|The following article is from the Spring, 2003 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.|
This September His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit several U.S. cities. On September 5, 2003 he'll give a public talk in San Francisco. (For information see www.himalayan-fotmdation.org.) This year's Mind and Life Conference—as well as a public talk—will be held in Boston the weekend of September 13 (see www.mindandlife.org.) Between the 17th and 20th His Holiness will give a teaching at the Beacon Theater in New York (see www.dalailamaNYC.org.) No tickets are needed for a public talk in Central Park scheduled for September 21.
Snow Lion will be publishing this summer two books for His Holiness' presentation at the Beacon Theater. These provide essential commentaries on the text that the Dalai Lama will be teaching. The first book is an introduction and the second is a master work.
Buddhist Philosophy: Losang Gonchok's Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba's Root Text on Tenets by Daniel Cozort and Craig Preston
Jam-yang-shay-ba's Maps of the Profound: Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Tenets by Jeffrey Hopkins
The focal topics and issues of Buddhist schools are presented in these texts in order to stimulate inquiry and to encourage development of an inner faculty capable of investigating appearances so as to penetrate their reality. In this context philosophy is, for the most part, related to liberative concerns—the attempt to extricate oneself and others from a round of painful existence and to attain freedom.