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TIBET HOUSE BOARD PATRON His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Tashi Wangdi, Honorary Chairman, Rep. of H.H. the Dalai Lama, North America Robert A.F. Thurman, President Philip Glass, Vice President Ludwig Kuttner, Secretary

H.H. the Dalai Lama with Tibet House board members. Photo by Martin Brading.

Letter from the President December 21, 2006

Dear Tibet House US Member,

Greetings for the 2007 New Year and also for the upcoming year of the Fire Pig that begins in February. We are delighted that our membership drive during this year added substantial numbers to our rolls. This New Year will mark our 20th in existence, and so we plan to continue growing our community of THUS supporters, dedicated to preserve the precious culture of Tibet. As we look back, we appreciate the efforts of so many people who enabled Tibet House US to kindle the lamp of Tibetan culture to shed its light in the minds of the millions of people who have come to know Tibet, its history, culture, current plight of physical and political suffering, and current glory of planting seeds of hope, positive vision, and spiritual determination all over the free world and, underground, even in those parts that remain unfree.

As we look forward, we refuse to be discouraged by the irrationality of the political policies and practices of world leaders, West and East, and we resolve to work together with all of you during the next twenty years to make “virtual Tibet” even more universally well-known and well-loved!

Tibetans may continue to be pressed down politically, socially, and economically by the Chinese colonial policy with its resource extraction and ground colonization programs, but spiritually and culturally they will not be suppressed, neither at home nor in exile. What has it taken for Tibetan refugee teachers and healers in exile to establish more than 5,000 Tibetan Dharma Centers worldwide, creating little pockets of cheerfulness, tolerance, happiness, and peace in the midst of a stressed-out planet?

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Cover: Bhaisajyaguru, Tibet, 15th Century, distemper on cloth, 49 7/8” x 39 5/8” Donated by Carlton Rochell

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Alan B. Abramson Kazuko T. Hillyer Peggy Hitchcock Susan Kessler Navin Kumar Adam M. Lindemann Leila Hadley Luce Michael McCormick Laurence H. Silverman Kenneth I. Starr Nena v. S. Thurman Uma K. Thurman Fortuna Valentino Alex von Bidder TIBETAN CULTURAL OFFICIALS EX OFFICIO Ven. Doboom Rinpoche, Tibet House New Delhi, India Lodi G. Gyari, Special Envoy to H.H. the Dalai Lama Tenzin Tethong Kelsang & Kim Yeshi, Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala, India

TIBET HOUSE STAFF Ganden Thurman, Executive Director Kyra Borré, Director of Special Events Angie Kwak Director of Administration Tashi Tsering, Programs/Membership Sonam Choezom, Justin Stone Diaz, Gift Shop Beata Tikos, Development Lynn Schauwecker, Special Events Annette Uhlfelder, Exhibitions

TIBET HOUSE DRUM Editor-in-Chief: Robert A.F. Thurman Editors: Kyra Borré, Angie Kwak, Ganden Thurman, Nena v. S. Thurman, Annette Uhlfelder Graphic Designer: Shanti Durkee

The 17th Annual Benefit Concert We remember & honor Karin Berg (1936 - 2006) for her many years of friendship and advice to Tibet House.

We hope you will join us to celebrate the Tibetan New Year at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 26, 2007! Artistic director Philip Glass is getting together another incredible line-up of artists to perform in 2007. As always, the show will feature performances by some of the world’s most popular performers as well as unique collaborations between them. To date confirmed artists include Philip Glass and Patti Smith. As always, there will be a buffet dinner party after the concert, where the artists, honorary chair, and all of the benefit committee members come together to celebrate the Tibetan New Year. Please check the website regularly as all new updates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Concert tickets are $35-$108 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.

Her invaluable knowledge, intelligence, and wit will be missed.

Tickets for the concert and after-party dinner are only available through Tibet House. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House U.S. at 212.807.0563.

This year, a portion of the party proceeds will go to the local Tibetan group, Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey and a portion of the concert proceeds will go to Farm Aid and the Karin Berg Fund for the Myositis Support Group .


Letter from the President continued... We all had a wonderful time during His Holiness’ visit to Tibet House US’ Menla Mountain Retreat Longevity Conference and His New York Dharma Teaching at the Beacon Theater. His Holiness was very inspiring about Tibet House US’ ongoing mission, urging us to develop a stronger presence on the web, in film, and in print; and also to link up more actively with the network of Tibet Houses around the world, including New Delhi, Mexico City, Barcelona, Frankfurt, London, Berlin, and Moscow.

UPCOMING TRIPS with Robert A.F. Thurman, created by Geographic Expeditions in 2007 NOTE: Dates are not yet fixed Bhutan: Approx. 2 weeks in Sept. -Oct. Mongolia: Approx. 2 weeks in late May -June Bhutan/Karola: Approx. 2 weeks in Dec. For more information please contact Brent Olson at Geographic Expeditions or 800-777-8183

His Holiness graciously accepted our invitation to return to New York in 2009, coordinating that time with events hosted by the Vietnamese-American community, which brought His Holiness last year for the wonderful Avalokiteshvara teaching. Next year, He comes to teach again, hosted by The Tibet Center here in NY. Right away this year, we hope many of you will join us for the yearly Great Prayer Festival Monlam Chenmo Concert and Benefit Gala Dinner at Tibetan New Year on Monday, February 26, 2006.

Our Repatriation Collection of Tibetan Art has been growing apace, by the continuing generosity of our cherished Tibetan art collectors, who constantly demonstrate their love of Tibet and its refined artistic culture...

This year we have co-published several more books in the Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences. We have held numerous great exhibitions, which we plan to continue for the coming year. We particularly look forward to playing a part this spring in the Dalai Lama Foundation’s wonderful art project and multiple-venue exhibition, The Missing Peace, wherein 88 artists from all over the world have produced works inspired by His Holiness’ exemplary life and liberating teachings.

Last fall, Nena and I were very glad to help Donna Karan and Warm Grey Seven, Inc. at the wonderful benefit they arranged for our sister organization in Dharamsala, Norbulingka Institute, headed by our ex-officio Board members, Kalsang and Kim Yeshi.

We also deeply thank Sheila Metzner for her generous donation to Tibet House of some of her most important photographs. Our Repatriation Collection of Tibetan Art has been growing apace, by the continuing generosity of our cherished Tibetan art collectors, who constantly demonstrate their love of Tibet and its refined artistic culture. Important paintings and sculpture were 4

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Tibet House News 2006 was a challenging and productive year for Tibet House, marked by many successful programs, projects, improvements, and changes; too many to name so, “Where to begin..?”

We began the year in the midst of a membership drive which saw to the continuing support of numerous longtime supporters (our thanks always) and the addition of many new members (ditto) who share both our concern for the people and culture of Tibet and our commitment to demonstrating that concern through the subtle yet powerful method of a gradually deepening and ever expanding understanding of the value of that people and their culture within the context of all peoples and cultures comprising human civilization. It is our conviction that human understanding, yours and mine specifically, is the only real and principled path to changing the unfortunate circumstances which threaten and obscure the Tibetans’ willing and joyful participation in our shared human task of finding and fostering happiness as broadly as possible. We thank not only you kind supporters of our work but also all those, our colleagues, who focus on other aspects of the Tibetan situation. While there are many things that need to be done, never forget that this just means there are many things which can be achieved – and moreover that the doing gets easier in the company of our fellows and in the context of their good works… Much effort was spent this year, by our small and changing staff, continuing:

A traditional greeting drawn by Samten Dakpa at Menla Mountain Reatreat on the occasion of H.H. Dalai Lama’s visit. Photo by Martin Brading.

(1) to develop the Menla Mountain Retreat facility and its offerings, (2) to work with Tibetan Medical and Yogic Practices in collaboration with Eastern Practitioners and Western Scientists/Doctors, (3) to grow the Repatriation Collection of Tibetan antiquities, (4) to exhibit artists working with themes drawn from Tibet and Buddhist traditions, (5) to publish scholarly and popular books on the same, (6) to engage in joint projects with various other Tibetan groups and NGOs doing useful and divers philanthropic, interfaith, political, social, and intellectual work, (7) to work with myriad Buddhist organizations to facilitate individual and group Dharma practice in the West,

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Tibetan Community Center Project Launch

Tibetan Community Center Project Launch Party February 15th, 2007 from 6:30 to 9:00 at Tibet House Celebrate Losar 2007 with wine, Tibetan hors d’oeuvres, music, and dance. Please email the Fundraising Team at: for more information.

