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His Holiness The Dalai Lama
WIsdom, Compassion, Peace. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Hampshire and Smith Colleges


Jay GarfieldJay Garfield at Smith College

Jay Garfield is the director of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program and regularly travels with students to India for the intensive program of study in Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan language and Tibetan history and culture. Garfield, the Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy at Smith, received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. An authority on Buddhist philosophy, Garfield wrote Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation and Western Idealism and Its Critics. In addition to exploring Buddhism, Garfield’s work spans the disciplines of cognitive science, applied and theoretical ethics, and the philosophy of mind, language and technology. He has studied the development of the theory of mind in children and the impact of teaching philosophy in primary schools on the development of citizenship values in children.

Sue DarlingtonSue Darlington at Hampshire College

Sue Darlington, associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies at Hampshire College, received a bachelorís degree in anthropology and history from Wellesley College, and masterís and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research, based on extensive fieldwork in Thailand, looks at the work of Buddhist monks engaged in rural development, environmental conservation and other forms of social activism. The broader questions she addresses in her research and teaching include understanding the changing social, cultural and historical contexts of human rights, environmentalism and religion in society. She also teaches about socially engaged Buddhism, religious movements, and Southeast Asian studies. Darlington is actively involved in the struggle for human rights in Burma.

About the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program

About the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program

Buddhism expert Jay Garfield and local Tibetan Association President Thondup Tsering answer questions about the May 9 visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Pioneer Valley

About the Visit



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