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Book Launch: "As Long as Space Endures"

March 8, 2009

Essay on the Kalacakra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama
Namgyal Monastery (Ithaca, New York)
Institute of Buddhist Studies
March 5, 2008

with thanks to Snow Lion Publications and La Tourelle Resort & Spa
When: Sat, March 7th, 2009 -- 2:00-3:30 PM
Where: La Tourelle Resort & Spa
1150 Danby Road (96B) -- Ithaca, NY, across the highway from Du Khor Choe Ling

In spring 2005 Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies learned that His Holiness the Dalai Lama would visit and bless the site of its newly planned temple complex, Du Khor Choe Ling, which he had helped to design.  Now, four years later, Namgyal Monastery presents to the public the specially prepared volume presented to the Dalai Lama at the blessing ceremony in October 2007, during his historic visit to Ithaca. 

As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra in Honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrates specifically the contribution the Dalai Lama has made in transmitting globally the system of Buddhist thought and practice upon which the new Namgyal temple is based, the Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) Tantra.  This system is considered within the Tibetan tradition to be the most comprehensive presentation of Highest Yoga Tantra and relates to spiritual, cultural, medical, environmental, and astrological/cosmological practices.  The two-dozen chapters of the volume, written by international experts, include new translations from Sanskrit and Tibetan sources and consider the historical and religious impact of the Wheel of Time system from its emergence in eleventh-century India to twenty-first century America.  Among the contributors to the volume are Jhado Rinpoche and Geshe Drakpa Gelek, two Tibetan Kalachakra masters who have recently led Namgyal retreats, as well as Vesna Wallace, David B. Gray, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, and many others.

Join us as we reflect on His Holiness' visit, the construction of the new monastery compound, and Namgyal's role in the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the West.  Du Khor Choe Ling is the first temple of its kind, dedicated to the study and practice of the most profound practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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