From the Calgary Herald:
The first time Lara Braitstein learned anything about Buddhism, she was struck at just how much sense it all made to her.
“What I learned at first was about understanding, that our minds are the source of our experience of the world as positive or negative, and that if we learn to transform our minds, we will effectively transform the world by altering our experience of it,” says the associate professor in the faculty of religious studies at McGill University. “It was a life-changing experience for me.
“Eventually, I started to study Buddhism formally and got hooked. The philosophy, the history, the many forms of practice and extraordinary range of cultures that are all authentically Buddhist. What’s not to like? Buddhism describes such an amazing array of traditions. To me, it is totally captivating.”
Braitstein will bring her passion, wisdom, knowledge and perspective on Buddhism to Calgary for two talks.
The Numata chair in Buddhist studies at the University of Calgary is hosting her lectures.
On April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, her talk is titled Composing Awakening: Saraha and his Adamantine Songs.
On April 3 at noon at Social Sciences 1339, her topic is Doringpa’s ‘spiritual biography’ (rnam thar) and the 10th Shamarpa: on the Trail of an 18th century Renegade Lama.
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