UCI - TIBET INITIATIVE 2019 ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE!
- Venerable Geshe Jigme Wangdu, Gaden Jangtse Monastic College
- Venerable Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Venerable Geshe Lobsang Jinpa, Sera Jey Monastery
- Venerable Ngawang Rigdol, Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Ladakh, India
Although the visiting scholars’ schedules were very busy during this quarter, they were very generous with their time and sacrificed their study time to accommodate all scheduled activities.
The weekly meditation class on “Eight Points of Mind Training” was led by Geshe Jigme Wangdue in Tibetan and translated to English by Geshe Thubten Jinpa. In addition to the weekly meditation, the four visiting scholars were invited to lead a meditation session at the UCI Anteater Recreation Center’s Yoga Festival event. The scholars also visited classrooms and had a dialog with students in the East Asian Language Department about Vajrayana Buddhism in Japan, specifically at Kōyasan, (temple on the mountain). The scholars discussed the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism with the students.
The scholars met and exchanged Buddhist ritual dances with the students at the Dance Department in the School of Arts. They met with the UCI Women Soccer team to provide a short guided meditation to calm the mind of the athletes before their games.
The scholars also shared experiences with the staff at the Division of Continuing Education and met with Student Wellness and Health Promotion staff at UCI.
They made two trips to Santa Barbara to participate in the celebration of Saga Dawa at the invitation from the Thai Buddhist Temple and an organized Buddhist ceremony at a private residence.
Finally, the visiting scholars had a memorable trip to San Diego and a boat ride through the Long Beach harbor.