Tibet House U.S. gratefully acknowledges the contributions above basic membership received between July 1st and December 31st, 2006: Juliette Aiyana * Carol P. Arnold * John & Laura Avedon * Jean Blanchard * Marie Louise Broch * Robert B. Brooks & Marilyn Brooks * Regina Burke * Pennington Chuck * French H. Conway * Diana M. Cutler * Arielle Devine * Sam DeWitt * James R. Dilley * Carol Jones Donnelly * Catherine DucommunNagy * Denise Whitbeck Farancz * Sylvia Feddis * Iris Fodor * John G. Ford * Mary E. Furman * David Mark Gaston * Jeffrey Granett * Leslyn Green Rigoni * Marjorie Grinnell * Mary Guarino * Ted & Prajna Hallstrom * Barbara M Holbrook * Ivy Hwang * Thomas Isenberg * Kimberly D. Johnson * Catherine Kahrs * Kenneth S. Kail * Honey Black Kay * Marcia M. Kelly * Susan and Peter Kessler * Sarah Kolodny * John N. Loomis * Peter & Maria Mattiessen * Larry Mault * Friedrike Merck * Woodson Merrell * George A. Meyer * Patrice T. Michaels * Michael Murphy * Judith Nelson * Robert Peacock * Keith Elliot Pearlman * Susan Perl * Helene Podziba * Rosemary Rotondi * Donald La Sala * Richard Schriefer * Laurence A. Silverman * Camilla Smith * Margaret Trika Smith-Burke * Charlotte & Alfred Steinmetz * John Bigelow Taylor * Sarah Eric Taylor * Noland Thuss * Carol Tittle * Noel White * Susan Wilson * John S.Wolfson * Rudolph Wurlitzer * Mary Ann & Edward R. Zitka * Susan & Erica Aberach * Mary T. Bailey * Beth Barker * Michael Benzie * Mary D. Benziger * Mary Berman * Mary Bolten * Cristina Bornstein * Karen Burkhardt * Bruce J. Cohen * Helen M. Cooluris * Jonathan Danziger * Matheny Dmitri * Carolyn Ehrlich * Sigo Falk * Clara Favak * Jim Francis * Nori Frnacis * William Gibbons * Michaela Graeb * Snehy Gupta * Sabrina Guthrie * Christine Hammer * Yoshiko Hong * Virginia Casagnola * Hunter Kimberly D. Johnson * Minja Kang * Jiwon Kang * Anming Karrer Bien * Patricia Linnemeyer * Diane Lloyd * Susan Long * Kirsten D. Lund * Douglas Miller * Rafael Nagapetiyants * Jana Nagapetiyants * Anil Nanda * Ilona Ontscherenki * Clarence J. Parsons * Christinia Paulhus * Jeanne-Marie Perrin * Sarah Peter * Peggy Phillips * Rebecca L. Remplin * Luanne Rice * Priscilla Rodgers * Larissa M. Roesch * Aileen Rosen * Sigrid Rothe * Mal Rudner * Claire Anne Savage * Michael P. Scanlon * Frances Scholes * Nurit Spector Shamis * Paul Simao * John Sloat * Barbara Sloat * Jeffrey Stamps * Margaret Stumpp * Richard Tomasetti * Andrea Tomasetti * Lucky & Becky Tomblin * Erwin Vogler * Dan Walker * Joan Griffiths Yega

Tibet House U.S. gratefully acknowledges the contributions at basic membership received between July 1st and December 31st, 2006: Paula Angelone * Marlene Arbo * Christa Armstrong * Linda Aro * Judith Auchincloss * Marlene Barsoum * Mary Bayno * Michelle Benash * Martha Bernard * Janet Bliman * Carrie Brittenham * Suzanne Brown * Maureen Calamia * J. Douglas Carroll * Gazmend Ceno * Susanne Chakan-Gilbert * Ravi Chandra * Jai Chandrasekhar * Jo-Anne Chasnow * Patricia Chernoff * Katy Chevigny * Walter Christie * Elinor Christie * Aphrodite Clamar * Julianne Davidow * Frederick Doner * Robert N. Dreyfuss * John C. Dubberstein * Sunny Dupree * Frederick English * Buddy Fair * Bruce Ferguson * Nian Fish * Raymond Foye * Patricia Francis * Marie Friquegnon * Suzanne Frye * Carolyn A. Gartner * Angela Gaudioso * Janice A. Gauld * Eric Hean Tat Goon * David Grant * Ann Gray * Yvonne Groseil * James Hagan * Walter Hahn * Cheryl Harnest * Juliet Holland * Jessica Howard * Kim Humphrey * Linda Huntington * Lozang Jamspal * Erik Jensen * Barbara B. Johanns * Lawrence R. Johnson * Nancy Kailes * Yvonne Kamerling * Tom Dale Keever * Jeanne Rainwater Kelley * Estelle B. Kerner * Jane Robbins Kerr * Ruth N. Ketay * Andrew V. Kieffer * G. David Kiremidjian * Robert Kirschbaum * Suzanne Karp Krebs * Abbe Krieger * Martina Kudlacek * Joel J. Kupperman * Richard & Erna Kydd * Johanna Lasker * Constance Lee * Mary F. Leonard * Jack M. Levine * Frances D.Louis * Olga Berde Mahl * Jerry Mantzioutas * Linda Marsh * Gillian Marshall * Lee Motteler Martins * Nancy G. Mayer * Kevin J. McLaughlin * Regina McNamara * Solomon Mendelson * Karen Miller * Carol Millin * Ellen Mintzer * Alexandra Moltke * Frank Montaturo * Janet Moy * Patricia Nelson * George H. Northrup * Michael S. Oruch * Eloit Pattison * Barbara Paul * Keith Elliot * Pearlman * Norman Peeler * Barbara F. Poe * Janet Purdy * Cecillia Rogue * Nancy Rudolph * Thelma Schoonmaker * Richard Schroeder * Frederick P. Selby * Leslie Seldin * Ralph D Sessions * Tim Sheridan * Jonathan D. Springer * Nancy & James Stainton * William H. & Sheila D. Stein * Jacqueline P. Stone * Anne L. Strassner * Linda Tagliaferro * Jane Tamang * Meg Thompson * Bart Truxillo * David Uozumi * Janet L. Varan * Ian R. Wade * Charles S. Weilman * Barbara Weinstein * Janet West * Marvin Wexler * Janina White * Roslyn Willett * Gail Williams * Edwina Williams * Barbara J.Witt * William Stefan. Wolak * Marlene R.Yendler * J. Robert Zane * Nicole Agostino * Jimmy Akrivos * Susan Altabet * Kevin Anthony * Mabel Aranha * Brenda R. Armstrong * Christa Armstrong * Anna Avila * Donna Baker * Daniel J. Baldini * Barbara Bankson * Jordan Barber * Kitty Barnes * Austin D. Barney * Mary Ann Barrett * Elizabeth Baum * P vanhorn Beagle *


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Gallery Exhibition Tibet House gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & by appointment

Tibet House Repatriation Collection On view January - March

Beginning in January we’re exhibiting highlights from our Repatriation Collection, originally known as the Tibet House New York’s “Museum Without Walls Project.” Now we’ve got walls, and from January – March 2007, we invite you to view classical Tibetan art from the 12-20th century, all generously donated to Tibet House by collectors, museums, foundations, dealers, Tibetan families, and anonymous benefactors for eventual return to the Tibetan people. This year’s show will feature tangka painting and statuary, showcasing our latest acquisitions, and also include some of the other materials comprising the Collection such as the Griebenow Lantern Slides from the 20’s, some of the newly acquired A.T. Steele photographs, ritual objects, and pieces reflecting the traditional secular arts and crafts common to the homes and lives of Tibetans. Of the new acquisitions we might note a recently and anonymously donated stunning 14 inch high 15th century gilt bronze statue of Shakyamuni Buddha depicted in the classic “touching the earth to bear witness” mudra (shown at right.) The statue still contains a few of the original scrolls traditionally placed into the body of the statue at the time of consecration. Expect, as well, to see a

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(8) to support, in particular, the local Tibetan immigrant community (the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey) and their cultural preservation efforts, (9) to develop the endowment of this institution for posterity, (10) to upgrade our Cultural Center and network/web infrastructure in order to better serve our membership and the general public, (11) to provide support to those in the press and media looking at issues germane to the Tibetan and Buddhist interests here in the West, (12) to hold classes in and meditations upon interesting and uplifting topics bearing on the human condition, and generally, (13) to do our small part in expanding and

striking and vibrant Medicine Buddha tangka (pictured on the cover) donated to the collection by Mr. Carlton Rochell, a beautiful tangka of myriad Buddhas graciously donated by board member Navin Kumar, and several tangkas generously donated by board members Michael McCormick & Beata Tikos. Shakyamuni Buddha. Photo by James Salzano.

enlivening the possibilities and hope that are the birthright of all thinking people. The unjust Tibetan situation and, more importantly, their creative, determined, and enlightened responses to it inspire us to believe and explore the possibility that we, as the organization Tibet House and as individuals, can make more of this world than merely what we’ve been given. It is our sincere hope that our many activities and programs in this last year have honored and demonstrated that principle to your satisfaction and in like measure to your kind support. Wishing you all a very happy 2007, Ganden Thurman, Executive Director 7

Tibetan Studies Program Module I:

Module II:

The Blade Wheel of Mind Transformation Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD

Revisiting The 4 Noble Truths Ven. Geshe Ngawang Tsondu

The “mind transformation” (lojong) teachings called The Sharp Weapon Blade Wheel written by Dharmarakshita (10-11th century C.E.) describe the most fundamental Buddhist aim: to isolate and become aware of our habit of egocentric self-preoccupation, in order to reveal how this delusion results in suffering for oneself and others, and to replace it with altruistic love and compassion. Armed with patience and altruistic compassion, we can penetrate the problems before us with the mindful intelligence of enlightened realism and become a living part of the solution.

