Unveiling the Tibetan Buddhist Canon:
An Intact Legacy from the Land of Snows

Public Talk with Dr. Paul Hackett of Columbia University
Friday, June 9 from 7pm to 9pm
at Tibet House


The Tibetan Buddhist tradition prides itself on scholarship and preserving the literary legacy of first-millennium Buddhist India in two main collections: the Kangyur (collected teachings of the Buddha) and the Tengyur (commentaries from highly-realized masters). The Tibetan Buddhist canon, consisting of roughly 335 volumes containing close to 5,000 individual works, forms the basis of nearly all practice traditions and philosophical schools.

In this talk, Dr. Paul Hackett will provide an overview and discussion of the texts that comprise the Tibetan Buddhist canon and how they relate to the overall study and practice of the Buddhist tradition. He will open a gateway for those beginning to learn about Buddhism while guiding more experienced students towards further avenues of study and practice.

This public talk will be offered as part of our celebration of Saka Dawa, the joyous holiday celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Please join us on this special day!

Date and Time

Friday, June 9 from 7-9pm


Tibet House, 22 West 15th St., New York, NY 10011

Suggested Donation:

Public Talk: $20
Shantideva Meditation, Tibet House, and Nalanda Members: $18


Please register in advance for the retreat. To register, please click here.

Financial Assistance:

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in New York. As an emerging volunteer organization, Shantideva Meditation Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of space rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete: Scholarship for Shantideva Meditation Center (Word document) and email it to: email hidden; JavaScript is required at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions at (646) 801-1579.

About the Teacher:

Paul G. Hackett holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University, an M.L.S. in Information Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, an M.A. in History of Religions from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona. He specializes in canonical Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture, as well as their influence on contemporary alternative religion in America; he is also active in the field of applied computational linguistics, and serves as the chair of the Tibetan Information Technology Panel for the International Association for Tibetan Studies.

Dr. Hackett’s current research focuses on late first millennium Buddhist tantra (under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities). He has studied extensively with Ven. Geshe Jampel Thardo of Drepung Loseling Monsastic University, Professor Robert Thurman, and Professor Jeffrey Hopkins, among other teachers.