Thupten Jinpa: “A Conversation about Buddhism and Science”

Tuesday October 13th 2020, 7:00 - 8:30PM
Event Sponsor
The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
Thupten Jinpa


THUPTEN JINPA (McGill University) is a former Tibetan monk who holds the Geshe Lharam degree, as well as a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from Cambridge University. Since 1985, he has been the principal English translator to H. H. the Dalai Lama and has, in this capacity, traveled extensively with him. He has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness, as well as the Dalai Lama's book on his dialogue with science, Universe in a Single Atom. Jinpa’s own publications include works in Tibetan, English translations of classical Tibetan texts, and books, Self, Reality, and Reason in Tibetan PhilosophyDispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet (co-authored) and A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.  Jinpa's latest book is Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows, a modern biography of one of Tibet's greatest masters released in November for the 600th anniversary of his nirvana. Jinpa is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at Stanford University and is a noted speaker on Buddhism and science dialogue, secular adaptations of mindfulness and compassion practices. He is a co-founder and president of the Compassion Institute, the Chair of Mind and Life Institute, founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and an adjunct professor at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. Jinpa lives in Montreal and is married with two daughters.

This talk is part of the Buddhism and Science Lectures

This series explores the many facets of the encounter between Buddhism and science through discussion and debate of relevant scientific papers, traditional Buddhist literature, science and technology studies (STS), and anthropological literature.

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