This series will examine and elucidate the first teaching given by the historical Buddha some 2500 years ago, often described as "the Four Noble Truths." This seminal teaching outlines and clarifies: (1) the problem of ordinary experience, i.e. suffering of various types; (2) the root cause of the problem, i.e. ignorance; (3) the "solution" to, or cessation of, the problem, i.e. enlightenment; and (4) the methods for achieving that solution, i.e. the famous eightfold path of Buddhist practice. The classes will afford ample opportunity for questions and discussion, and will include some simple meditation exercises. Recommended reading: The Four Noble Truths by HH the Dalai Lama.

Full Module (4 sessions) Wednesdays, April 11, 18, May 9 & 16 May 2, 7–9pm Reg. # 07WSB63T Members $80/Nonmembers $90 Individual prices for evening talks at Tibet House: $25 (cash or check) at door only, as space permits. Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D. is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness (Riverhead); Anger (Oxford University Press.) His most recent book is titled The Jewel Tree of Tibet: the Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Free Press.)


Full Module (4 sessions) Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 & 30 7–9pm Reg. # 07WSB65T Members $80/Nonmembers $90 Individual prices for evening talks at Tibet House: $25 (cash or check) at door only, as space permits. Ven. Geshe Ngawang Tsondu, a Geluk monk visiting from Sera Monastery in India, has recently joined the Tibet House staff as a Monk in Residence.

See also Robert Thurman: Introduction to Buddhism: The Three Vehicles February 14, 21 & March 1 - See page 10 for details REGISTER THROUGH TIBET HOUSE

Tibetan Studies Faculty (Clockwise) Ven. Geshe Tsondu Sharon Salzberg Ven. Thubten Chodron Mark Epstein Robert Thurman

Module III: Compassion and Wisdom in Interaction Ven. Geshe Ngawang Tsondu Full Module (3 sessions) Mondays, May 7, 14 & 21 7–9pm Reg. # 07WSB66T Members $60/Nonmembers $70 Individual prices for evening talks at Tibet House: $25 (cash or check) at door only, as space permits

The Tibetan Studies Program is co-sponsored with the New York Open Center. Classes take place at Tibet House. To register, call 212.219.2527 x 200. These three evening seminars explore the interrelationship between the "twin truths" of Mahayana Buddhism—wisdom and compassion—which offer different approaches to the quest for enlightenment suitable for people of different temperaments. Some seekers approach liberation by focusing on developing wisdom, a sublime understanding of emptiness, (this path is sometimes called "the profound") while others are more drawn to the path of compassion ("the magnificent"). In this series we will explore the interplay between these two virtues in practice; first looking at the way wisdom informs compassion, then how compassion develops wisdom, and finally how both perspectives are integrated.

Workshops: Vimalakirti: The Yoga of Ordinary Living Robert Thurman, PhD Intro to Vimalakirti Friday, February 2, 7–9pm Reg. # 07WSB67P Members $18/Nonmembers $20 Vimalakirti Workshop Saturday, February 3,10 am–5pm Reg. # 07WSB69S Members $120/Nonmembers $130 This weekend will focus on the application of Buddhist theory and practice to everyday life using the short Buddhist sutra, The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti, as its basis. Particular emphasis will be placed on practical considerations, such as how to study Buddhism, the varieties of the teaching, the importance of learning and discussing ideas in a group, different

forms of meditation, the role of a spiritual friend or teacher, and more. We will meditate upon Buddhist philosophical and religious concepts, and consider how the insights gained can infuse our “ordinary” personal lives with new energy and clarity. Recommended reading: The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti.

Remedies for Personal and International Problems: Equanimity, Love, Compassion and Joy Buddhism and Consumerism: What Does Contentment Look Like? Ven. Thubten Chodron Thursday, April 19; 7–9pm, & Sunday April 22, 5:30–7:30pm These evenings can be taken separately. Reg. # 07WSB71S Members $30/Nonmembers $35 Individual prices for evening talks at Tibet House: $25 (cash or check) at door only, as space permits More information to come. (Note: there is also a Chenrezig retreat at Menla Mountain Retreat from April 27-29. See page 14.) Ven. Thubten Chodron is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. A student of H. H. the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan masters, she was ordained in 1977. Ven. Chodron is the founder and Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a monastery near Spokane WA. She is active in interfaith dialog, prison work, and has interest in introducing youth to Buddhist thinking. Her books include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; Taming the Mind; Cultivating a Compassionate Heart; and How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator. She travels worldwide, teaching Buddhism and meditation and is wellknown for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings.

Basic Buddhism Mark Epstein, MD & Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD AN EVENING WORKSHOP Friday, May 18, 7–10pm Reg. # 07WSB73M Members $30/Nonmembers $35 While Buddhism is known for teaching that life is suffering, it is not often recognized that the Buddha’s actual insight was that only the unenlightened life is suffering. According to the Buddha, the enlightened reality is that there is freedom from suffering and a way to realize this freedom. This evening's workshop will present the Buddha's insights in the language of our time. With a focus on the Four Noble Truths, the Middle Way and the doctrine of sunyata or voidness, we will explore the foundations of Buddhist thought and their applicability to contemporary lives. Periods of meditation and visualization will alternate with lecture and discussion. The evening is appropriate for those new to Buddhism and for those with experience of the dharma. Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts Without a Thinker, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Going on Being and his recently published Open to Desire, which explores desire as a subject of meditative awareness. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.


Tibet House Educational Programs To register call Tibet House 212.807.0563 unless otherwise noted. Introduction to Buddhism: The Three Vehicles Robert Thurman February 14, 21, and March 1, 7-9 $18 Members/$20 Nonmembers; RSVP In this series, we will gain an overview understanding of the Monastic (Theravada), Universalist (Mahayana), and Esoteric or Apocalyptic (Tantrayana) Vehicles of Buddhism. We will consider how the three are interfused with each other, as the wisdom of selflessness is grounded in transcendence in the Theravada, the universal compassion key to the Mahayana naturally emerges from wisdom, and the intensified high tech acceleration of positive evolution that is the sphere of the Tantras fits in perfectly with them both. These three evenings will refer back to the way in which all these themes and practices are integrated in the Vimalakirti Sutra, and will also fit together with the radical practice of exchange of self and other that is the heart of the Buddha Dharma. After the Emerald Crown Mikel Dunham Lecture and Booksigning Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-9 pm Free; RSVP Tonight’s talk is based on Mikel Dunham's book-in-progress, Never Nepal: Trekking into the Kaleidoscope, a contemporary snapshot of the Nepali crisis and the impact it has on Tibetan refugees. It will include film clips of the Tibetan Reception Center in Kathmandu and Dunham's recent interview with the American Ambassador to Nepal, James F. Moriarty. Whether you 10

have already been to Nepal, or plan to visit Nepal in the future, this is a rare opportunity to better understand the country's dramatic and complex underpinnings. The safety of American tourists in Nepal, and how to personally help the Tibetan refugee community while visiting there, will also be discussed. In 2000, Mikel Dunham photographed Samye, Tibet's first monastery, which resulted in Samye: A Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism; his other works include Buddha's Warriors: The Story of the CIA-Backed Tibetan Freedom Fighters, the Chinese Invasion, and The Ultimate Fall of Tibet, and Never Nepal: Trekking into the Kaleidoscope, his work-in-progress. He is the national spokesperson for Students for a Free Tibet, a member of the National Press Club, the California Authors Association, and is on the Advisory Board of Pacifica Public Radio's "The Tibet Connection".

The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama Author Thomas Laird with Dr. Elliot Sperling & Dr. Robert Thurman Panel Discussion on Tibetan History Wednesday, January 31, Rubin Museum of Art, 7 pm $12 ticket includes Museum admission; RSVP to RMA at 212.620.5000, x344 “The 14th Dalai Lama’s fresh account of Tibetan myth and history, as shared at Dharamsala over a three year period with Thomas Laird, is wonderful instruction and a great true pleasure, not less so because of the small informal moments that clarify these encounters with that delightful Buddha being who manifests in the beleaguered public figure of His Holiness.”Peter Matthiessen, author The

Snow Leopard, National Book Award winner. Co-Presented by Tibet House US & the Rubin Musuem of Art: 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY Thomas C. Laird, a journalist and photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal, for 30 years. He was the Nepal correspondent for Asiaweek for a decade and a stringer for Time and Newsweek. His work has appeared in National Geographic. Grove Press has just published Laird's fourth book, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama.

