Thursday, February 28, 2008

Buddhist Nun to Speak at USC

Special Event!
Finding Inner Peace
with Kadampa Buddhist Nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Tuesday, March 4th, 7pm-8:15pm, at USC/Rutledge Chapel
Reception to follow in the Gresette Room/Harper College

In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others, and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes.

Gen-la Dekyong will teach, as presented in Buddhism, how we can find an authentic, longlasting inner peace through meditation practice. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort and so we will experience true happiness.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition in the United States and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center California. She has been practicing Buddhism and studying closely with her Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. Gen-la Dekyong is a powerful and inspiring teacher who is well-loved for her good heart and clear, practical teachings.

This event is possible thanks to the generosity of the USC Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Philosophy, the Women's Studies Program and the Ganden Mahayana Buddhist Center.

"The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort, and we shall experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful we shall find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we shall experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventuallywe shall be happy all of the time, even in the most difficult circumstances."
-Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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