His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Temple at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, WI, USA on March 6, 2016. Photo/Sherab Lhatsang

Tibetan leader urges Buddhist centres to be an academic centre

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 (Madison, Wisconsin, US)
Jane Cook, Tibet Post International

His Holiness spoke at Deer Park Monastery, founded by Yangsi Rinpoche’s teacher, Geshe Sopa, who was also the teacher of our Professor Jim Blumenthal, as well as to many of the other major scholars of the lineage in the West today. His Holiness emphasized that places where people are interested in Buddhism should be real centers of leaning. They should provide depth of training in Buddhist philosophy, as well as generally accessible classes, particularly in the science of mind literature, and should engage actively in interfaith dialogue in their communities to promote understanding, peace, and justice in the world.

Maitripa College, established by Yangsi Rinpoche ten years ago as an institution founded on the 3 pillars of scholarship, meditation, and service – and offering formal academic degrees within the western scholastic model – is at the national forefront of implementing these very relevant instructions in the US.  Click here to read a full report on the remarks and guidance by His Holiness.