The Power of a Path: Tibetan Lam Rim literature as a Transformative Paradigm Par Excellence Dr. David Gardiner Monday, March 5th, 7-9 pm Evening Lecture $18 Members/$20 Nonmembers; RSVP Lam Rim, or “stages of the path,” has, for nearly a thousand years, formed the standard model for discussing spiritual development in Tibetan Buddhism. The idea of a “path” derives from the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to awakening that combined the essential elements of ethical conduct, meditative concentration and liberative insight. This “tripod” foundation is naturally preserved in all Tibetan envisionings of spiritual work, but new models also developed based on the teachings of the Indian master Atisha and the Tibetan master Tsong-ka-pa. These broad maps of spiritual development encompass a variety of perspectives that we can summarize as three sets of “threes”: The Three Vehicles (Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana), the Three Capacities (Initial, Middle and Advanced), and the Three Principles continued on page 20

Weekly Meditation Tuesdays, 7-9 pm January 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20 with Edizen Archer March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3 May 15, 22, 29 June 12, 19, 26 with Sharon Salzberg Edizen Archer was born, raised, and lives in New York City. A practitioner in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since 1981, he received training and transmission from respected teachers such as Lama Tharchin, Khenpo Karthar, H.E Luding Khen, and others in all four sects. As a spiritual friend, he focuses on the needs of the 'urban householder' in cultivating a meditation practice and the utility of ethics. He performed in local traditional Chinese (Peking) Martial Opera theatre with Qi Shu Fang's troop in the '80's as well as being an adopted disciple of the late Sifu Chan Tai San. He is the cofounder of 'Lila Yoga, Dharma, & Wellness' on the Bowery. Sharon Salzberg bio see page 14

Dharma Talks Wednesdays, 7-9 pm Approaching Buddhism from Your Own Perspective with Ven. Lama Pema Wangdak Wednesdays, January 24, 31, and February 7, 14, 21. 28, 7-9 p.m. Free This is an on-going series designed to give students (non-Buddhist and Buddhist) the opportunity to engage in an informal dialogue with a Tibetan Buddhist teacher. In this relaxed setting, Lama Pema Wangdak from the Palden Sakya Center will devote each evening to a few key questions from audience members about the BuddhaDharma on such fundamental topics as reincarnation, ethics, emptiness, karma, enlightenment, practice, and so on. The Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak is the resident teacher of the Palden Sakya Center in NYC and Woodstock, NY. He is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and has been teaching and guiding Buddhist students in the West for the past 15 years.

Tibetan Studies Program


Tibetan Studies Workshops are co-sponsored with the NY Open Center. Classes take place at Tibet House. To register, call 212.219.2527 x 200. An Introduction to Calm Abiding & Insight Meditation Anam Thubten Rinpoche An Evening Talk Friday March 9, 7–9pm Reg. # 07WSB75P Members $18/Nonmembers $20 This evening we will receive an introduction to the practices of "Calm Abiding" and "Insight Meditation" as taught within the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The term "Insight Meditation" (samatha-vipassana) refers to practices for the mind that develop calm (samatha) through sustained attention, and insight (vipassana) through reflection. Participants need not be familiar with the teachings of the Buddha to make use of these methods.

Calm Abiding & Insight Meditation Practice Anam Thubten Rinpoche A One-Day Workshop Saturday, March 10, 10am-5pm Reg. # 07WSB76S Members $120/Nonmembers $130 Calm Abiding meditation is an effective and uncomplicated technique that enables the mind to remain peacefully and uninterruptedly in a stable state of one-pointed concentration over an extended period of time. Insight Meditation gives clear guidance into the nature of the mind, thus providing direct experience of the way things really are. Through these meditation gateways, we will discover the deep calm that comes from knowing something for oneself, beyond any doubt. Insight Meditation is a key method in the path that the Buddha offered for the welfare of human beings; the only criterion is that one has to put it into practice. Note: Both the evening and the day are intended for all levels, beginner to advanced.


Longevity & Optimal Health at Menla Mountain Retreat

Conference presenters with H.H. the Dalai Lama. Photo by Martin Brading.

H.H. Dalai Lama & Robert Thurman. Photo by Martin Brading.

On September 18-21, 2006, Menla was the site of a groundbreaking, perhaps even historic, Conference, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan experts on healing, and a group of leading Western scientists, called “Longevity and Optimal Health: Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives.” The Conference was convened by co-hosts R.A.F. Thurman of THUS and Dr. Memhet Oz of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program to discuss recent revolutionary discoveries in the Western life sciences of longevity, regeneration, immunology, and neuroscience, and their potential common ground with the ancient IndoTibetan tradition of yogic science. The Conference was divided into five primary panels, based on a model which seeks to integrate the (scientific) findings of the two traditions: Basic Longevity, Regeneration, Protection, Optimization, and Methodology. The model synthesizes the Western scientific developments with classic IndoTibetan texts and the contributions of contemporary Tibetan experts, including His Holiness and other leading Tibetan lamas and doctors as well as leading Western scholars. In the Basic Longevity Panel, we were extremely fortunate to have Dr Elizabeth Blackburn (recent winner of the Lasker Award, often called the


“American Nobel”) who is the discoverer of telomerase, a substance produced in cells of the body and which may actually have the potential to immortalize them. Dr Leonard Guarente of MIT, is the discoverer of genes that may be stimulated to increase maximal longevity in model organisms (yeast, worms, mice) by over 50% in response to a special diet, and possibly other interventions. The “caloric restriction” (CR) diet, is actually equivalent to the classic monastic diet of the IndoTibetan and other traditions. George Roth, PhD, former Chief of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the National Institute of Aging also studies the CR diet and has found that there appear to be profound anti-aging and health-enhancing effects in primates which are likely to be extremely relevant for humans as well.

The regeneration panel also featured several leading researchers. Neil Theise, MD and Diane Krause, MD, PhD, leaders of a research team from Einstein and Yale Schools of Medicine, respectively, have discovered new lineages of adult human stem cells, a discovery that is revolutionizing the field of stem cell and regenerative biology. Other studies show that both melatonin and DHEA may stimulate stem cell-based regenerative mechanisms, and both are increased during meditation. The Indo-Tibetan yogic tradition maintains that...

Blade Wheel of Mind Transformation The Beacon Theatre The Blade Wheel of Mind Transformation teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama were held at the Beacon Theatre on September 23-25th, 2006. We’re happy to report that the event went very well: His Holiness, to whom we are deeply grateful, was in excellent health and spirits and seemed to especially enjoy teaching the large Tibetan segment of the audience in their native tongue (we were pleased that approximately 20% of the audience was Tibetan – in large part due to the generosity of the Sponsor level ticket holders). We also thank his Holiness’ staff, the Office of Tibet, Dr. Thupten Jinpa, Wisdom Publications, the staff of the Beacon, the Waldorf Astoria, ABC Carpet & Home, Dolma Rugs, The Tibet Kitchen, Mr. Tenzin Ukyab, All Planet Productions, Nechung Foundation, and, last but not least, our dedicated volunteers who shall remain nameless (to protect their merit and save space of course). Thanks also are due to all the attendees for handling with patience the relatively few things that went awry. Also, the pre-event patience and underH.H. the Dalai Lama teaching at the Beacon Theatre. Photo by James Salzano. standing of those scholarship and Sangha applicants should be mentioned here -- we’re glad to note that most if not all were eventually accommodated. We apologize for running out of the teaching booklet – attendees who did not receive one should note that we reprinted a small number and they can be picked up here at the office. Those interested in the recording should note that the DVD (in Tibetan and/or English) will be available soon and the transcript shortly thereafter. Please check the website in February for an update. ...meditation may lead to bodily regeneration. Dr. Ellen Heber-Katz of the Wistar Institute, U Penn., has recently shown that heart tissue regeneration in mammals is possible, contrary to the standard medical position, and suggests that humans may have such potential. Dr. Paul Rosch is a pioneer in research on the regenerative effects of bioelectromagnetic energy, energy that he and others suggest may be the same as prana in the Indo-Tibetan tradition.

The Protection Panel was moderated by Erin Olivio, PhD, MPH, and Director of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program. “Protection” here refers to the ability to resist acute challenges such as infection and physical trauma. Again, we had the great fortune of leading scientists such as Kevin Tracey, MD, Director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, who recently discovered the existence of an anti-inflamatory reflex involving the vagus nerve. Stimulation of this pathway can prevent death from infection by some of the deadliest bacteria and viruses, and this pathway turns out to be stimulated by meditative practices. Dr. Jean Jackson, Chairman of the Anthropology Department at MIT, discussed anthropological evidence that yogis may prevent pain, bleeding, infection, and tissue damage in response to severe physical insult. Dr. Elissa Epel of UCSF in collaboration with Elizabeth Blackburn continued on page 21


Menla Mountain Retreats Please call 845.688.6897 to register and for accommodation rates. Please Note: Visit the Menla Programs page on our website at for information. Registration ends one full week prior to the start date. Tibet House US reserves the right to cancel any program due to low registration. Participant Cancellation Policy: 2 weeks prior to the retreat 100% refund minus a $35 processing fee will be given. 24 hours to 2 weeks prior to the retreat you will receive course credit for a program of equal value within a year. Less than 24 hours prior to the retreat no refund will be given.

Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig Ven. Thubten Chodron April 20-22, 2007 Tuition: $225 Perhaps the most widely known and loved deity throughout the Buddhist world, Chenrezig—also known as Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin, or Kannon—is the Buddha of Compassion. In this retreat, Ven. Chodron will guide us in cultivating a compassionate heart and will instruct us on making compassion and the practice of Chenrezig part of our daily life. The retreat will include meditation, Dharma talks, and discussion. PLEASE NOTE: Ven. Chodron will also offer two talks in New York City: Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7:00 p.m. -- “Remedies for Personal and International Problems: Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy” and Sunday April 22, 2007, 5:00 p.m. – “Buddhism and Consumerism: What Does Contentment Look Like?”. More information to come. Ven. Chodron bio see page 9

Qualities of an Awakened Life: The Six Paramitas Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman May 11-13, 2007 Tuition: $250 In Buddhism, generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation and 14

wisdom are the perfections of the heart (paramitas). Whether we are sitting silently in formal meditation or acting in the world of relationship, jobs, family and responsibility, these are what we are developing. This workshop will explore spiritual life as a seamless garment, with the paramitas bridging the divide between inner work and outer manifestation. Each of the perfections will be explored through discourse, dialogue and meditation. Recommended reading: Anger by Robert Thurman and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World by Sharon Salzberg. Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America's leading spiritual teachers and authors, and has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World, both published by Shambhala Publications; and co-author with Joseph Goldstein of Insight Meditation, A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (audio), from Sounds True. For more information about Sharon, please visit: Robert Thurman bio see page 8.

