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Mind Stretchers - Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly - Meditation and Mindfulness

May 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Over the course of three talks, we will look at the different perspectives of Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism, on the challenges of confronting our divisions. We will also discuss the teaching and practice of these traditions that lead us to an understanding of the common good and the work of reconciliation. Meditation and Mindfulness We seek happiness. In this universal quest, the insight of Tibetan culture is that happiness is not dependent on one’s past or present external conditions, environment, social status, friends, enemies, etc. Instead, happiness is a state of mind that everyone can cultivate. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without”: His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Meditation and mindfulness are two key components of this mental training. Through meditation we gain a clear and accurate way of seeing, while mindfulness trains us in maintaining this clarity. The fruits of this practice are many. We learn not only to take better care of ourselves, but also to become more loving and compassionate with all living beings whose happiness is interdependently bound with ours. The Ven. Geshe Thupten Dorjee is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk whose 25 years of intensive study in the Drepung Loseling Monastery University in South India culminated in the advanced Geshe Lharampa Degree, the same degree held by H.H. The Dalai Lama. After earning the highest degree awarded in the Gelugpa University, Geshe-La continued his education at the prestigious Gyuto Tantric Monastery University, where after another three years of training he received the Geshe Ngarampa Degree, a degree held by few in all of North America. For the next several years, Geshe-La toured throughout the world with Mystical Arts of Tibet, continued academic studies in the West, began setting up Dharma centers in North America, such as Fairhope Tibetan Society in Alabama, Tibetan Culture Institute in Arkansas and Thupten Cholling Dharma Center in Utah, and has taught at various universities in USA and Canada. After teaching philosophy for eleven years, he is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, where his popularity among the students and recognition by his peers has earned him the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Teacher of the Year. Most recently, he received the John A. White Award for Faculty-Student Collaboration for work on the TEXT Project, an ongoing program where select students and faculty from the University travel to India to preserve the rich living tradition of elder Tibetans in Exile Today (TEXT).

Admission: Free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Ruth Skinner Building at St. John's Episcopal Church
214 N. 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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