Tibetan Co-founders of SBST
VENERABLE THEPO RINPOCHE was recognized as the 8th Thepo Tulku and trained in the Ganden Shartse Monastery. From 1975 to 1980, he worked at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and served as a special cultural advisor for the Smithsonian Institution Tibetan Library. He is currently a board member for the Tibetan Association of Northern California. http://hcbss.stanford.edu/event/symposium-tulku-system
TENZIN TETHONG lives in the Bay Area and is President of The Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet at Stanford University. He has served in the Tibetan Government in exile as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the U.S. and as a Minister in the exile administration, including a tenure as Kalon Tripa, Chair of the Cabinet of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tenzin recently ran for the office of President in the government’s elections. He is a Tibetan exile who has worked for over 30 years with the Tibetan refugee community in the Indian sub-continent and in the West. http://www.dalailamafoundation.org/
Tibet Week Speakers
JOSE IGNACIO CABEZON was born in Cuba and raised in Boston. He has a B.S., with an emphasis in physics, from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Gelugpa order for almost ten years, living and studying for six of those years at Sera Monastery in South India. In the 1980s he served periodically as a translator for H. H. the Dalai Lama. Cabezón is currently XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include Buddhist and comparative philosophy; inter-religious dialogue; the study of sexuality and gender; and theory and methods in the study of religion. He has published some 14 books and almost 100 articles. His most recent publications include Tibetan Ritual (Oxford, 2010), and, with the Dalai Lama, Meditation on the Nature of Mind (Wisdom, 2011).
TENZIN DORJEE (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building, and conflict resolution. He has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and chapters on Tibetan culture, identity, and communication, nonviolence and middle way approaches to Sino-Tibetan conflict, intergenerational communication context, and others. He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He had great honor to be Guest Translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Hawaii last April, 2012. He was awarded the Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011 by CSU Fullerton.
DR YANGDRON KALZANG
The theory and practice of Tibetan medicine will be explained by Mempa Yangdron Kalzang who founded the Tibetan Wellness and Healing Center (www.tibetanhealth.com). Mempa Kalzang earned degrees in Tibetan Medicine both in Tibet and California. In addition to her practice that includes Tibetan medicine, acupuncture and holisitic healing approaches, she lectures extensively throughout the United States and in France. She serves as a curriculum consultant for several graduate programs. The diversity of Tibetan medical therapies that promote the wellness of mind and body and healthy living will be reviewed.
VENERABLE LAMA LOSANG SAMTEN has been sharing teachings of loving-kindness, joy and compassion, as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years. Losang lived and studied over 20 years in the Namgyal Monastery (the monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) earning the highest degree attainable at the monastery, equivalent to a doctoral degree in the West. He also became a Master of Ritual Dance and Sand Mandalas and was the Personal Attendant to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama prior to moving to the United States in 1988. Ven. Losang Samten is one of the Mandala Masters who created the first public sand mandala in the West in 1988. He is the spiritual director of several Buddhist Centers in North America, with a home base currently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the City of Brotherly Love.
Ven. Losang Samten has led an illustrious career creating sacred sand mandalas that follow the ancient Buddhist tradition. These have been created in museums, universities, schools, community centers, and galleries throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Losang has received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a PEW Fellowship, and two honorary doctoral degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Maine College of Art. Losang played the role of the attendant to the young Dalai Lama in Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun, where he also served as the religious technical advisor and sand mandala supervisor. Losang has written two books, one in Tibetan on the history of the Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and one in English, Ancient Teachings in Modern Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century.
Losang embodies the qualities of loving-kindness, patience, and joy, which have touched the hearts of all those whom he meets.
TENZIN THOKME is a Buddhist monk living in Los Angeles, CA. Tenzin received his monastic education from Namgyal Monastery, Dharamshala, India where he studied Buddhist philosophy, rituals, arts and sand paintings. Since moving to Los Angeles he received his Master’s degree in Architecture in 2001 and is currently practicing in his profession. Tenzin also translates Buddhist teachings at Chokhor Gepel Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Mar Vista, CA.
LOTEN NAMLING is a noted Indian-born singer, musician artist, entertainer and cartoonist currently living in Switzerland. He is working on his project, “Blues”, in which he explores new paths linking the songs to contemporary culture. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama once called Loten “a singer with a voice.”
Based in Switzerland, the artist has travelled worldwide with his Tibetan lute, singing the songs of the 6th Dalai Lama, Milarepa, as well as other traditional songs of Tibet, and his own songs. From Kalmykia to Korea to Wales, Namling has performed worldwide, telling stories about his life, connecting songs of the past to the reality of the present, and inviting his audience to a deceptive journey through the landscape of Tibetan spirituality.
On 16 May 2012, Namling started what he called A Journey for Freedom – One Man, One Path, Tibet. He walked from the Swiss capital of Bern to Geneva, dragging a black coffin around which was inscribed “Tibet”, in order to attract attention to the Tibetan’s worsening situation in today’s China. Arriving on July 8, he performed with some 15 more musicians, amongst them renowned Swiss band The Young Gods whose singer Franz Treichler had strongly supported the artist’s action and had organized the performance on Place des Nations, in front of Geneva UN headquarters. In October 2012, Namling was given the Free Spirit Award in McLeod Ganj for this “Journey of Freedom” march.