being, as an eternal, unchanging entity, or as a fundamental substratum of reality. Both Buddhism and science prefer to account for the evolution and emergence of the cosmos and life in terms of the complex interrelations of the natural laws of cause and effect. From the methodological perspective, both traditions emphasize the role of empiricism. For example, in the Buddhist investigative tradition, among the three recognized sources of knowledge - experience, reason and testimony - it is the evidence of the experience that takes precedence, with reason coming second and testimony last. This means that in the Buddhist investigation of reality, at least in principle, empirical evidence should triumph over scriptural authority, no matter how deeply venerated a scripture may be. Even in the case of knowledge derived through reason or inference, its validity must derive ultimately from some observed facts of experience. The primary motive underlying the Buddhist investigation of reality is the quest to overcome suffering and perfect the human condition; therefore the Buddhist investigative tradition has been primarily directed towards understanding the human mind and its various functions. Our aim in seeking ways of transforming our thoughts, emotions and their underlying propensities is to find a more wholesome and fulfilling way of living. So a genuine exchange between the cumulative knowledge and experience of Buddhism and modern science can be deeply interesting and potentially beneficial as well. In my own experience, I have felt deeply enriched by engaging in conversations with neuroscientists and psychologists on such questions as the nature and role of positive and negative emotions, attention, imagery, as well the plasticity of the brain. I am grateful to the numerous eminent scientists with whom I have had the privilege of engaging in dialogues that have continued over the years through the auspices of the Mind and Life Institute, which initiated annual conferences that began in 1987 at my residence in Dharamsala, India. Of course, most people feel their own form of religious practice is the best. I myself feel that Buddhism is best for me. But this does not mean that Buddhism is best for everyone. What is important is what is suitable for a particular person or group of people. Religion, for most of us, depends on our family background and where we were
born and grew up. I think it is usually better not to change that. However, the more we understand each other's ways, the more we can learn from each other. By declaring my respect for all religious faiths, I do not advocate attempting to unify our various traditions. I firmly believe we need different religious traditions to meet the needs and mental dispositions of the great variety of human beings. All the major religious traditions make the betterment of humanity their main concern and all of them carry a similar message. When we view them as essential instruments for developing good human qualities such as compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and self-discipline, we can appreciate what they have in common. I am convinced that the most significant obstacle to inter-religious harmony is the lack of contact between different faith communities and consequently, the lack of appreciation of their mutual value. However, in today's increasingly complex and interdependent world, we have to acknowledge the existence of other cultures, different ethnic groups, and, of course, other religious faiths. Whether we like it or not, most of us now experience this diversity on a daily basis. Even amongst the various Buddhist traditions that have come about in different times and places, there are those who look to the collection of scriptures preserved in Pali as their source and those who look to the Sanskrit tradition. I believe that time has now come to communicate freely with one another, those in the Pali tradition engaging in dialogue with those in the Sanskrit tradition. After all, all our different branches come from the same common trunk and roots. As a Tibetan Buddhist monk, even today I consider myself a student of the Nalanda tradition. The way Buddhism was taught and studied at Nalanda University represents the zenith of its development in India. If we are to be 21st century Buddhists it is important that we engage in the study and analysis of the Buddha's teachings, as so many did then, instead of simply relying on faith. Therefore, the study and practice of the Buddha's teachings is necessary to preserve and promote them. The Sangha played a pivotal role in this during the Buddha's time, and I am happy that the tradition continues to this day. Consequently, it is important for members of the monastic community to abide by their vows to sustain the purity of the Buddha Dharma. In the past, given the nature of the different backgrounds under which the Buddha Dharma flourished in our different societies, there have not been many opportunities for Buddhists to come together and to discuss issues of common concern. This congregation has provided a much needed crucial opportunity. Now and in the future we need to encourage and foster an exchange of knowledge and experience among our different traditions and improve communications amongst us. I hope this will be the first of many such occasions that will enable us to foster better understanding and contribute more effectively to human happiness and peace of mind throughout the world. On the occasion of the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment in Bodha Gaya, I offer my greetings to this eminent Global Buddhist Congregation."
OUR PEOPLE, OUR LAND A SITE-SPECIFIC ART INSTALLATION IN DHARAMSALA, INDIA TENZING RIGDOL
Left: The installation on view in Dharmasala, India. Right: Tenzing Rigdol and H.H. Dalai Lama.
