Circle of Enlightenment: Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

Healing and the Ritual Arts of Tibet
Lecture by Dr. Anne C. Klein

Buddhist ways of understanding of the body, drawn from India and elaborated in many Tibetan texts, underlies both its medical system and its practice of Tantra. The body is itself a product of one's own past actions (karma), and the elements of which the body consists--earth, fire, water, air, and space--are the object of both medical and meditative purification. This talk introduces central medical principles of Tibet and explores certain of their analogues in meditative ritual.

-- AK

Anne Carolyn Klein is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas, where she teaches courses in Buddhism, Women's Studies, and Tibetan Language. She is the author of four books including, most recently, Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self and Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet. She has since 1971 studied Buddhist thought and practice with Tibetan scholars and meditation masters in India, Nepal, and the U.S. Klein is also founding co-director of Dawn Mountain, a Tibetan temple, community center, and research institute in Houston, Texas.

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