February 20 - 7-8pm

THE MEANING OF LIFE: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect
by H.H. the Dalai Lama, trans. & ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins
ISBN 0681711734

Basing his explanation on the twelve links of dependent-arising as depicted in the Wheel of Life, the Dalai Lama presents Buddhism's worldview while answering some of life's most profound questions: Why are we here? How should we live our lives?

Moderator: James Riviezzo


April 10 - 7-8pm

by the Dalai Lama
ISBN 1559392282

This concise and extremely accessible presentation shows how to apply Buddhist principles in our lives.

Lighting the Way contains 3 fundamental Buddhist teachings given by the Dalai Lama to Western students. "Principles of Buddhism" provides the framework for understanding the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths, upon which all of his other teachings are based. "Teachings on Eight Verses on Mind Training "comments on a classic text within the genre of Tibetan spiritual writing known as lojong (literally "mind training".) His Holiness often refers to this short work as one of his main sources of inspiration for the practice of compassion. Finally, the Dalai Lama's commentary on Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment discusses in a lucid and inspiring manner one of the most important texts for serious practitioners of Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people and Nobel Peace Laureate, is a remarkable Buddhist teacher and scholar, versed in the teachings of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He has also become a global spiritual leader, whose commitment to peace and non-violence has been widely recognized, and whose message of universal individual responsibility has won world admiration and acclaim.

Moderator: Joe Collier

June 12 - 7-8pm

THE DALAI LAMA AT HARVARD: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace
by H.H. the Dalai Lama, trans. & ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins
ISBN 0937938718

His Holiness gave this in-depth introduction to Buddhist theory and practice in a Harvard lecture series. He covers a spectrum of topics: The Psychology of Cyclic Existence; Consciousness and Karma; Cessation and Buddha Nature; Paths and the Utilization of Bliss; Techniques for Meditation; Altruism; Valuing Enemies; Wisdom.

Moderator: Lisa Meyer

August 14 - 7-8pm

THE WISDOM OF FORGIVENESS: Intimate Conversations and Journeys
by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan
ISBN 1573222771

What does the Dalai Lama fear? How does he experience pain? In this series of intimate conversations spanning two decades, the Tibetan leader answers these unusually personal questions. Chan, an old friend of His Holiness', recounts travels with him from Ireland, to Czechoslovakia, to Buddhist holy sites.

Moderator: Daniel Lebedies

October 16 - 7-8pm

THE SPLENDOR OF AN AUTUMN MOON: The Devotional Verse of Tsongkhapa
trans. and intro. by Gavin Kilty

Presents for the first time twenty-one devotional poems by Tsongkhapa, in both the original Tibetan and in artful English translation.

"The poems translated here are some of the most inspiring verses ever written in the Tibetan language. In addition to evoking powerful sentiments, the poems help provide a glimpse into Tsongkhapa's deep humility and his passionate commitment to the ideals of altruism. These verses also help the reader to see what is truly human behind the legend that is such a towering figure in the history of Tibetan Buddhism."--Geshe Thupten Jinpa

Moderator: Lou Ann Behringer

December 11 - 7-8pm

by the Dalai Lama
ISBN 8185102791

The Dalai Lama explains how to cultivate a daily meditational practice. He also presents tantric meditations on Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani and Arya Tara, and discusses how they transform the mind.

Moderator: Rick Solaski