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JAI Brown-Bag lunch lecture
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:45 am-1:00 pm
Professor David Gray, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, who teaches and researches in the areas of Asian religious traditions and Tibetan Buddhism, introduces us to the religious origin and inspiration of much of Tibet’s artistic tradition, and to the role of art, including images of the Dalai Lama, as transformative and powerfully subversive forces in traditional and contemporary contexts.
Co-panelist Tenzin N. Tethong is Distinguished Fellow, Tibetan Studies Initiative, at Stanford University. He teaches in the HistoryDepartment and the Continuing Studies Program. He is engaged in the effort of Ho Center for Buddhist Studies to establish a chair in Tibetan Buddhist Studies, and was part of the team that established CCARE (Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education), at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is one of the founding members and current President of The Dalai Lama Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of peace and ethics. He also serves in an advisory capacity for the local Tibetan Community Center project, and recently launched “Tibet in Exile – Fifty Years” an online documentation effort to commemorate the last fifty years in exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
JAI creates an intellectual frame of reference for examining and fostering artistic processes that are critically bound to issues of justice.