Tibetan Monasteries and Religion in the Modern World: A Dialog with Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö



Tibetan Monasteries and Religion in the Modern World: A Dialog with Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö


Thu., May 5 2016 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall

Please register here to join us for this free event.
This will be a four way conversation with Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro, head of the world’s largest Buddhist monastery (in Tibet), UVA Professors Kurtis Schaeffer and David Germano, and Catherine Hardie. Excellent translation will be provided. The event will begin with a systematic introduction by Germano and Schaeffer to his life and works:  the world’s largest Buddhist monastery, his scholastic work (publications and recordings, academic monastic program curriculum), his research interests in reincarnation and bodies of light, and his socially engaged work (living dictionary, etc.).  This will be followed by a conversation on various issues pertaining to the function and utility of monasteries in modern times, and religion and secularism. 
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö was born in 1962 in Drango County in Eastern Tibet. In 1984 he received monastic ordination at the Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Institute (Larung Gar) in Serthar, now the world's largest Buddhist monastery, under the guidance of its founder Khenpo Jikme Phunstok.  After many years dedicated to the study of Buddhist philosophy and cnotemplation, he was awarded the monastic title of Khenpo in recognition of his scholarship.
For more than twenty years he has overseen monastic education at Larung Gar, producing successive generations of accomplished students. Over the past decade, Khenpo has concentrated efforts in Tibetan areas, promoting environmental awareness, education, vegetarianism, and the importance of protecting all life and abstaining from taking life.  At the same time, he has sought to deepen the broader Tibetan community’s understanding of ethics, contemplation, and religion, and to this end has travelled widely giving teachings to lay audiences.  Placing great importance on the promotion of Tibetan culture, Khenpo has founded multiple libraries and schools.  Placing great importance on the promotion of Tibetan culture, Khenpo has founded libraries and schools.  Notably, he has also coordinated a team of language specialists and scholars representing all Tibetan regions to collaborate on the compilation of a trilingual (Tibetan-Chinese-English) dictionary of new vocabulary terms. Two volumes have been published in the past five years:  the Chinese-Tibetan-English Illustrated Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary and the Chinese-Tibetan-English Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary
Over the last ten years, Khenpo has been committed to deepening his understanding of western science and philosophy, and is utilising contemporary methods to disseminate Buddhist culture.   Khenpo has published extensively on Buddhism in both Tibetan and Chinese languages. His Tibetan publications include four volumes of collected writings, and his Chinese monographs include the Wisdom Light series, Stories of Transmigration, Buddhism: Superstition or Wisdom?, The Secret Code for Unlocking Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism: Lifting the Veil of Mystery

This event is co-sponosord by the Tibet Center

Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage (fees apply).  Find a detailed map of the Grounds here

*Advanced registration preferred but not required.  If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will have first seating priority.  In the case of unforeseen event changes, we will be sure to communicate to all registered guests.