When Mark Twain Library’s Director Beth Dominianni learned the Dalai Lama would be visiting Western Connecticut State University this fall, she saw the perfect opportunity to offer a program in conjunction with the Do Ngat Kunphen Ling Buddhist Center in Redding.
As a result, Geshe Dhargey, residential teacher and senior monk at DNKL Buddhist Center, and Jampa Gyaltsen, also a Buddhist monk, will present a program about the ancient religion of Buddhism at the library on Sunday, Sept. 23, beginning at 3.
“There is so much that people would like to understand and learn,” Ms. Dominianni said. “A regular review of the library’s book circulation shows that items pertaining to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama are consistently popular. New books by and about the Dalai Lama are always circulating shortly after they arrive on the shelves.”
The talk will include a general introduction to the history of Buddhism, and the basic teachings and the common threads within the different practices, such as Zen and Tibetan. Additionally, the presentation will explore who the Dalai Lama is, why he is the spiritual leader of one branch of Buddhism, and the purpose of his upcoming visit to Danbury.
Speaker Geshe Dhargey initiated the invitation to the Dalai Lama to present talks at WestConn in Danbury this October, a process that first began in 2010.
The DNKL Buddhist Center strives to promotes universal peace through Tibetan Buddhist teachings, and the Dalai Lama is the international leader for Tibetan Buddhism around the world.
Many Westerners first learned about the Dalai Lama when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. Over the years he has consistently advocated policies of non-violence and compassion, inter-religious understanding, and universal responsibility. He was also the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
Reservations are suggested for seating and planning purposes. Call the library at 203-938-2545, or stop by the circulation desk to make a reservation.