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Wisdom in Exile

Tibetan Buddhism for an Awakening World

October 5th - 7th, 2018


Join 9 esteemed scholars, teachers and dharma leaders as they explore the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and their significance to the contemporary world.

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Speakers Include

Robert Thurman

Isa Gucciardi


Thupten Jinpa

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


Lama Tsultrim Allione

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal


Miles Neale

Khenpo Pema Wangdak


You'll Learn About

Tibetan History
Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
Esoteric Practices
Buddhist Science
Meditation as a Path to Wisdom
H.H. the Dalai Lama
The Sacred Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism
Gender Equality in Tibetan Buddhism 



A profound wisdom exiled from its historical homeland is inspiring a renaissance of thought throughout the world’s spiritual communities.

Tibetan Buddhism is unique among the many schools of Buddhist thought. For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists held esteemed residencies in the great Indian Buddhist Monastic Universities and translated the cream of those Buddhist “Libraries of Alexandria” into a unique collection as well as continuing the oral practice traditions from the great Siddhas during the full flowering of Indic Buddhism from 600 to 1100 CE.

The schools of Tibetan Buddhism were subsequently developed in a post-Imperial cultural environment where militarism was radically decreased and approximately eighty percent of the population was involved in articulating and supporting the Dharma – or in supporting those who were studying such teachings.

This atmosphere provided Buddhist practitioners in Tibet an opportunity to deeply consider the foundations of Buddhist thought. Many erudite thinkers added their voices to the Buddha’s words, and there was a significant and far-reaching flowering of Mahayana teachings over the course of several centuries that informed Buddhist philosophy in a wide variety of scholarly and lay contexts.

The canon of work that emerged from these pursuits addresses some of the most important mysteries that we, as humans have always faced – and offers a repository of knowledge that can help us confront the challenges of the modern existential dilemma we are confronting today.

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama has been instrumental in creating structures where this wisdom has, in large measure, been preserved in spite of the challenges of the Chinese occupation of Tibet that began in 1959 and continues to the present. He has worked tirelessly to save this valuable wisdom in spite of the destruction of Tibet’s schools, monasteries and cultural institutions and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans.

The question now is: How do we continue to preserve this wisdom? How do we meet the challenge of keeping these teachings in the forefront of spiritual inquiry for philosophers, thinkers, teachers and spiritual seekers so that the world does not lose this knowledge?

This online conference seeks to answer these questions and more. Join us as renowned Tibetan Buddhist practitioners come together with esteemed scholars to explore the profound insights and perennial teachings of one of the world’s great wisdom traditions.

Talks Include

Tibetan Culture: the Culture of Enlightenment

with Robert Thurman

As the first westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, Robert Thurman has worked tirelessly to support His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso’s efforts to re-establish and preserve Tibetan Buddhism in exile. As part of that effort, he co-founded Tibet House U.S. in 1987 at the request of His Holiness. In this talk, he speaks about the history of these efforts, and discusses how vital the preservation of this unique wisdom system is to the world. In presenting the history of Tibet, he demonstrates how Buddhism transformed a culture of warring nomads into a culture primarily devoted to the cultivation and dissemination of peace, vitality, and wisdom. He speaks about the relevance of such a trajectory in the modern time and argues that this example must remain in contemporary discourse to help the world emerge out of the culture of war that dominates the current (modern) political landscape. His vision of how key elements of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine, and Tibetan art can offer an elixir to a world out of balance is as inspiring as it is timely.

Buddhism in the Western Therapeutic Environment

with Isa Gucciardi

In this talk, Isa Gucciardi examines the contributions Tibetan Buddhism has to offer the modern therapeutic process and suggests that Buddhism provides some very practical methods for dealing with the unique neuroses of contemporary society. Using examples from her Depth Hypnosis practice, she illustrates the ways that Buddhist understanding of reality and the human psyche help assist people on their path of healing and self-knowledge. She also addresses the importance of preserving the deeper esoteric teachings held in the monastic lineages in their pure form, and explains how the adaptation of some of these practices to the modern context will help to keep the teachings intact and the wisdom relevant and helpful to people today.  

