Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye (Geh-shay Toop-ten Pel-gee), a Tibetan monk representing the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and founder of the Universal Compassion Movement, will discuss “Economics and Human Rights” from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, March 22 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Gonzaga’s religious studies department. Geshe Phelgye will discuss the economy, wealth, and the financial system in relation to the ineffable human rights we share. This is his third visit to Gonzaga. Geshe Phelgye spoke on “Techniques for Transforming Hatred into Love” in October 2008 and October of 2007 discussed “The Art of Happiness.”
Born in Tibet in 1956, Geshe Phelgye walked with his parents to India in 1959 to escape the Communist invasion of Tibet. There he studied and became a monk at age 17. From 1993 to 1997 he spent five years on a meditation retreat guided by the Dalai Lama. In 1997, after a blessing audience with the Dalai Lama, he founded the Universal Compassion Movement and openly advocated for vegetarianism around the world.
Over the years, he has been a tireless teacher worldwide, advocating vegetarianism and universal compassion for world peace. He has worked as Tibetan Buddhist Ambassador to the Sulha Peace Project in the Middle East for the last four years along with conducting interfaith dialogues. He has traveled to many countries. In the United States, he has spoken at universities such as Harvard, Wheaton College, Amherst University, University of San Francisco, and others along with talks at many Buddhist centers.
For more information, contact John Sheveland , a member of Gonzaga’s religious studies faculty, at (509) 313- 6784.