The Center is fortunate to have a resident Tibetan Buddhist geshe graduate assistant — Thupten Tendhar. Thupten is a PhD student in Adult Education with a focus on nonviolence and inner peace. He brings peaceful energy to our Center and to our campus through his presence and a number of special programs.
Honors Course: Buddhist Philosophy – Journey to Nirvana
- Explore Buddhist history, culture, philosophy, psychology, ethics and logic in the part of the world known as Tibet.
- Examine the origins of Buddhism, the chronology of its introduction into Tibet, and important figures and events in its development over the past 1500 years.
- Study fundamental Buddhist teachings and practices for achieving states of well-being, meditation, enlightenment and nirvana.
Compassion Workshop with URI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Thupten conducted a workshop on “Compassion and Inner Peace” for appreciative participants and members of the URI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
- Compassion and meditation are ways of building a beloved community.
- Inner peace is a “mental disposition free of negative thoughts and emotions with internal strength, harmony, and peacefulness regardless of external situations.”
- The need for inner peace is a common desire to achieve happiness and to overcome challenges in our daily lives.