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December 2016

Tibetan Language and Technology: A Presentation by Geshe Lobsang Monlam

December 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Nau Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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Geshe Lobsang Monlam will discuss the crucial role technology plays in preserving Tibetan language, and will present new developments in his Tibetan programs, applications, and fonts. Geshe Monlam was born in Amdo Ngawa, Tibet. In 1993 he began 17 years of study at Sera Mey College in Karnataka, India. Currently he is the director of Tibetan IT Research Center (MTITRC) founded in 2012 under the encouragement of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

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January 2017

Lecture by Klaus-Dieter Mathes

January 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Nau Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa's Collection of Works on Non-conceptual Realization The Tibet Center is pleased to welcome as our first speaker of 2017 Professor Klaus-Dieter Mathes, head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. Professor Mathes will present findings from his recent research on the 11th century scholar and siddha Maitrīpa, with a focus on the master's particular blend of teachings. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for South…

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February 2017

Lecture by Matthew Kapstein

February 17, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Monroe Hall 124

Other People’s Philology: Uses of Sanskrit in Tibet and China, 15th-18th c. Join us for a talk by Matthew Kapstein, Director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago. Lecture Abstract: The long Tibetan preoccupation with the translation of the Buddhist literature of India reached a dénouement of sorts during the 13th century, when, guided by the influence of Sa-skya Paṇḍita Kun-dga’-rgyal-mtshan (1182-1251), translators turned their attention increasingly…

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March 2017

Lecture by Dan Hirshberg

March 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Nau Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

Himalayan Syncretism and the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo rje gro lod Padmasambhava, the renowned eighth-century tantrika credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet, is scarcely noted among imperial-era sources, and yet he becomes the protagonist of a vibrant biographical tradition several centuries thereafter. One mode of defining him and his activities was through the introduction and delimitation of eight “names” (mtshan), each of which becomes associated with distinct qualities. Among them, the tiger-riding Dorjé Drolö (Rdo rje gro lod) emerged both…

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Talk by Ariana Maki

March 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Nau Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

'The Heaven of Me': Identity Construction & Creative Expression in Bhutanese Art During the construction of his home monastery of Tamzhing Lhündrup Chöling, Nyingma tertön and Bhutan native Pema Lingpa (1450-1521) urged his artists to create images of specific deities in their heavens, including, he said, the "heaven of me." What might have driven his choices, and how can an informed viewer understand the space that resulted? By drawing on textual evidence and extant imagery, this talk explores the relationships between image,…

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April 2017

“My Son Tenzin” Film Screening Followed by Q&A with Director/Producer Tashi Wangchuk

April 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Minor Hall 125, Minor Hall
Charlottesville, VA United States

As part of the Institute of World Languages (IWL) Spring Film Series at UVA, there will be a free screening of the new film "My Son Tenzin" followed by a Q&A with Director/Producer Tashi Wangchuk. The film is in Tibetan with English subtitles. About the film: A monk from Tibet arrives in Oakland, California on an unlikely mission: to meet his son after more than twenty years of separation. The son, Tenzin, however, is untraceable. Alone and helpless, a stranger in a strange land, the…

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Talk by Wang Tingyu

April 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Nau Hall, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

Witchcraft, Ritualized Language, and War: Language Performance as an Borderland Interaction from the Archives of the Two Jinchuan Campaigns Contemporary discussions of rGyalrong Tibetans in Northwest Sichuan usually fall into debates regarding ethnicity, religion, and cultural authenticity. All of these approaches constitute attempts to draw boundaries between rGyalrong and others so that rGyalrong Tibetans may be defined within fixed categories. This talk will suggest another approach which involves exploring the structure of borderland interaction that the Qing Empire brought to this area,…

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October 2017

Lecture by Nicole Willock

October 20, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Monroe Hall 122

Lineages of the Literary: Religious Repertoires & the Cultural Revolution In the aftermath of 20 years of socio-political repression, “the Three Great Scholars after the Cultural Revolution”—Tséten Zhapdrung (1910-1985), Dungkar Lozang Trinlé (1927-1997), and Mugé Samten (1914-1993)—emerged as university professors and Buddhist leaders to ensure the survival and continuation of Tibetan literary culture in China. For this talk, Nicole will focus on how Mugé Samten and Tséten Zhapdrung adapted the literary genres of spiritual autobiography (rnam thar), songs of realization…

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Lecture by Brandon Dotson

October 27, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Monroe Hall 110

Bundles of scrolls from the Stein Collection, courtesy Brandon Dotson. A Strange Gift & Its Stranger Beneficiaries: 1,650 Sutras Copied for the Tibetan Emperor Conserved in the Stein Collection of the British Library   In 826 over one hundred mostly Chinese scribes and editors in Dunhuang’s temple scriptoria were ordered to produce thousands of copies of the Aparimitāyurnāma-Mahāyānasūtra in both Tibetan and Chinese. The assembling of the scrolls, the accounting of paper, the paying and punishing of scribes and editors, and the…

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December 2017

Lecture by Gerald Roche: New Views of Tibetan Linguistic Diversity

December 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Nau Hall 342, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

Research on Tibetan linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of the rich and complex linguistic ecology in Tibetan areas. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of the region as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the heart of Asia. The talk will have two main aims. The first is to present a synthesis…

