A scholar of Tibet’s history, culture will speak at URI March 3

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Tsepak Rigzin, a lecturer at Emory University and a scholar of Tibet’s history, culture and language. Photo courtesy of URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies.

KINGSTON, R.I., Feb. 27, 2017—Tsepak Rigzin, a scholar of Tibet’s history, culture and language, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Friday, March 3.

The talk, free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, 120 Flagg Road, on the Kingston campus.

Rigzin, a lecturer of Tibetan language at Emory University, will discuss the crucial role of nonviolence in Tibetan culture, history and tradition. He’ll also talk about the Tibetan diaspora and share his personal experiences.

The talk is sponsored by the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, which organizes educational programs, training workshops and a lecture series to promote nonviolence, peace and well-being.

Rigzin received his master’s degree from Punjab University in India and traditional Buddhist training from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics.   He is the author and co-author of many books and articles on Tibetan Buddhism and he has extensive experience in written and oral translation.

He began teaching Tibetan language courses at Emory in 2009.  He was also scholar in residence and official translator for Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, where he worked on outreach programs and also taught the Tibetan language.