Past Events on Tibet at the University of Virginia

This page provides a list of all events held in the past at the University of Virginia relating to Tibet.

Symposium: Environment and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau

News item posted on: March 11th, 2014
March 24, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Reting_valley_WEBPlease join the UVa Tibet Center for an international public symposium that will bring environmental scientists, conservationists, social scientists, and humanists together to discuss research and conservation on the Tibetan Plateau.

There will be two sets of panel discussions during the day.

Location: UVa Grounds, Harrison Institute Auditorium

All panels are in the bottom floor Auditorium in the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library right next to Alderman Library

Schedule

All talks are 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for Q&A; there is also a concluding 45 minutes final discussion.

9:00am-10:30am Session 1

9:00-9:30am
:  Welcome and Introduction: David Germano and Howie Epstein of the University of Virginia.

Julia Klein (Colorado State University): “Snow Disasters, Climate Warming and Grazing Policy: An interdisciplinary study to examine ecosystem and herder resilience to interacting global change threats in central Tibet:

Kelly Hopping (Colorado State University): “The good, the bad, and the shrubby: impacts of climate change and grazing on Tibet’s alpine meadows”

10:30-10:45am:  Break

10:45-12:30pm: Session 2

Emily Yeh (University of Colorado): “Tibetan pastoralists’ vulnerability to climate change: a political ecology analysis of snowstorm coping capacity”

Susan Natali (Woods Hole Research Center): “Interactions and feedbacks among land use, climate change, and permafrost thaw on the Tibetan Plateau”

Ken Bauer (Dartmouth College): “Marx on the Mountains: Some Framings of the Caterpillar Fungus Phenomenon”

Lunch 12:30-2:00pm

2:00pm-3:45pm: Session 3

Ethan Goldings (TSERING and Winrock International, China): “Platforms for Protectors: innovative cultural, organizational and technical tools for Tibetan communities facing environmental stress.”

Palden Choying (Arizona State University): “Toward a Framework for Consideration of Plateau Pika as a Sustainable Component of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Alpine Grassland Ecosystem”

Lan Cuo (Tibetan Plateau Research): “Climate Change and its Impacts on the Hydrology in the northern Tibetan Plateau”

3:45-5:00pm: Session 4

A short presentation by University of Virginia undergraduates on an environment project in Eastern Tibet they conducted in 2013 and are continuing in 2014.

Concluding Discussion

 

Click here to download the promotional flyer

 

UVA Tibet Day 2014

News item posted on: March 3rd, 2014
March 26, 2014
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

བོད་ཀྱི་ཉིན་མོ།

Tibet Day 2014

Presented by the UVa Department of East Asian Languages Literatures, and Cultures and co-sponsored by the UVa Tibet Center

Join us to learn about Tibetan language and culture, Tibetan Studies at UVa, and more! Discover all the ways you can engage with Tibet and Tibetan Culture at UVa.

Event Schedule

4:00-5:00 p.m. Refreshments and Overview of Tibetan Studies at UVa

5:00-7:00 p.m. Opening speech, performance, and presentations

Location: UVA Grounds, South Lawn, Nau Hall, Room 101

Sponsored by the UVa Tibet Center, UVa Asia Institute, UVa East Asia Center, and the Charlottesville Tibetan Community.

UVA Buddhist Studies Group Conference on Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science

News item posted on: February 24th, 2014
February 28, 2014toMarch 2, 2014

buddha_1The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia, an organization devoted to promoting the academic field of Buddhist Studies, is organizing a conference with support from the Contemplative Sciences Center. The conference, coinciding with surge in interest in meditation and contemplation both within the UVa community as well as in society at large, will be held at UVa on Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014. A bright and dynamic figure in the field of Buddhist Studies, Dr. George Dreyfus, will give the keynote speech and act as moderator. Before receiving his PhD at the University of Virginia in 1991, from age nineteen Dreyfus lived and studied extensively in a Tibetan Monastery, culminating in his receiving the highest possible degree bestowed in the Tibetan monastic system of education. Dr. Dreyfus’s work thoughtfully engages the new and evolving partnership between religious studies scholars and scientists. His participation is guaranteed to attract a wide audience. The conference will include thematically organized panel presentations from currently enrolled PhD and MA students from around the country. The panels will address current issues in the study of Buddhist meditation as they relate to psychological interventions, meditative practice, issues of geography and culture, and the literature on meditation. This conference, which follows upon a successful conference from the previous year, promises to provide valuable opportunities for emerging scholars to present and develop their research, form collaborative relationships with peers, and directly participate in framing new and experimental discourses that will drive the field in the coming years.

Schedule

Friday, February 28

5:00-6:15pm:  Keynote Talk:

George Dreyfus, Williams College
“Taking Meditation Seriously (but not too much)”
Nau Hall 101

6:15-7:00pm: Reception

Saturday, March 1

8:45-10:00am: Meditation Study Design Charrette Part 1 (Breakfast served) (Nau Hall 211)

All panel discussions below will take place in Gibson 211.

