Eleventh Annual Tibet Week

Monday, March 24—Saturday, March 29
The Emory-Tibet Partnership, the Department of Religion, and the Carlos Museum present the eleventh annual Tibet Week celebration. Sara McClintock, associate professor of religion, gives a gallery talk on the Carlos Museum’s tenth-century sculpture of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion; Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery create a sand mandala of Avalokiteshvara; daily meditation, lectures, films, and more.






Monday, March 24
Opening ceremony for Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
Noon
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Construction of Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
1–5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Guided Meditation
5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
The Tibetan Art of Diagnosis Lecture
7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

The Tibetan medical system is an ancient yet advanced system of
diagnosis and healing. Tibetan doctors are able to make sophisticated diagnoses of internal problems such as liver or kidney issues or cancer without the use of the modern technology that many Western doctors rely upon. Renowned Tibetan physician Pema Dorjee will discuss how he and other Tibetan doctors rely on their own five senses—touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste—to examine patients, and recommend treatments and medications.
 
Tuesday, March 25
Construction of Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
10 am–5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Guided Meditation
5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Creativity Conversation
7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Photographer and Emory alumnus Jon Kolkin 73c 77m and Dr. Tara Doyle, director of the Tibetan Studies Program, discuss the creative process in seeking wisdom and balance within our lives and how Kolkin’s photography illuminates these ideas. Kolkin’s photographic series Seeking Wisdom will be on exhibit in the Chace Gallery in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts during Tibet Week.

Wednesday, March 26
Construction of Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
10 am–5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Guided Meditation
5 pm, Reception Hall
Level Three

 

Realizing the Dalai Lama’s Dream of Science for Monastics Panel Discussion
7:30 pm Reception Hall
Level Three

Since the Emory Tibet Science Initiative’s inception, Geshe Lhakdor has played an integral role in establishing the connection between
the Tibetan monastic community and Emory University, developing science courses for the monastics and planning for the implementation phase, which will integrate etsi science materials into the core curriculum of major Tibetan Buddhist monasteries throughout India. In this panel discussion, Geshe Lhakdor will be joined by one of the Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Monks, an etsi translator, and an etsi science instructor to examine the implications of such a change in the curriculum. This panel, moderated by etsi co-founder Geshe Lobsang Negi, will examine some of the challenges and implications ahead.

Thursday, March 27
Construction of Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
10 am–5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Guided Meditation
5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three
 
Lecture: Reflections on Tibetan rnam thar: What, and How, Do They Teach Us?
7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Jan Willis, visiting professor of religion at Agnes Scott College, will explore the so-called three “levels” of rnam thar, focusing especially on the “secret” level, drawing examples from Gelukpa and Kargyudpa sources including the “lives” of Naropa and Milarepa.
 
Construction of Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
10 am–5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

 
Guided Meditation
5 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

 
Gallery Talk
6:30 pm
Asian Gallery, Level One

Sara McClintock, associate professor of religion, discusses a tenth-century statue of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, in the Carlos Museum’s collection.
 

Friday, March 28
Tibetan Sand Painting Drop-in Activity for Children
6:30–8:30 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children of all ages are invited
to observe the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery at work on the sand mandala and then create their own personal multi-colored sand paintings using traditional copper tools and brightly colored sand. This program
is free, but space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727-0519.
 
Film Screening and Discussion
7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will introduce and screen their award-winning documentary The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom (2009), which chronicles the widespread uprisings inside Tibet in 2008, and the non-violent direct actions carried out by both Tibetans in exile and supporters around the world at the same time. In addition to riveting footage of these global events, the film contains interviews with the Dalai Lama, scholars, government leaders, and activists discussing various, and sometimes divergent, approaches to resolving the Tibet issue. Sarin and Sonam will conduct a q&a after the film.
 
Saturday, March 29
Tibet Week Closing Ceremony
1 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three