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Book Talk -- Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama's Account of 40 Years of Chinese Rule
Arjia Rinpoche - Author; Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, Kumbum Monastery
Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored with Stanford's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies (HCBSS)& The Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS)
Books will be available at the event
In 1952, at the age of two, Arjia Rinpoche (of Mongolian descent) was recognized as the 20th reincarnation of a well-known teacher in the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism (the Dalai Lama's sect). Despite years in secular Chinese schools and 16 years in forced labor camps, the Rinpoche (a title which means "Precious One") secretly studied and practiced Buddhism with the guidance of his teachers. After the Cultural Revolution, Arjia Rinpoche oversaw the renovation of Kumbum Monastery as the abbot and, in 1991, he ran a number of service projects for Tibetans in Tibet. However, due to political pressure that would require him to compromise his spiritual beliefs and practices, Arjia Rinpoche left Tibet in 1998 and sought asylum in exile. In 2005, he was appointed by the Dalai Lama as the Director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) in Bloomington, Indiana. Presently, he oversees this center as well as one that he established in Mill Valley, the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) .
Also relevant to this talk is the abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama chosen by the Dalai Lama and the recognition of another child, the son of two Tibetan Communist Party members, as the 11th Panchen Lama. Arjia Rinpoche, who was mentored by the 10th Panchen Lama (1938-1989), refused to tutor the Chinese chosen 11th Panchen Lama.
Monday, April 05, 2010 | 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm