Dalai Lama To Lead Eastwest Program in La

The following article is from the Spring, 1989 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet will be the Honorary Chair and a key presenter at Harmonia Mundi (Worlds in Harmony), a week-long program involving many leading Buddhist religious figures, psychologists, writers and artists scheduled for Oct. 2-8, 1989 in Orange County, Ca., by the East West Foundation.

Harmonia Mundi contains seven components, some of which overlap. They include:

Transformations of Consciousness (Oct. 2-4); a dialogue between His Holiness and leading Western religious scholars and psychologists, many of whom are practitioners of Buddhism. Together, they will explore such topics as the nature of the mind, death and dying, integration of negative personality traits and the role of meditation in pyschotherapy.

Among those who will dialogue with the Dalai Lama are Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., behavioral sciences editor, the New York Times; Jack Engler, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., Department of Religion, Columbia University; Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D., former religious secretary to His Holiness, and Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School.

Awakening the Compassionate Heart, (Oct. 4-7); a Contemplative Congress at which noted Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Jewish teachers will give instruction in the practice of meditation/contemplation as taught in their tradition. Two lectures by His Holiness on compassion are included in this program.

Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder and head of the Zen Center Los Angeles, and Vipassana masters Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg will be the lead Buddhist meditation/contemplation teachers for ' 'Awakening the Compassionate Heart. Panel discussions and Lati Rinbochay and the Tibetan monks of the Shardzay Monastery in India, who will open and close each day with a chanting meditation, are also part of the program.

The Healing Mind, (Oct. 4-7); a program exploring the synthesis of Eastern and Western psychological systems. Edward Podvoll, M.D., Naropa Institute; Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., writer and Vipassana meditation teacher; Robert Nozick, chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University; Andrew Bard Shmookler, Ph.D., author of Out of Weakness Healing the Wounds That Drive Us to War; and Riane Eisler, Ph.D., author, The Chalice and the Blade, are among participants. Two lectures by the Dalai Lama are also included in this program.

Festivals of Sacred Music and Sacred Poetry, a Closing Ceremony (Oct. 7) and an inaugural Concert for World Harmony (Oct. 8) have also been scheduled. Sufi Master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Father Thomas Keating, Srimata Gayatri Devi and Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man are other confirmed presenters during Harmonia Mundi.

For registration and other information, contact East West Foundation, P.O. Box 5766, Fullerton, CA 92635, 714-526-0756.

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