Discovery of Mother Voidness: Integrating Buddhism and Psychotherapy Mark Epstein, M.D., and Robert Thurman

June 15-17 Tuition: $250 Buddhism has been called the most psychological of the world's religions and the most spiritual of the world's psychologies. In this weekend workshop, we will explore the core psychological insight of the Buddha: sunyata -- the absence of absolute self in persons and phenomena. While many people have a sense of fear or apprehension when they first hear of this concept, the actual discovery of sunyata is often likened to the joy of being reunited with a long lost friend or relative. “I was like a mad child long lost his old mother,” begins one famous verse, written by a student of the seventh Dalai Lama and a teacher of the eighth, which goes on to equate voidness with the face of the mother. While psychoanalysis has done much to clarify the sources of dissatisfaction in early childhood experience, Buddhism teaches something equally profound -- how to overcome this dissatisfaction through insight into the true nature of the mother. In this weekend's discussions, meditations, visualizations and lectures, we will show how accessible this discovery can be and how readily it connects to the work of Western psychoanalysts like D. W. Winnicott, whose concept of "good-enough mothering" relates in surprising ways to the Buddhist approach. Mark Epstein, see page 9 Robert Thurman bio see page 8.

Hare Buddha Dharma: The Buddha and the Yogis Eddie Stern, John Campbell & Robert Thurman August 23-27 Join Robert Thurman, John Campbell and Eddie Stern for their second annual retreat, in which the various confluences of Buddhist and Yogic thought are investigated and debated. In this year’s retreat we will investigate and compare Patanjali's eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga with the Eight-fold path of the Buddha, and discuss the relevant aspects of resolving psychological issues that both traditions address. Robert will lead meditations each evening, and each morning John and Eddie will teach both Mysore and led Ashtanga yoga classes geared toward the level of experience of the participant. In addition, there will be one mantra-based practice and one philosophy-oriented question and answer class each day. John Campbell has been a student of Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India since 1993 and of H.H. the Dalai Lama since 1998, He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Religion Department at Columbia University in New York City, His dissertation research, under the guidance of Professor Robert A. F. Thurman, focuses on the assimi-

Blossoming tree at Menla. lation of Indian Esoteric Buddhist yoga systems by Tibetan Buddhists from the 11th to 15th centuries. Eddie Stern has been a student of Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India since 1991. He is co-publisher of both the magazine Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought and the audio guides Soundwalk, The India Series, and is the director of Ashtanga Yoga New York and Sri Ganesha Temple in New York City.

Embody the Spirit of Woman Colleen Saidman & Jill Pettijohn. Additional faculty T.B.A. September 19-23 Colleen Saidman, a graduate of Jivamukti’s Teacher Training program in 1998, she has been teaching full time since then. Colleen has been featured in both

The New York Times and New York Magazine and in November 2003, was on the cover of Yoga Journal. A consummate student, Colleen has traveled throughout Europe and Asia studying alternative medicine and spiritual healing. Colleen holds a certification in Shiatsu and lived in Calcutta, India working with Mother Theresa at the Home of the Destitute and Dying. Jill Pettijohn: For more information, visit

Working with Your Enemies: Finding Freedom from Hostility & Fear Robert Thurman & Sharon Salzberg October 5-8 Tuition: $290 Sharon Salzberg bio see page 14. Robert Thurman bio see page 8.

Tibet House U.S. gratefully acknowledges the contributions at basic membership received between July 1st and December 31st, 2006: continued from page 6 Frederick P. Selby * Leslie Seldin * Ralph D Sessions * Tim Sheridan * Jonathan D. Springer * Nancy & James Stainton * William H. & Sheila D. Stein * Jacqueline P. Stone * Anne L. Strassner * Linda Tagliaferro * Jane Tamang * Meg Thompson * Bart Truxillo * David Uozumi * Janet L. Varan * Ian R. Wade * Charles S. Weilman * Barbara Weinstein * Janet West * Marvin Wexler * Janina White * Roslyn Willett * Gail Williams * Edwina Williams * Barbara J.Witt * William Stefan. Wolak * Marlene R.Yendler * J. Robert Zane * Nicole Agostino * Jimmy Akrivos * Susan Altabet * Kevin Anthony * Mabel Aranha * Brenda R. Armstrong * Christa Armstrong * Anna Avila * Donna Baker * Daniel J. Baldini * Barbara Bankson * Jordan Barber * Kitty Barnes * Austin D. Barney * Mary Ann Barrett * Elizabeth Baum * P vanhorn Beagle * Heather Beard * Brian Beebe * Michelle Benash * Jeff M. Berry * Vera Bessonova * Tania A Biddle * Gavin Black * Judith Block * Walter J. Bogan * Guy Boyd * Katherine Breedis * Todd Bresnick * Lotus Brooks * Marie Brown * Constance Brown * James Brylski * Simon Carbond * Lesley Cecchi * Gilda Cello * Norman C. Charles * Jay J. Choi * Carolyn Christie * Shanna Chrystie * Jay Church * George Chynoweth * Arnold S.Cohen * Mette Coleman * Jerry Colonna * Lynn Corbett * Deborah Dailey * Cynthia Davis * Joyce Davison * Chieh continued on page 20


Directory Tibet Houses

Tibet House — New Delhi Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003, India Tel: (91) 11-4611515 Fax: (91) 11-4625536 Email:

The Office of Tibet — London Tibet House, 1 Culworth Street, London NW8 7AF Tel: (44) 20-7722 5378 Fax: (44) 20-7722 0362 Email:

Liaison Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama for Japan & East-Asia 5-11-30 Shinjyuku Shinjyuku-ku Tokyo Japan 162-0022 Fifith Hayama Bilding 5F Tel: (03) 3353-4094 Fax: (03) 3225-8013 Email:

Tibet House Mexico/ Casa Tíbet México Orizaba # 93, Colonia Roma, C.P. 06700, México, D.F., México Tibet House Foundation Varosmajor u. 23 1122 Budapest XII Hungary Tel: (36-1) 355-1808 Fax: (36-1) 213-5001

Tibet House Barcelona/ Casa Del Tibet Barcelona Passeig de Sant Joan, 104, 2º 2ª 08037 Barcelona Tel: (+34) 932 07 59 66 Fax: (+34) 934 59 20 90 Email:

Tibet House Italy/ La Casa Del Tibet 42026 Votigno di Canossa (Re) Tel/fax: (0522) 877177 Tibet House Switzerland Foundation Via Maggio 1 6900 Lugano Switzerland Tel: (076) 571 72 73 Fax: (091) 973 14 49



Tibet Organizations

Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture P.O. Box 6598 McLean, VA 22106 Tel: (703) 755-1533 Fax: (703) 847-8805 Email:

International Campaign for Tibet 1825 Jefferson Place, NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 785-1515 Fax: (202) 785-4343 Email: Office of Tibet 241 East 32nd Street New York, N.Y. 10016 Tel: (212) 213-5010 Fax: (212) 779-9245 Email:

Students for a Free Tibet 602 East 14th Street, 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10009 Tel: (212) 358-0071 Fax: (212) 358-1771 Email:

Tibetan Women’s Association C/o Office of Tibet Tenzing Bhuti, President 241 East 32nd St. New York, NY 10016 Tel: (718) 739-6021

The Tibet Fund 241 East 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10016 Tel: (212) 213-5011 Fax: (212) 213-1219 Email: Tibet Justice Center (Formerly International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet) 2288 Fulton Street, Suite 312 Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel: (510) 486-0588 Fax: (510) 548-3785 Email: United States Tibet Committee

241 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 481-3569 Fax: (212) 779-9245 Tibet Org. India

Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) Dharamsala Cantt. 176 216 Distt: Kangra HP India

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Thekchen Choeling P.O. Mcleod Ganj Dharamsala 176 219 Distt: Kangra HP India Tibetan Museum Demton Khang DIIR, Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala Kangra District H.P. India 176215

Reception Centre Tibet House 1 Institutional House New Delhi 11000 India Tibetan Women's Association P.O. Mcleod Ganj Dharamsala 176219 Distt: Kangra HP India Tibetan Youth Congress P.O. Mcleod Ganj Dharamsala 176 219 Distt: Kangra HP India

Department of Information & International Relations Central Tibetan Secretariat Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala 176215 Distt: Kangra HP India Department of Religion and Culture Central Tibetan Secretariat Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala 176215 Distt: Kangra HP India

Institute of Buddhist Dialectics P.O. McLeod Ganj Dharamsala 176129 Distt. Kangra HP India Tel: 00-91-1892-221215 Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute Khara Danda Road Dharamsala 176 215 Distt: Kangra HP India

