The Great East-West Transmission: How Eastern Spirituality Transformed American Spirituality


May 29, 2018
07:00 PM until 08:30 PM


With Lama Surya Das and Philip Goldberg featuring music by David Whetstone

$10 • SVED

Lama Surya Das and Philip Goldberg meet to discuss how a 200-year East-To-West transmission radically changed the way we understand religion and approach spirituality in America. Whether you know it or not, chances are you’ve been impacted by India. This discussion, with musical interludes by sitarist David Whetstone, will demonstrate how much.

Lama Surya Das, who the Dalai Lama affectionately calls the American Lama, has spent over forty five years studying with the great spiritual masters of Asia. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. As a leading spokesman for Buddhism and contemporary spirituality, he is often featured in the mainstream media, including his blogs at the Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, as well as his own blog, Ask the Lama. He is a published poet, translator, chant master, and with the Dalai Lama, the founder of the international Western Buddhist Teachers Conferences. He is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and twelve other books, including his latest release, Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation.

Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of numerous books including American Veda and The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. A Los Angeles resident, he co-hosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours and blogs regularly on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health.

David Whetstone is one of the most active sitarists in the United States, a disciple of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has collaborated and toured extensively with poets Robert Bly and Coleman Barks since 1974, appearing with them in numerous recordings of the poetry of Kabir, Rumi, and Mirabai.




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