Reason, Intuition, and the Science of Buddhism

with Thupten Jinpa

Acclaimed Buddhist scholar, author, and principal translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa, PhD, sits down for an in-depth interview with Laura Chandler (Foundation of the Sacred Stream and Sacred Stream Radio Podcast). In this engaging conversation they cover a wide-range of topics, including the relationship between science and consciousness, the conflict between faith and reason in the west, and the challenges of preserving Tibetan culture in a changing world. Jinpa offers his thoughts on the ways he sees Tibetan Buddhism evolving, how it addresses issues like gender equality, and the many places it is having a positive impact on individuals and contemporary society as a whole.

Bön, Buddhism, and the Wisdom of Stillness

with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

In this engaging conversation, Laura Chandler (Foundation of the Sacred Stream and Sacred Stream Radio Podcast) speaks with Tibetan Buddhist master teacher and Bön lineage holder, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Rinpoche explains the deep roots of early Bön practices and how they fit into the larger context of Tibetan Buddhism. He points to some of the challenges of preserving wisdom in exile and gives his thoughts on protecting the transmission of the deeper teachings even as they are brought forth into the world. Rinpoche explains that in our contemporary society, we are divided and this division causes us to be disconnected from the world, from nature, from each other and from ourselves, and he offers a teaching on how to cultivate stillness to help mediate this disconnect.

Esoteric Wisdom and the Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism

with Lama Tsultrim Allione

In this lively discussion, Lama Tsultrim Allione joins Laura Chandler (Foundation of the Sacred Stream and Sacred Stream Radio Podcast) to share her thoughts on preserving the rich esoteric practices and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, how some of these practices can be made more accessible to western seekers, and the impact of Tibetan Buddhism on the west. She shares her experience of being an ordained western woman in the traditional Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, and speaks frankly about the patriarchal aspects of Buddhism, and the importance of finding balance between our masculine and feminine energies, especially at this time on the planet. Lama Tsultrim offers insight into some of the transformative practices of Tibetan Buddhism that she makes available to students through her books and classes and leads us in a powerful meditation.

Discovering Our True Nature

with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche gives an insightful talk on how to discover our true nature and lead a happier life. He explains that we are asleep to our true nature and we must embark on a path of wisdom to discover ourselves. He cites the struggle westerners have in quieting the mind and suggests that answers come from the ability to sit patiently with the question before engaging in action. Drawing from Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Buddhist practices he explores the Buddhist concepts of emptiness, compassion, and karma, and helps us understand how meditation is the path to wisdom and the deeper knowing of our true nature.

Bodhichitta: Radical Compassion in a World Gone Mad

with Dr. Miles Neale

Of all the precious jewels in the treasure trove of wisdom teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, one stands alone as its crowning achievement and most unique gift bequeathed to the world. Known simply as Bodhichitta, it is the altruistic resolve to awaken for the benefit of others and becomes the primary motivation for one’s compassionate engagement in a world gone totally mad. Over the centuries the Tibetans have refined several methodologies for its cultivating, among them is an eleven-step contemplative practice developed in the15th century by master Je Tsongkhapa and handed down in an unbroken lineage to the current Dalai Lama. Nothing better characterizes the Tibetan’s generous and courageous spirit, and there couldn’t be a more practical instruction for us now as we face the complex social challenges of modernity. Join Miles as he discusses the jewel heart of Bodhichitta, and helps you systematically cultivate radical compassion based not on sentimentality but on the wisdom of interdependence and universal responsibility for all living beings. 

Why is it so important to preserve Tibetan Buddhist practices for the future?

with Khenpo Pema Wangdak

In the sacred teachings of the Buddha-Dharma we find needed and precious roadmaps for building a meaningful life and for deeply valuing ourselves and all beings.  Our future generations will benefit from this legacy more than any other offering, material or otherwise. In this talk Khenpo Pema Wangdak will explore the healing arts of cultivating patience, compassion, and wisdom found in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  As a teacher dedicated to bestowing these spiritual gifts to children of all cultures, he will reflect on how we can bolster and preserve these methods to ensure that all future beings have lives filled with genuine well-being, happiness, freedom from all forms of suffering, and the ability to care for themselves and others with kindness and determination.

