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Dr. Annabella Pitkin Lecture: “Aim your Dharma Practice at a Beggar’s Life”

April 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

**Dr. Pitkin’s talk has been postponed. Check back here for more information.**

“Aim your Dharma Practice at a Beggar’s Life”: Affective Imaginaries of Renunciation and Longing in the Life of a Modern Tibetan Buddhist Master

This talk explores stories about renunciation as practiced by the  20th century Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar-yogi Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen (1895-1977), a teacher of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Khunu Lama’s distinctive practices of renunciation are central to the ways people remember him now. Dressing like an Indian sadhu, living with beggars and non-Buddhists, hidden in plain sight: accounts of Khunu Lama’s renunciation reveal Tibetan and Himalayan imaginaries of identity, absence and longing that shed light on the affective resources of Tibetan Buddhist modernity.


About the speaker:

Annabella Pitkin is Assistant Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at Lehigh University, and a core faculty member in the Lehigh Asian Studies Program. Her research focuses on Tibetan Buddhist modernity, Buddhist ideals of renunciation, miracle narratives, and the religion/secular binary.

This event is sponsored by the Tibet Center, East Asia Center, and Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.


April 2, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Nau Hall 342
1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States