His Holiness the Dalai Lama is unable to travel due to ill health. His scheduled appearances at UCLA on Monday, May 2, have been cancelled.
However, the afternoon symposium in Royce Hall will go ahead without the Dalai Lama's participation. Geshe Thupten Jinpa, a principal English translator for His Holiness and Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Cambridge University), will join the discussion with UCLA neuroscientists.
The UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies invites anyone who plans to attend either of the May 2 events with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to submit a question. To have your question considered for either program, you must submit it by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18.
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"What is True Wisdom?"
UCLA Royce Hall
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (no entry after 9:45 a.m.)
Along with compassion, wisdom is a twin pillar of Buddhist thought and practice. But what is wisdom? What does it have to do with how we understand personal identity? What kind of engagement with the world does it imply? How does wisdom enhance the expression of compassion? In a public talk delivered in Royce Hall, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will draw upon his decades of study and training in traditional Buddhist sources, and his deep personal experience as a Buddhist monk, to explore what true wisdom is and how it may be applied in daily life. After the public address, UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Director Robert Buswell will pose to His Holiness selected questions submitted in advance. The UCLA student submitting the best question online will receive a complimentary ticket and be acknowledged by name at the event.
"Buddhism and Neuroscience: a Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion"
UCLA Royce Hall
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (no entry after 1:15 p.m.)
Tibetan Buddhism and Western neurosciences offer distinctive but complementary perspectives on the importance of attention, mental flexibility, compassion and creativity. How do these capacities enrich our professional competence, mental health and quality of life? What can we do to improve them? In a two-hour symposium in Royce Hall, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will interact with four world-renowned UCLA researchers in a dialogue about the effects of Buddhist meditative practices on the power of concentration and, in turn, on suppleness of mind, creativity and compassion. As part of this dialogue, UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Director Robert Buswell will pose selected questions submitted in advance to the panelists and His Holiness.