Dzogchen and the Rimé Movement

with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Geshe Dangsong Wangyal will speak about the Rimé movement and what it may have to show us today about the survival of Tibetan Buddhism in the west. In the mid-1800s two scholars from two different Tibetan schools of thought came together to create a movement to counter the sectarianism that was arising within Tibetan Buddhism at the time. By bringing together the teachings of the Sakya, Kagyu, Nyingma and Bon, the teachings were preserved in a way they might not have been without this effort. The movement's name is derived from two Tibetan words: Ris (bias, side) and Med (lack), which combined expresses the idea of openness to other Tibetan Buddhist traditions, as opposed to sectarianism Rimé  recognizes the differences between traditions and appreciates them, while also establishing a dialogue to  create common ground. It is considered important that variety be preserved, and therefore Rimé teachers are generally careful to emphasize differences in thought, giving students many options as to how to proceed in their spiritual training. Geshe Dangsong Wangyal will also speak about Dzogchen and its importance in preserving Tibetan Buddhist practices. 

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About the Speakers

Robert Thurman

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine.

Thurman travels internationally lecturing to universities, companies, conferences and think tanks. He is a gifted communicator who can make complex concepts understandable introducing challenging ideas with intelligence and humor in a down to earth and comprehensible way.

He reasons passionately that H. H. the Dalai Lama, a true man with no worldly rank, is the most practical leader of world leaders, with principles that must be heeded by them to avert the worst outcomes of our present global crisis: nonviolent dialogue in place of war, environmental restoration in place of consumerist exploitation, inter-religious mutual affirmation in place of ideological competition, hope and determination in place of cynicism and denial. When these are widely implemented, we cannot fail to have a world renaissance of an amazing peace, beauty, compassionate justice, and shared joy!

Isa Gucciardi

Isa Gucciardi holds degrees and certificates in transpersonal psychology, cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, hypnotherapy, and transformational healing. She has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for forty years and has spent over thirty years studying spiritual, therapeutic, and meditative techniques from around the world. Isa has worked with master teachers of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Sufism, as well as expert shamanic practitioners from a variety of traditions.

Isa is the creator of Depth Hypnosis, a groundbreaking therapeutic model that has won rave reviews from psychotherapeutic and spiritual counselors alike. She is also the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Coming to Peace and Return to the Great Mother. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.

Thupten Jinpa

Thupten Jinpa was born in Tibet in 1958. He received his early education and training as a monk at Zongkar Chöde Monastery in South India and later joined the Shartse College of Ganden monastic university, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. Jinpa also holds B.A. Honors in Western Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, both from Cambridge University, UK. Since 1985 he has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and has translated and edited more than 10 books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times bestseller, Ethics for the New Millennium. His own works include numerous contributions to various collections and academic journals, several works in the Tibetan language, and his latest book, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform our Lives.

Currently, Thupten Jinpa is the president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montréal, Canada, and the editor-in-chief of the translation project The Library of Tibetan Classics, being developed by the Institute. He is on the advisory board of various educational and cultural organizations such as the Mind and Life Institute (USA), and he is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences at Stanford University. He lives in Montréal with his wife and two young daughters.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is an acclaimed author, a highly respected Buddhist teacher, lineage holder of the Bön tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International. He is the recognized reincarnation of the famous master Khyung Tul Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master, teacher, scholar and healer who died in the mid-20th century. At the age of eleven, he began Dzogchen training as well as a traditional course of instruction at Bonpo Monastic Center and in 1986 attained the degree of Geshe, the highest academic degree awarded in traditional Tibetan culture.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was one of the first to bring the Bön teachings to the West. In 1991 he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he continued his research into early Bön tantric deities and their relationship to Buddhist traditions in early Buddhist Tibet. Since that time Tenzin Rinpoche has chosen to remain in the West to teach the ancient Bön traditions and founded Ligmincha Institute (now Ligmincha International) in Charlottesville, Va., a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve for future generations the ancient teachings, arts, sciences, language and literature of Tibet and Zhang Zhung. For more information on Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Ligmincha: http://www.ligmincha.org.

