CSC Speaker Series – April 3, 2016

News item posted on: April 1st, 2016

A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World

Dr_Daniel_ Goleman

Join us as Dr. Daniel Goleman discusses his latest book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World. Focusing on the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action.

When: Sunday, April 3, 12:00pm
Where: Nau Hall, room 101

This event is co-sponsored by the Darden School of Business, UVa Department of Psychology, and the UVa Tibet Center.

CSC Speaker Series – April 1, 2016

News item posted on: April 1st, 2016

Contemplation and Community: Buddhist Meditation and Social Action in Today’s World


Join Khenpo Karma Jamyang Gyaltsen in conversation with David Germano, as he discusses the relationship of meditation and philanthropy in the modern world.

When: Friday, April 1, 12:00pm
Where: Wilson Hall, room 301

This event is cosponsored by the Tibet Center.

Weedon Lecture on Tucci Expeditions and Tibetan Painting

News item posted on: April 12th, 2015

Discovering Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Tibetan Painting 


As part of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia, the Fralin Art Museum at UVa presents a lecture by renowned art historian Deborah Klimburg-Salter.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm

Where: Campbell Hall, room 158






Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro at UVa

News item posted on: March 25th, 2015

The UVa Tibet Center, the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center, and the UVa East Asia Center, are hosting Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro in a visit to UVa grounds the week of April 15-21. During his time at UVa Khenpo will give two public talks.

Public Talk #1

“Tibetan Environmental and Cultural Preservation”
Thursday, April 16th,  3:30-5:00pm
Wilson Hall 301 at the University of Virginia
Khenpo will speak in Tibetan, which will be translated into English.


Public Talk #2

“Buddhist Contemplation, Science, and Secular Society: A Dialog wth Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro”. The dialog will be in conversation with Professor David Germano, director of CSC.
Monday, April 20th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Minor Hall 125 at the University of Virginia
Khenpo will speak in Tibetan, which will be translated into English.

REGISTER HERE for the April 20th talk


Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö was born in 1962 in Drango County in Sichuan Province’s Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. In 1984 he received monastic ordination at the world-renowned Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Institute (Larung Gar) in Serthar, becoming a disciple of the preeminent spiritual master, Chogyel Yeshe Norbu Jigme Phunstok.  After many years dedicated to the study of the five main sutric treatises and tantric scripture, he was awarded the 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. During the 1990s, he gave a series of dharma teachings in Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Over the past decade, Khenpo has concentrated efforts in Tibetan areas, promoting environmental awareness, education, vegetarianism, and the importance of protecting living beings and abstaining from taking life.  At the same time, he has sought to deepen the broader Tibetan community’s understanding of basic dharma, and to this end has travelled widely giving teachings to lay audiences.  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:
Chinese-Tibetan-English Illustrated Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary
Chinese-Tibetan-English Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary

Khenpo Portrait

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.

The overall visit to the US is supported by The Khyentse Lectureship, the HBH Fund, the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, and William P. T. Lee & Jason J. Lee.

Deep Conversations with A Buddhist Monk

News item posted on: January 16th, 2015

Speaker Geshe Lama Phuntsho
talks about Karma and Reincarnation

Geshe Lama Phuntsho

Geshe Lama Phuntsho was born in 1998 in Thimpu, Bhutan. In 1990 he enrolled at Gaden Shartse Monastery where he received his Geshe degree in 2005. After that he was assigned to Malaysia as a resident teacher for two years. He has travelled extensively working as an interpreter for many renowned and respected Rinpoche’s and Geshe’s.

He has previously travelled to the U.S. and visited Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia as a Dharma translator. We are now honored to have him here at UVA to deliver a teaching to us.



Speaker Khenpo Sodargye: Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Meditation in China

News item posted on: November 11th, 2014

Khenpo Sodargye

The UVa Contemplative Sciences Center, the UVa East Asia Center, and the UVa Tibet Center are hosting Khenpo Sodargye to speak to the local community.

WHERE: Ruffner Hall – G006

Khenpo Sodargye will speak at the University of Virginia on Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition and its contemporary practice by Chinese followers in classical and modern adaptations.  The talk will be given in Tibetan with an English language translation.


Khenpo Sodargye is one of the leading Tibetan Buddhist voices in contemporary China. While highly educated in the traditional monastic philosophy and practices, his accessible Chinese language publications on Buddhism have made him one of the two or three most popular Tibetan authors in the whole of China, as well as highly popular among young lay Tibetans.  Khenpo Sodargye was born in Eastern Tibet in 1962, and studied with one of the 20th century’s greatest Tibetan Buddhist figures, Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok.  He is currently one of the leaders of Larung Gar in Northeastern Tibet, which is the largest Tibetan religious institute in the world today.  See for some of his publications and activities.

UVA CSC: Leigh Brasington on Jhanas – Buddhist Meditative Absorptions in Modern Times

News item posted on: September 28th, 2014

Join U.Va.’s Contemplative Sciences Center for a talk with Leigh Brasington entitled, Jhanas – Buddhist Meditative Absorptions in Modern Times The Buddha defined Right Concentration as the 4 Jhanas. So what are these jhanas and how are they used on the spiritual path? This talk will discuss these altered states of consciousness as described in the suttas of the Pali Canon, present basic instructions for entering them, discuss their role, and contrast the Sutta Jhanas with other jhanic schemes found in later Theravadan literature. What little is known of the neurological correlates will also be presented.

Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his on in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America and is the author of the forthcoming book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas (available autumn 2015).

LOCATION: Monroe Hall, Room 118


Bhutan Oral Histories: A Lecture by Dr. Karma Phuntsho

News item posted on: September 23rd, 2014

Date: Monday, September 22, 2:00 pm
Location: Nau 342

Dr. Phunthso is currently visiting the US from Bhutan, where he is currently is leading several research and entrepreneurial initiatives. Karma Phuntsho was trained as a monk in Bhutan and India, and received a M.St and D.Phil in Oriental Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a researcher at CNRS, Paris, the Spalding Fellow for Comparative Religion at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology in Cambridge. He is currently a research associate of the University of Virginia, and is based in Thimphu, Bhutan.

He will be speaking on his most recent project, a multi-year effort to record oral history and traditional knowledge systems throughout the whole of Bhutan.

Manjushri Initiation and Teaching

News item posted on: May 12th, 2014

TulkuKaybje Shingza Tulku Rinpoche offers a Manjushri Initiation and teaching entitled “The Calm Mind of Loving Kindness”

Where: Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA

When: Sunday, June 1, 2014

2:00 – 4:00pm  — Manjushri Initiation

5:00 – 6:30pm — Teaching

Presented by:  The Tashi Choëling Buddhist Center and Unity of Charlottesville

All are welcome to receive the Manjushri Initiation, which is a blessing that serves to benefit all persons by helping them to develop their innate discriminating wisdom.

A donation of $30 is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Shingza Tulku Rinpoche is the 11th reincarnation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s mother. HH the Dalai Lama recognized him as a reincarnation when he was a young child in Tibet. The head of Ragya Monastery, he is one of the highest lamas in the Gelug tradition in the Amdo region of Tibet.

These days, Rinpoche works to preserve Tibetan culture. He travels the world sharing Buddhist teachings of loving kindness, compassion, and calming the mind.

For more information see the Tashi Chöeling Center website here, or call Aila at 434-242-4546

and the Unity Charlottesville website here, or call 434-978-1062

Note: The UVA Tibet Center is neither hosting nor sponsoring this event

Tibetan Zen – A Public Talk with Sam van Schaik

News item posted on: April 17th, 2012
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