Prajnopaya at MIT to mark 10th anniversary with teachings, inter-faith discussions

The Buddhist Channel, Sept 24, 2012

MIT, MA (USA) -- The year 2012 marks 10 Years of Prajnopaya at MIT, celebrating the many opportunities extended to students for spiritual growth through regular classes in meditation, Buddhist philosophy, and Buddhist art.

To mark the celebrations, guest teachers from all schools of Buddhism have been welcomed including His Holiness Chhetsang Rinpoche the 37th Drikung Kyabgon, the Reverend Ichigaku Nagira, Robert Thurman, and B. Alan Wallace.

Interfaith discussions between Buddhists and members of other religious traditions are also encouraged. Students have been invited to experience art through Chinese brush painting sessions, tsa-tsa workshops, and the sacred sand mandala projects.

Through the Prajnopaya at MIT affiliates, students have put generosity and compassion into action and gained valuable insight into their own capabilities by competing to win awards for design of a new delivery system to eradicate TB in India, and by joining the
design team for tsunami relief houses.

In celebration of 10 Years of Prajnopaya at MIT, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will graciously bestow a teaching on Kamalashila’s “Stages of Meditation” on October 16, 2012 at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Musical performances and guest speakers will round out the events. This is the third visit by His Holiness to MIT.

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi directs the programs of Prajnopaya at MIT. He serves as Buddhist Chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the founder of the
Prajnopaya Institute of Buddhist Studies and Prajnopaya Foundation.

About Prajnopaya at MIT

Prajnopaya at MIT, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2002, is a learning and service initiative of Prajnopaya Institute for Buddhist Studies under the auspices of
the Office of Religious Life at MIT.

It provides beginning and advanced students and curious visitors from other traditions with a venue to study Buddhism in a non-sectarian fashion.