Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.: The Future of Tibetan Buddhism (Live Stream)


Saturday, April 13, 2024
10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern)

Respected author, Buddhist scholar, and revered teacher Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D has spent his life dedicated to the dharma, preserving Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, and bridging contemporary and traditional cultures. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s principle English language interpreter, he has made the depth of His Holiness’ wisdom accessible to a wide range of audiences. As a leading figure in Mind and Life Institute he has helped bridge the gap between science and the sacred and as the founder and lead editor of the Library of Tibetan Classics, he has helped preserve and translate into multiple languages some of the most important texts of Tibetan Buddhism that might have been lost without his efforts.

In this online talk, Jinpa will discuss what it means to preserve Tibetan Buddhist wisdom and the challenges and the benefits that come with it. He will also reflect on the nature of transmission in the Buddhist system, how to determine what is relevant to contemporary culture, and what he sees as the future of Tibetan Buddhism. This talk is a fundraiser. All proceeds for this talk go to support the monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Khangston.

About Thupten Jinpa
Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. is a former monk who was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic tradition. He received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity) and earned a Ph.D. in religious studies from Cambridge. He has translated and collaborated on numerous books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times bestsellers – Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness. His own works include A Fearless Heart and Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows. Jinpa is the president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montréal and chairs the Compassion Institute at Stanford and the Mind and Life Institute.

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