AMHERST, Mass. – Thupten Jinpa, official translator for the Dalai Lama, will be the keynote speaker at the Conference for Compassionate Leadership on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Integrative Learning Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jinpa was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. Jinpa also holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He has been the principal English translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama. He is the main author of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), an eight-week formal program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Jinpa’s most recent book is A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.
The conference is presented by UMass Amherst student Tenzin Thargay, the Five College Buddhist studies program and UMatter at UMass.
In light of national tensions between the African-American community and police and anti-Muslim rhetoric and terrorist-inspired xenophobia in Europe, the conference will focus on teaching students to have compassion in leadership roles. Thargay says, “I truly believe that introducing compassion into the equation of clash can reduce conflict. Hopefully by planting the seeds of compassion leadership in the minds of the students, upon graduation and entrance into their fields of expertise, these seeds will blossom to spread more compassion.”
The conference will include a keynote address by Jinpa along with a panel discussion with faculty from the Five College consortium, including Sonya Atalay (UMass) Maria Heim (Amherst College), Constance Kassor (Smith College), Jill Lewis (Hampshire College), and Linda Tropp (UMass). In the afternoon, participants have the opportunity to have a special Tibetan lunch with Jinpa and attend his workshop that will include a presentation, guided meditation and a discussion, based on his CCT program.
Space for the lunch and workshop is limited to the first 45 people to register. RSVP to SACL@umass.edu by Wednesday, April 13.
Contact: Tenzin Thargay, (617) 735-5538, firstname.lastname@example.org