UNC Asheville to Host Talk by Buddhist Lama;
Talk Will Explore "Transforming Fear and Anger into Compassion"
UNC Asheville will host a lecture by noted meditation
and retreat master Lama Norlha Rinpoche on “Transforming Fear and Anger
into Compassion” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in UNC Asheville’s Reuter
Center. The talk is cosponsored by UNC Asheville’s Religious Studies
Program and the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement. The event is free
and open to the public.
In his talk, Lama Norlha will discuss ways to
stabilize the mind through calm-abiding meditation. He will also discuss
the development of compassion through taking-and-sending meditation.
Both teachings constitute the core of pure Dharma practice.
Born in Tibet, Lama Norlha entered Korche Monastery
at five years old, receiving full monastic ordination at fourteen. After
the communist takeover of Tibet, he escaped on foot to India, where he
established several three-year retreat facilities to train monks in the
complete cycle of transmissions and practices of the Kagyu Lineage. Lama
Norlha came to the United States in 1976 to teach Buddhist philosophy
and meditation practices in New York City. There, he founded Kagyu
Thubten Choling Monastery and Retreat Center and has since dedicated his
life to teaching the practices that make up the Kagyupa three-year
Lama Norlha continues to travel to Tibet to help
reestablish the Dharma in Nangchen. He has helped rebuild the monastery
at Korche and founded a convent and retreat center for Tibetan women.
Lama Norlha also founded Nangchen Yushu Educational and Medical
Association, which establishes medical facilities and schools for the
inhabitants in eastern Tibet.
For more information, call Brian Butler, UNC
Asheville Religious Studies Program director, at 828/251-6272.
- Brian Butler, UNC Asheville Religious Studies Program Director,
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,