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Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

 

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Gedun Chopel and his international circle of friends

Heather Stoddard (INALCO)

In February 1937, a dinner party was organised in Calcutta by Theos Bernard, the New York socialite, yoga practionner and Tibet enthusiast. The list of distinguished guests included: Sir Francis Younghusband; the Guomindang lady emissary to Tibet, Liu Manching; the American aviator Charles Lindberg; Gedun Chopel newly arrived in India; his teacher Geshe Sherab Gyatso; Da Lama Ngakchen, Rinpoche of Tashilhunpo Monastery; and the long time British Trade Agent in Tibet, David MacDonald.

9 January 2015, 21/22 Russell Square, T101, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

What happens when the mind recognizes its own nature?

Stéphane Arguillère (INALCO)

Tibetan Buddhists believe knowledge of the absolute is not by representation but an immediate intuition. rDzogs chen assumes that, when 'I' know the absolute, it is merely the absolute itself that reveals itself in its own intrinsic light. This thesis has paradoxical implications. ’Ju Mi pham (1846-1912) and sPrul sku Tshul lo (1884-1957?) elaborate models to explain the contradictions. This talk explores the differences between these two systems.

23 January 2015, 21/22 Russell Square, T101, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Towards a Tibetan Buddhist philosophy of language

Dorji Wangchuk (Hamburg)

This lecture will discuss Tibetan Buddhist philosophy of language, by considering six points, namely: (1) the ontology of language; (2) a typology of language; (3) a technology (or mechanism) of language; (4) language in the context of Buddhist ontology; (5) language in the context of Buddhist axiology (i.e. theory of values); and (6) language in the context of Buddhist logic and epistemology. This will be done by resorting to random writings of Tibetan Buddhist scholars.

24 April 2015, 21/22 Russell Square, T101, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM