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October 6, 2004

Buddhist Nun To Share Wisdom and Teachings At Southampton College
Gen-la will lead meditation, lecture on finding peace in a chaotic world

Amber Bryant (

Southampton, NY – Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, a world-renowned, ordained Buddhist nun who repeatedly speaks to standing-room only audiences, will lead a meditation and lecture on “Peace in a Non-peaceful World” Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1-3 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall at Southampton College.

The lecture will focus on finding tranquility in the midst of a chaotic, modern life surrounded by war and political indecision. Gen-la, as she prefers to be called, will discuss the causes of mental instability and show straightforward techniques for finding a positive state of mind.

She will also lead a gentle, 15-minute meditation prior to the lecture in order to give participants a taste of inner calm and relaxation.

“The whole point of spiritual practice is to give you a happy heart,” she said. “It is possible for everyone to lead a happy and meaningful life if people begin to understand their minds and hearts – and how they can work for, or against, them.”

Gen-la, who originally hails from Ireland, is currently the resident teacher at the Shakyamuni Buddhist Center in Albuquerque, N.M., where she has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for the past 15 years. She first learned about Buddhism as an undergraduate in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was later drawn to it through a friendship with an ordained monk.

“I was looking for a deeper meaning in life,” she said.

She began studying Buddhism at the Tara Buddhist Centre in England and, after eight years of training, established centers in Birmingham and Liverpool. Gen-la currently travels throughout North America sharing her teachings. She also works with the New Kadampa Tradition Festivals in the United States and United Kingdom.

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