Tibetan exile to hold discussion
A Tibetan Buddhist teacher who was abbot of Tashi Lhunpo, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, will speak Wednesday on "The Panchen Lama and Tashi Lhunpo: Past, Present and Future."
The talk by Khen Rinpoce Gehse Kachen Lobzang Tsetan at 7 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Architecture building auditorium is sponsored by the UH religion, philosophy and history departments.
Tsetan, who is in exile from Tibet, is on a lecture tour of U.S. universities through a program organized to fulfill the Dalai Lama's request to preserve the traditional Tibetan Buddhist lineage of the Panchen Lama, the second-highest religious figure in Tibet. The Panchen Lama, who was 6 years old when he was named by the Dalai Lama in 1995, was taken into custody of the Chinese government. The government named another monk Panchen Lama, but he is not recognized by Tibetan Buddhists outside Tibet.
Therapist explains art and prayer
A Honolulu art therapist believes that drawing or doodling images that come to mind in quiet, thoughtful times can be as much an expression of prayer as the spoken word.
Juditha Murashige will teach her reflective method of using creative art to create prayer in a May 24 workshop sponsored by the Spiritual Life Center.
"I found in my personal life, whether I was frustrated or happy, I would do little sketches," said Murashige. "I found I would get some insights and was astounded."
She said her "Artful Prayer" method requires "quiet time, not necessarily prayer time. You can develop a way of listening in a prayerful way as well as speaking in a prayerful way. Doing images is a good way of getting in touch with our nonverbal self, the right side of the brain."
The class will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 24 at the Spiritual Life Center, 1020 S. Beretania St. The $10 cost includes drawing materials. To register, call 523-1170.
Church concerts set for weekend
Honolulu churches open their doors to the public with free concerts next weekend.
» The spring concert Saturday at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., will present the Children and Youth Choir and Handbell Ringers, the Praise Team and the Chancel Choir. "When in Our Music God Is Glorified" is the theme of the 4 p.m. musical entertainment.
» The Honolulu Men's Chorus will perform in a "Spring Fling" concert at 7 p.m. May 18 at First Christian Church of Honolulu, 1516 Kewalo St.
6-week course covers Buddhism
The impact of religion on a large area of Asia will be explored in a six-week course on "Buddhist Cultures of the Himalayas."
John Johnston, assistant curator of the Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibit "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan," will present illustrated lectures in the University of Hawaii Outreach College program. His topics will include India as the cultural wellspring; the dissemination and persecution of Buddhism in the Himalayas; current Buddhist societies such as Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan; and past Buddhist kingdoms.
The noncredit series will begin on June 2 and continue at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through June 18. The class will meet in the UH Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 127. The cost is $75. For information, call 956-8400 or see the Web page www.outreach.hawaii.edu/noncredit.