H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” - Prof. Robert Thurman (April 25 2018 - Session 7 of 7)
Part 2: Buddhist Ethics and the World Crisis: Counsel for Kings (Ratnavali)
April 25 – The Ethics of Cool Revolution
This spring we will continue our course to further H. H. the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind and Life science dialogues (Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story), along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility), and finally, His opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 34 Kalachakra Grand Initiations (The Kalachakra Initiation, Tantra in Tibet, and other such works). The “root texts” for this spring, for Part 1, will be the Noble Teaching of Vimalakirti Sutra, and for Part 2, Nagarjuna’s Jewel Garland, along with selections from various other works in English translation, as well as passages from works of His Holiness. Some readings will be available for purchase, others provided online to enrollees. The course can be taken as a whole, in two separate units of three or four, or one by one. Menla retreats must be taken under separate registration with Menla.
Faculty: Robert Thurman (RAFT), with participation by Dr. Thomas Yarnall, Dr. Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Lelung Tulku Rinpoche, and occasional guest teachers, such as Thubten Chodron (founder of Sravasti Nunnery and co-author with His Holiness of Approach to the Buddhist Path, and Buddhism: One Teacher Many Traditions)