Come join us for an exploration into the cultural world of the Himalayas!
This film series looks into different facets of Himalayan cultures and religions by showcasing how ordinary Tibetan monks attempt to walk a fine line between their cultural expectations and individual aspirations, how contemporary incarnate lamas speak of their own experiences and challenges as Buddhist cultural embodiments, and how Tibetan youth in diaspora imagine their homeland and struggle to find their own Identities.
There will be three films shown throughout the semester: The Cup (2/20/14), Tulku (3/20/14), and Dreaming Lhasa (5/1/14). Each showing will be followed by a Q&A session with Prof. Tsering Wangchuk.
Tulku will be followed by a discussion with a guest speaker, Thepo Rinpoche. Thepo Rinpoche is a Tibetan incarnate lama who received his traditional Buddhist education at Gaden Monastery in Tibet. He has worked for the Tibetan exile community over the past several decades in various positions: as a cultural adviser for the Smithsonian Institution Tibetan Library, as a founding board member of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet, as President of the Tibetan Association of Northern California, and as Coordinator for the Tibetan Resettlement Project. He is currently a board member of the Tibetan Association of Northern California and the Santa Barbara Tibet Summit.
This event is sponsored by the Theology and Religious Studies Department. For more information please contact Prof. Tsering Wangchuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.