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February 2018

Contemporary Artist Gonkar Gyatso–Buddha’s Picnic: Shrines in Contemporary Tibet

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Nau Hall 101, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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Gonkar Gyatso will share insight on his installation “Buddha’s Picnic,” which is currently on view at Washington andLee’s Staniar Gallery. In his words, the work is “a material and experiential journey into the modern practice of constructing temporary shrines, reflecting the infusion of pop and material culture from China and the West into countryside shrines throughout Tibetan areas, with neon lamps, electric prayer wheels, and glowing Buddhas making regular appearances. These unconventional choices reflect an informal tradition of incorporating objects and…

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March 2018

Traditional Buddhist Knowledge & Tibetan Secular Education in China: A Conversation with a Leading Tibetan Educator, Ven. Dong Yonden Gyatso

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monroe Hall 116

This conversation between Ven. Dong Yonden Gyatso and Professor David Germano will explore how Dong YondenGyatso adopts Buddhist teachings and Tibetan traditional knowledge for the secular schooling of younger generations of Tibetans. Their discussion will focus on the Tibetan experience of creating culturally relevant education that can cultivate confidence and competencies among rural minority school children. Ven. Dong Yonden Gyatso is one of the most respected modern scholars and public educators in eastern Tibet. He is a prolific writer and experienced practitioner in…

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Lecture by John Ardussi

March 26 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Rouss Hall, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA United States

Secular and Political Mural Art from Himalayan Lands: Sikkim, Nepal, and Bhutan Students of Himalayan cultures will be familiar with the many forms of Buddhist and Hindu art, whose primary focus is the portrayal of saints, deities and meditative objects such as the mandala.  In recent decades, influenced by modernity and globalizing culture, there have arisen forms of mural art focused on socio-political themes. In this lecture I will cover three very different examples from Sikkim, Nepal, and Bhutan. We will…

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Lecture by Karma Phuntsho

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Nau Hall 342, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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Photo of Karma Phuntsho by Matthieu Ricard. From Oral to Audio-Visual: Cultural Documentation and Changes in Bhutan Renowned historian and scholar of Bhutan Karma Phuntsho will present results and insights from a five-year-long cultural documentation project funded by the Arcadia Fund. Conducted in Bhutan in partnership with the University of Virginia, Karma has overseen a team of Bhutanese field researchers who traveled around the country to record vanishing oral and material traditions, material that will be available online as the core…

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April 2018

Buddhist Murals in the Caves of Ngari, Western Tibet

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Rouss Hall, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA United States
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A Lecture by Zhang Changhong (Palace Museum, Beijing) This event is part of the UVA East Asia Center Spring Lecture Series. Photo courtesy of Zhang Changhong. In the past decades, many Buddhist caves with exquisite murals have been found in Ngari, TAR, China which reflect the revival and flourishing of Buddhism in the remote western Tibetan area from the end of the tenth century to the seventeenth century. The discovery of these caves provides important materials for the study of…

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UVA Tibet Day 2018

April 27 @ 4:30 am - 7:30 pm
Minor Hall 125, Minor Hall
Charlottesville, VA United States
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Tibet Day Poster Enjoy refreshments while you discover Tibetan language and culture, and the 40 year history of Tibetan studies at UVA. Try on a chuba (traditional Tibetan clothing), learn to write your name in Tibetan, and meet the local Tibetan community as they share Tibetan culture. Scholars of Tibet will share opportunities for classroom study, their experiences, and current projects focusing on Tibetan cultures. All are welcome to attend this ‘open house’ event in Minor Hall 125, with refreshments,…

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September 2018

Dr. Michelle Sorensen on the Chöd Tradition

September 21 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Nau Hall 342, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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Free

Euhemerism and Feminism in the Transmission of the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition Machik Labdrön (1055-1153), 19th c. thangka, Rubin Museum of Art In this talk, I will discuss my textual and ethnographic research on the transmission of Tibetan Buddhist Chöd from the eleventh through the twenty-first centuries. Chöd is a philosophy and practice developed by the Tibetan Buddhist female adept, Machik Labdrön, in the eleventh century. Chöd is considered to be the first Buddhist tradition developed by a woman in…

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Geshe Gedun Sherab on Tibetan Buddhist Retreat: A Conversation with David DiValerio

September 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Rouss Hall, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA United States
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Free

Location: Rouss Hall 403 In conversation with David DiValerio, Geshe Gedun Sherab will share his unique experiences on the rigors and rewards of traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat. An accomplished meditator, Geshe Gedun Sherab has undertaken numerous long-term retreats in a number of sacred sites in East and South Asia. Geshe Gedun Sherab began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism at Rongpo Monastery in the Amdo region, becoming the official tutor to the monastery at age twenty-three, and teaching courses in Pramāṇa, Madhyamaka, and Pāramitā. A…

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October 2018

Tri Yungdrung on Bönpo Dzokchen

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Nau Hall 342, 1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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Free

  བོན་ལུགས་རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་བྱུང་རིམ་དང་དེའི་ལྟ་བའི་ཁྱད་ཆོས་བརྗོད་པ། On the Origins and Philosophical Expressions of Bönpo Dzokchen     Geshe Yungdrung Tenzin Gyamtso, aka Tri Yungdrung will be discussing the historical and mythical origins as well as doctrinal foundations of the Bön Dzokchen meditative system. Geshe will consider the unique Dzokchen system of the Bön Tibetan religion, giving particular attention to its narrative literature and the terminology of Zhang Zhung.   About the Speaker: Born to a nomad family in the Amdo (Qinghai Province) region of…

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