May 6 -12, 2010 10-11:30am, 4-5pm
Kamalashila was the main disciple of the great abbot Shantarakshita, who helped establish Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century. Kamalashila famously defeated the Chinese master Heshang in the great debate at Samye, which took place around 846 AD, thereby ensuring that the Tibetans followed the Indian tradition of Madhyamika which had flourished at the great Nalanda Monastery. His most famous compositions are the three texts entitled Stages of Meditation (Skt. Bhavanakrama; Tib. Gomrim), on which H.H. the Dalai Lama has taught several times. They are the fundamental texts for the study and practise of shamatha and vipashyana in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Geshe Lhakdor, director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, served as H.H. the Dalai Lama's English translator for 16 years. With his profound knowledge of both traditional Buddhist philosophy and modern culture and science, Geshe Lhakdor is a popular teacher and is frequently invited to teach around the world.