Department of Education Central Tibetan Secretariat Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala 176215

Distt: Kangra HP India Norbulingka Institute P.O. Sidpur Dharamsala 176057 Distt: Kangra HP India

Library of Tibetan Works & Achieves Central Tibetan Secretariat Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala 176215 Distt: Kangra HP India

The Office of Tibet Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 10 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi 110024 India

Friends of Tibet Organizations

Alaska Tibet Committee 65330 Knob Hill Road Anchor Point, AK 99556 Tel: (907) 235-4277 Email:

Arizona Friends of Tibet P.O. Box 31956 Tuscon, AZ 85751-1956 Tel: (520) 885-6527 Fax: (520) 885-6527 Email: Bay Area Friends of Tibet 2288 Fulton Street, Suite #312 Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel: (510) 548-1271 Fax: (510) 548-3785 Email:

Chesapeake Bay Area Friends of Tibet 4 Robin Hood Road Havre de Grace, MD 21078 Tel: (410) 273-7146 Email: Colorado Friends of Tibet 3095 Lafayette Drive Boulder, CO 80303 Tel: 303.455.1532

Deerpark Buddhist Center Deer Park Corporation 4548 Schneider Drive Oregon, WI 53575 Tel: (608) 835-5572

Friends of Drepung Gomang Monastery 22500 Monte Vista Drive Topanga, CA 90290 Tel: 917-853 7748 Fax: 310-455 7851 Andreas Kurz, Founder and President Georgia Tibet Committee C/o Diane Tsempel 2182 Park Avenue Smyrna, GA 30080 (770) 938-9590

Indiana Cultural Center P.O. Box 2581 Bloomington, IN 47402 Tel: (812) 334-7046

Kansas City Friends of Tibet P.O. Box 32843 Kansas City, MI 64171 Kauai Friends of Tibet 6820 Kawaihau Road Kapaa, HI 96746 Tel: (808) 8221018

Tel: (212) 898-4134 Fax: (212) 425-7240

New Jersey Friends of Tibet 1002 Washington Drive Ramsey, New Jersey 07446 Tel: (201) 818-1204 WPoole, President and Founder Email: Web: Pasadena Friends of Tibet 1949 Huntington Dr. Pasadena, CA 91030 Tel: (626) 799-7879 Email:

Pittsburgh Friends of Tibet P.O. Box 8369 Pittsburgh, PA 15218 Tel: (724) 898-1199 Email: Project Tibet 403 Canyon Road Sante Fe, NM 87501 Tel: (505) 982-3002 Fax: (505) 988-4142

Los Angeles Friends of Tibet P.O. Box 641066 8333 Airport Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: (310) 2894654 Fax: (310) 3065037 Email:

The Prayer, montage by Danny Conant from the upcoming Tibet House exhibition and publication Vanishing Tibet. Website: Maine Friends of Tibet C/o Jacque Lane Windham, ME 04062

Maryland Friends of Tibet 101 South Washington Street Baltimore, MD 21231

New York Tibetan Alliance 17 Battery Place, Suite #633N New York, NY 10004

Sangha Tibet Resource Center Somerville, MA 617-629-4674 Email: San Diego Friends of Tibet 3551 Front Street San Diego, CA 92103 Tel: (619) 682-7188 Fax: (619) 282-8105 Email:

Stanford Friends of Tibet C/o ASSU Tressider Union Stanford, CA 94305 Email:

Tibetan Alliance of Chicago Sherab Gyatso, President 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Ste. #469 Chicago, IL 60640 Tel: (773) 275-7454 Fax: (773) 275-9171 Email: Tibetan Association of Washington P.O. Box 77222 Seattle, WA 98177 Tenzin Laude

Tibetan Friendship Group Australia P.O. Box 39, Gordon, NSW Australia, 2072 Tel/Fax: (02) 9953-9980 Tibetan Youth Congress Contact Thupten Thokmey 221 East 32nd St., #12A New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 213-5010 U. S. Tibet Committee (Philadelphia Chapter) 3921 Patrician Drive Philadelphia, PA 19154 Tel: (215) 321-7196

World Artists for Tibet 142-20 84th Drive #7H Briarwood, NY 11435 Tel: (718) 658-0906 Email:

Tibetan Buddhist Study Centers Asian Classics Institute P.O. Box 144 New York, NY 10276 Tel: (212) 475-7752 (mssg) Email: Geshe Michael Roach

The Bodhi Line Buddhist Information Line

Brooklyn Buddhist Association Sogen International Zen Dojo of Brooklyn Kai, 211 Smith Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: (718) 488-9511 Fax: (718) 797-1073 Email:

Center for Buddhist Studies 623 Kent Hall, Columbia University New York, NY 10027 Tel: (212) 854-6977 Religion Department Tel: (212) 854-3218

Center for Dzogchen Studies Lama Tsondu Sangpo Lama Padma Karma 17 Tour Avenue New Haven, CT 06515 Tel: (203) 387-9992 Email: Chuang Yen Monastery 2020 Route 301 Carmel, NY 10512 Tel: (845) 225-1819 Fax: (845) 228-4288 Email:

Friends of Drepung Gomang Monastery 22500 Monte Besta Dr. Topanga, CA 90290 Tel: (310) 455-7851 Fax: 914-381 9186 Andreas Kurz Email:

Gaden Chophel Ling 186 West 6th Street Howell, NJ 07731 Tel: (732) 367-3940 Ven. Yonten Gyatso

Jewel Heart New York Meeting Space 260 West Broadway, 1G New York, NY 10013 Tel: (212) 966-2807

Gehlek Rimpoche Email:

Office of Jewel Heart New York: 33 Katonah Ave. Katonah, NY 10536 Fax: (914) 232-1398 Kagyu Dsamling Kunchab 35 West 19th St., 5th Floor New Tel: (212) 989-5989

Photo of Potala Palace by Martin Gray from the upcming Fall 2007 exhibition and book, Sacred Earth: Places of Peace and Power. Kagyu Thubten Choling 245 Sheafe Road Wappinger Falls, NY 12590 Tel: (845) 297-2500 Fax: (845) 297-5761 Email: Lama Norlha

Karma Thegsum Choling 412 West End Avenue #5N Intercom #19 New York, NY 10024 Tel: (212) 580-9282 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Email: a-nyc.html Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery 335 Meads Mountain Rd. Woodstock, NY 12498 Tel: (845) 679-5906 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library 132 Perry St. Sutie 2A New York, NY 10014 Tel: (212) 367.8490 Fax: (212) 367.8479 Email:

Labsum Shedrub Ling Buddhist Learning Center 93 Angen Road Washington, NJ 07882 Tel: (908) 689-6080 Contact: Mr. Joshua Cutler Ms. Diana Cutler Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies 412 N. Aurora St. Ithaca, NY 14850

Tel: (607) 273-0739 Fax: (607) 256-5132 Email: Nechung Foundation 110 First Avenue, 5th Flr. New York, NY 10009 Tel: (212) 388-9784 Lama Pema Dorjee

New York Insight Meditation Center 28 West 27th St. 10th Floor New York, NY 10001 Tel: (212) 213-4802 Email: NY Shambhala Center & Dharmadhatu of NY 118 West 22nd St., 6th Fl. New York, NY 10011 Tel: (212) 675-6544 Fax: (212) 633-8486 Email: Orgyen Cho Dzong Nyingma Tersar Retreat Center 5345 Route 81 Greenville, NY 12083 Tel: (518) 966 4077 Fax: (518) 966 8971 Email:

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center 151 Lexington Ave., #8A New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 683-4958 Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Palden Sakya Center 4-10 West 101st Street, #63 New York, NY 10025 Tel: (212) 866-4339 289 Brookside Avenue Cresskill, NJ 07626 Tel: (201) 541-0007 Palyul Retreat Center 359 German Hollow Rd McDonough, NY 13801 Tel: (607) 656-4645

Palyul Changchub Dargelying NYC 101 W. 23rd St, Box 2336 New York, NY 10011 Email: Pema Tsal Meditation Center 541 Pacific Street Brooklyn, NY 11217-1902 Tel: (718) 797-9569

PSC of Woodstock 15 Meads Mountain Road Woodstock, NY 12498 Tel: (845) 679-4024 Fax: (845) 679-4093 Lama Pema Wangdak

Rashi Gempil Ling First Kalmuk Buddhist Temple 47 East 5th Street Howell, NJ 07731 Tel: (732) 364-1824 Geshe Lobsang Tharchin

Rigpa New York P.O. Box 513 New York, NY 10014 Tel: (212) 595-3573 Sogyal Rinpoche

Sakya Phunstok Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies & Meditation 354 Prelude Drive Silver Spring, MD 20901 Email:

Siddhartha School Project Gesh Lobzang Tsetan P. O. Box 924 Freeport, ME 04032-6601 Tel: (207) 865-0744 Tel: (212) 740-2505 Email:

Tashi Lhunpo Temple 12 Kalmuk Road Howell, NJ 07731 Tel: (732) 363-6012 Ven. Tenzin Dakpa

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery P.O. Bylakuppe- 571104 Distt. Mysore Karnataka State, India Tel: 91 821 694282 Email:

The Tibet Center 107 East 31st Street, 5th Fl. New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 779-1841 Fax: (212) 779-3426 Email:

Khyongla Rato Rinpoche Tibetan Monastery 711 Amsterdam Ave. #5B New York, NY 10025 341 Lafayette Street, #755 New York, NY 10012 Tel: 212-717-0832 Email: Lama Lobsang Ngodup Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple of All-Encompassing


Directory Great Compassion 12 Edmunds Lane Walden, NY 12586 Tel: (301) 592-9286 Seat of H.H. Sakya Trizin, U.S.

