Friday, May 10, 2013 ~ Morning

a special event hosted by Maitripa College, Portland

Life After Life: A Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Scholars & Scientists

Welcome by Yangsi Rinpoche

Maitripa College will host a symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Buddhist scholar Jose Cabezon and neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, entitled “Life After Life.”

Science has offered compelling evidence of the environmental crisis we face. How can science additionally provide inspiration and illumination for understanding the interdependence of our lives with others and our planet, not only in this life, but, from a Buddhist perspective, in lives to come? How can current neuroscience illuminate our capacity to change our behaviors and thoughts, so that we act out of this understanding?

Maitripa will also confer an Honorary Degree on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This program will be held at Maitripa College, Portland, Oregon.


Maitripa College | 1119 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon USA 97214


This is a restricted event; no public tickets are available.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. >Please click here for a short biographical summary and links to additional information about the life and activities of His Holiness

José Cabezón

José Ignacio Cabezón is XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has published a dozen books and numerous articles in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and on topics dealing with the academic study of religion. His most recent books include The Buddhist Doctrine and The Nine Vehicles (Oxford, 2012), Tibetan Ritual (Oxford, 2010), and, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meditation on the Nature of Mind (Wisdom, 2009).

Dr. Eben Alexander

Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon who has spent the past 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s/Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, underwent a transformative spiritual awakening following a near-fatal bout of bacterial meningitis and a seven-day-long coma. His book, Proof of Heaven, offers readers a new argument for the existence of the soul and life after death, presented through the lived experience of a highly rigorous scientific mind.