TAMIU Binational Center Hosts Casa Tibet Lecture Series
Posted: 3/20/14

TAMIU Binational Center Presents ‘The Four
Dwellings of the Heart’ Mindfulness Series

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Binational Center will feature a unique seminar series that brings awareness to the cultivation of mindfulness and joy during four evening presentations.

Casa Tibet visiting scholar Alan Murillo will present the series, entitled, “The Four Dwellings of the Heart – Unique Seminar Series”. Open to the public, the Series will be from Monday, March 31 – Thursday, April 3 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the Student Center, room 231. Participation cost is $50 for the general public and $25 for students.

Topics explored will include “Loving-kindness” (Monday, March 31), “Compassion” (Tuesday, April 1),  “Joy” (Wednesday, April 2) and “Equanimity,” (Thursday, April 3).

The Four Dwellings of the Heart are based on the Four Immeasurables or Brahmaviharas, one of the oldest and most profound teachings in the Buddhist tradition. Originally taught by the Buddha to a non-Buddhist asking for an advice on how to lead a good and meaningful life, the concepts present four inter-related aspects of the heart that anyone can develop in their daily lives regardless of religious orientation.

Murillo, a native of México City, is director of Casa Tibet México’s Translation and Publishing Committee. He is also head editor of 84 Mil Palabras que Despiertan, a human development quarterly magazine.

He earned his degree in Translation Studies from the Instituto Superior de Intérpretes y Traductores in México City and has over 20 years of experience in translating legal, financial and teaching documents.

As part of Casa Tibet’s translation team, he has translated into Spanish several books on Buddhism such as Alan Wallace’s “Buddhism with an Attitude,” “Blazing Splendor,” “The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche” and the “Autobiography of Geshe Lhundup Sopa” (to be published in October), as well as numerous texts and teachings for Casa Tibet México.

As a student of Casa Tibet, he has received teachings on Buddhist philosophy and practice, namely the study and analysis of consciousness and the development of human potential based on transcendental values to cultivate a more significant life for the benefit of other beings and oneself.

Casa Tibet México is a non-sectarian, cultural and educational institution in México City founded in 1989 under the support of the 14th Dalai Lama (1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), the Tibetan Government in Exile, and the Tibetan Office in New York as the first official cultural representation of the Tibetan people in Latin America.

For more information, please contact María Isabel Salazar, Binational Center staff assistant, at 326.2834, e-mail maria.salazar@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Student Center 118.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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