Yeshe Nyingpo 19 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 Tel: (212) 691-8523 Cell: (917) 407-8376 Email:

Online Database of Buddhist Study Centers and Events Ken Wallace Sealevel Communications 233 Old Halifax Road Glen Haven, Nova Scotia B3Z 2X3 Canada Tel: +1 902 820-2233 Email:

Zangdokpalri Foundation 130 7th Avenue, Suite 221 New York, NY 10011 Tel: (212) 615-6816 Email: Kyabgon Kunzang Dechen Lingpa


Dadon 573 R. Madison Road Durham, CT 06422 Tel; (860) 349-3359 Email:

Nawang Khechog P.O. Box 1584 Boulder, CO 80306

Tenzin Norbu Classical & Spiritual Songs of Tibet

New Earth Records 7 Avenida Vista Grande B7-305 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 Tel: 888-245-4482 Fax: 505-466-2477 Email: Techung Tibetan Folk & Freedom Singer 7 Paulson Ct San Mateo, CA 94403





Ven. Gyaltsen Chopel (Tangka/Decorative Painter) Nechung Foundation 110 First Ave., 5th Floor New York, NY 10009 (212) 388-9784

Rabkar Wangchuk 444 31st Street 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10016 Tel; (646) 483-8160 Email: Samten Dakpa 307 East 44th Street, #B New York, NY 10017 Tel: (347) 515-1104

Tinley Chojor (Thangka/Decorative Painter) Karma Triyana Dharmachakra 352 Meads Mountain Road Woodstock, NY 12498 Tel: (845) 679-5906 Phuntsok Dorje (Thangka Painting/Art Restoration) 1455 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 Tel: (212) 860-7303

Kelsang Lodoe Oshoe (Master Thangka Painter/Sculpture) 412 N. Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850 Tel: (607) 273-0739 Email:

Gendun Sakyal 4444 Calle Durquesa Santa Fe, NM 87505 Tel: (505) 438-2402

Tsering Phuntsok 236 Paterson Avenue East Rutherford, NJ 07073 Tel: (201) 935.6762

Mechak Gallery Contemporary Tibetan Art An internet gallery showing the work of contemporary Tibetan artists. 1028 Versa Drive

Boulder, CO 80305 (303) 570-2774

Performing Arts

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) Gary McLeod, Dharamsala Distt: Kangra-176219 HP India Tel: (91) 22478-23033 Fax: (91) 1892-23033 Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance & Opera Co. P.O. Box 581 Sonoma, CA 95476 Tel: (707) 935-8172 Cholsum C/o Tibetan Association Of NY/NJ 241 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016

Potala Tibetan Performing Arts 8 Melbourne St. W Lindsay, ONT Canada K9V2S6


Sonam Zoksang 167 Thompson Street New York, NY 10012 Tel: (212) 995-9276 Email:

Sand Mandala Namgyal Monastery Institute of Tibetan Buddhist Study and Practice 412 N. Aurora Street P.O. Box 127 Ithaca, NY 14851 Tel: (607) 273-0739 Fax: (607) 256-5132 Email: Lama Lobsang Samden Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia 3635 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 Tel: (215) 222-1641


Tseten Lhagyal (Nyarong) 48-16 46th St. #C2 Woodside, NY 11377

Stone Mason Sonam Lama MA Tibetan Association

P.O. Box 822 Greenfield, MA 01302

Tibetan Art Appraisals

Lobsang N. Aye Certified Appraiser for donations and insurance 61 Grove Street, #4A New York, NY 10014 Tel/fax: 212-989-1829 Email:

Tangka Restoration

Ann Shaftel MSc, MA Conservator of Thangkas Tel: (902) 422-2327 Email:

Susan St.Clair Bennett Thangka Painting & Conservation (845) 676-4337 Email:


Phurbu Kyipa 38 A Washington St. #2 Keene, NH 03431

Woodcarving Dholak 26 Welson St., Apt.23 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel: (201) 933-8666

Pampa Tsering 1260 Hapkins Street, #5 Berkeley, CA 94702 Tel: (510) 559-9048

Educational Organizations

The Neydo Foundation 589 Fifth Avenue, Suite 909 New York, NY 10017 Tel; (212) 414-0080 Fax; (212) 262-9799 Email: Gaden Relief Projects 637 Christie Streeet Toronto, Ontario M6G 3E6 Canada Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302 Voice: (303) 444.0202 Fax: (303) 444.0410

Experts in Tibetan Medicine Himalayan HealthCare P.O. Box 737 Planetarium Station New York, NY 10024 Tel: (212) 829-8691 Tashi Rabten Blue Rock Medical Center 117 Ridge Rd. Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Choyang Phuntsok Meridian Medical Group, PC 102 East 30th St. New York, NY 10016 Tenzin Dakpa

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(Renunciation, Bodhi-mind and Right View). Part of the genius of the Lam Rim teachings is that they provide broad and flexible templates for contemplating, and actualizing, our own trajectories of growth. If we want to discern a root to this blossoming tree of awakening, we can call it the “wisdom that is compassion”: the teachings direct us to direct our hearts and heads to the deep-seated human urging for freedom. Recommended Readings include The Path to Bliss by HH the Dalai Lama; Liberation in the Palm of My Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche; and The Lamp to the Path of Enlightenment by Atisha. David Gardiner is Associate Professor in Religion at Colorado College. He passed through academic portals at Amherst College, the University of Virginia, and Stanford University, focusing primarily on Japanese Tantric Buddhism. He is currently completing a book on the writings of Kukai, the founder of the Shingon School of Japanese Buddhism, and is also working on a book on the topic of forgiveness in Buddhism.

43 Advices on Mind of Enlightenment Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche Set of 2 Evening Lectures March 7th and 8th, 7-9 pm; Evening Lectures are $36 Members/$40 Nonmembers All Day Workshop Sunday, March 11, 10 am-5 pm Workshop: $72 Members/$80 Nonmembers For the first time in the western world, Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche will give the teaching 43Advices on Mind of Enlightenment, a Bön teaching. Bön is the native pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet and recognized by H.H. the Dalai Lama as one of the five spiritual traditions. The teaching will help us to deepen our understanding of essence inclusive of the essence of life, the truth of Karmic cause and result, the wisdom of love and compassion and the qualities of virtuous deeds. It will help us apply the teaching in action to overcome any critical situation in daily life, strengthening our inner

power. It also teaches us to ground spirituality within our life. It includes the different levels, highest, medium and lowest level of capacity for understanding the essence of the teaching. Rinpoche will give clear instruction on both the relative mind of Enlightenment (Kun zob Sem kyed) and the Absolute mind of Enlightenment (Don dam Sem kyed), including how to practice such enlightened mind, its course, and condition. The teaching completes with how and when to apply gradual development of self realization, and ultimately achievement of Enlightenment to free all sentient beings from the misery of cyclic existence. Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is a Bön Abbott and lineage holder of Lhatri Monastery in the Kham/Dege area of eastern Tibet. The Bönpo people now living in Kathmandu are originally from the Dorpatan area and are devotees of Te-Wa Monastery that is located in the upper region of Tibet. His father established the Bön Community of Te-Wa (Te-Bön kyi dug) in Kathmandu. His father took Nyima Dakpa, at age 15, to sMen-ri Monastery in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India. Nyima Dakpa eventually returned to Nepal.

