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“Mind and Mental States” program by visiting monks set for April 14

April 8, 2015
By cnp
Posted in Community Events

University of the Ozarks will present a program titled, "Mind and Mental States: The Eastern Philosophy of the Mind," on Tuesday, April 14, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Rowntree Recital Hall. It is part of the University’s 2015-16 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

Buddhist monks Tulku Rigsang and Khentrul Rinpoche of the Katog Choling Mountain Retreat Center in Northwest Arkansas will present a teaching on how we can change our mind and hence our experience by learning about the principle mind and the mental states accompanying it; an exploration of how these arise, their defining characteristics and how they affect our lives.  According to Rigsang and Rinpoche, if we understand our mind, it is easy to engage constructively towards our desired goals while disengaging in those mental patterns that are destructive, preventing us from getting what we truly wish for.

Following the presentation, there will be a guided meditation.

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Buddhist monks Tulku Rigsang and Khentrul Rinpoche of the Katog Choling Retreat Center in Northwest Arkansas will present a program titled, "Mind and Mental States: The Eastern Philosophy of the Mind," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Rinpoche taught for many years at monasteries in Tibet and India, and is the abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling in eastern Tibet, where he established a retreat center, library, and shedra (higher philosophical studies institute). Acknowledged as a scholar of the highest level, he thrice received the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy), making him a triple Khenpo. He has also been recognized by His Holiness Katog Moksa Rinpoche as a tulku (a reincarnate master) of Drubtop Namkha Gyamtso of Katog Monastery. Rinpoche came to the United States in September of 2002, at the invitation of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, who requested that he start a program for studying Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation in a traditional way (known as a shedra). This shedra program consists of profound, authentic teachings and continues to take place in the fall of each year. He established his own non-profit organization, Katog Choling, to support dharma activity in the West. He has also created a serene retreat center in Arkansas called Katog Choling Rit’hröd (Rit’hröd means mountain retreat center). He travels constantly around the United States and other countries, visiting dharma practice groups. He teaches tirelessly and shares his knowledge in order to support his many students in their pursuit of dharma. For his teaching and travel calendar please check the events schedule.

Rigsang was born in Golog, eastern Tibet, near the Mardo Tashi Choling monastery. He became a monk at a young age and studied with many spiritual teachers. In India he studied within the Nyingma tradition, at Namdroling monastery and within the Gelug tradition, at Drepung monastery. After having completed the entire curriculum, he moved to Dharamsala, where he received many teachings from HH the Dalai Lama, while also studying English and other subjects.  In 2013, he was invited to the United States by Rinpoche to be a full-time resident teacher at Katog Rithrod Mountain Retreat Center. Rigsang was selected by Rinpoche to help teach the dharma in the United States, both formally and by example, as "he is greatly learned, a pure monk, has few desires, is rich with contentment, and is truly humble."

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