Published: Aug. 27, 2016
Trungpa Lecture 2016

David Germano, Director of the Tibet Center and Contemplative Studies Center at the University of Virginia, will be visiting Boulder to deliver the annual Trungpa Lecture in Buddhist Studies on "The Profundity of Culture and Context: Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Modernity."

The lecture will take place on Thursdsay, September 8 at 7pm at Naropa University’s Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue. The Trungpa Lecture is a collaboration between Naropa University and the Department of Religious Studies at CU Boulder. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In addition, CU Boulder will be hosting two invitation-only events with David Germano: a reception for Contemplative Studies and a graduate student luncheon colloquium. Please email us using the "Contact" page if you wish to be included in either event.

The Profundity of Culture and Context:
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Modernity

This lecture explores a central challenge in contemplative sciences: the roles of so-called “contexts” in contemplation and the possibility of consilience between the humanities and sciences in contemplative research. It will focus on a specific contemplative tradition, namely Tibetan Buddhist practices, to address this in a deeply contextual manner.

David F. Germano is Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, the largest Tibetan Studies program in the Americas, where he has taught and researched since 1992. He serves as the Director for a number of centers and initiatives at the University of Virginia, including: the Tibet Center (, the Contemplative Sciences Center (, and director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives, He also is the founder and director of the Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL,, the largest international initiative using digital technology to facilitate collaboration in Tibetan Studies across disciplines.