Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA – Gen Kelsang Jampa, an American Buddhist monk and the US National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism, will be giving a free public talk at the Columbia Museum of Art on Sunday, March 11, at 2pm.
Modern Buddhism and Peaceful Living
The free event will be entitled “Modern Buddhism: The Art of Peaceful Living.” Modern Buddhism is the title of the latest book by Gen Jampa’s teacher, the internationally renowned author and celebrated Buddhist teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Modern Buddhism is a popular book that describes how the Kadampa tradition of Buddhism can easily be practiced in the midst of busy modern life. By practicing the instructions contained within the book, readers will find that they naturally become more peaceful, happier, and more loving.
In recent weeks, Modern Buddhism, which is available as a free download at eModernBuddhism.com and elsewhere, climbed to the #1 spot across all departments for the search term “Buddhism” on Amazon.com.
A Modern American Buddhist Monk
Gen Jampa is a nationally recognized speaker on Buddhism and meditation. In recent months, Gen Jampa has spoken in New York state, New Mexico, New Jersey, California, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Washington, DC, and other states. A recent public talk at the Dallas Museum of Art drew over 300 listeners eager to know more about meditation and Buddhist teachings.
In addition to being the US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism, Gen Kelsang Jampa is also the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Yoga Center, Texas, where he teaches regular weekly classes on Buddhism and meditation for people of all levels of interest.
Known for his warmth, his humor, and his ability to explain Buddha’s time-tested teachings in a way that modern audiences can relate to, Gen Jampa is a long-time student and close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has received the teachings of Modern Buddhism directly from Geshe Kelsang himself.
Gen Jampa at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC
Gen Jampa’s free public talk at the Columbia Museum of Art will be the first such public talk he has given in the state of South Carolina.
The Columbia Museum of Art is the premiere art museum in South Carolina. The museum occupies a light-filled space in downtown Columbia with 25 different galleries. In addition to inviting Gen Jampa to speak, the museum regularly hosts other well-known figures in music, art, and culture.
Gen Jampa’s visit is co-sponsored by Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center located in Columbia, SC, a few blocks from the art museum.
White Tara Mantra (108 Repetitions)
White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth. In iconography, White Tara often has seven eyes in addition to the usual two, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This symbolizes her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world. The “Tara of Seven Eyes” is the form of the goddess especially popular in Mongolia. White Tara wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. Like Green Tara, she is richly adorned with jewels. White Tara is seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet pointed upward. Her posture is one of grace and calm. Her right hand makes the boon-granting gesture and her left hand is in the protective mudra. In her left hand, White Tara holds an elaborate lotus flower that contains three blooms. The first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya. These three blooms symbolize that Tara is the essence of the three Buddhas. In religious practice, White Tara is believed to help her followers overcome obstacles, espeically those that inhibit the …
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