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is the founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala, an international teacher, and author of three books, including her latest, Wisdom Rising. Lama Tsultrim’s interest in Tibetan Buddhism began as a teenager and in the early 1970’s she visited Nepal, backpacked across India, encountered Ram Dass and even became Allen Ginsburg’s meditation teacher for a time. At age 22, she took her vows and became the first American ordained by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She has studied with and received transmissions from many of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, including Lama Thupten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khabje Chatral Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Drukpa Thugse Rinpoche.

In 2007, Lama Tsultrim was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident Lama of Zangri Khangmar (Machig’s monastery in Tibet). Machig Labron is the female Tibetan master (yogini) who founded the Chöd lineage in the 11th Century. In 2009, Lama Tsultrim received the International Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award . Lama Tsultrim resides at her retreat center, Tara Mandala, in Pagossa Springs, Colorado, which she founded to help preserve and pass on the teachings that she has spent over fifty years studying. For more information about Lama Tsultrim and Tara Mandala visit: https://taramandala.org

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche was born to a farming family in Tibet in 1976. He entered the Sowa Monastery at age six and at age eleven went to the Nangzi Bön Monastery where he studied Dzogchen under the tutelage of his uncle. It was around this time that the oracle of Tibet identified Tulku Lobsang as the incarnation of the master teacher, Tulku Nyentse, and at age thirteen he was enthroned in a celebration ceremony at Sowa Monastery as the eighth incarnation of Tulku Nyentse. Tulku Lobsang has received teachings in all of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including the Gelugpa, Bön, Jonang Kalachakra and the Mahamudra traditions. Since 2000, Tulku Lobsang has been travelling throughout the world giving teachings and lectures in Medicine, Buddhism and Astrology. In March 2002, he established his new center, Nangten Menlang - Buddhist Medical Centre, in northern India. For more information about Tulku Lobsang and Nangten Menlang https://tulkulobsang.org/en.

Miles Neale

Dr. Miles Neale is among the leading voices of the current generation of Buddhist teachers and a forerunner in the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy. He is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, international speaker, and faculty member of Tibet House US and Weill Cornell Medical College. Miles is author of Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human along with it’s audio companion of guided meditations The Gradual Path (Sounds True, 2018) and coeditor of the groundbreaking volume Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2017). He is based in New York City.

Khenpo Pema Wangdak

In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School. In 1989 Khenpo Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation. The Foundation encompasses the Palden Sakya Centers in New York City, Woodstock, NY, Philmont, NY, Englewood, NJ, Springfield, VT, Portland, ME, and Dayton OH. The Palden Sakya Centers offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. Khenpo Pema is the creator of "Bur Yig"--Tibetan Braille, and the founder of Pema Ts'al (English for Lotus Grove) Schools in Mundgod, India (for Tibetan lay children); Pokhara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts'al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. Khenpo Pema was recognized with the title of "Khenpo" by His Holinessthe 41st Sakya Trizin in 2007. He received the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” award by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations in May, 2009 at Ellis Island for his humanitarian work around the world. Khenpo Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award. Khenpo Pema has been guiding Western students for 35 years, and he continues to travel and teach extensively to Dharma centers around the world.

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal is a Rimé teacher, scholar, author and meditation master. Rimé means embracing all of the schools of Tibetan Bön and other Buddhism. He was born in Tibet and entered the monastery there, beginning his study of Buddhism. After some time, he left Tibet in order to be able to receive the more in-depth teachings available in Nepal and India, studying at Sera Je Monastery and also Bön monasteries of Menri and Triten Norbutse. After 25 years of study and meditation, he achieved his Geshe Degree. His spiritual journey has developed in him an extraordinary depth of knowledge through which he conveys essential teachings and meaning. He is an author of works on Tibetan culture, history and religion and has presented at numerous conferences in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He came to California in 2013 and founded  Kunsang Gar Center and teaches Kunsang Gar Wisdom in USA.

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This Conference is for you if:

  • You are interested in the historical origins of Tibetan Buddhism. 
  • You are a yoga or meditation practitioner looking to deepen your understanding of one of the world's great wisdom traditions.  
  • You are a yoga or meditation teacher looking for further training and education.
  • You are a seeker after knowledge.
  • You are a scholar-practitioner looking to augment your knowledge or to inspire your own work.
  • You are interested in the future of Buddhism.
  • You are interested in how Buddhism can positively effect your life.

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