Chubb Fellowship Lecture to feature Tibetan Buddhist leader

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Spiritual leader, social and environmental activist, and artist, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will present the Chubb Fellowship Lecture on Tuesday, April 7.

The Karmapa will give a talk at 4 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. Titled “Compassion in Action — Buddhism and the Environment: A Conversation with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje,” the lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available to the Yale community beginning on Monday, March 23 and to the public on Tuesday, March 24. A link to the ticketing site will be posted on the Chubb Fellowship website. The lecture is sponsored by Timothy Dwight College, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, and the Department of Religious Studies.

The Karmapa is the spiritual head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and is regarded as an influential leader on social and environmental issues. Since his escape from Tibet to India in 2000, the Karmapa has played a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture. At the age of 29, the Karmapa’s message has particularly resonated with young people, whom he encourages to take responsibility to create a more compassionate future for the planet.

In addition to his public conversation on Tuesday, the Karmapa’s four-day visit to Yale will include private events jointly hosted by the Yale Himalaya Initiative, the Department of Religious Studies, and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He will meet with President Peter Salovey and participate in a variety of student-life activities.

The Chubb Fellowship was founded with a gift from Yale alumnus Hendon Chubb, and since 1949 has been one of Yale’s most prestigious honors conferred on visiting speakers. The master of Timothy Dwight College, currently Jeffrey Brenzel, administers the fellowship. The Chubb Fellowship is devoted to encouraging interest in public service. Chubb Fellows spend their time at Yale in close, informal contact with students and make an appearance open to the public. Former Chubb Fellows include Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Harry Truman. Recent fellows include Ambassador Samantha Power, author Wendell Berry, and Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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