The Power of Compassion
DateThu Feb-28-2013, 7:30pm
Sanctuary, The Circle, Old Union, Third Floor
Program / Series
Buddhist Community at Stanford
Venerable Telo Tulku Rinpoche
6:45 p.m. Guided Meditation (optional)
7:30 p.m. Talk
As humans we are born with many great qualities such as compassion. But what is compassion and where does compassion come from?
Telo Tulku Rinpoche was born in Kalmyk family in the United States. As a 4-year-old boy, he expressed his wish to be a Buddhist monk. And at the age of 6, in 1979, he got a chance to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in NY who recommended sending him to Drepung Gomang Monastery in India to get a proper training as a Buddhist monk. He spent 13 years in Drepung Gomang studying Buddhist philosophy under the guidance of illustrious Tibetan masters. In late 1980s, while studying in the monastery, he was recognized as a new reincarnation of great Indian saint Tilopa.
In 1991, Telo Tulku Rinpoche paid his first visit to Kalmykia with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Shortly afterwards, in 1992, he was elected as "Shadjin Lama" (Head Lama) of Kalmykia by the Kalmyk people and was entrusted to lead the process of spiritual restoration of one of the three Buddhist regions in Russia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, he has supervised and managed to rebuilt over 27 Buddhist temples that had been destroyed during communist era, as well as the main temple in the capital city, The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, which is the biggest Buddhist temple in Russia and Europe.