Phakyab Rinpoche, a Buddhist monk, will speak at the Externado

Fecha: 25 of september

Hora: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lugar: A-100 TEATRO

Conference offered by Maestro Phakyab Rinpoche, who will speak on forgiveness as a Tibetan teaching. An Activity of the Bogotá-Cundinamarca Chapter of the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association Bogotá – Cundinamarca Chapter invites to the talk with Maestro Phakyab Rinpoche, a lama from Tibet, who will offer a message, from his personal experience, on how, based on managing emotions, reconciliation, and forgiveness, peace can be built.

The talk will be headed by Externado de Colombia professor-researchers Yolanda Sierra of the Constitutional Law Department; Soroya Caro, director of the Finance, Government and International Relations Center for Indian Studies, and José Fernando Rubio Navarro, an expert on ancient religions, from the Social and Human Sciences Faculty.

We remind attendees to register in advance; Phakyab Rinpoche’s talk will be in Nepali; a translation will be offered as the talk develops. We appreciate your understanding.

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Phakyab Rinpoche (Ngawang Sungrab) is a renowned scholar, practitioner, and healer. He was born in Kham, Tibet in 1966. Ordained at the age of 13, he began his training at Ashi Monastery. After leaving Tibet, he entered the Sera Mey Monastery in southern India, where he was tutored by Venerable Khempo Lobsang Jamyang and Venerable Khensur Tinle Topgye.

In 1994, he was recognized by S.S. Dalai Lama as the eighth reincarnation of Phakyab Rinpoche, an esteemed Kham lama. After this recognition, the Dalia Lama requested Rinpoche to return to Tibet and assume the leadership of the Ashi and Lithang monasteries, traditionally directed by Phakyab Rinpoche. While living in Tibet, Rinpoche became known for his ability to perform tantric rituals, remove obstacles, and assist individuals in their physical and emotional healing. There, he was taken as a political prisoner and tortured by the Chinese regime. As a result of this captivity, he encountered severe health problems.

In 2003, he received political asylum from the U.S. government and entered the torture survivors program at Bellevue Hospital in New York. His ordeal endangered his life caused by gangrene in his right ankle. The American doctors gave him two options – leg amputation or risk a slow and painful death. However, an inner voice prompted him to try an unconventional cure:

meditation. To achieve the cure, he began an intensive spiritual routine, including long hours of meditation, lasting three years, in a small studio in Brooklyn. Against all scientific logic, his wounds gradually healed. This story is told in his book “Meditation Saved My Life” (available in French and English).

In 2009, after obtaining his green card, he returned to India, reunited with his family, and received a Geshe’s degree.

Rinpoche is a powerful example of the potential we all have to cultivate a Bodhisattva or spiritual hero life. He is a great non-violent conflict-resolving activist, and his teachings are based on humility, joy, and boundless compassion.

Rinpoche currently resides in Jackson Heights, N.Y., where he founded a Buddhist education and healing center. He practices locally and internationally. His ambition to educate on Buddhism focuses on facilitating dialogue between practitioners of his and other spiritual and healing traditions. Rinpoche takes and answers questions from students of all creeds and backgrounds.