Pixel Tracker

Monday, December 17 , 2018, 9:46 am | Light Rain Fog/Mist 56º

 
 
 
 

UCSB Reads Program Picks ‘Ethics for the New Millennium’

The UCSB Library has chosen Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as this year’s book selection for the UCSB Reads program. In his book, the revered spiritual leader and best-selling author presents a moral framework based on universal, rather than religious, principals.

UCSB Reads engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community in conversations about a key topic while reading the same book. Beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 21, the UCSB Library will give 2,500 free copies of the Dalai Lama’s book to registered UCSB students. In addition, the UCSB Bookstore will sell the book at a 20 percent discount. The Antioch University Library, the Luria Library at Santa Barbara City College, the Westmont College Library and local high schools are partners in the program.

The book is also a Santa Barbara Public Library System “Read” selection for this winter. Extra copies will be available for loan throughout Santa Barbara County.

On April 24, the Dalai Lama will make his fourth visit to UCSB and present two lectures on “The Nature of Mind” and “Ethics for Our Time.” Public tickets for both events are sold out, but student tickets will be available until Feb. 13.

“The library, in conjunction with UCSB’s Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office and the Santa Barbara Public Library System, is pleased to lead the third ‘UCSB Reads’ program illuminating important issues and human challenges,” said Brenda Johnson, university librarian. “We are especially excited that this year’s author is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a person who teaches and exemplifies ethical behavior for our world.”

Free campus and community lectures and discussions about the book will begin in February at UCSB’s Davidson Library and continue throughout the month in public libraries. UCSB programming also will include coursework and films, beginning with the documentary “Creating Buddhas,” at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Life Sciences Building, Room 1001.

The Dalai Lama believes that as a result of the growing secularization and globalization of society, we must find a way that transcends religion to determine what constitutes positive and negative conduct. Although he is a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can be of use to everyone, according to the book.

The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1935, he was born into a farming family in northeastern Tibet. When he was 2 years old, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who choose to take rebirth in the world in order to serve humanity. The Dalai Lama has lived outside of Tibet, in Dharamsala, India, since he and thousands of Tibetans fled a Chinese military invasion of their homeland 40 years ago. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.

In 2001, with philanthropic support UCSB established the XIVth Dalai Lama Professorship in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies in the Department of Religious Studies.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming UCSB Reads activities.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.