Reflections of Early American Encounters with Tibetan Buddhism

From February 19, 5:00 am until 7:00 am


What does it mean for an American to study and practice Buddhism? Reflections of early American encounters with Tibetan Buddhism. This class will discuss an early pioneer in the American encounter with Tibetan Buddhism, Theos Bernard (1908-1947) and the many aspects of how he attempted to engage with the tradition that remain emblematic of the American encounter even today.

Paul G. Hackett holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University, an M.L.S. in Information Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, an M.A. in History of Religions from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona. He specializes in canonical Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture, as well as their influence on contemporary alternative religion in America; he is also active in the field of applied computational linguistics, and serves as the chair of the Tibetan Information Technology Panel for the International Association for Tibetan Studies.


Meeting Number:194 054 960
Audio Connection: +1-415-655-0001