DKR Teaching in Berkley: Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?

Published on 19 April 2015

Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?

19 July 2015
10:00am - 6:00pm
Berkeley, California

The UC Berkeley Center for Buddhist Studies
in partnership with Khyentse Foundation and Siddhartha’s Intent - Western Door 

Jointly present:
Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?

A Day-Long Public Talk With
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
(With Chinese Translation)


Wheeler Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley



Sunday, July 19, 2015

9:00 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Program Begins

1:15-2:30 p.m. Lunch Break

2:30-6:00 p.m. Program Continues

(There will be breaks throughout the day.)


Fee: $20

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Is There Buddhism Without Rebirth?
In classrooms and dharma centers alike, westerners encountering Buddhism for the first time must come to terms with the widespread Buddhist belief in rebirth. For many, death represents the ultimate unknown, the ultimate lesson in impermanence. Why then, they ask themselves, should they believe Buddhism’s answer to this perplexing question, any more than the answers of other religions that teach eternal salvation in heaven or damnation in hell? Does rebirth fall into the category of “cultural trappings,” such as sexist views of women, certain ritual forms, and belief in traditional Indian cosmology—cultural accretions that can be dismissed as extraneous to the “core teachings” of Buddhism?

Many westerners view belief in reincarnation as simply irrelevant to their engagement in Buddhism. Yet for centuries, Buddhist texts have been filled with warnings about heretics who deny the existence of rebirth and the ethical ramifications of such views. How are we to understand such warnings? And if we discard all such “cultural trappings” as irrelevant to what is essential about Buddhism, what is left of a religion that teaches the lack of any independent essence?

Click here for directions to Wheeler Auditorium:

Parking in Berkeley can be difficult. A list of parking lots close to Wheeler Auditorium is found at this link: Parking section Or take BART,, to the Berkeley station and stroll 0.6 miles accross the campus to Wheeler Auditorium.

Event Contact: Linda Page at

中文連絡人 : 張台生

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2015 年7月19日(週日)

9:00am 註冊

10:00am 講座開始

1:15-2:30pm 午餐休息

2;30-6:00pm 講座



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會場 Wheeler Auditorium 資訊:

柏克萊校區停車相當困難。靠近會場的停車場資訊:Parking section 

若是搭乘BART,請查: BART site 抵達柏克萊站後經由校園走0.6哩即可抵達。

 講座聯絡人: Linda Page

中文連絡人 : 張台生