7PM JUNE 9
On the Way to...
Saka Dawa Festival is one of the most important annual festival in Tibet. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th month in the Tibetan calendar on the day that Buddha Sakyamuni was born and also the day he attained Nirvana. During this period, the giant flagpole at Tarpoche is ritually taken down and its prayer flags are replaced. As the pole’s tip is raised and pointed east toward Gyangdrak monastery, monks of that monastery perform a special ritual. Music from long trumpets, conch shells, and other instruments welcome the rising flagpole.
Unveiling the Tibetan Buddhist Canon: An Intact Legacy from the Land of Snows
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition prides itself on scholarship and preserving the literary legacy of first-millennium Buddhist India in two main collections: the Kangyur (collected teachings of the Buddha) and the Tengyur (commentaries from highly-realized masters). The Tibetan Buddhist canon, consisting of roughly 335 volumes containing close to 5,000 individual works, forms the basis of nearly all practice traditions and philosophical schools.
In this talk, Dr. Paul Hackett will provide an overview and discussion of the texts that comprise the Tibetan Buddhist canon and how they relate to the overall study and practice of the Buddhist tradition. He will open a gateway for those beginning to learn about Buddhism while guiding more experienced students towards further avenues of study and practice.
This public talk will be offered as part of our celebration of Saka Dawa, the joyous holiday celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Please join us on this special day!
Dr. Hackett is associated with the Shantideva Meditation Center, dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City area community. We are affiliated The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by Founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.