10:00-11:30am: Panel 1: Pathways to Resilience: Contemplative (De)Constructions of the Self
11:45am-1:15pm: Panel 2: Holding the Un-held Mind: Precept and Practice in Buddhist Contemplation
2:15-3:30pm: Meditation Study Design Charrette Part 2
3:30-5:00pm: Panel 3: There and Back Again: Traversing Cultural Terrain and Contemplative Geographies

5:00-5:30pm: Coffee/Tea Break
5:30-6:45pm: Second Keynote Talk:

Erik Braun, University of Oklahoma
“The Queen and the Monk: How Colonialism Sparked
the Global Insight Meditation Movement”
Nau Hall 211

Sunday, March 2

8:45-10:00am: Meditation Study Design Charrette Part 3: Conclusions (Breakfast served) (Nau Hall 211)
10:00-11:30am: Panel 4: Contemplative Literature (Gibson 211)

Conference Website: https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Buddhist_Studies_Gr/

All sessions are open to the public.
For more information, visit: facebook.com/BuddhiststudiesUVa

Key People: Graduate Students: Naomi Worth; Christopher Hiebert; Natasha Mikles; Nicholas Trautz; K. Nyima Cape; James Fair. Kurtis Schaeffer, Professor and Department Chair. All organizers are from the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies.

Bryan Innovation Lab – Gomang Monks

News item posted on: February 18th, 2014
February 17, 2014toFebruary 21, 2014
Gomang MonksTibetan Monks Sacred Arts Tour

Join the Bryan Innovation Lab at the Steward School for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery are visiting the Bryan Innovation Lab February 17-21, 2014.

The monks will visit the Bryan Innovation Lab to provide the Steward community with an opportunity to better understand the relationship between Tibetan culture and the science of thought. Through the monks’ varied activities, the students will learn about mindfulness, cultural studies, and traditional foods in an effort to understand their global position in a connected world. The Steward School joins with many modern academic institutions in studying the relationship between quantitative science and contemplative science as demonstrated in Tibetan culture. While on campus, the monks will create a sand mandala in the Wellness Studio, conduct various workshops, visit with Steward students, and perform traditional music and dance throughout the week.

February 17-21 Events

WELCOME: On Monday February 17th, join the Bryan Innovation Lab in welcoming the monks along with a talk on Tibetan Buddhism by UVa Tibetan Studies PhD student Eva Natanya Rolf and the Gomang monks.

SAND MANDALA: From 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, you are invited to observe and take photos of the daily creation of a sand mandala.  A group of monks will dedicate their time solely to creating this masterpiece.

MEDITATION: At 11 a.m. each day, you are invited to various workshops on meditation.

CULTURAL PAGEANT: On Thursday February 20th, be sure to join us for the Cultural Pageant. A reception and discussion on compassion by University of Virginia Tibetan Studies PhD student Nick Trautz will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bryan Lab, and the Cultural Pageant will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lora M. Robins Theatre. During the pageant, the monks will perform traditional Tibetan music and dance. Click here to register for this event.

CLOSING: On Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m., join us outside the Bryan Lab for the closing ceremony and the blessing of Petronis Pond.

Click here to register for Thursday evening’s Cultural Pageant

Location

Bryan Innovation Lab at the Steward School
11600 Gayton Road, Richmond VA 23238

Take 64 East to Gaskins Road South. Take a right onto Gayton road (at Gayton shopping center) the school and Bryan Innovation Lab is on Gayton Road.

Monastic Life & Teachings by the Tashi Kyil Monks

News item posted on: September 10th, 2013
September 1, 2013toSeptember 6, 2013
A Glimpse into Tibetan Monastic Life & Teachings
Tashi_Kyil_Monks

With the Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Tashi Kyil Monastery in Northern India

Unity of Charlottesville welcomes the monks of Tashi Kyil Monastery for a full week of activities and cultural exchange. During the week, the monks will create a Peace Sand Mandala, conduct two evenings of dharma talks, and perform a cultural pageant entitled “Let’s Travel to Tibet”.

Local news coverage of the event here on NBC 29

There is a suggested donation of $10 that goes to support the small and under-funded monastery.

 

Sunday, September 1st

10:30 am

The monks join in for Unity’s Sunday Celebration

 

Sunday – Friday, September 1st – 6th

Peace Sand MandalaSand_Mandala_TK

Sun. from 2-5pm

Mon.-Thurs. from 10am-5pm

Location: Unity’s Terrace Level

 

Wednesday, September 4th, 7:00pm

“Taming the Mind” Dharma Talk

Location: the Unity Sanctuary

 

Thursday, September 5th, 7:00pm

“Explanation of Mantras” Dharma Talk

Location: the Unity Sanctuary

 

Friday, September 6th, 7:00pm

“Let’s Travel to Tibet” Pageant

Location: the Unity Sanctuary

 

For More information
www.unitycville.org434-978-1062

UVA Tibet Day 2013

News item posted on: February 15th, 2013
February 27, 2013
3:00 pmto6:00 pm

Potala palace

UVA Tibet Day 2013

Join us to discover all the ways you can engage with Tibet and Tibetan Culture at UVA.

