The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will host a talk on the Diamond Sutra by the renowned Bhutanese lama, filmmaker, and author Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche on 31 March, in cooperation with Khyentse Foundation.
The Diamond Sutra, also known as the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra in Sanskrit, is a key Buddhist text that presents a discourse of the Buddha to senior disciple Subhuti. It offers meditations on attachment, illusion, perception, and the realization of non-self and emptiness as underpinning the path to liberation.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s lecture on the Diamond Sutra will be live-streamed on YouTube and Zoom at the following times:
Auckland: 4am, Friday 1 April
Canberra: 2am, Friday 1 April
Seoul, Tokyo: 12am, Friday 1 April
Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei: 11pm, Thursday 31 March
Bangkok, Jakarta: 10pm, Thursday 31 March
New Delhi: 8:30pm, Thursday 31 March
Jerusalem: 6pm, Thursday 31 March
Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm: 5pm, Thursday 31 March
London: 4pm, Thursday 31 March
Montreal, New York: 11am, Thursday 31 March
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 8am, Thursday 31 March
YouTube 1 (English)
YouTube 2 (English and Chinese)
Zoom 1 (Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan simultaneous translation; Webinar ID: 879 1215 0485, Passcode: 872113)
Zoom 2 (Chinese simultaneous translation; Webinar ID: 871 5043 2375)
Those who do not require simultaneous translation are kindly requested to attend the teaching on YouTube.
Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001 with the aim of promoting the Buddha’s teaching and supporting all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. The foundation’s activities include major text preservation and translation projects, support for monastic colleges in Asia, a worldwide scholarship and awards program, development of Buddhist studies at major universities, training and development for Buddhist teachers, and and developing new modes of Dharma-inspired education for children.
The event marks an ongoing cooperation between Khyentse Foundation and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Late last year, Khyentse Foundation announced that Dr. Ian MacCormack, had been appointed Khyentse Professor in Buddhist Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by the Departments of Comparative Religion and Asian Studies.*
Born in Bhutan in 1961, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and was a close student of the Nyingma master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–91). He is recognized as the third incarnation of the 19th century Tibetan terton Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892), founder of the Khyentse lineage, and the immediate incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959).
In addition to Khyentse Foundation, his projects include Siddhartha’s Intent, an international collective of Buddhist groups supporting Rinpoche’s Buddhadharma activities by organizing teachings and retreats, distributing and archiving recorded teachings, and transcribing, editing, and translating manuscripts and practice texts; 84000, a non-profit global initiative to translate the words of the Buddha and make them available to all; Lotus Outreach, which directs a range of projects to ensure the education, health, and safety of vulnerable women and children in the developing world; and Lhomon Society, which promotes sustainable development in Bhutan through education.
Rinpoche is the author of several books, including: What Makes You Not a Buddhist (2006), Not For Happiness (2012), The Guru Drinks Bourbon? (2016), and Poison is Medicine: Clarifying the Vajrayana (2021), and has garnered renown inside and outside of the global Buddhist community for the feature-length films he has written and directed: The Cup (1999), Travellers and Magicians (2004), Vara: A Blessing (2012), Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I wait (2016), and Looking For A Lady With Fangs And A Moustache (2019).
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