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TIBETAN BUDDHIST YOGI LAMA GURSAM TO PRESENT MEDITATION EVENTS AT LA ROCHE


8/11/2010

Pittsburgh, August 11, 2010 – For the past three years, La Roche College has played host to a number of spiritual events in conjunction with the Pittsburgh visit of Tibetan Buddhist Yogi Lama Gursam. This year the College will once again welcome Yogi Lama Gursam for his “Introduction to Meditation Practice” on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 1:30 p.m. both days in the Magdalen Chapel on La Roche College’s McCandless Township main campus.

His introduction to basic meditation practice has been used to reduce stress and calm the mind. The instruction is free and open to the public, although offerings to Yogi Lama Gursam will be accepted and appreciated.

Yogi Lama Gursam was born and raised as a Tibetan refugee in northern India. He entered the Drikung Kagyu Monastery in Tso Pema, India, at the age of 6, where he studied Buddhist philosophy, practice, ritual and conduct. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 1988 in the Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan, and English languages and in Buddhist philosophy. He received his master’s degree in 1990 in advanced Buddhist philosophy and, upon graduation, he received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In 1995, Lama Gursam was sent to the United States to teach Buddhist philosophy. He continued to study with Tibetan Buddhist masters and completed the necessary practices, including years in solitary retreat, to become a Yogi (an advanced practitioner that has achieved a high level of spiritual insight). Yogi Lama Gursam continues to return every year to India for teachings and retreats, and every year to the United States and Canada for his teaching tour.

In 2006, Yogi Lama Gursam founded the Bodhichitta Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization, officially recognized by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The Bodhichitta Foundation benefits its members by preserving ancient texts, Tibetan culture, education, women’s rights and health. The local group under his direction is the Bodhichitta Foundation Sangha of Valencia, Pa., which meets weekly on the La Roche College campus.

For more information regarding Yogi Lama Gursam’s Pittsburgh visit and additional events, please contact gail.rowe@laroche.edu.



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