Tibet House U.S. gratefully acknowledges the contributions at basic membership received between July 1st and December 31st, 2006: continued from page 15 De Jong * Jeanne M. Dianda * Linda Doery * Melanie Einzig * Cornelia Emerson * Jennylyn Farley * Helen Fazio * Constance Fenton * Ezra Sesto Ferguson * Jennifer Flagg * Joan Flesch * Julie Floyd * Francoise Forget * Patricia Francis * Stephen Frank * Thomas Franscone * Dewey Frechette * Dale Fuller * David Gabrielson * Pam Galt * Norton Garber * Katherine Gardiner * Martine Gerard * Cheryl Gerber * Larry Goldblatt * Trudy Goldman * Wendy Gonzales * Alezandra Graylin-Frey * Tanja Gustafson * Walter Hahn * John B. Harlan * Cheryl Harnest * Margery Harter * Mitchell Harvey * James Harvey * Nancy Haynes * Emily Heller * Teresa Colleen Hickman * Kent Huie * Laurie Elizabeth * Irving Alice * Marie Jacobson * Jason Jaffery * Sam Jain * Nora Jamieson * Thomas Jasper * Barbara B. Johanns * Anne Johnson * Clark Jones * Scott Josephson * Eva Jurewicz * David Jurman * Vijay Kale * Jacques Khalip * Margaret King * Amy Krantz * Charles Kupfes * Dennis Kurtz * Margaret LaManna * Alexandre Laudet * L. Mark Lawrnce * Cheryl Lechtanski * Floyd Lee * Susie Leiper * Charles Lenz * Frederick Leslie * Jennifer Levesque * Angela Linamen * Jerome Lipani * David London * Gwendolyn Low * Zeb Maclennan * Susan MacMurchy * Bonnie Maitenaz * Pooja Manandhar * David Marshall * Roseann Marulli * Deborah Masri * Panayotis Mavromatis * James McConnell * Anne McDonnell * Claudia McKeon * Alexandra McReynolds * Rony Mecattaf * C F Meindersma * Teresa Metcalf * Michael Meteyer * Letty Militana * Shirley J. Miller * Sys T. Morch * Susan Morton * Suzanne Mowat * Kristen Mulvihill * Loretta Munoz * Mary L. Muntner * Nicholas J. Muto * Tammera Nauts * Betty P.Ng * Chand Nirankari * Thomas Nugent * Hope Nunnery * Amalia Oliveira * C Ondek * Patricia Osbourn * Zoe Pappas * Josey Parker * Cherilyn Parsons * Tricia Patch * Jeffrey Pechter * Jennifer Peng * Robin Phillips * Chahee Pickard * Ewa Pieczynski * William Poole * Nicole Pressley * Paresh Puhan * Timothy Purcell * Alexander Putnik * Paul Qaysi * Elka Raedish * Elizabeth & Mary Read * Obin Reinach * Vanessa Rhee * Elizabeth Roberts * David Rodriguez * Melissa Rosati * Allison Rudesyle * Pinar Saglav * David Salazar * Donald Salmon * Ani karma Choekyi Sangmo * Matthew Schojan * Lisa Schubert * Paul Scialla * Maura Sheehan * Emily Shuldman * David Siff * Barb Sledz * Ellen E. Smith * Jacqueline Smith * Leela Southworth * Sharman Speed * Ken Stec * Caryn Stedman * Margo & Phil Stein * Anne Marie Sternbach * Joyce Stickmey * Kate Taylor * Leslie Teeple * Tom Thompson * Kamala Tiyavanich * Douglas Tobin * Ricardo Torres * Susan Towers * Kazuko Toyoda * Jane Levy Troy * Lee Joseph .Tse Hei * Marianne Tucker * Cheryl Van Hooven * Nyvette Vicens * Quentin Vidor * Kristina Vincze * Melissa Vivino * Kristin Von Donup * Susan L. Wa;;ace * Lucy Walker * M Lynn Weiss * Robin Wells * Gretchen Werwaiss * Blake Whiteman * Michelle Williams * Marty Williams * Susan Wilson * Paula Wilson * Carolyn J. Woodson * Barbara A. L. Woytowicz * Eugene Wronko * Heidi Yockey * Po Yue, Shai Zalait * Marc Zuliani *


Longevity Conference & President’s Letter continued from page 13

has shown that psychological stress may actually damage DNA; protection from such stress through meditative practices may therefore protect DNA. And finally the Tibetan lama, Gehlek Rimpoche, discussed the protective and health-enhancing effects of the Tibetan longevity meditation.

The Optimization Panel was led by an extraordinary scholar-scientist familiar to many Tibet House members, Dr. Joe Loizzo, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist also holding a doctorate in Tibetan Studies from Columbia University. Dr. Mary Charlson, Chief of Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School, discussed techniques for optimizing healthy behavior, and Diane Fosha, PhD, a pioneer in the study of the benefits of positive emotions, which are also central to continued from page 21

given by Alice Kandell, Philip Rudko, Michael and Beata McCormick, Navin Kumar, and Carlton Rochell. We again express our heartfelt thanks to all these generous donors.

His Holiness said at our founding that He has worked for nearly fifty years in exile to preserve Tibetan culture in exile, and Tibetan organizations in India and Nepal been doing a great job. “However, around 15 or 20 years from now, we will be getting perhaps a bit tired and spread thin, and at that time we will need a powerful cultural organization in America to be


Indo-Tibetan yoga. Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, a leader in research on exceptional cognitive and physical performance, discussed ongoing research into how advanced Tibetan yoga practitioners achieve their exceptional abilities, eg, the control of body temperature and metabolism, superior visualization capacities, and others.

extraordinary presentation, Dr. Neil Theise, MD, the stem cell researcher, described how central points in the Buddhist philosophy of science could potentially radically improve aspects of the Western sciences of biology and physics.

there to sustain our cultural efforts.” This year we are reaching “20 years;” we have raised a lot of consciousnesses about Tibet, and we are solid, as sure of our future as anyone can be in this world of impermanence. However, we are still not powerful enough to help Tibetans worldwide as much as we would like. Your help matters now more than ever.

members, you are making a difference through us for all Tibetans. So please renew your memberships, go out and recruit new members, participate in our events, and support all the activities of all the many other Tibetan cultural preservation organizations.

Finally, in the Methodology Panel, the team of Lobsang Dhondup and Cynthia Hustad described their collaboration in advanced physical chemistry and Tibetan medicine, in which they are making progress in the understanding and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Lobsang Rapgay, a Tibetan Doctor who also has a PhD in Psychology, discussed methodological issues in the adaptation of mindfulness meditation for the treatment of anxiety disorders. In an

We are here for the ages, for coming generations, and we have the best allies in the Tibetan people themselves. And “we” means you too – we are nowhere without you, dear

Mention should also be made of the extraordinary contributions by the Tibetan doctors Tenzing Takpa, Choying Phuntsok, the Tibetan lama Geshe Tsondu, P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD, Dan Brown, PhD. Brooke DodsonLavelle and Jeremy Tallent of Columbia made outstanding contributions ranging from the logistical to intellectual content. The conference proceedings will be published in May ‘07 by the N.Y. Academy of Sciences, a distinguished scientific organization whose membership has included Darwin, Edison, Pasteur, and Einstein.

All the best for a glorious 2007, Year of the Fire Pig. Yours faithfully,

Robert A F “Tenzin” Thurman President 21

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Teaching Schedule INDIA Bylakuppe, India January 10 - 13 The Hayagriva Initiation (tamding yangsang kawang) at Sera Je Monastery on January 10 & 11. On January 12 he will give teachings on Atisha's Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment (jangchup lamdon) at Sera Mey Monastery. On January 13 morning he will confer a long life empowerment. Mumbai, India January 31 A public talk on Peace Through Inner Peace organized by the FPMT. The talk will begin at 1500 hrs and will be held at the MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East). Contact Website: Dharamsala, India March 3 His Holiness will give a teaching from the Jataka Tales. Dharamsala, India March 4 - 14 His Holiness will give his annual spring teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) along with the 3rd Dalai Lama Gyalwang Sonam Gyatso’s The Refined Gold: The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lamrim sershoonma) at the Main Temple. There will be a break in the teachings on March 10. USA Maui, Hawaii April 24 - 25 His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give one public talk and one Buddhist teaching in Central Maui. The subject title for the public talk and the teaching will be announced at a later date. For more details please visit San Francisco, California April 27 - 28

A teaching on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Origination (tendrel toepa) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium organized by the Gyuto Vajrayana Center in San Jose, California. San Francisco, California April 29 Public Talk (topic and venue yet to be decided). Madison, Wisconsin May 3 - 4 Teachings on tokchod donlekma and lamrim dudon and also confer the Green Tara Empowerment (doljang jenang) at the request of Geshe Lhundup Sopa of Deer Park Center. Contact Website: AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND Perth, Australia June 6 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website for more information. Bendigo, Australia June 7 His Holiness will lead a blessing prayer at the Great Stupa site. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Melbourne, Australia June 8 - 10 A three-day Buddhist teaching including an initiation. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Melbourne, Australia June 9 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Geelong, Australia

June 11 A Medicine Buddha Initiation. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Geelong, Australia June 11 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Brisbane, Australia June 13 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Sydney, Australia June 16 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Website: Auckland, New Zealand June 18 A teaching on The Four Noble Truths. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour Wellington, New Zealand June 19 Public Talk. Contact: The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour HAMBURG, GERMANY July 21 & 22: General talks on Learning Peace - The Practice of Non-Violence. Website: July 22 A public talk on Compassion in the Globalized World. Website: July 23 - 27 Teachings on Aryadeva's Chatuhshataka (zhi-gyapa). Website:

Calendar of Events The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art 338 Lighthouse Avenue Staten Island, NY 10306 Tel: 718-987-3500; Fax: 718-351-0402 Bhutanese Sand Mandala- February 9th13th. The completed sand mandala will remain on display for an extended viewing period. The American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192 Tel: 212-769-5200


Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids -May 2007–January 2008 The International Asian Art Fair March 23- 28 Benefit Preview Opening for Asia Society Thursday March 22, 2007 The Seventh Regiment Armory Park Avenue at 67th Street New York City The New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show March 22nd through March 25th Gramercy Park Armory Lexington Avenue at 26th St., NYC

Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011 212-620-5000 The Missing Peace-March 9–September 3, 2007 also on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts 601 West 26th Street from July 7 through August 31. Arunachal: Peoples, Arts, and Adornments in the Eastern HimalayasMay 18 – October 15 The Dragon’s Gift: The Arts of BhutanSummer 2008

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