Exploring Faiths: Buddhism
The Atlantic Institute was honored to host the Venerable Lama Tenzin Deshek for our Exploring Faith program on the evening of October 5, 2015. Lama Deshek explained to our guests that Buddhism is more than a religion it is a way of living that can withstand the tests of questioning and reason. He explained that we should lead a moral life that respects the joy and suffering of all sentient beings around us. We should be aware of our thoughts and our actions, and develop wisdom by gaining understanding to help those who are less fortunate and hurting around us. People of every country suffer whether rich or poor, but regardless of the religion we practice we can help all the peoples of the world.
He also stated that Buddhism is a belief system which is tolerant of all other beliefs or religions. Buddhism is very tolerant and is not concerned with labels like 'Christian', 'Muslim', 'Hindu' or 'Buddhist'; we are all searching for the same thing – inner peace and joy.
Ven. Tenzin Deshek was born in Tibet near Mt. Kailash. At the age of ten he and his family escaped across the Himalayas and became refugees in India. Many years later, he entered Namgyal Monastery where, following fifteen years of study, he received the degree of Master of Sutra and Tantra. Lama Deshek has extensive experience in teaching Buddhist philosophy and in guiding the practice of his students. He has taught at Namgyal Monastery as well as in Mongolia, Japan, and several cities in the United States. Lama Deshek currently serves as Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher of Losel Maitri. He has held this honor since August, 2002.