Gustavus Professor to Recount Year Working for the Dalai Lama

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by

Professor Deane Curtin (right) receives a gift from former Prime Minister Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche.

Professor Deane Curtin (right) receives a gift from former Prime Minister Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche.

Deane Curtin, Professor of Philosophy and Hanson-Peterson Professor, will speak on “The Art of Happiness: A Year with the Dalai Lama,”  at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Heritage Room of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. Curtin spent the past year living in the Himalayas of northern India working for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan refugee community.

In this illustrated talk, Curtin will discuss his personal impressions of the Dalai Lama, as well as his encounters with others in the exile community: the Nechung Oracle (oracle for the Dalai Lama), His Holiness the Karmapa (28-year-old probable successor to the Dalai Lama), a nun who was imprisoned in china for 30 years but refused to denounce the Dalai Lama, and Buddhist hermits living alone in the mountains. He will also recount the experience of teaching Gustavus students in the principal historic sites of Buddhism, such as Sarnath, Bodhgaya, and Vulture Peak.

Curtin’s talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Raymond and Florence Sponberg Chair of Ethics, the Hanson-Peterson Professorship in the Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost. Questions about this event can be directed to Professor of Philosophy Peg O’Connor at 507-933-7573 or poconnor@gustavus.edu.

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