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Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi to speak in Edwards Friday

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comEdwards CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyVenerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

EDWARDS, Colorado In the wake of socio-political and economic crises of recent times, we are forced to reconsider our models for a sustainable globalized world order. How can we explore and develop the ethical dimensions of human behavior in a meaningful manner to give rise to a new generation of leaders? Are there aspects of the religious worldview that may inform the secular society to help formulate an integrative system of integrity? What does it mean to be a compassionate human and a responsible citizen? These timely questions will be addressed on Friday, as Venerable Tenzin Priyardarshi takes the stage as part of the Vail Symposiums Art & Culture series. The event is a co-presented by Bodhimarga.At 10 years old, Tenzin entered a Buddhist monastery in Rajgir near ancient Nalanda University and was subsequently ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Years later, at Harvard, he received his undergraduate degree and was also an Integral Honors Scholar (studying philosophy and physics), and has a graduate degree in comparative philosophy of religion. Tenzin currently serves as the director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Tenzin speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and worldwide, and is president of The Prajnopaya Foundation, a humanitarian organization. He is actively engaged in inter-religious dialogue with religions leaders such as The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI, and has worked toward conflict resolution in India and Sri Lanka. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio and articles on his work have appeared in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.The Vail Symposium, established in 1971, is a non-profit organization dedicated to year-round lifelong learning through cultural and educational programs that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. To view the full winter schedule, visit is the teaching affiliate of the Prajnopaya Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Prajnopaya Foundation, a worldwide humanitarian organization that develops innovative health, education and social welfare projects. Bodhimarga, a Sanskrit word for path to enlightenment, is a non-denominational community dedicated to the study of Buddhism. Weekly teachings are held in Edwards. For information, call 970-390-9299 or visit

Who: Venerable Tenzin PriyardarshiWhat: Vail Symposiums Art & Culture seriesWhere: Chaparral at Cordillera Vailley Club, EdwardsWhen: Friday, 5:30 to 6 p.m. meet and greet, 6 to 7:15 p.m. lectureCost: $25 or $20 for Symposium donors; includes complimentary appetizers and cash barMore information: Reservations recommended. Call Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or sign up at

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