The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness

March 12, 2014

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Santa Monica


Shamar Rinpoche
Moderated by Marc Junkunc of Virginia Tech



Tibetan Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training have been the basis of a transformative practice for close to a millennium. Many believe that they cultivate the Buddha Nature inside each of us, reflecting on the quest for peace, contentment and selflessness in a world filled with turmoil and unrest.

For those who seek to learn about a philosophy and practice aimed at spiritual renewal, Buddhist teacher Shamar Rinpoche, author of "The Path to Awakening," will discuss Chekawa Yeshe Dorje's important text on mind training at this Milken Institute Forum. The insights contained in that text along with the meditation Shamar Rinpoche teaches are considered means of deepening wisdom and personal effectiveness. Among the questions the author may reflect on are what is dharma, what is enlightenment and how do we incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives?

About the speakers

Shamar Rinpoche is the 14th Shamarpa, a holder of the second-oldest reincarnate lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1952 in Tibet, Shamar Rinpoche was recognized by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1957, and by the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1996, he started to organize Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a global network that practices a nonsectarian approach to meditation. Over the years, Shamar Rinpoche has founded several charitable organizations worldwide that educate underprivileged children, promote animal rights and pursue similar goals.
Marc Junkunc is assistant professor of management at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, where he researches entrepreneurship and innovation. Previously he was at the University of Miami. Before academia, he worked in finance and as an entrepreneur. Junkunc received his Ph.D. in global economics and management from the Anderson School at UCLA, where he also earned an M.B.A. He also holds master's and bachelor's degrees in economics. Junkunc was introduced to meditation by Shamar Rinpoche in 1999.