In the months prior to His Holiness’ visit, a wide variety of programs were organized both on campus and in Santa Barbara to celebrate Tibetan culture. The University Libraries selected His Holiness’ Ethics for a New Millenium as its choice for the annual UCSB Reads program. Two thousand copies of the book were made available at no cost to students, staff and faculty. Forums on the book were also held throughout Santa Barbara. In addition to the ongoing courses on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language offered in the Religious Studies Department, other classes on Tibetan-Himalayan anthropology and Tibetan medicine were taught in the Department of East Asian Languaes and Cultural Studies. In early spring, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche, gave a lecture on The Future of Tibet. A few weeks later, Pico Iyer and Professor Robert Thurman engaged in a public conversation on “Why the Dalai Lama Matters” at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Over several weeks, members of the UC Santa Barbara faculty lectured on Tibetan culture and religion in the local community. The University Art Museum organized an extraordinary exhibition, Toward Enlightenment: The Sacred Art of Tibet, showcasing exquisite tangka paintings on loan from the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. In the the weeks prior to His Holiness’ visit, a renowned monk-artist from Gyumey Tantric College taught a month-long workshop on Tibetan painting for undergraduates; and in the days before His Holiness’ arrival, monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery created a beautiful Avalokiteshvara sand-mandala in honor of the Dalai Lama. In the words of Dean David Marhsall, “this remarkable program of events, culminating in the Dalai Lama’s lectures, were, for our students and the wider community, an example of our public university at its very best.”
The Future of Tibet October 20, 2008, 5:30 p.m. Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara. Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche (Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile)
Who are The Dalai Lamas? Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Unity Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara.$5.00 donation at the door. A Power Point introduction to the history and evolution of one of Tibet’s most important religious institutions. Prof. José Ignacio Cabezón, Religious Studies, UCSB.
An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Unity Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara. $5.00 donation at the door. An introduction to the history and some of the essential doctrines of the religion. Dr. Gregory Hillis, Religious Studies, UCSB.
A Crack in the World: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama’s
Journey to a Land of Immortality Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Unity Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara. $5.00 donation at the door. A Power Point presentation of the Trulshik Lingpa’s journey to “open the way” to a hidden land fabled in Tibetan tradition. Thomas Shor, writer and photographer.
Why the Dalai Lama Matters: A Conversation between
Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:30 p.m. UCSB Campbell Hall. $10 UCSB students and $20 general admission in advance & at the door, if still available. (Reserved seating) Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Borders will sell books by both authors at the event. Authors signing. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535.
Robert Thurman photo by Emily Davidow
photo by Derek Shapton
Robert Thurman photo by Emily Davidow
Tibetan Medicine and Healing Arts: An Introduction Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. McCune Conference Room, 6th Floor, Humanities and Social Science Building, UCSB Campus. Free admission. An introduction to the history, literature, physiology, diagnosis, and treatment techniques of Tibetan medicine. The lecture will also examine the education system for traditional Tibetan doctors in India. Barbara Gerke Lecture, University of Oxford and Rubin Visiting Professor, UCSB.