Learn about Tibetan language and culture, Tibetan studies at UVa, and more.

Agenda

Enjoy refreshments and discover Tibetan studies at UVa (3-4pm)

Opening remarks, performance, and slideshow (4-6pm)

Location: Nau Hall, Room 101, Charlottesville, VA

Presented by the UVA Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sponsored by: UVA Tibet Center, UVA Asia Institute, the Charlottesville Tibetan Community

Buddhist Studies Group at UVa – Graduate Student Conference

News item posted on: August 23rd, 2012
September 14, 2012toSeptember 16, 2012

 

 

The Buddhist Studies Group at UVa
Presents a Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Traditions: New Directions
September 14-16, 2012

Events will kick off on Friday, Sept. 14th
with a keynote address by
Professor Gregory Schopen, a leading scholar who
transformed the study of early Mahayana Buddhism,

Nau 101 at 4:00pm, followed by a reception.

Please register (free!) here and check out the conference website here.

 

UVa Directions/Map to: Nau Hall – New South Lawn Building, Room 101

 

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 14th:

4:00-6:00 pm:  Opening Remarks & Keynote Address by Prof. Gregory Schopen (Nau 101, New South Lawn Building)

6:00-6:30 pm:  Reception in New South Lawn Commons

7:00 pm: Dinner off-Grounds

 

Saturday, September 15th:

8:30-9:00am:  Breakfast in the Commons

9:00-11:15am: Panel 1 – Literary and Textual Studies (Gibson 211, New South Lawn Building)

11:30am-1:30pm: “Teaching Buddhism Today” panel of experts, workshop, and lunch (Nau 101)

2:00-4:00pm:  Panel 2 – Art, Relics, and Festivals (Gibson 211)

4:00-4:30pm: Refreshments in the Commons

4:30-6:30pm: Panel 3 – Buddhist Biographies (Gibson 211)

7:00pm: Dinner off-Grounds

 

Sunday, September 16th:

9:00-9:30am:  Breakfast in the Commons

9:30am-12:15pm: Panel 4 – Rituals, Magic, and Healing (Gibson 211)

12:30pm: Closing Remarks and Lunch (Nau 101 and the Commons)

Rigzen Dolma Live in Concert

News item posted on: April 17th, 2012
April 20, 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Ms. Rigzen Dolma will be sharing her intoxicating voice and lyrics with the UVA community, as well as the residents of Charlottesville on Friday.

When: 6:30PM on Friday, April 20

Where: McKim Hall Auditorium at UVA

The Tibet Center, the East Asia Center and the Department of South Asian Studies are pleased to announce that the Tibetan performer Ms. Rigzen Dolma, one of the most well-known pop stars in Tibet, is visiting UVA.

In addition to her popularity as a musician, Rigzen Dolma is a well-respected social entrepreneur. The Tibetan language program that Ms. Rigzen Dolma initiated for the village children in the Palree region of Tibet has provided great hope and inspiration for the local community.

Rigzen Dolma’s passion is creating opportunities for Tibetan village children to receive a modern education that values Tibetan language. Rigzen Dolma relies on the generosity of her supporters and to help ensure the future well being of the students of the Tibetan language program in Palree. Please help support this program with your presence and with a donation at the event!

UVa Directions/Map to: McKim Hall – Health System, McKim Auditorium

Tibetan Zen – A Public Talk with Sam van Schaik

News item posted on: April 17th, 2012
April 20, 2012
3:00 pmto5:00 pm
Tibetan Zen – Manuscripts, Communities and Rituals

A public talk with Sam van Schaik of the British Library

EVENT DATE: April 20, 2012, 3:00-5:00pm

LOCATION: Gibson Hall, Room 342

Straight from London, Dr. Sam van Schaik of the British Library, the foremost authority on Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang, will discuss his recent findings on the history of Zen Buddhism in Tibet.

UVa Directions/Map to: Gibson Hall – New South Lawn Building, Room 342

UVA Tibet Day 2012

News item posted on: February 6th, 2012
February 16, 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm

UVA Tibet Day 2012

 

Join us to discover all the ways you can engage with Tibet and Tibetan Culture at UVA.

Learn about Tibetan language and culture, Tibetan studies at UVa, study abroad opportunities in Tibet, and more.

Location: Minor Hall, Room 125, Charlottesville, VA

Presented by the UVA Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sponsored by: UVA Tibet Center, UVA Asia Institute, the Charlottesville Tibetan Community