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Guru Devotion in Pre-Modern Tibetan Buddhism

Dr. Geoff Barstow

Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

OSU Contemplative Studies & Asian and Pacific Cultural Center Present Guru Devotion in Pre-Modern Tibetan Buddhism Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:15-6:30 pm Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (between Austin Hall and MU on Jefferson Way)

Guru devotion is central to Tibetan Buddhist religiosity and contemplative practice, but it is also frequently misunderstood. In this talk, Dr. Barstow will offer reflections on where guru devotion fits in the constellation of Tibetan religious practices and how it relates to other forms of religiosity, such as formal meditation and tantra. Throughout, the focus will be on the practice of guru devotion in pre-modern Tibet, though contemporary examples will also be discussed. The talk will be structured as a dialogue with plenty of time for questions about what is often a controversial practice!

Geoff Barstow first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1999 on a study abroad trip. Since then, Tibetan religion, history, and culture has been the focus of his professional life. He has spent more than six years conducting research in Nepal, China, and Tibet. At present, that research focusses on the history of vegetarianism on the Tibetan plateau. His courses emphasize aspects of Buddhist religious thought, but also seek to explore how those ideas have been lived and experienced by actual Buddhists.

*Parking available after 5’ in Linus Pauling lot on 30th between Campus Way and Jefferson
**Handicap parking lot is right next to event Center on Jefferson (take 30th to Jefferson)

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (campus map)
Audrey Perkins
Audrey.Perkins at oregonstate.edu
Contemplative Studies Program
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