The Venerable Geshe Kalsang Damdul, a colleague to the Dalai Lama, will visit Miami University and hold a prayer flag ceremony at noon Friday, Feb. 20, at the Hub in front of Upham Hall on Miami’s Oxford campus. Damdul also will hold a Tibetan Buddhism discussion at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Shriver Center multipurpose room B. Both events are open to the public.
Geshe Damdul, whose title reflects his geshe degree in Buddhist philosophy, will hold the ceremony to commemorate the Jan. 1 signing of an affiliation agreement between Miami and The College of Higher Tibetan Studies, which launches a new Tibetan studies semester program for Miami students in the Dharamsala region of northern India.
The program will take place each fall semester beginning in fall 2009, offering a range of courses focusing on Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and meditation, as well as an intensive sequence of language courses in Chinese, Tibetan and Hindi.
A sequence of three courses on the peoples and cultures of Tibet and South Asia, taught by Miami faculty, will be offered as a thematic sequence. The courses can serve as capstones and senior seminars.
The Open Doors 2008 report by the Institute for International Education ranked Miami 25th nationally among comparable universities in undergraduate participation in study abroad programs.
Miami is the only Ohio doctoral institution in the top 40 for undergraduate participation in study abroad.
Since 1987, Damdul has served as assistant director for the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics under the direct administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1995, he received his geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India. Tibetan prayer flag rituals are performed to create spiritual harmony and well being for all of humanity and other sentient beings. During prayer flag rituals, a monk recites prayers, burns incense and makes offerings to the gods. For more information, call 529-5628.