Samdhong Rinpoche at Maitripa ~ 2010

Samdhong Rinpoche ~ Pacific Northwest 2013 Visit ~ Schedule of All Events (additional detail & individual links will be posted here as available)

Join us for this rare opportunity in conjunction with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s historic visit.

April 2:  Seattle University: Satyagraha: Lecture on Gandhi’s Principal Approach to Non-Violence

April 3:  University of Portland
Public Lecture “Spirituality and the Environment” &  Conversation with UP Faculty on Environmental Ethics
Location to come
Free and open to the public

April 4: Oregon State University, Corvallis: Linus Pauling Lecture: Non-violence in the Tibetan Freedom Struggle, 7:30 pm

April 5: Maitripa College
Public Talk, 7:30 pm

April 6 Maitripa College
Lecture (Topic to come); 10:00 am-12:00 noon, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

April 7 NWTCA
Morning Address


April 5-6, 2013

The Former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile


Dear Friends, 

This morning we received a message from Samdhong Rinpoche in which he said, 

I was anxiously and very enthusiastically looking forward to the forthcoming visit to your place and few other institutions to see many of my friends. But I have to give up this opportunity at the last moment. I have not been keeping well since first week of January 2013 ...[Samdhong Rinpoche consulted with his medical advisors who strongly advised him to not take the risks of travel and to go for a thorough check up instead.]... This comes to me as a great shock and disappointment since you and all other friends working hard to prepare my trip. Many friends including myself are very excited to materialize this visit. However, no one can deny the pre-determined destiny. I sincerely apologize for this new development, which is beyond my control. I hope all the concerned people will forgive me. Please convey my apology to all the concerned people. Once again, I express my heartfelt apology and regret for the inconvenience caused to you.

Yangsi Rinpoche asked Samdhong Rinpoche to please not worry about us, but to please have a long life and "please take care of your health, this is very important for all Tibetans and all the people on the planet who love peace." 

Thank you to everyone who has been interested in and supportive of Samdhong Rinpoche's visit. We sincerely look forward to sharing future events with you.

Public Talks & Buddhist Teaching in Preparation for the Historic Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Portland 

A close associate of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Samdhong Rinpoche is known for his uncompromising commitment to principles of satyagraha (truth-insistence) and ahimsa (non-harmfulness). Explore these principles in relation to our everyday lives and global concerns in two days of talks and teachings at Maitripa College.

See Registration links below for each event, and the listing on the left for the full schedule of events for this visit to Oregon and Washington by Samdhong Rinpoche.

Suggested Donation: $15 per session; no one turned away for lack of funds. Free to all currently enrolled degree students of Maitripa College and ordained sangha but all guests are requested to REGISTER to reserve your space by clicking on the links below.

Friday, April 5
7:00 – 8:30pm

The Dalai Lama
& Compassion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that the purpose of our lives is to be happy, but the ways in which we seek happiness are often counterproductive or even harmful for ourselves and others. The greatest happiness comes from the development of love and compassion.

Saturday, April 6
11am – 1 pm

The Diamond
Cutter Sutra

The Vajra Cutter Sutra (also known as the Diamond Cutter Sutra or Diamond Sutra) is one of most well-known sutras of Mahayana Buddhism. The Vajra Cutter Sutra is a discourse on the Buddhist concept of emptiness or "Wisdom Gone Beyond."

Saturday, April 6
2:30 - 4 pm            

The Environment
& Nonviolence

Samdhong Rinpoche is deeply committed to issues of environmental degradation and protection, and is a leading proponent of the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way political policy for Tibetan genuine autonomy, inspired by Ghandian insistence upon truth and nonviolence.

About Samdhong Rinpoche

Samdhong Rinpoche was born Lobsang Tenzin in 1939, in the Eastern Tibetan province of Kham. At age five, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the fourth Samdhong Rinpoche. (The Tibetan term "Rinpoche" is an honorific title literally meaning "precious one," and is used for revered teachers and lamas.) In 1959, Samdhong Rinpoche fled to India to escape the occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China. He obtained his Geshe degree, a Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy, from Gyuto Monastery in 1970.  Requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach monks in exile, Samdhong Rinpoche was appointed director of the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India in 1988.  He served in this role until 2001.  Rinpoche's political service includes terms as a member of the Assembly of Tibetan Peoples' Deputies (the Parliament of the Tibetan Government in Exile) from 1990-1995, a body for which he was elected chairman in 1996.  From 2001 to 2011, Rinpoche was the first democratically elected leader to serve as the Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

He is the author of Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World (World Wisdom, 2006), Tibetan Meditation (Wisdom Tree, 2011), and a contributor to Nonviolence in Theory and Practice (Waveland Press, 2012).


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