Tibetan Lama Teaches Practical Buddhism in Newport
On Sunday, November 3, Tibetan Lama Tsering Gyaltsen, who lives and teaches in Corvallis, will be in Nye Beach to give a talk about Practical Buddhism.
Born in western Tibet in 1945, Lama Gyaltsen fled to India with his family at age 16. For six years, he worked for The Dalai Lama as a representative of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism within the Tibetan government in exile in Dharmasala, India.
Lama Gyaltsen arrived in the United States in 1996. A lifelong Buddhist practitioner of the Dudjom Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a learned Buddhist scholar, he holds a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies from the Tibetan Institute of Higher Studies in Varanasi, India.
Here in Oregon, Lama Gyaltsen directed the creation of the Padma Charitable Foundation in Corvallis, where he serves as head Dharma teacher. Lama Gyaltsen also is a founding director and vice-president of the Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute in Eugene, Oregon. The local Dharma group, Newport Yeshe Nyingpo, which is hosting Lama Gyaltsen’s talk, has been sponsoring spiritual teachers since the early 80’s, most of them originally from Tibet.
These incredible lamas, dislocated by the Chinese take-over of their remote mountain monasteries and villages, have come to the West to find new homes and students. They escaped a regime under which it is a crime to have a picture of the Dalai Lama in their homes.
In Newport, Lama Gyaltsen will talk about how to incorporate Buddhist wisdom into daily life. “I wish to teach peace,” he says. “Peace is not from looking outside. If you have peace on the inside, then you have peace.”
“Practical Buddhism” 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 3 at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Dr, Newport, OR. Requested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information call Suzen 541-563-2442.