Through a long and arduous journey, the Tibetan contemporary artist Tenzing Rigdol has transported twenty thousand kilos of soil from Tibet to India to build a sitespecific installation at Dharamsala. Constructed as a raised platform, it allows people to stand and walk on Tibetan soil, whilst a standing microphone invites the people to express their feelings. The design of the platform comes from the inspiration and interpretation of the Tibetan national flag and the tragic history of Tibet.
population outside of Tibet. Rigdol’s flag-inspired installation is located right at the heart of “Little Tibet,” thus evoking the history of the Tibetan people. Our People, Our Land exemplifies the ways in which art is capable of transcending political boundaries. The dangerous journey taken to transport the soil, which encompasses the borders of many countries and their numerous checkpoints, is in itself significant and raises questions about border control and the nature of sovereignty. Rigdol’s installation provides a form of resistance against authoritarian power, by giving voice to those who have been uprooted from their land. In many ways, it enables the displaced to ‘return’ home. Although Rigdol’s work examines the plight of the Tibetan people in exile, it also has wider resonance, exploring the notion of nostalgia, the idea of homeland and how art is intertwined with the political and the social. It also demonstrates the transgressive power of art as an act of defiance.
On September 18th 2008, Rigdol’s father, Norbu Wangdu, passed away as a refugee in the United States; his dearest wish was to visit Tibet, just once, before he exited this mundane world, but unfortunately it did not come to fruition. It was the father’s inherent wish, his sense of helplessness exemplifying the Tibetans’ nostalgic longing to return to their country before their death which gave birth to the idea of the project. Through Rigdol’s work, the inhabitants of Dharamsala, separated from their relatives and banished from their homeland, will finally be Our People, Our Land is being recorded as a video and a series of able to once again step on Tibetan soil. photographs. The location of the installation is significant to the artist, as Dharamsala, also known as “Little Tibet,” is the seat of the This project was made possible with funding from Rossi & Tibetan government-in-exile and is home to the largest Tibetan Rossi and a generous anonymous donor.
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H . H . T H E D A L A I L A M A’ S 2012 TEACHING SCHEDULE INDIA - KALACHAKRA
DECEMBER 31, 2011 - JANUARY 10, 2012 Bodh Gaya
MARCH 8 Dharamsala, India
DECEMBER 31, 2011 - JANUARY 2, 2012
His Holiness will give a short teaching from the Jataka Tales in the morning at the Main Tibetan Temple.
During the first three days of the Kalachakra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals.
JANUARY 3 - 5, 2012 His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa), Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's 37 Practices of A Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma), Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema) & Nagarjuna's The Praise to the World Transcendent (jigten ley deypar toepa).
THERE ARE NO SPRING TEACHINGS SCHEDULED IN 2012 PLEASE NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. Visit dalailama.com for most up-to-date scheduling information.
JANUARY 6, 2012 The Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. Contact Website: www.kalachakra2012.org
JANUARY 7 -9, 2012 His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation. Contact Website: www.kalachakra2012.org
JANUARY 10, 2012 A long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed. Contact Website: www.kalachakra2012.org
FA C U LT Y B I O S Continued from page 14 Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Over the last decade he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses throughout the United States. Lodro’s column, What Would Sid Do?, appears regularly on the Huffington Post. Pema Rinzin was born in Tibet and grew up in Dharamsala, India, where he studied with Kalsang Oshoe, Khepa Gonpo, Rigdzin Paljor and other master artists. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and are held in public and private collections worldwide. Rinzin is the founder of New York Tibetan Art Studio. www.pemarinzin.com Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America's leading meditation teachers and authors. For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com. Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga & Meditation and the School for Compassionate Action: Yoga & Meditation for Communities in Need. For further information please see www.schoolforcompassionateaction.org
Ven. Fedor Stracke has been a Buddhist monk since 1988 and spent over fifteen years studying at Sera Je Monastic University and attending public teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since 1996, Ven. Fedor has been teaching in FPMT centers. He currently teaches the Basic Program at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, Aryatara Institute in Germany, and Nalanda Monastery in France. Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D. is a professor on Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books. Visit www.bobthurman.com Tsoknyi Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of Tibetan Buddhism trained outside of Tibet. He is beloved around the world for his accessible style, his generous and selfdeprecating humor, and his deeply personal, compassionate insight into human nature. The father of two daughters, he manages to balance family life with teaching around the world, and overseeing two nunneries in Nepal, one of the largest nunneries in Tibet, and more than 50 practice centers and hermitages. www.pundarika.org. Jordan Valdina is principal of Synergy Design™, an ecological architectural, engineering design and consulting firm specializing in green and renewable approaches to our built environment and its connections with the natural systems of the earth.
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