Special Lectures with Professor Robert Thurman – Buddhism, Tibet, and the Four Nobler Truths
This lecture will discuss the Tibetan tradition of the “obstacle year,” the idea that when one’s birth animal year comes around every twelve years, there is danger of an obstacle bringing us some misfortune. In H. H. the Dalai Lama’s case, since his fate is so tied to that of the Tibetan nation, there has been a tendency for all of Tibet to undergo hardships during Pig Years. In this illustrated lecture, we will go through the Man of Peace Illustrated Life Story of His Holiness to show how eacvh pig year has brought certain challenges that fortunately have been overcome only by special efforts.
Turning to the present year, we see how deeply challenged Tibet is still today, and will reflect upon what we are all doing and can further do now to overcome the present challenges. For example, the current exhibition at Tibet House US can be considered a way of responding to the catastrophe of severe oppression, a heart’s witness to the extreme sacrifices of the many Tibetan martyrs who have offered their own lives and bodies.
Wednesday, October 2; 7-9PM | General:$25/Members:$22.50