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Buddhist monk to share spiritual lecture

February 24, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville Office of Spiritual Life and Big Sandy Community and Technical College are partnering for a special time to focus on the power of spirituality to move society from ways of violence to the way of peace. The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, will share a spiritual lecture, “Loving our Enemies,” on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Chrisman Auditorium, Armington Learning Center, on the UPIKE campus.

“Today our country is filled with words of walls, exclusion, hate and fear, yet the only hope of healing is love and forgiveness,” said Rob Musick, university chaplain and instructor of religion. “Spirituality has the power to make our lives new and give us the moral framework to think and act differently. It is because of faith that UPIKE was founded and in various religious lectures we hear from a venerable teacher who has made a great impact on others through the love of all people. Only love can heal our hearts so please join us for a great night of challenge, hope, and inspiration to love all people, and love those who are the hardest to love.”

Phuntsok currently makes his residence in Dharamsala, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. His home is less than a minute walk from the Temple and residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Currently he facilitates cultural exchange programs between the Tibetan community and U.S. university students who come to Dharamsala to volunteer with LHA Charitable Trust, a local social work agency devoted to improving the lives of Tibetan refugees and local Indians. These groups also learn about Buddhism through visits to Tibetan monasteries. A soft-spoken man, with a quiet and engaging energy and humor, his goal is to practice and explain Buddhist dharma in a way that will help to alleviate suffering and speak to each hearer in a way suited to his or her own level of development.

For more information about the free lecture, contact Musick at (606) 218-5762 or robertmusick@upike.edu. The campus and community are cordially invited.

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