The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace

The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace

The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace

The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace

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In August of 1981, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet gave a series of lectures at Harvard University under the auspices of the American Institute for Buddhist Studies and the Center for the Study of World Religions. Organized principally by Professor Robert Thurman, president of AIBS, the Dalai Lama's lectures, which were given in Emerson Hall in Harvard Yard, fulfilled superbly the intention of providing an in‐ depth introduction to Buddhist theory and practice.

The lectures occurred over five days with sessions of approximately two hours each in the mornings and afternoons. Using the format of the four noble truths, the Dalai Lama depicted the situation of beings trapped in a round of suffering that is impelled by counter-productive actions that are themselves founded on a basic misunderstanding of the nature of persons and other phenomena. Ignorance being the root cause of suffering, he described, in considerable detail, the path out of this situation—the motivation to extricate oneself . . .

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