The Victor Mansfield Memorial Speaker Series:
Knowing Reality from the Kalacakratantra's Perspective
|Date||June 29 - July 1, 2012|
|Time||7:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Location||Human Services Building, 320 West Martin Luther King Street (Formerly State Street), Ithaca, NY 14850|
|Instructors||Vesna Wallace, PhD|
|Cost||Free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.|
|Prerequisites||None. This talk is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.|
The Victor Mansfield Memorial Speaker Series honors the memory and furthers the intellectual work of Vic Mansfield (1941-2008) whose dedicated research, heartfelt practice, and energetic teaching have been a great benefit to many. The Speaker Series events are free to the public and welcome a wide audience interested in the collaboration that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has called for between Tibetan Buddhism and “other important sources of knowledge and well-being” [The Universe in a Single Atom]. Each year this series will host a Western scholar who has enhanced the study of Tibetan Buddhism.
THE INAUGURAL EVENT: Friday, July 10, 2009
We are honored to have as inaugural speaker for the Series Dr. B. Alan Wallace, Founder and Director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Wallace knew Vic Mansfield as a fellow writer working in the intersection of science and Buddhism and edited Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground (Columbia, 2003) which includes Vic’s article “Time and Impermanence in Middle Way Buddhism and Modern Physics.” Alan Wallace will offer the Friday evening presentation inaugurating the Victor Mansfield Memorial Speaker Series as part of a Namgyal Monastery weekend intensive on
The Way of Shamatha: Soothing the Body, Settling the Mind, and Illuminating Awareness.
2010 VICTOR MANSFIELD MEMORIAL SPEAKER: Friday, April 23, 2010
For the second annual Speaker Series, we are pleased to welcome ANNE C. KLEIN, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. Author of books on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan women’s biographies, and Dzogchen, Professor Klein is also co-founder of Dawn Mountain Center for Meditation, Contemplative Study and Practice in Houston, Texas. Anne Klein will follow the Friday night’s Speaker presentation with a weekend intensive (topic TBA).
2011 VICTOR MANSFIELD MEMORIAL SPEAKER: Friday, October 14, 2011
For the third annual Speaker Series, we are pleased to welcome Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of healthcare, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at Nalanda Institute, New York Open Center and Tibet House US. He created the column, “The Science of Enlightenment” for Tricycle Magazine, and recently published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-healing in Buddhism. He is lead author of three articles in Longevity, Regeneration and Optimal Health, a special volume of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published in 2009, based on a dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western doctors. His latest book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mindful Science of Recovery, Altruism and Bliss-Creation, will be forthcoming from Routledge Press in April, 2012. Joe Loizzo will follow the Friday night’s Speaker presentation with a weekend intensive (topic TBA).
2012 VICTOR MANSFIELD MEMORIAL SPEAKER: Friday, June 29, 2012
For the fourth annual Speaker Series, we are pleased to welcome Vesna Wallace, PhD.
Vesna A. Wallace, Ph.D. is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of the Buddhist traditions of South Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia. One of the world’s leading experts on the Kalacakratantra, she has published translations of two of that tantra’s five chapters.
- Friday public lecture: "Knowing Reality from the Kalacakratantra's Perspective"
- Weekend event: "Explorations into the Kalacakra Tantric Practices"
THE INSPIRATION: Vic Mansfield 1941-2008
In the forward to Vic’s last book, Tibetan Buddhism & Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama described Vic as “someone who has reconciled his professional involvement with science with a deep interest in spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in particular.” Vic was an exemplary western scientist, a transformative teacher, and a friend to Namgyal Monastery.
Born in Norwalk, CT, Vic attended Dartmouth College and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University, leading to his thirty-five year career of teaching physics, astrophysics, and popular cross-disciplinary courses at Colgate University. His course, Core: Tibet, was particularly loved by his students. His brilliance as a teacher culminated in April 2008 in his receiving the Sidney J. and Florence Felten French Prize for inspirational teaching.
At his death in June 2008, Vic’s surviving family included his mother, Virginia Pepitone, who “lovingly raised me entirely by herself”; his wife and “best friend,” Elaine; and their sons, David and Anthony.
Vic and Elaine were founding members of Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies where they were students of Anthony Damiani. In 1979, this group invited His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to visit, beginning Vic’s ongoing relationship with HHDL and Tibetan Buddhism. Vic was also active throughout his life on behalf of social justice, peace, and ecology. He and Elaine felt that one of their most significant acts was to protect their 70 acres of property from development with a conservation easement with the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Vic’s three books are Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-Making (Open Court, 1995), Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (Quest, 2002), and Tibetan Buddhism & Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge (Templeton, 2008). In an online article in The Global Spiral, Soraj Hongladarom attests, “Mansfield’s Tibetan Buddhism & Modern Physics stands out for its lucid exposition of complex subjects and the author's sincerity in admitting areas of congruence as well as those that require further collaborative efforts.”
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Human Services Building, 320 West Martin Luther King Street (State Street), Ithaca, NY 14850