Daniel Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, will discuss his new book, Remembering the Lotus-Born: Padmasambhava in the History of Tibet’s Golden Age, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in Trinkle Hall, Room 242. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
Remembering the Lotus-Born sheds light on the work of Nyangrel Nyima Öser (1124-1192), one of the most influential yet least-known figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. His pivotal work, The Copper Island, is the story of how the Indian tantric master Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to the region. This work elevated Padmasambhava to central importance in Tibetan history, and made treasure revelation and recognized reincarnations among the institutions that still define Tibetan culture.
Hirshberg has been a member of UMW’s faculty for almost three years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from Naropa University and a doctorate from Harvard University. Remember the Lotus-Born was published by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.